• Advice for Dealing with Sleepiness in Meditation Paid Member

    Sharon Salzberg, from the third talk, "The Five Hindrances: Sleepiness and Restlessness," of her Tricycle Retreat: More »
  • The Buddha's Teachings in Four Lines Paid Member

    Pamela Gayle White and Khedrub Zangmo, from Week 4 of their ongoing Tricycle Retreat,  "Letting Go." PGW: In the path that the Buddha taught, which goes from confusion to awakening, letting go is an integral part. This is beautifully summed up in just a few words of the Buddha's teachings where he says, Refrain from all harmful destructive behaviorPut genuine goodness into practiceTrain and tame your mind completelyThis is the Buddha's teaching More »
  • Termite "Buddha" draws thousands Paid Member

    Thousands of Vietnamese have flocked to a rubber farm in the southern Binh Duong province of Vietnam to see the work of a group of very unusual sculptors---termites. The insects have created a nest that vaguely resembles the Buddha sitting in meditation posture. Via bigpondnews.com: 'Police and local authorities asked them to leave but others keep coming,' Vo Van Cuong, of the Rubber Company of Ben Cat, said. He said thousands of people from southern Binh Duong province and neighbouring areas had rushed to the forest site. The 40cm tall nest resembles Buddha sitting in meditation, Dantri International news website reported. More »
  • Paul McCartney's little Buddha Paid Member

    Legendary Beatle and committed vegetarian Paul McCartney acknowledges that he travels with a portable Buddha statue on hand: ‘I think candles started it and then somebody brought in a little Buddha. So then we suddenly got this," he said, according to Britain's Daily Mail. In 2008, McCartney caused a bit of a Buddhist stir when he took issue with the Dalai Lama's meat-eating: ...I found out he was not a vegetarian, so I wrote to him saying, "Forgive me for pointing this out, but if you eat animals then there is some suffering somewhere along the line." More »
  • Whose Buddhism is best? Paid Member

    It depends on who you ask. Each school has taken time to assert its superiority by virtue of its "authenticity." In the last issue, Tricycle editor-at-large Andrew Cooper took a historical look at such claims: Traditionally in Buddhism, for a school or doctrine to be regarded as authentic, it must be traceable back to the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni. Most often this has been done through scripture: schools or movements based themselves on particular texts said to be the Buddha’s teachings. This was seldom only a matter of establishing legitimacy; it was usually tied as well to sectarian polemics about superiority. More »
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    Big Dream on the Bare Stage Paid Member

    [The following is a guest post from Tricycle's Copy Editor Karen Ready.] I'm puzzled that virtually no New York bloggers have posted anything about Evan Brenner's work in progress The Buddha-In His Own Words, a one-man performance of excerpts from the life and teachings of the Buddha taken directly from the vast collection we know as the Pali canon. These texts form the basis of the Theravada tradition: discourses, teachings, monastic rules, and philosophical texts attributed in large part to the Buddha and his disciples, they were passed on orally and committed to writing only after the Buddha's death. The play is the result of some four years of work (so far) on Brenner's part to "assemble the life of the Buddha." I like his choice of "assemble": in fact, Mark Epstein has referred to the play as "masterfully crafted," and both terms provide a good sense of Brenner's deceptively simple eighty-minute creation, like the attentive folding of an origami shape. Here the actor-playwright takes on all the roles, from the young prince who leaves his royal surroundings to seek an answer to the world of suffering and death he finds beyond the palace gates, to those he encounters along the way (including Mara the tempter), to members of his ever-growing following as well as opponents who brought tragedy to his later years. More »