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  • Incense Thrown on the Buddha Paid Member

    The influence of Zen Master Ikkyu (1394–1481) permeates the full field of medieval Japanese aesthetics. Though best known as a poet, he was central to the shaping and reshaping of practices in calligraphy, Noh theater, tea ceremony, and rock gardening, all of which now define Japan's sense of its cultural tradition.  More »
  • Where is the Joy? Paid Member

    Week 3 of Zen teacher Ezra Bayda's Tricycle Retreat, "Relationships, Love, and Spiritual Practice" begins today! So far the retreat has been quite a success with lots of fruitful discussion as Ezra takes us deeper and deeper into the dynamics of relationships and the obstructions that plague them. Ezra's Week 3 talk begins: More »
  • What Are You Afraid Of? Paid Member

    I've often heard people say that the two opposing forces that define the world and the human struggle are not good and evil, but love and fear. This isn't a Buddhist teaching, just something people say. While this view may be a bit simplistic I think there is some real truth in it, and it is a teaching that came to mind several times while watching Ezra Bayda's talk, "Working with Fear" from his ongoing Tricycle Retreat "Relationships, Love, and Spiritual Practice." In his talk Ezra explains, More »
  • Relationships as a Vehicle for Inner Awakening Paid Member

    If you think about your own experience with relationships you may notice that relationships are often more a source of difficulty than they are a source of love. If you think about this, it's not just relationships with our mates that I'm talking about. We have difficulties with our parents, with our children, our bosses and co-workers, and we even have difficulties with our friends. What's interesting is that, considering the amount of suffering that comes out of relationships, the Buddha did not add relationships to his short list of sickness, old age, and death, as the primary causes of suffering. But there is one things that's certain that we can all verify this for ourselves, relationships will often push us right to the edge of where we are personally stuck. More »
  • Ezra Bayda's Tricycle Retreat, "Relationships, Love, and Spiritual Practice" begins today! Paid Member

    Today we begin Zen teacher Ezra Bayda's four-week Tricycle Retreat, "Relationships, Love and Spiritual Practice." Throughout this retreat, we will explore the difficulties we face in relationships that block our experience of love, connectedness, and genuine happiness. An experienced teacher and meditator, Ezra Bayda possesses a tremendous amount of insight that will surely be of benefit, whether you are in a romantic relationship or simply would like to bring more presence, wisdom, and compassion to your everyday interactions.     To participate in this retreat, please become a Tricycle Community Supporting or Sustaining Member.     More »