Mindfulness

  • Mindfully Binge-watching “Making a Murderer” Paid Member

    Anyone who has mindfully washed the dishes knows it’s not as easy as it sounds. So how about being mindful while binge-watching a true crime documentary on Netflix? That’s a challenge. The addictive, infuriating, and wildly popular “Making a Murderer” can be seen as an eye-opening parable of how failing to be mindful can have tragic consequences in the justice system. The series, with its kaleidoscope of shifting facts and high-stakes subject matter, also presents a good opportunity for viewers themselves to transform mindless entertainment into mindful observation. More »
  • Buddha Buzz Paid Member

    Here at Tricycle headquarters in New York City we’re bracing for Winter Storm Jonas, which could dump up to a foot three feet of snow on us by Sunday afternoon. And, if you live east of the Mississippi, you’re likely in for some unpleasant weather as well during the next few days.  This weekend is turning out to be an excellent time to stay inside (if you even have a choice), curl up with a blanket, cup of tea, and catch up on your Tricycle watching and reading. There are three parts of Deborah David’s online retreat, “Living Mindfully,” and a fourth comes out on Sunday afternoon. The talks explore a way to create and maintain a personal mindfulness practice. More »
  • Social Media Dharma Paid Member

    I know it sounds crazy, but Facebook has actually deepened my Buddhist practice. And I’m not talking about the numerous Buddhist-based groups, discussions, videos, and podcasts housed on the social media site. While that stuff has enhanced my intellectual grasp of the dharma, I’m referring to something more visceral: Facebook provides the ideal platform for a unique form of active meditation. More »
  • Aware of Assumption Paid Member

    Dharma teacher and Tricycle contributing editor Pamela Gayle White has been writing about life with her dog, Moune, for the last three months on Tricycle’s blog. You can read her earlier posts, “Ma Moune” and “A Special Bond.”  More »
  • Guided Meditation—Week 3 Paid Member

    Ven. Pannavati is leading weekly guided meditations for Meditation Month. Check back every Monday in March for a new video teaching on the blog.Download the transcript of this retreat. It has been edited for clarity.  Ven. Pannavati will respond to reader questions posted below. More »
  • Fear of Silence Paid Member

    I have the impression that many of us are afraid of silence. We’re always taking in something—text, music, radio, television, or thoughts—to occupy the space. If quiet and space are so important for our happiness, why don’t we make more room for them in our lives? One of my longtime students has a partner who is very kind, a good listener, and not overly talkative; but at home her partner always needs to have the radio or TV on, and he likes a newspaper in front of him while he sits and eats his breakfast. More »