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    The Monk Scam Paid Member

    New York’s Times Square is full of people asking for money. Although the neighborhood has lost just about all its grit, scams of all sorts still crop up in the area, evergreen as it is with vulnerable tourists. The latest breed of scammers, profiled in a recent New York Times article, come dressed in monk’s robes. More »
  • Shinnyo-en's Lantern Floating for Peace Paid Member

    On Sunday, September 22nd, Trump Rink in Central Park will be transformed into a pool of shimmering lanterns for Shinnyo-en's Lantern Floating for Peace. The ceremony honors those who have passed away and emphasizes continuity between the past, present, and future. This year's events, taking place the day before a United Nations General Assembly convenes in New York, celebrate peacemakers in particular. More »
  • Thich Nhat Hanh's Meditation Flash Mob Descends on Manhattan Paid Member

    Last Friday, members of Thich Nhat Hanh's Blue Cliff Monastery brought a little mindfulness to Union Square. About 100 participants staged a "meditation flash mob" in the middle of the busy park, contrasting their frantic surroundings with complete silence. Facing five robed monks, the eclectic group of meditators sat silently for 30 minutes, as locals and tourists alike crowded around in wonder. After the sitting meditation, the group created even more of a stir when they began walking meditation up Broadway. New Yorkers' gazes were forced momentarily away from their smartphones and onto the slow-moving religious crowd, blocking their path on the sidewalk. The smartphones, of course, were then used to snap the necessary Instagram pictures. More »
  • Hothead? Cool your mind Paid Member

    Today the temperature in New York City is supposed to reach a sweltering 103 degrees. On the subway I watched as uncomfortable New Yorkers pushed past one another on the way from air-conditioned point A to air-conditioned point B with little regard for anyone else. Not only does the heat cause physical discomfort, it often turns us into hot heads—making us irritable and quick to anger. I myself find it hard to cool my mind when I can see the heat rising in waves from the pavement, so this morning I turned to the Tricycle archives for help. There I found "Hot and Heavy, Cool and Light," a piece on the Tibetan practice of tonglen by Judith Simmer-Brown: More »