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  • 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 »
  • Don't Go It Alone Paid Member

    Today’s Daily Dharma: Aristotle said that in order for people to become virtuous, we need role models—others who have developed their capacities for courage, self-control, wisdom, and justice. We may emphasize different sets of virtues or ideas about what makes a proper role model, but Buddhism also asserts that, as we are all connected and interdependent, none of us can do it all on our own. Acknowledging this dependency is the first step of real emotional work within relationships. Our ambivalence about our own needs and dependency gets stirred up in all kinds of relationships. We cannot escape our feelings and needs and desires if we are going to be in relationships with others. To be in relationships is to feel our vulnerability in relation to other people who are unpredictable, and in circumstances that are intrinsically uncontrollable and unreliable. More »
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    Buddhist Closeness Paid Member

    This story has been kicking around for a while -- call it extreme Buddhist closeness, a couple that's never more than fifteen feet away from one another. And today this variation on the theme. More »