Tricycle Retreats

  • Meditators: Stand Up! Paid Member

    When people think of meditation, they most commonly think of a person sitting cross-legged on the floor or a cushion. Many might be surprised to learn that in the Buddha's instructions to his disciples, he actually placed equal emphasis on "sitting, standing, walking, and lying down" (a phrase that appears throughout the Pali Canon). This came to mind when I watched the first talk of Gaylon Ferguson's Tricycle Retreat, Natural Bravery, when the very first practice that Gaylon recommended for the retreatants was standing meditation. In this week's talk Gaylon explains, More »
  • Tricycle Retreats: Coming Soon! Gaylon Ferguson on Natural Bravery Paid Member

    Thank you to Professor Rita Gross for the incredible month of teachings she offered in her Tricycle Retreat, Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners. As with all Tricycle Retreats, the teachings will remain available on as part of our Wisdom Collection after the retreat is over, so if you haven't joined yet, it's not too late!Beginning September 5th, Gaylon Ferguson, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and professor at Naropa University, will be leading a Tricycle Retreat titled Natural Bravery, in which he will discuss fear and fearlessness as a path to awakening. Ferguson introduces these teachings in his piece from our Fall 2011 issue: More »
  • Tricycle Retreats: Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners begins today! Paid Member

    Today we begin teacher and scholar Rita Gross's Tricycle Retreat, Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners. In her opening talk Rita explains, More »
  • Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo on Pleasure and Pain Paid Member

    We are entering the final week of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's Tricycle Retreat on the Eight Worldly Concerns, which we might also call the eight anxieties or "hang-ups." This week, Jetsunma addresses the final two concerns, Pleasure and Pain. She opens this week's talk by explaining, As animals, we are conditioned to seek comfort and pleasure and to avoid anything unpleasant and painful. There's nothing wrong with that, it's part of our animal nature. The problem comes when we think that happiness depends on pleasure and that if we experience pain we must be miserable. This is wrong. More »
  • This Week in Retreat: Untying the Knots of Samsara Paid Member

    This week, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo gives teachings on Praise and Blame/Good and Bad Reputation, which are four of the Eight Worldly Concerns. A participant writes, More »
  • The Art of Being Human Paid Member

    Everybody wants praise and nobody wants blame. Everybody wants to be thought of well and nobody wants to be thought of poorly. These characteristic human concerns preoccupy us daily and can cause a lot of anxiety and confusion. But Buddhist teachings tell us this doesn't have to be so.At this week's Tricycle Retreat, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo teaches on the "Eight Worldly Concerns," the cause of so much of our suffering, and how to find liberation from them. The Eight Worldly Concerns, as taught by Jetsunma, are: Gain and Loss, Praise and Blame, Good Reputation and Bad Reputation, and Pleasure and Pain.While the Tibetan Buddhist teachings on the Eight Worldly Concerns are centuries old, they are as as useful now as they were back then. In this week's talk, Jetsunma explains: More »