Zen

  • Mindfulness at Moonshine Hollow Paid Member

    The locals call it Moonshine Hollow, or Mooner's Hollow, partly because of the haunting character of the moonlight in this small, isolated valley. It forces you to pay attention to the thousand shades of shadow and light you'd never thought to distinguish before. The phenomenon has something to do with the curvature of the ravine here, as light reflects off stone cliffs above and the lithe, white limbs of sycamore trees below. Whatever accounts for it, Moonshine Hollow is well named. More »
  • How Not to Mind Paid Member

    The following is inspired by the classic Chan poem "Xinxin Ming" (lit., “Trust-Mind Inscription”) by Jianzhi Sengcan (d. 606). More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Dharma & Psychology, Buddhists on Twitter, and Simpler Friendships Paid Member

    Sweeping Zen recently posted a great interview with David Loy, a Buddhist philosopher and frequent Tricycle contributor, and among the topics discussed was the relationship between Buddhism and Psychology. We've found that this topic is surprisingly controversial, as reflected by the lengthy ongoing debate at "Human Nature, Buddha Nature," an interview with psychologist John Welwood from our Spring 2011 issue. What does Loy have to say about the relationship, similarities, and potential benefits of a cross-fertilization of Buddhism and psychology? He explains: More »
  • Forgiveness Meditation Instruction Paid Member

         Step One—RemorseSee if you can get in touch with the remorse of going against your own heart—that by holding onto resentment you are hurting yourself more than the other person is hurting you.      Step Two—Resistance Picture the person you feel resentment toward and try to breathe their image into the area in the center of the chest. If you feel resistance, don't try to force it; just stay with the physical experience of resistance as long as it takes for the resistance to soften. This might take numerous occasions of doing the forgiveness meditation for this softening to begin to happen.      Step Three—Surrender More »
  • Finding Forgiveness Paid Member

    As we begin the fourth and final week of Zen teacher Ezra Bayda's Tricycle Retreat, "Relationships, Love, and Spritual Practice," Ezra addresses the crucial subject of forgiveness as it relates to finding genuine happiness in relationships, More »
  • 50 Green Koans Paid Member

    It's hard to believe that our contributing editor Clark Strand has already been offering his weekly Green Koan for fifty weeks. If you have not been following this series, I recommend giving them a look. Whether for their playful insights into nature, interesting historical notes, or just the fact that they can stop your mind and open it up to a larger view, it is a truly beautiful and unique series. More »