Zen

  • The Heart of Buddhist Practice Paid Member

    The heart of this teaching is zazen, or meditation in a sitting posture, from which all understanding derives. This, in case you were wondering why we called our first Tricycle Community offering "The Big Sit." The quote is from Dogen scholar Kazuaki Tanahashi's Enlightenment Unfolds: The Essential Teachings of Zen Master Dogen. Each week we'll be exploring Kaz's introduction to Dogen's teachings in our weekly Tricycle Community discussions. If you'd like to join us in the discussion, here's the first part and here's the second. More »
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    Dunkin' Dharma Paid Member

    "What's next?" asks Tricycle contributing editor and founding designer Frank Olinsky. "Donuts with enso icing?" More »
  • Zen in the Land of 10,000 Lakes Paid Member

    Steve Hagen's Dharma Field Zen Center in Minneapolis is housed in a former church. Steve told me a few years ago it caused a bit of a stir in the neighborhood when the Zen group brought down the steeple but all was calm when I visited a few summers back. I'd gone there to meet Steve and to visit Martine and Stephen Batchelor, who were at Dharma Field leading meditations and giving talks on the life of the Buddha. More »
  • Nepal's Election; World Food Crisis; How to Cook Your Life Paid Member

    Nepal's election is here, but it may be dangerous to vote. Manjushree Thapa writes: Democracy may be imperfect, but unlike absolute systems like Maoism and monarchism, it incorporates mechanisms to correct its own flaws. So, yes: I am planning to risk my life to vote today. Not that the election will resolve much. Most Nepalis recognize that it will, in fact, send our country into an era of heightened instability. Plus the world's growing food crisis, and how biofuels are at least somewhat to blame. And speaking of food, I recently watched the first half of "How to Cook Your Life", a movie about Edward Espe Brown, the author of The Tassajara Bread Book, teaching people to make bread as part of their Zen practice. More »
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    Electro-zen! Paid Member

    A time-saving device. Hat tip to the Level 8th Buddhist. More »