Zen

  • 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 »
  • Watch: Commit to Compassion Paid Member

    Koshin Paley Ellison and Robert Chodo Campbell, founders of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, on why one would commit to a life service, Join the special Tricycle Community discussion with Koshin and Chodo here! More »
  • Free event May 8th at Japan Society with Sensei Bonnie Myotai Treace Paid Member

    This Sunday, May 8th, which is also Mother's Day, Sensei Bonnie Myotai Treace will host the second of her meditation classes and talks on the life and poetry of Buddhist nun Otagaki Rengetsu (1791–1875) at New York City's Japan Society. We mentioned this event, called "Spring is Hers," here. Myotai Sensei led the Tricycle Community in a wonderful retreat called "Whole Life Offering" last summer. This event is free to all. Click here to RSVP at the Japan Society at (212) 715-1224. Myotai Sensei's website: 108 bowls Further reading: More »
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    Sweetcake Enso at San Francisco Zen Center 4/29-5/29 Paid Member

    The traveling art exhibiton Sweetcake Enso, which visited several New York-area centers in the fall of 2010 before heading to the Village Zendo in January 2011 (when the area received a record three feet of snowfall, on top of nearly two feet that fell on December 26th) is setting up shop at San Francisco Zen Center tomorrow, April 29th until May 29th. The Artists' Reception will be tomorrow night from 7 PM to 9 PM. Read more about this month-long exhibition here. More »
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    New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and Tricycle Paid Member

    The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care is holding an awards ceremony and silent auction this evening in New York City. Honorees include Dr. Diane Meier, Dr. Russell Portenoy, and Sharon Salzberg. Tricycle is pleased to be a media sponsor of this event. Read more about the ceremony here. NYZCCC was founded in 2006 by Zen Buddhist priests and chaplains Koshin Paley Ellison and Robert Chodo Campbell. The center provides compassionate care to the sick and the terminally ill and creates a supportive, nurturing environment for people to consciously face their illness and/or end-of-life journey. This work is done through direct care partnerships with leading healthcare providers in the New York area, caregiver and pastoral training programs, and by actively advocating for contemplative care at the national level. Since August 2007: More »
  • The Platform Sutra of Hui-neng Paid Member

    This edition of The Platform Sutra is another translation and close reading by Bill Porter, b.k.a. Red Pine. Clark Strand turned me onto his Heart Sutra, which I wrote about here. The Platform Sutra does not purport to be spoken by the Buddha, but rather is spoken by a buddha, Hui-neng, known as the Sixth patriarch of Zen or Chan Buddhism (and also called Huineng and in Japanese, Yeno or Eno.) The basic narrative that begins it is very well known, and runs something like this: The 5th Patriarch Hung-jen (or Hongren in a slightly newer anglicization) is growing old and asks his disciples to compose poems to demonstrate their understanding. Shen-hsiu, his best student, writes The body is a bodhi treeThe mind is like a standing mirroralways try to keep it cleandon't let it gather dust. More »