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    Turn into the Skid Paid Member

    Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, from the week 2 teaching of her Tricycle Retreat, "Joy in the Midst of Suffering," More »
  • Joy in the Midst of Suffering: Week 2 of Enkyo Roshi's Tricycle Retreat Paid Member

    We're now entering the second week of Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara's Tricycle Retreat, "Ease and Joy in Your Practice in Life," in which we're challenged to find joy not only in our meditation or practice, but also in our lives. This week's teaching, "Joy in the Midst of Suffering," wrestles with the question of how we are to feel joy (that "leaping quality" as Enkyo Roshi puts it) when we are surrounded by suffering in our own families, communities, and the world at large. A discussion follows the teaching. In this week's discussion, one retreatant writes, "i must say i follow the river of suffering with judgement." Are you adding another dimension to suffering by judging it, and your reaction to it? More »
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    The Gateway to Joy Paid Member

    Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, from Week 1 of her Tricycle Retreat, More »
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    Genpo Merzel Disrobes Paid Member

    Dennis Genpo Merzel has announced that he will disrobe as a Zen priest and step down as an elder in the White Plum Asangha, an extensive group of Zen communities practicing in the lineage of Maezumi Roshi. Merzel writes: I have chosen to disrobe as a Buddhist Priest, and will stop giving Buddhist Precepts or Ordinations, but I will continue teaching Big Mind.  I will spend the rest of my life truly integrating the Soto Zen Buddhist Ethics into my life and practice so I can once again regain dignity and respect. My actions have caused a tremendous amount of pain, confusion, and controversy for my wife, family, and Sangha, and for this I am truly sorry and greatly regret. My behavior was not in alignment with the Buddhist Precepts. I feel disrobing is just a small part of an appropriate response. More »
  • The Dharma Gate of Ease and Joy Paid Member

    How many of us can describe out meditation sessions as "joyful"? That is the challenge Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara lays out for us in Week 1 of her Tricycle Retreat, "Ease and Joy in Your Meditation and Life." Joy, Roshi says, has "a leaping quality." But before we reach these heights, we must find a place of peace and ease in our meditation. That is what this retreat is about. Below is a two-minute preview of the Week 1 teaching, which is called "The Dharma gate of Ease and Joy." To watch the entire Week 1 teaching, you must be a Tricycle Community member. To watch all four videos of the retreat, you must join the Tricycle Community at the Supporting or Sustaining level.   More »
  • Day 4: Snow, Samsara, and You Paid Member

    Day four on the cushion. My thoughts are all over the place. What has to be done today in the office? Is it going to snow this weekend? How will I be OK when my parents die? I probably haven't learned a thing about meditation in all these years. But one thought that I had was a real pick-me-up: I was thinking about, well—don't let this creep you out—I was thinking about you. Usually sitting with my coworkers just makes me feel grateful that I have a job where office meditation is encouraged (and, in this case, not only encouraged but required!)—I see us as a little sangha. But today I imagined you and everybody else out there taking part in the challenge with us this month. My sense of sangha widened out to wherever you find yourself sitting today. This isn't just something nice to say; you can see the widening circle when you drop by the book club. More »