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  • 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 »
  • An Angry Zen Chef on How to Cook Your Life Paid Member

    Ed Brown—former student of Suzuki Roshi and author of the Tassajara Bread Book—has practiced both Buddhism and cooking for over 40 years. This does not mean, however, that he's always equanimous in the kitchen. In fact, in a profile a couple years back, Slashfood called Brown the "Angry Zen Chef." How did he earn this nickname? By being unafraid to share and talk about his emotions—which at times can include a little anger, especially when people get in his way in the kitchen. More »
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    Advice for Beginners on the Way Paid Member

    In the latest installment of Buddhism Now, the excellent UK-based Buddhist publication, Martine Batchelor translates Korean Son Master Chinul Sunim's "Advice for Monks who are Beginners on the Way." Some of the advice is quite valuable to students of all tradtions. But some of the advice, such as the days on which it is proper to wash one's underwear, will probably not serve laypeople very well. We'll let you judge for yourself! It begins: More »
  • Martine Batchelor reads from her new book, The Spirit of the Buddha Paid Member

    We're very pleased to present this video of Martine Batchelor reading from Chapter 2 of her new book, The Spirit of the Buddha. We will feature this book as a Book Club discussion in February. You can purchase The Spirit of the Buddha here. Formerly a nun in the Korean tradition of Zen Buddhism, Martine is the author of several books and is a frequent contributor to Tricycle. She led a Tricycle Retreat, "Break Your Addictive Patterns," in the summer of 2010, and lives in France with her husband Stephen. More »
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    Darlene Cohen Remembered Paid Member

    Zen teacher Darlene Cohen, known for teaching us all how to live joyfully even in the midst of chronic pain, has died at 68. David Chadwick writes about her final moments with husband, Tony, and son, Ethan, on cuke.com: Darlene Cohen, Su Rei Ken Po, Great Spirit Manifesting Dharma, died at 1:15 AM this morning. More »