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  • The Great Heart Way Paid Member

    "If you bring forth what is in you, what is in you will save you. If you do not bring forth what is in you, what you do not bring forth will kill you." More »
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    Deep Down Things: A Book Club Discussion with Zen teacher Lin Jensen Paid Member

    The discussion has started at the Tricycle Book Club! Our discussion centers around Lin Jensen's Deep Down Things, a new book from Wisdom Publications. Lin writes in the Introduction: This book was written in an effort to better understand the relationship between society and environment, between the people and the land. A wealth of detail regarding specific interactions within an ecosystem is already being compiled through the systematic methods of inquiry utilized by the science of ecology. We humans are involved in that interaction, and what I’m after in this book is not so much the data but the condition of mind essential to a genuine human interaction with the earth. What has been lost to us that we no longer know how to speak the language earth speaks? What have we forgotten to think of say or do that, could we but remember, would restore our acquaintance once more? More »
  • Fleet's in town! Paid Member

    No, we don't mean the Navy... We were very lucky to have Fleet Maull, Zen Peacemaker and founder of the Prison Dharma Network, pay a visit to the Tricycle offices today.  Among other things, we discussed Tricycle's ongoing collaboration with PDN, charnel ground meditation, his Bearing Witness Retreats to Rwanda, and the possibility of him leading a Tricycle Retreat on Engaged Buddhism this summer. Fleet is a superb meditation instructor and is very familiar with teaching in the online arena, so we'll be very excited to see him on our site as a retreat leader soon! (He had just come from the local Starbucks, where they write customers' names on the cups. You can almost make out the "Fleet" written near the top of the cup in this photo.)   More »
  • The Council of Lhasa (792-794 CE) Paid Member

    The Council of Lhasa did not take place in Lhasa, but rather at the Samye monastery, which is located 3-1/2 hours away from Lhasa by bus these days. Samye is said to be the oldest monastery in Tibet, built in the middle of the 8th century at the request of King Trisong Detsen (one of the three Dharma Kings of Tibet) with the help of Padmasambhava, who brought to the local spirits to heel, and the scholar-monk Shantarakshita. The grounds at Samye are laid out in a mandala pattern and the main building is said to be based on Odantapuri, one of the great Buddhist universities of India, now destroyed (Odantapuri's high walls caused it to be mistaken for a fortress by the general Khalji, who conquered Bihar and Bengal at the end of the 12th century. Though if it had low walls, he might have knocked them down too.) More »
  • A Beautiful Fall Morning at the Village Zendo Paid Member

    Tricycle's web editor, Phil Ryan, and I had the good fortune to spend the morning sitting and speaking with Roshi Enkyo O'Hara at the Village Zendo, located just south of Houston on Broadway in lower Manhattan. We were there to interview her about the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Village Zendo community. Naturally, the conversation started with the telling of Enkyo's own Buddhist story, and from there we were able to cover topics ranging from how to best adapt various Zen rituals for a lay community in America to the challenges and joys of practicing in the city. Stay tuned for the fruits of the interview. Image: from www.villagezendo.org More »
  • Getting something out of your Zen practice Paid Member

    A "Bodhi cartoon" by artist Brian Howlett. More »