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  • Martine Batchelor on Breaking Bad Habits, Week 3 Paid Member

    It's Week 3 of Martine Batchelor's Tricycle Retreat, "Break Your Addictive Patterns." Martine, a former nun in the Korean Zen tradition, teaches meditation techniques to free the mind from the deep and well-worn channels in which it usually dwells. Meditative techniques can open up untapped mental resources and allow us to creatively engage our problems and find new solutions and move us away from limited reactions that keep us locked into the same old patterns. More »
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    Guess Who's Buddhist? Rob Schneider! Paid Member

    You may know him as the goofy sidekick in Adam Sandler's movies, or as the star of lowbrow comedies like "The Animal" and "Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo," but when it comes to his Buddhist practice, Schneider isn't joking. In a recent interview with the San Francisco Chronicle Schneider spoke about being a Zen practitioner and the middle way: For 13 years I've been into Zen Buddhism; I only understood it a few weeks ago," says Rob Schneider. "The idea is simple: 'Nirvana,' from the Sanskrit, just means 'breathe out.' You get to a place in your life where you go (sighing with great pleasure) 'Aaaahhhh.' More »
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    Searching for the Ox Paid Member

    There are many beautiful renditions of the classic Ox Herding Pictures online (plus a newish book on the subject featuring art from the late composer John Cage.) But today, 108zenbooks begins a journey of her own with the first picture, Searching for the Ox, reproduced below. (She'll continue over the next nine days with the remaining nine.) searching for the Ox Genju makes no promises that she (or you!) will be enlightened by the tenth and final picture, but it's all about the journey, not the destination, right? [Image: 108zenbooks] More »
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    Shinzen Young on Meditation and Psychotherapy Paid Member

    Both meditation and therapy emphasize self-awareness. In meditation, however, one develops extraordinary states of concentration that allow for the examination of subjective experience at a microscopic level. Ordinarily, therapy doesn’t develop that kind of detailed awareness. Using the analogy of anatomy, therapy clarifies gross anatomical systems, but meditation gets you down to the cellular level. This quantitative difference in concentration leads to a qualitative difference in outcome. Meditation has the potential to place you in direct contact with the spiritual nature of experience—24/7! - Shinzen Young, "The Point of Contact" Fall 2005 Click here to read the complete article. More »
  • Martine Batchelor's Tricycle Retreat Week 2: Grasping and Listening Paid Member

    Week 2 of Martine Batchelor's Tricycle Retreat Break Your Addictive Patterns is now live at tricycle.com. Her teachings focus on meditative techniques from the Korean Zen and Vipassana traditions designed to unlock the mind's ability to creatively respond to the situations we find ourselves in. This week's talk is called "Grasping and Listening." To get a sense of what this retreat is about, read the Q&A from Week 1 here. Below is a 2-minute video clip from this week's talk. More »