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  • 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 »
  • Don't forget: Susan Moon at the Tricycle Community Book Club Paid Member

    Join us at the Tricycle Community Book Club for the discussion of Susan Moon's This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. The book, a collection of essays, is broken down into three parts: Cracks in the Mind and Body, Changing Relationships, and In the Realm of the Spirit. Get a head start on reading before Susan joins us Monday, June 21! Starting next week we will spend two days discussing each section and have a final day to wrap things up. From Part One, Cracks in the Mind and Body: More »
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    Blogwatch: Wild Fox Zen Paid Member

    There's an excellent blog called Wild Fox Zen that you really should be reading. It's written by Dosho Port, a Soto Zen priest and disciple of Katagiri Roshi, the legendary Zen teacher who helped bring Buddhism to the American midwest. Dosho was kind enough to lead a discussion during Tricycle's online ango, The Big Sit, and is the author of the book Keep Me in Your Heart Awhile: The Haunting Zen of Dainin Katakiri. More »
  • Watch Martine Batchelor: Meditation on the Breath Paid Member

    This week Martine Batchelor begins her four-week Tricycle Retreat, "Break Your Addictive Patterns." In her Week 1 teaching—a clip of which is posted below—she emphasizes meditation on the breath as a way to help us deal with our difficult habits, which can cause grief to ourselves and others. She gives very clear meditation instructions in her 20-minute video, with an emphasis on freeing us from the well-worn channels of thought we normally inhabit, and moving on to a freer more creative space. You can read meditation instructions from her book Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits here. More »
  • Saving the world one punk badge at a time Paid Member

    A little grassroots non-profit art project named BuddhaBadges was recently brought to my attention by John of the blog ZenDirtZenDust.  Wonderful in its simplicity and with some solid artistic design behind it, Buddhabadges sells one-inch Buddhist punk badges over the web for a dollar a piece to help raise money for a rotating roster of respectable charities.   Ninety percent of their sales are donated, with the remaining ten percent going towards materials to make more badges. More »
  • Martine Batchelor's Tricycle Retreat Begins Today: Breaking Bad Habits Paid Member

    Each of the Tricycle Retreats has its own flavor. Martine Batchelor's is probably the most personable—we even get to meet her cat and have a look at the view from here terrace at her home in South of France—red-tile roofs as far as the eye can see (Martine and husband, Stephen, live just outside Bordeaux). All this before we settle in to a clear and accessible teaching on the fundamentals of meditation. What I especially like is that Martine begins with the basics—always a great way to open a retreat. Later, she'll explain how the type of meditation she teaches can work to change our habits at a fundamental level. You can check out the first teaching for free here. More »