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Film Club: The Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival

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Tricycle Film Club is on hiatus for the Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival. The Film Club will resume with a new film on August 5th. More »
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April Film Club: Monte Grande

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February Film Club: When the Iron Bird Flies

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Welcome to the Tricycle film club! In 1959, the Chinese invasion of Tibet threw open the doors to the mysterious realm of Tibetan Buddhism. Suddenly this rich, ancient tradition was propelled into the modern world. When the Iron Bird Flies* takes us on an up-close and personal journey following the astounding path of one of the world's great spiritual traditions from the caves of Tibet to the mainstream of Western culture. Along the way, the film tackles the provocative exchanges between Buddhist practitioners and scholars, Western scientists, psychologists, and educators now at the heart of the emergence of a genuine Western tradition of Buddhism.  More »
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Sitting Pains: A Meditation Month Discussion

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This discussion is now closed. It's Meditation Month here at Tricycle! Are you joining us in making the commitment to sit every day of February? Sometimes our meditation feels like it's the easiest thing in the world. An hour floats by like a second, and we're in a state of complete calm and equanimity. Other times, it's a real pain in the butt—literally. Our feet, legs, bottoms, and backs can all be the unlucky recipients of aches and pains while we sit. It's certainly distracting, and if severe, debilitating. More »
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Buddhist New Year Resolutions: A Discussion with Josh Korda

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This discussion is now closed. Please note that your comments will no longer be responded to. Thanks to everyone who participated, and especially to our discussion leader, Josh Korda of Dharmapunx! Happy New Year! Now that it's 2013, how do you hope to grow with your Buddhist practice in the upcoming year? Perhaps you have made a resolution to become more involved in your local sangha, or to practice right speech, or to finally make it to that retreat you've always wanted to go on. Whatever your Buddhist New Year resolution may be, we would love to hear about it! And if you haven't made one yet, now is the perfect time to do so, or to check in with any resolutions you might have made last year. More »
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Holiday Season Healing: Ask the Meditation Doctor with Brad Warner

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This discussion is now closed. It's no secret that the holiday season is a true test of your practice. There's no better time to see just how equanimous you've become, and whether you've really peeled away your conditioned behavior, than when you are engaging in the many frustrating activities that dominate the "jolliest" time of the year. So now is the perfect time—when you really need your practice—to clear up any troubles or questions you might have. Is your meditation being disturbed by visions of kicking your in-laws out of the house? Can't concentrate on your mantra due to an eggnog hangover? (We're kidding about that.) Zen monk Brad Warner will be answering any and all questions about your practice all month on tricycle.com. Please post them below. More »
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December Film Club: Sunrise/Sunset

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Welcome to the Tricycle Film Club. The daily life of the Dalai Lama is brought home with remarkable intimacy in Sunrise/Sunset, the new movie at our film club this month. Providing total access to His Holiness' daily activities, the filmmakers follow a day in the life of the Dalai Lama from when he wakes up at 3 AM until his bedtime at dusk. Starting with his morning fitness routine and continuing on through the private audiences, press conferences, and blessings he imparts every day, the film is a comprehensive and compassionate document of his everyday habits. As the sun begins to set, and with his duties completed, the Dalai Lama sits down with the filmmakers for a wide ranging interview covering topics related to the essence of the universe, the gap between the rich and the poor, and the role an individual has to play in religion and contemporary society.   More »
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November Film Club: The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Part 2: The Great Liberation)

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Welcome to the Tricycle Film Club! Death is real, and it comes without warning. An ancient source of strength and guidance originating in the spiritual cultures of the Himalayas, The Tibetan Book of the Dead remains an essential teaching for reminding us of this fact and aiding us in dealing with it. Narrated by Leonard Cohen, this two-part series explores the sacred text and visualizes the afterlife according to its profound wisdom. We showed Part 1: A Way of Life in October and are now showing Part 2: The Great Liberation. Part 2: The Great Liberation follows an old lama and his novice monk as they guide a Himalayan villager into the afterlife using readings from The Tibetan Book of the Dead. The soul's 49-day journey towards rebirth is envisioned through actual photography of rarely-seen Buddhist rituals, interwoven with groundbreaking animation by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ishu Patel. More »
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One Track Heart: The Story Of Krishna Das

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Welcome to the Tricycle Film Club! In 1970, Jeffrey Kagel walked away from the American dream of rock 'n' roll stardom, turning down the chance to record as lead singer for the band soon-to-be the Blue Oyster Cult. Instead, he sold all his possessions and moved from the suburbs of Long Island to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of happiness and a little-known saint named Neem Karoli Baba. One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das follows his journey to India and back, witnessing his struggles with depression and drug abuse, to his eventual emergence as Krishna Das, world-renowned spiritual teacher and Grammy nominated chant master. More »
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Elemental

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Welcome to the Tricycle Film Club! Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time. More »
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March Film Club: Kumaré

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January Film Club: American Mystic

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Welcome to the Tricycle film club! Set against the rich, color-soaked backdrop of America's rural landscapes, American Mystic is a bold documentary that braids together the stories of three young Americans who have chosen to sacrifice comforts in order to embrace the fringes of alternative religion. The film follows Chuck, a Lakota Sioux sundancer in the badlands of South Dakota; Morpheus, a pagan priestess living off the grid in northern California's old mining country; and Kublai, a Spiritualist medium in the former revivalist district of upstate New York. In the radical, separatist spirit of early America, each has extracted himself from the mainstream in order to live immersed in his faith and seize a different way of life. It is a film, as one critic wrote, about "people's struggle to maintain their deeply held beliefs in a world that doesn't share them." More »
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Difficult Relationships: A Discussion with Ezra Bayda

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This discussion is now closed.   "If you want to test your enlightenment," wrote one Facebook fan on the Tricycle page recently, "stay with your family for a week." More »
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October Film Club: The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Part 1: A Way of Life)

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Welcome to the Tricycle Film Club! Death is real, and it comes without warning. An ancient source of strength and guidance originating in the spiritual cultures of the Himalayas, The Tibetan Book of the Dead remains an essential teaching for reminding us of this fact and aiding us in dealing with it. Narrated by Leonard Cohen, this two-part series explores the sacred text and visualizes the afterlife according to its profound wisdom. We'll be showing Part 1: A Way of Life in October and Part 2: The Great Liberation in November. More »
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September Film Club: Brilliant Moon

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This month we are offering supporting and sustaining members a look at the documentary film Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Brilliant Moon chronicles the life of the poet, writer, and meditation master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of Tibet's most loved and respected 20th-century Buddhist teachers. Written and directed by Neten Chokling and narrated by Richard Gere and Lou Reed, Brilliant Moon was filmed in Tibet, India, Bhutan, the United States, and Nepal. The film uses animation, unseen archival footage, photographs, and interviews with Tibetan Buddhist teachers—His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Matthieu Ricard, Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche, Rabjam Rinpoche, and Sogyal Rinpocheto—to tell Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's life story. More »
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Meditate and Destroy A Documentary on Punk Rock, Spirituality & Inner Rebellion

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Ram Dass: Fierce Grace

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Ram Dass: Fierce Grace was so popular during the final week of the Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival we decided to make it July's Film Club selection. For the next two weeks all Supporting and Sustaining Members of the Tricycle Community can watch this incredible documentary about one of the great spiritual teachers of our time. Don't worry, all BuddhaFest Online Festival pass holders get to watch it through this extended run, too. More »
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Sexual Misconduct and the Third Zen Precept: A discussion with Nancy Baker

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The Summer 2012 issue of Tricycle featured an article by Zen teacher Nancy Baker on the third Zen precept: refraining from sexual misconduct. In her article, Nancy explored the differences between "sexual misconduct" and "misuse of sex," our conscious and unconscious impulses, the sacred energy of sex, and how we can apply the third Zen precept to modern life. Nancy writes: More »
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The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei Extreme Asceticism

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Welcome to the Tricycle Film Club! This month Tricycle Supporting and Sustaining Members will be treated to two films at the Tricycle Film Club, presented in partnership with BuddhaFest Film Festival, June 14-17 in Washington, DC. The first is The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei, a documentary about the extreme asceticism of running Buddhists in Japan, and the second is Into Great Silence, a documentary about the everyday lives of Carthusian monks of the Grande Chartreuse, high in the French Alps. The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei begins today and Into Great Silence will begin Monday, May 14. The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei (1992) More »
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Into Great Silence

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This month's Tricycle Film Club, available for Tricycle Supporting and Sustaining members, is presented in partnership with BuddhaFest film festival (June 14-17 in Washington, D.C.). Not a Supporting or Sustaining member? Sign up here. For the next two weeks at the Tricycle Film Club we will be showing Philip Groening's Into Great Silence, an elegant look into life at La Grande Chartreuse, a Roman Catholic monastery in the French Alps home to the monks and nuns of the Carthusian Order. High in the mountains, these men and women live a life of enduring silence, contemplation, and solitude, supporting themselves by brewing the green liquor chartreuse. More »