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Open Heart, Open Mind: Awakening the Power of Essence Love with Eric Swanson

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We're reading Tsoknyi Rinpoche's Open Heart, Open Mind at the Tricycle Book Club. Pick up a copy and join the discussion below. In the following co-author Eric Swanson introduces the book and gives us some ideas to chew on for the discussion. From the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we fall into exhausted sleep, most of us are confronted with so many challenges: social, psychological, ecological, and economic.  Given the current troubles of the world economy, the harmful effects of global climate change, the occurrence of natural disasters and epidemic illnesses, and the persistence of acts of violence by individuals and groups, the world in which we find ourselves can seem like a ticking time bomb, moments away from exploding. More »
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Introduction to Mindfulness with Meditation Doctor Andy Puddicombe

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The Dhamma Brothers Bringing Vipassana to the Penitentiary

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Welcome to the Tricycle Film Club! Each month Tricycle Supporting and Sustaining Members will be treated to a select feature-length film, presented in partnership with BuddhaFest Film Festival, June 14-17 in Washington, DC. The benefits of membership continue to grow, so if you're not already a Supporting or Sustaining Member, upgrade now and watch our April selection, The Dhamma Brothers, produced, written and directed by Jenny Phillips. The discussion will be led by Jenny. Join the Tricycle Community to be a part of the Tricycle Film Club. The Dhamma Brothers (2008) More »
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Griefwalker The redemptive power of a deep love for life

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Welcome to the Tricycle Film Club! Each month, Tricycle Supporting and Sustaining Members will be treated to a select feature-length film, presented in partnership with Alive Mind Cinema and BuddhaFest Film Festival, June 14-17 in Washington, DC. The benefits of membership continue to grow, so if you're not already a Supporting or Sustaining Member, upgrade now and watch our March selection, Griefwalker, written and directed by Tim Wilson. The discussion is led by the film's subject, Stephen Jenkinson. Join the Tricycle Community to be a part of the Tricycle Film Club. More »
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Buddhist Training for Modern Life A discussion with Segyu Rinpoche and Lawrence Levy of the Juniper School

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In "Buddhist Training for Modern Life" (Interview, Spring 2012), Segyu Rinpoche, the founder of the Juniper School, discusses how Juniper is extending the lineage of Buddhist transmission in a way that is suited to a Western understanding. In this community discussion we will be exploring culturally appropriate ways to transmit Buddhist teachings to Westerners. How do we avoid, on one side, the danger of mimicking cultural artifacts that have little meaning in a new place and, on the other side, losing the potency of the tradition? What is the benefit of holding a lineage for ourselves and others, and how do we meet the responsibility of doing so? More »
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Ask the Meditation Doctor! - A discussion with Brad Warner

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It's meditation month here at Tricycle.com and to celebrate, we're offering a free e-book, Tricycle Teachings: Meditation, to our Supporting and Sustaining Members. But you don't need to be a member in order to sit with us every day in February. That's what we're doing, inspired by Sharon Salzberg's Real Happiness Challenge, and we'll blog our experiences here. More »
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Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living with Allan Lokos

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During the month of February we'll be reading Allan Lokos's Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living at the Tricycle Book Club. Pick up a copy at Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon and join the discussion below.Listen to an audio interview with Lokos about this book here. More »
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Edge of Dreaming How real are our dreams?

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Each month, Tricycle Supporting and Sustaining Members will be treated to a select feature-length film, presented in partnership with Alive Mind Cinema and BuddhaFest Film Festival, June 14-17 in Washington, DC. The benefits of membership continue to grow, so if you're not already a Supporting or Sustaining Member, upgrade now and watch our February selection, Edge of Dreaming, written and directed by Amy Hardie. Join the Tricycle Community to be a part of the Tricycle Film Club.  Edge of Dreaming (February 2012) More »
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Being in the World A celebration of being human in a technological age

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Welcome to the Tricycle Film Club! Each month, Tricycle Supporting and Sustaining Members will be treated to a select feature-length film, presented in partnership with Alive Mind Cinema and BuddhaFest 2012. The benefits of membership continue to grow, so if you're not already a Supporting or Sustaining Member, upgrade now and watch our second film this month, Being in the World: A Celebration of Being Human in a Technological Age. Earlier this month we screened Old Plum Mountain: The Berkeley Zen Center—Life Inside the Gate, and director Ed Herzog led the discussion and spoke to us in an audio interview. Join the Tricycle Community to be a part of the Tricycle Film Club. More »
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Fresh Beginnings How will you grow in your Buddhist practice in 2012?

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Image: New Years Day 2007, Sensoji, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. Many people come from near and far to make Sensoji, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, their first temple visit of the New Year. This first temple visit is known as Hatsumōde and is an annual tradition for many Japanese of all ages. The smoke in the background is ceremonial incense. (From the Flickr photostream of Slap Ayoda) More »
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Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech and Mind with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

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During the month of January we'll be reading Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche's Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech and Mind at the Tricycle Book Club. Pick up a copy and join the discussion below.Tricycle Talks: Listen to an audio interview with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.Welcome to the discussion group. I wish you all a Happy New Year. While you are reading my latest book, Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech, and Mind, I invite you to practice the meditations in the videos that will be posted here in the weeks to come, and to share your experiences, questions, and comments with me and with each other.  More »
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Old Plum Mountain The Story of the Berkeley Zen Center

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Welcome to the Tricycle Film Club! Each month, Tricycle Supporting and Sustaining Members will be treated to a select feature-length film, presented in partnership with Alive Mind Cinema and BuddhaFest 2012. The benefits of membership continue to grow, so if you're not already a Supporting or Sustaining Member, upgrade now and watch Old Plum Mountain: The Berkeley Zen Center—Life Inside the Gate as soon as you're ready! And to celebrate our launch, we're screening a second film this month, Being in the World: A Celebration of Being Human in a Technological Age. More »
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Obstacles & Roadblocks What keeps you from practicing?

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As practitioners, we're all familiar with the obstacles that arise during our practice—the "five hindrances" of desire, aversion, laziness, restlessness, and doubt are traditionally the most common roadblocks. But what, specifically, are the things that keep you away from your practice? Is it some manifestation of those pesky hindrances? Or is it something else, such as a lack of time, self-discipline, or a proper space? In this discussion we'd like to explore obstacles to practice. And then, ultimately, we’d like to hear how you are working to overcome these obstacles. After all, we all get stuck. How do you get unstuck?Image: Liu Bolin More »
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Building the First Holistic Center for Homeless Youth

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Nearly half of all homeless youth have experienced sexual, physical or psychological abuse by an immediate family member.   Some youth become homeless when their parents die of poverty or AIDS, others are turned out because of parental neglect or drug abuse and still others because they identify as lesbian, gay or transgender.   All of the homeless youth living in shelters, couch-surfing or working the streets have suffered from trauma, anxiety, fear, isolation, loneliness and hopelessness. More »
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How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness with Jan Chozen Bays

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During the month of November, we'll be reading Jan Chozen Bays's How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness at the Tricycle Book Club. Pick up a copy and join the discussion below. People often say to me, “I’d love to practice mindfulness, but I’m so busy I can’t seem to find the time.” More »
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Buddha Standard Time: Awakening to the Infinite Possibilities of Now with Lama Surya Das

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Many of us feel that the modern efforts to save time have backfired, bringing onerous new problems of their own. Our technological advances and constant availability have blurred the line between leisure time and work. No sooner do we wrap our minds around a new computer program than it becomes obsolete. We can end up wasting precious minutes stuck on the phone with someone on the other side of the world, trying to figure out how to reset the computer brain in our dryer, or stove, or espresso machine. It takes time to learn how to do online banking, connect with friends on Facebook, master the complexities of smartphones and GPS units, and download a best seller to our e-readers. When Excel crashes and the work is lost after we’ve spent an hour entering data for a deadline, our blood pressure skyrockets. There’s even technology to fix stress created by technology. More »
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Cultivating Compassion in Your Community with Karen Armstrong and the Compassionate Action Network

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The Charter for CompassionOn February 28, 2008 Karen Armstrong won the $100,000 TED Prize and made a wish for help creating, launching and propagating a Charter for Compassion. After the Charter was unveiled to the world on November 12, 2009, the Compassionate Action Network (“CAN”) launched an effort to create the first “Compassionate City” in Seattle. On April 24, 2010, the mayor and city council affirmed the Charter for Compassion and proclaimed the city’s support for a 10-year Compassionate City Campaign, making Seattle the first city in the world to become a Compassionate City. More »
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Karen Armstrong on Religious Fundamentalism As we approach the anniversary of 9/11, a religious scholar looks at the fear behind fundamentalism

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In the wake of 9/11, we struggled with the consequences and lessons of that terible day, as did all organizations concerned with spiritual traditions. The Winter 2001 issue, the first to appear after 9/11, featured responses from a number of respected Buddhist figures, among them Acharya Judy Lief, who wrote: More »
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Minding Closely: The Four Applications of Mindfulness with B. Alan Wallace

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The Buddha formulated the four close applications of mindfulness as antidotes to four habitual misunderstandings that are the root of suffering in everyday life. We mistake the aggregation of mental and physical phenomena called the body for the abode of a real self. We mistake feelings aroused toward apparent phenomena for genuine happiness. We mistake the mind for a real self. And we mistake apparent phenomena for real objects. These mistakes lead to distorted perceptions, thoughts, and views that generate mental afflictions like sensual craving and hostility, which produce endless unnecessary suffering. More »