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JuBus and Christian Buddhists What is the relationship between your religious roots and your current Buddhist practice?

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About a year ago, in his piece "Christian Buddhism?" on Buddhist Geeks, Dennis Hunter suggested that we Buddhists ought to more seriously consider the influence of Christianity when we speak of Buddhism in the West. More »
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What led you to Buddhism?

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I would like to hear from community members about what it was that led you to become interested in and/or begin practicing Buddhism.I know one man who, after a lifetime of being an "overachiever"—getting straight A's throughout his school years and graduating from an Ivy League university at the top of his class—had a full psychological and existential breakdown, feeling that all the knowledge and skill he had gained was useless because, at a very fundamental level, he didn't even know who or what he was. When he began to study dharma and practice meditation he saw that, "there are some things you just can't learn in school." More »
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The Heart of the Revolution A Tricycle Book Club Discussion with Noah Levine

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The Buddha was a revolutionary, a radical advocate for personal and social transformation. He rejected the religious forms of his time and renounced all forms of greed, hatred, and delusion. He dedicated his life to going "against the stream," to the subversive path of an outlaw transient. He wasn't afraid to speak out against the ignorance in this world's political, social, and religious structures, but he did so from a place of love and kindness, from an enlightened compassion that extended to all living beings. The Buddha's teachings are not a philosophy or a religion; they are a call to action, an invitation to revolution.-Noah Levine, The Heart of the Revolution More »
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Compassion in Action A Special Event for May: Tricycle honors the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care

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Koshin Paley Ellison and Robert Chodo Campbell Aging, sickness, and death are unavoidable, yet we seem to arrange our lives so that we don't have to see them. If we could embrace the reality of death, our lives would lighten and become more genuine and joyful. More »
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Work, Sex, Money: Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness by Chögyam Trungpa A Tricycle Book Club Discussion with Carolyn Rose Gimian

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Work, sex, and money: these are among the most powerful elements of everyday life, and they are topics that preoccupy us, almost every day. In relationship to work, innumerable books, articles, TV programs and internet sites give career advice, tell you how to dress for the workplace, deal with bullies or bosses, ask for a raise, or be an effective manager.  Our obsession with sex and relationships is addressed, and titillated, in print and by film, television and the internet, whether we prefer fiction, the tabloids, or “reality” TV. Money has become an increasing source of anxiety. How to save, how to spend wisely, how to make more money, how to do more with less, exhilaration when the stock market rises, panic when we lose our job: we have lots of issues with money. More »
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Ordinary Recovery: Mindfulness, Addiction, and the Path of Lifelong Sobriety A Tricycle Book Club Discussion with William Alexander

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Let me offer you two autumn fragments from a larger story, many seasons long. More »
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Sex and the Spiritual Teacher A Tricycle Book Club Discussion with Scott Edelstein

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This book is about spiritual teachers who have sex with their students, the suffering that such encounters often cause, and what all of us can do about it. This is not a book of finger-pointing or whistle-blowing. Nor does it defend or apologize for spiritual teachers who lose their way. In fact, as we will see, the more we attack or defend wayward teachers, the more we encourage their waywardness. Instead, this book is intended to create greater safety and spiritual intimacy between spiritual teachers and their students, and among members of spiritual communities. More »
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Living This Life Fully: Stories and Teachings of Munindra A Tricycle Book Club Discussion with Mirka Knaster

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Diminutive yet striking in his signature white robes and white hat, Munindra was an enthusiastic, energetic, and immensely inquisitive Bengali meditation master who had a profound impact on people everywhere he went, even on many who never met him. Those whose lives he touched remember him not only for his erudition and expert guidance but, most importantly, for his embodiment of dharma—he lived what he taught. Through his presence and actions, Munindra made otherwise abstract ideals come alive. Living This Life Fully: Stories and Teachings of Munindra focuses on those ideals or qualities that lead to awakening: mindfulness, compassion, loving-kindness, determination, conviction, integrity, generosity, delight, curiosity, one-pointedness of mind, equanimity, relinquishment, wisdom, patience, vigor, and virtuous conduct. More »
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The Spirit of the Buddha A Tricycle Book Club Discussion with Martine Batchelor

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Martine Batchelor joins us here to discuss her new book, The Spirit of the Buddha. Formerly a nun in the Korean tradition of Zen Buddhism, Martine is the author of several books and is a frequent contributor to Tricycle. She led a Tricycle Retreat, "Break Your Addictive Patterns," in the summer of 2010, and lives in France with her husband Stephen.From the introduction of The Spirit of the Buddha: More »
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Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation A Tricycle Book Club Discussion with Sharon Salzberg

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From the introduction of Real Happiness:For thirty-six years, I’ve taught meditation to thousands of people, at the Insight Meditation Society retreat center in Barre, Massachusetts, which I cofounded in 1975, and at schools, corporations, government agencies, and community centers all over the world. I’ve introduced the techniques you’re about to encounter to groups of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, schoolteachers, police officers, athletes, teenagers, army chaplains and medics, doctors, nurses, burn patients, prisoners, frontline workers in domestic violence shelters, new moms and dads. My students come from every walk of life, ethnic background, and belief tradition. More »
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Civil Discourse in a Time of Gunfire with The Huffington Post's Richard Eskow

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The editors and I had already agreed to hold an online conversation about "civil discourse" with the Tricycle Community.  Then, in a tragic coincidence, the shootings in Tucson brought the subject into painfully sharp focus.  The topic has been the theme of my own engagement with Tricycle from the beginning. My first piece, "Above the Fray."  dealt with my own conflicted feelings as a political writer and activist who found "right speech" and political engagement impossible to reconcile. More »
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Dying with Confidence A Tricycle Book Club Discussion with Anyen Rinpoche

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Practicing for DeathWe all know that death is certain—no one ultimately evades death. What we often forget is that death can come at any time. For Buddhists, the moment of death is the most potent opportunity to practice. Indeed, it is the key opportunity to attain realization or a positive rebirth. Thus, meditation practice in Buddhism is actually practicing for death. You are practicing so that you can have mindfulness and clarity in that moment when you are dying, so you are confident you are prepared to use the experiences after death for the best rebirth possible—or even complete and perfect liberation. More »
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Gifts That Keep Giving, December 2010 How to give gifts this season that truly make a difference

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A discussion with Joan Duncan Oliver The holidays are coming. Time to draw up your gift list. Forget cashmere lap robes, chronometer watches, that scented candle your assistant will only re-gift to her grandmother. Expensive, unimaginative presents are so last year. The Buddhist spirit of giving—dana—is about generosity, not booty. We need to think outside the Tiffany box. Conscious consuming today means not just buying less but being mindful of your footprint on the earth. “Green” etiquette says the best present is one that doesn’t pollute, doesn’t exploit resources, causes no harm, helps someone in need—and may even burnish your karma. When you plunk down your credit card, make it truly count. More »
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Deep Down Things A Tricycle Book Club Discussion with Lin Jensen

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EARTH: AN INTRODUCTIONThis 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?

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Haiku Corner A Tricycle Poetry Club Discussion

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Welcome to Haiku Corner! Savor haiku … Buddha … your life; these are not separate. "Everything changes; everything is connected; pay attention." — Jane Hirshfield No matter if your practice be Vipassana (“Notice what you notice”) … Zen (“Close to the nose”) … Pure Land (“Everywhere, hear the Buddha Vow calling us to our true home) … Vajrayana (“Take a kindly attitude toward your mind”) … Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, indigenous, humanist, pagan, or nonpractice. From age 9 to 99. Published, pre-published, or doodling flowers in the margins. Here is Dharma Art, par excellence. Haikuyana. More »
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The Yoga of Creativity A Tricycle Discussion with Anne Cushman

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Materials for online discussion: The Yoga of Creativity: What’s the relationship between meditative practice and the artist’s journey? Anne Cushman is the author of the novel Enlightenment for Idiots, the tale of a would-be yoga teacher’s hilarious and ill-fated quest for spiritual awakening in India, which was named by Booklist as one of the “Top Ten First Novels” of 2008. She co-directs the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. Her essay “The Yoga of Creativity” in the current issue of Tricycle describes how her meditation and yoga practice helped her reclaim her creative voice as a storyteller—and explores the challenges she has faced while integrating her artistic and spiritual lives. More »
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Rebel Buddha A Tricycle Book Club Discussion with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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BEYOND CULTURE In my role as a teacher, my intention is simply to share the wisdom of the Buddha and my experiences in both traditional and contemporary settings of studying and practicing those teachings. In my teachings in recent years, I have also been trying to clarify frequent misunderstandings about Buddhism—especially the tendency to make Asian Buddhist culture stand for Buddhism itself—by pointing out the true essence of the teachings, which is wisdom joined with compassion. While not always easy to sort out, my various experiences have led me to see the almost blinding influence of culture in our lives and thus the importance of seeing beyond culture altogether. If we’re ever to understand who we are as individuals and societies, then we need to see the interdependence of culture, identity, and meaning. More »