Community

Living and practicing harmoniously with others is essential to Buddhist teachings
  • What Does Being a Buddhist Mean to You? Paid Member

    ROHN PARSONS Free-lance generalist in the process of moving back to Japan with his family Charlotte, North Carolina "Some friends and I were discussing Tricycle, Buddhism, etc. I was asked, 'What does being a Buddhist mean to you?' Here are some of our contributions. 'Not staking a claim of being a Buddhist but rather simply being a Buddha-Dharma sympathizer.' 'Nonsectarian appreciation and attempted application of the teachings learned thus far. When sitting, responsibility rests in the lap. Otherwise it rides on the shoulders.' 'Wood comes from trees'. 'Not believing in or necessarily wishing for a speculative "next life" but doing what I can with it NOW!' '22 years of study so far...so what?' More »
  • Tricycle Community 0 comments

    In the News Paid Member

    FIRST PRIZE When Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest in Rangoon for the past two years, was named the latest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the news triggered massive protests against the repressive regime in Burma. Universities were shut down when students demonstrated for Aung San Suu Kyi's release and, in a plea for world attention, Buddhist monks took to the streets carrying big signs in English to, "Free the Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize." (Read the review of Freedom from Fear, a collection of essays by Aung San Suu Kyi).MASS GRAVE FOR MONGOLIAN MONKS More »
  • Tricycle Community 0 comments

    Exile Spirit Paid Member

    DARKNESS CLIMBS THE WILD SAGEBRUSH SLOPES around the Metta Forest Monastery northeast of San Diego. Coyotes bark. In a leveled clearing, light spills out from a simple wooden shrine. Inside all is quiet except for a single voice—pausing . . . going on, pausing . . . going on again. In clear and certain tones, the voice of Thanissaro Bhikkhu leads a guided meditation for a handful of people sitting Thai-style on their ankles under the gaze of a huge golden Buddha. There are three young men from the outskirts of Los Angeles, a lone schoolteacher from Alaska, a Thai family, and several women and men. More »
  • Tricycle Community 0 comments

    Kokopelli's Sack Paid Member

    For the late-season gardener there is no escape from the great ripening of August. The hands of every gardener are stained tell-tale brown with the gummy residue of unruly Ailsa Craig tomato plants. Try as we may to find a place of repose away from the incessant chatter of the cockscomb plants gossiping with the whirligig zinnias, nothing works. The tendrils of the lemon cucumber push open the stoutest sanctuary door, creep over the threshold, and wind clockwise around the gardener’s wrist. Once, twice, and again . . . the servant is pulled back to the garden. More »
  • What Does Being a Buddhist Mean to You? Paid Member

    Robert Joshin AlthouseDirector, Zen Center of HawaiiKamuela, Hawaii I dreamed that Gyaltrul Rinpoche was on a wharf in San Francisco dancing, laughing, and throwing fish up in the air.Jennifer BirkettMassage TherapistSan Francisco, California More »
  • Tricycle Community 0 comments

    The White Buddhist Paid Member

    Each year on February 17, Buddhists throughout Sri Lanka light brass lamps and offer burning incense to commemorate the anniversary of the death of an American-born Buddhist hero. In Theravadan temples, saffron-robed monks bow down before his photographs, and boys and girls in schoolhouses across the country offer gifts in his memory. “May the merit we have gained by these good deeds,” they meditate, “pass on to Colonel Olcott, and may he gain happiness and peace.” More »