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    Yoga for Meditators Paid Member

    Buddhist practitioner and yoga teacher Cyndi Lee offers a five-minute yoga regimen to enhance meditation practice. Who can say which comes first - a balanced body or a spacious mind? Science acknowledges that consciousness is not limited to the brain but is everywhere in the body. So the path to both steadiness and ease is consciously to unite body and mind. At the same time that yoga practice cultivates the physical stamina for meditation - that’s where we get the steadiness - the practice of meditative awareness brings about ease of mind and heart. More »
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    Mindful to the Quarter-inch Paid Member

    MID-AFTERNOON, twenty-four hours into a three-day vipassana retreat, I entered the teacher's cottage for my interview. Although I had attended many meditation retreats with lay teachers, this was my first interview with an Asian monk. Hesitant, bowing, unsure of etiquette, I walked in, sat on the floor, and waited for him to speak.… More »
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    The Great Indoors Paid Member

    For the past twenty-five years, Jeff Greenwald has wandered the globe, filing dispatches from territories as varied as Iran, Mali, Japan, Italy, Nepal, and the furthest reaches of cyberspace. Last summer, Tricycle assigned him to report on a different sort of journey: his first ten-day Vipassana retreat.� Day One - Spirit Rock Meditation Center One hour into my ten-day retreat, I drop my bag in a cool, compact room in a dorm named Upekkha: Equanimity. �More »
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    Give and Take Paid Member

    Contributing editor Andrew Cooper chats with Vipassana teacher, comedian, and author Wes Nisker on the topic “Jewish and Buddhist.” More »
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    Breath and the Body Paid Member

    Things have changed since the mid-1970s, when I began to study and practice both hatha yoga and Zen Buddhism. Back then, it was common to be told by Zen teachers that all one needed to do was to sit. Zazen was the be-all and end-all of practice, and if one practiced assiduously enough, nothing else was needed - not therapy, not text study, and most certainly not yoga! Despite the ruin of many a good knee, most� More »
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    On The Cushion: Why Sit? Q & A with Lama Surya Das Paid Member

    Sometimes sitting meditation seems useless when so much is going on around us. Is there another way to look at it? It’s true that sometimes meditation can seem like self-indulgent navel-gazing. Isn’t it more important to work for peace and justice, to strive to alleviate suffering, to actively address injustice and oppression, and to try to make the world a better place for everyone? My own mother used to write me while I was in India and… More »