from the archives

  • Tricycle Community 0 comments

    Hot and Heavy, Cool and Light Paid Member

    Tonglen, literally “giving and taking,” is a Tibetan practice for cultivating compassion, the Mahayana path of the bodhisattva. The great master Atisha brought Tibetans this practice from India in the eleventh century. Tonglen reverses the pattern of self-cherishing that is the knot of our personal suffering. Using breathing as the basis, tonglen opens our hearts to those things we would rather avoid and encourages us to share what we would rather keep for ourselves. The… More »
  • Tricycle Community 0 comments

    Tricycle Back to Basics: View, Meditation, and Action Paid Member

    We all have preconceptions, we all have points of view. Not only do we have ideas, but we have opinions and countless judgments, especially about other people. We may hope to free ourselves from such a tangle, but usually what we find is that we just exchange one set of preconceptions for another. The practice of mindfulness-awareness meditation does not take place in a vacuum. It happens within a certain context and point of view. In… More »
  • Tricycle Community 0 comments

    Sitting Around Paid Member

    I'VE HAD TRULY MIXED FEELINGS about writing this little meditation, but then it is not costumed as a dispensation. We apparently drown in discursive texts, lists of principles and, on occasion, turn in despair from recondite Buddhist studies to the poetry of Han Shan and Gary Snyder and many in between. I think it was a Zuni who said, "There are no truths, only stories." Perhaps that is why we are drawn back to The… More »
  • Tricycle Community 0 comments

    2007 Archives Paid Member

    Here are the archived issues from 2007. More »
  • Tricycle Community 0 comments

    On The Cushion: A Refuge into Being. Q & A with Martine Batchelor Paid Member

    When meditating, is it necessary to focus on one specific object? This is not always necessary, but at times it can be very helpful. When you do meditate on a specific object, such as the breath, that object will help you to develop concentration, and concentration will enable you to cultivate a quiet and spacious mind. But you must be careful not to focus your attention too narrowly on the object, as that can constrain your practice.… More »
  • Tricycle Community 0 comments

    ON LANGUAGE: What's in a Word? Paid Member

    Taking another look at the Buddhist roots of a much-maligned term: Aryan. More »