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    Responding to Tragedy Paid Member

    As Tricycle’s contact for the Dharma Directory, I had the unusual privilege of speaking with practitioners from dozens of Buddhist communities across the country in the weeks following the September 11th attacks. From my conversations and correspondence I began to get a sense of the ways in which practice had shifted as a result of the disaster—as well as the ways in which it remained reassuringly steadfast. In the end, practice was revealed to be exactly what we say it is: a matter of life and death. More »
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    Wake Up, Fourth Episode Paid Member

    The first three installments of Wake Up, Jack Kerouac's previously unpublished life of the Buddha, recounted the story of Prince Siddhartha leaving his father's palace and taking up the homeless life. In Episode Three, while meditating under the Bodhi Tree, Siddhartha discovered the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path and became fully enlightened, a buddha. This episode, the fourth of nine to be published in Tricycle, opens just after Shakyamuni Buddha has attained liberation, while he is still seated beneath the tree. More »
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    Science of Enlightenment Paid Member

    Mindfulness is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state or quality of being mindful; attention; regard; memory; intention; purpose,” but it is not listed in Stedman’s Medical Dictionary. Its recent usage as a technical term in the area of Buddhist meditation, however, has breathed new life into this archaic noun. Mindfulness is fast becoming a household word as well as a key term in medicine, psychotherapy, and neuroscience. More »
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    GenNext Paid Member

    I have a confession to make. I used to sneer at people who fluttered from religion to religion concocting their own spirituality from the sexiest of each. But one morning while praying I realized that I epitomize the spiritual shopper! My cart is filled with Hindu shlokas, Theravadin precepts, Christian psalms, and Rumi’s mystical poetry. More »
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    Speaking of Dharma Paid Member

    How can people in the modern West apply Buddhist teachings to their daily lives? This question—perhaps the central one for many dharma practitioners today—was recently addressed by four reincarnate lamas of the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Speaking at a conference hosted by New York’s Tibet Center on June 26-27, the lamas talked about matters ranging from tantric visualization to how to do prostrations. But some of their most interesting comments dealt with human relationships. More »
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    On Conferences: A New Spirit at Spirit Rock Paid Member

    The spirit of jazz and gospel kept rhythm with Buddhist mantras, chants, and dharma teachings in the first-ever African American Dharma Retreat and Conference, held in August at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. For five days, African American Buddhists shared in a unique spiritual celebration that drew from and blended Buddhist tradition and African American culture. Led by and devoted solely to African American Buddhist practitioners, the conference was the inspiration of Black psychologist and Vipassana teacher Ralph Steele, who garnered the support of Jack Kornfield, founder of Spirit Rock. More »