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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    The first three installments of Wake Up, Jack Kerouac's previously unpublished life of the Buddha, recounted the story of Prince Siddhartha leaving his father's palace and taking up the homeless life.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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    On Conferences: The Second Gethsemani Encounter Paid Member

    The first Gethsemani Encounter took place in 1996, at Gethsemani Abbey, the Trappist monastery in Kentucky where Thomas Merton, the well-known monk and writer, lived for twenty-seven years. That this first large international meeting of Christian and Buddhist contemplatives took place there was no accident. In the late 1960s, Merton met His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India, and the two made a strong connection. At the 1996 gathering, I had been astonished by the Christian monastic practice of daily recitation of the Psalms—passionate and sometimes violent poems. How in the world, I’d asked the Christians, could the recitation of such stuff serve as the centerpiece of your spiritual practice? This question opened up the meeting, as the monks poured out their hearts about their practice. I was moved but still not convinced, so I began looking closely at the Psalms. 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 »