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  • Buddha in the Market Paid Member

    Venerable Samu Sunim became an orphan in Korea at the age of 10, after which he lived as a beggar on the streets of Seoul. One day, seeing a beautiful temple at the end of an alleyway, he went to inquire how he might live in such a place. The resident monk told him that he could do so only if he became a Buddhist monk, and so he traveled to a mountain monastery, where he studied in the Son (Zen) tradition.Samu Sunim came to the United States in 1967. Since then he has established centers in Toronto, Mexico City, Ann Arbor, and Chicago. The following interview was conducted in New York last June by Tricycle Senior Editor Clark Strand. More »
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    Blueprints of Freedom Paid Member

    How Martin Luther King, Jr., brought satyagraha to the U.S. and revolutionized the civil rights movement. More »
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    Where We Go From Here Paid Member

    By applying Buddhist ideals to present-day issues, engaged Buddhism takes the dynamics of Gandhi’s work in an inspiring direction. Buddhist scholar Kenneth Kraft looks at current events and considers where this movement is headed. More »
  • Clouds & Water Paid Member

    IT HAS BEEN SAID that without monasticism there is no Buddhism. When the first sangha—group of followers—began to grow around the Buddha there was, of course, no distinctly “Buddhist” form of monastic practice. The monasticism that the Buddha developed took into account the needs of his disciples as well as the realities of his culture and society. This responsiveness to the imperative of time, place, and people is still the defining characteristic of Buddhist monasticism. More »
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    Commit to Sit: Seated Tips Paid Member

    Experiment with posture. Sometimes, very slight adjustments can ease discomfort. You might also want to try different types of meditation cushions and benches; or see hot it feels to sit in a chair Use what might otherwise be considered "dead" time (eg. in your car, or waiting for someone to show up for an appointment) to focus your awareness on your immediate experience. If you find it helpful, use your breath as the primary object of concentration. This practice will help you to expand the sense of presence and connection you're developing in formal meditation into your everyday activities. Adapted from Insight Meditation: A Step-by-Step Course on How to Meditate with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, an interactive learning program from Sounds True. More »
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    Commit to Sit: Meditation Supplies Paid Member

    The three most common types of meditation support are: More »