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    Like all of us, you have been granted the chance to live Paid Member

    In front of my house, there is a sequoia tree that has grown so large it seems to pierce the sky. In 1951, a University of California professor named Dr. Ralph W. Chaney came to Japan to promote the metasequoia and planted one at our temple, the Nishi Hongwanji. I was 6 years old at the time. Ever since then, it has grown tall, dropping its leaves every autumn and sprouting buds come spring. Despite Kyoto's cold winter and hot, humid summer, it has somehow managed to thrive. Sometimes, when I see this tree, I find myself lost in thought. Seeing it sporting fresh green leaves or its form flecked with snow, it would sometimes give me courage. I would find myself thinking, "I guess me and you are growing up together." On this great earth, we live surrounded by friends. More »
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    Exercise: Movement Meditation Paid Member

    You can fully experience movement as an object of meditation by focusing on the sensations arising in the body from the movement. If working with the breath or walking meditation is difficult for you, this meditation offers another opportunity to cultivate mindfulness.Begin by acknowledging your intention to cultivate mindfulness through this practice. More »
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    Podcast: Interview with Sharon Salzberg Paid Member

    Sharon Salzberg stopped by the Tricycle office on Friday, January 23rd, and spoke with managing editor Alex Kaloyanides about her new book, The Kindness Handbook, published by Sounds True. She also spoke about the Brahmaviharas or Four Immeasurables: Lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity, and how these apply to the daily lives of Buddhists today. Listen to her podcast here at media.tricycle.com, or click the iTunes link below. More »
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    Genetic Engineering: A Buddhist Assessment Paid Member

    What will it be like to be a Buddhist in a future world where your life starts with your parents designing your genes? In addition to screening for unwanted genetic diseases, they select for sex, height, eye, hair, and skin color, and, if your parents are Buddhists, maybe even genes that allow you to sit easily in the full lotus position. Pressured by current social fads, they may also choose genes whose overall functions are not clearly understood, but are rumored to be connected with temperament, intelligence, mindfulness, and, perhaps, psychic powers. There is no longer any need to search for tulkus. They now clone themselves and are reborn in their own clones. More »