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    Green Koan Case 52: Yen-shou’s Sand Stupa Paid Member

    CASE #52:    Yen-shou’s Sand Stupa Master Yen-shou of Yung-ming once summarized for his students the Expedient Means chapter of the Lotus Sutra:  Even if you recite the buddha-name with a scattered mind or praise Buddha in a low voice, or scratch out a picture of the Buddha with your fingernail, or make a stupa out of a pile of sand, and thus gradually accumulate merit, all of you have achieved enlightenment. More »
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    Green Koan Case 51: Soen’s One World Paid Member

      CASE #51: Soen’s One World Soen Roshi wrote the following haiku: With Fuji in sightI pick young herbsthat world and this world BACKGROUND: More »
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    Train Your Mind: Don’t expect applause. Paid Member

    59. Don’t expect applause.Now that you have studied all these slogans, don’t expect anyone to congratulate you! In fact it is a good idea to look at how much we keep looking for recognition altogether. It can be embarrassing, but often, as soon as we do anything of note, it is as if we were little children at a playground shouting. “Watch me, mama! Look at me! Look what I can do!” And when whatever we have done is not acknowledged or recognized, how quickly we get puffy and upset. More »
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    Train Your Mind: Don’t be frivolous Paid Member

    58. Don’t be frivolous.To work with this slogan, it is necessary to look at how you spend your time, what you think about, and how your invest your energy. It is easy to fritter away your time in frivolous pursuits that do not lead anywhere. But living in this way is like eating junk food: it is ultimately unsatisfying. More »
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    Train Your Mind: Don’t be jealous. Paid Member

    57. Don’t be jealous.This slogan is not only about jealousy, but also about overall irritability. If your meditation practice or mind training is making you even more irritable and touchy than before, something is off. You should be less susceptible to jealousy and irritability, not more so. At times we are thin-skinned and bristle at the slightest provocation, and at other times we hide out under a thick layer of armor. But instead of bouncing between those two extremes, we can develop softness and toughness hand in hand, so that the heightened sensitivity and greater mindfulness that develop through the practice do not simply provide more reasons to be either jealous and upset or closed off and hunkered down. More »