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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 »
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    Green Koans 49: Myōe Saves a Bee Paid Member

    CASE #49:    Myōe Saves a Bee Once when Myōe was meditating in the main hall, he whispered to his attendant that a bee had just fallen into a pail of water in the washroom and would surely drown if the monk didn’t rush to save it. The attendant hurried to the far end of the monastery and was shocked to find a bee there struggling for its life, just as Myōe had said. More »
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    Train Your Mind: Don’t wallow in self-pity Paid Member

    56. Don’t wallow in self-pity.When your practice is not going well, or you feel it is too hard, you may begin to regret undertaking it in the first place. It is easy to start to feel sorry for yourself. The anti-lojong slogan, “Ignorance is bliss,” begins to sound pretty appealing. You think, why not just live a “normal life” and forget about all this? Why take on this extra burden of mind training and the cultivation of loving-kindness? More »
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    Green Koans 47: Rikyū’s “Only This” Paid Member

    CASE #47:    Rikyū’s “Only This” More »
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    Behind the scenes of the Summer 2011 cover shoot Paid Member

    On a bright and windy April afternoon three Tricycle staff members met photographer Lisa Elmaleh on 106th Street and Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. There, we conducted a 4 hour photo shoot of a 15-foot bronze statue of Shinran Shonin (the 12th-13th century Japanese Buddhist monk who founded Jodo Shinshu (Shin) Buddhism) outside the New York Buddhist Church. The statue originally stood outside a park in Hiroshima, Japan. After surviving the atomic bombing of 1945, the bronze statue was sent to New York in 1955 as a symbol of world peace. More »
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    Train Your Mind: Train Wholeheartedly Paid Member

    54. Train wholeheartedly.TrainIt is probably clear by now that lojong is all about training. And since the nature of mind training goes directly against our entrenched and deep-rooted habit of self-fixation, it is easy to come up with all sorts of excuses for not keeping it up. We are all about being solid, and we are ready to pounce on anything that threatens our fixed view of ourselves. At the same time, we are always scanning, seeking ways to secure ourselves further. Ego plays both a defensive and offensive game. More »