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    Train Your Mind: Don’t be swayed by external circumstances. Paid Member

    50. Don’t be swayed by external circumstances.The good thing about mind training is that it can be practiced in all kinds of situations. You do not have to wait for the right conditions to arrive or make special arrangements in order to work with mind training. The only rearrangement that needs to be made is to your own attitude. According to this slogan, you should take the view that whatever takes place in your life will have something to teach you. It does not matter if your external conditions are favorable or unfavorable, good or bad, for no matter what the circumstances, you can always practice mind training. So you should make use of everything you do and every situation you encounter, no matter how small and insignificant, large and overwhelming, as an opportunity to let go of aggression and cultivate loving-kindness. More »
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    Train Your Mind: Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment. Paid Member

    49. Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment. More »
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    The Big Awakening Paid Member

    Nearly thirty years ago, Tricycle’s features editor, Andrew Cooper, wrote a fine piece of Buddhist humor that made the rounds in various Buddhist publications. It is an imagined Buddhist sutra told in the voice of a hard-boiled detective of the Sam Spade style—a sutra noir, if you will. It first appeared in the Zen Center of Los Angeles journal The Ten Directions, and a revised version was published about six years back in Inquiring Mind, and more recently in the anthology The Best of Inquiring Mind. We figured the time had come to post it here for members of the Tricycle community.The Big Awakening More »
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    Train Your Mind: Keep the three inseparable Paid Member

    47. Keep the three inseparable.It is easy to think of lojong practice as just a mental exercise, after all, lojong is translated as “mind training.” But according to this slogan, lojong practice should engage our whole being: our body, our speech, and our mind.  The idea is that we should be so thoroughly and completely permeated with mind training that there is no separation whatsoever. More »
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    Meditation Instructions Paid Member

    Seven Essential Points for the Body1.    Legs comfortable and stable, knees lower than the hips whether on the cushion or on the chair.2.    Spine straight like a spear.3.    Hands either on the knees or in the meditation posture: right hand on the left, thumbs touching, hands below navel or on the lap.4.    Shoulders open.5.    Chin pulled in to encourage straightness from the tailbone to the top of the head.6.    Mouth closed or slightly open; tongue resting naturally against the upper palate; breath is flowing freely through the nostrils.7.    Eyes open or half closed, gently gazing downwards.Seven Essential Points for the Mind1.    Take a moment to reflect on your motivation for engaging in this practice. More »
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    13 Ways of Looking at a Madman: Photos Paid Member

    The following photos relate to the article "13 Ways of Looking at a Madman," from the Spring 2011 Tricycle.                       Red Nail Polish on Gold Painted Stone. This was the OM that Mark called "my masterpiece," made shortly before he entered his final period of decline. A similar stone, created only a few weeks later using the same nail polish and gold paint and depicting the mantra OM-MANI-PADME-HUM, showed signs of a deteriorating mind, the script in that case being barely legible. More »