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    Mahayana / Zen Practice Paid Member

    PEOPLE SAY THAT practicing Zen is difficult, but there is a misunderstanding as to why. It is not difficult because it is hard to sit in the cross-legged position, or to attain enlightenment. It is difficult because it is hard to keep our mind pure and our practice pure in its fundamental sense. The Zen school developed in many ways after it was established in China, but at the same time, it became more and more impure. But I do not want to talk about Chinese Zen or the history of Zen. I am interested in helping you keep your practice from becoming impure. More »
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    Mahayana / Vajrayana Practice Paid Member

    I USUALLY CONSIDER the teachings of the Buddha under two headings: activity and view. Activity means refraining from harming others. This is something that is universally helpful, something that all people appreciate, whether they are religious or not. View refers to the principle of interdependence. Happiness and suffering, and the beings who experience them, do not arise without cause nor are they caused by some eternal creator. In fact, all things arise from causes corresponding to them. More »
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    Theravada / Vipassana Practice Paid Member

    OVER THE YEARS and throughout various cultures, many techniques and systems of Buddhist practice have been developed. . . , but the essence of awakening is always the same: to see clearly and directly the truth of our experience in each moment, to be aware, to be mindful. This practice is a systematic development and opening of awareness called by the Buddha the four foundations of mindfulness: awareness of the body, awareness of feelings, awareness of mental phenomena, and awareness of truths, of the laws of experience [see pages 121-135]. More »
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    A Short History of Buddhism Paid Member

    THE HISTORY OF the Buddha Dharma begins with the enlightenment of the Buddha, who at the age of thirty-five (probably around 528 BCE) awakened from the sleep of delusion that grips all beings in an endless vicious cycle of ignorance and unnecessary suffering (samsara). Having awakened, he decided to "go against the current" and communicate his liberating wakefulness to suffering beings—that is, to teach the Dharma. More »
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    Change Your Mind Day In 1994 a few hundred people gathered in Central Park to attend Tricycle's first Change Your Mind Day. The magazine's board had agreed on a day of free Buddhist meditation instruction as a way of reaching out to the community, making dharma more accessible, and bringing together members of different sanghas. It seemed like a simple idea: Put down some meditation cushions in a park, invite teachers to come, get a microphone, and put up flyers announcing the event to the public. Doing it, however, was more complicated: We had to sign a contract with the park, buy insurance, and the microphone turned into a sound system. Our "free" day of meditation was getting expensive. More »