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Do we really have nothing to fear but fear itself? In concert with the year's spookiest month, Tricycle offers a helpful new e-book, Tricycle Teachings: Fear, which tackles this tricky emotion from a Buddhist perspective. The e-book's contributors, from Tsoknyi Rinpoche to Ajahn Amaro, advise us on what to do when we feel fear, how we can overcome our aversion to it, and reveal how even the worst fear can be transformed into a source of constant renewal for our practice. Become a Sustaining or Supporting Member of Tricycle and download Tricycle Teachings: Fear for free.

We are in constant pursuit of happiness. But what does it mean to be truly happy? And doesn't Buddhism teach us that to focus solely on our own happiness creates suffering instead? In our newest e-book, Tricycle Teachings: Happiness, some of our favorite contributors—including Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, B. Alan Wallace, Joseph Goldstein, and Ken McLeod—offer a range of Buddhist perspectives on happiness and the paradox at the heart of its pursuit.

These days, it’s a victory to have an exchange longer than 140 characters, let alone a thoughtful and engaging conversation. With our newest e-book, Conversations: Volume 1, Tricycle is happily reminding you that these conversations do exist. Conversations is full of the best back-and-forths between the leading voices in contemporary Buddhism from our archives—spanning over two decadesincluding thoughts from the Dalai Lama on his daily routine; Pema Chödrön on Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche; and the actor Jeff Bridges on handling anxiety.

With our busy schedules, it’s too easy to put off meditation practice in place of family commitments, plans with friends, and mindless Internet surfing. But how different would you feel if you meditated every day for a month? In partnership with bestselling author and teacher Sharon Salzberg and Vipassana instructor Joseph Goldstein, we’re helping you jump back into your meditation practice with our new e-book, Tricycle Teachings: Commit to Sit, the perfect companion to our annual 28-day meditation challenge this February. For those who would like a structured program to help them through the month, this e-book features week by week meditation instructions, challenges, and tips for both beginner and experienced practitioners alike.

Each month has its own flavor, so we’ve put together 12 appropriately themed practices to see you through the new year. Are you prepared for the cloyingly sweet romance of February? April rains? How about spooky October? Tricycle Teachings: 12 Months of Dharma will guide you through 2014 with the wisdom of some of today’s most beloved teachers, including Ajahn Sumedho, Ayya Khema, and psychiatrist Mark Epstein.

Hungry? Tricycle Teachings: Food contains Buddhist wisdom on an aspect of life none of us can afford to ignore: eating! Featuring foodie essays and recipes, mindful eating techniques, and wisdom from Buddhist teachers both past and present, including Zen Master Dogen, John Daido Loori Roshi, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and Anam Thubten, Tricycle Teachings: Food is the perfect accompaniment to the year's most food-centric month.

If you've ever found yourself suffering from a broken heart or just (poorly) navigating the emotional minefields we know as "human relationships," you won't want to miss this collection. Tricycle Teachings: Love & Relationships is full of Buddhist advice from some of our favorite teachers, including Pema Chödrön, Ezra Bayda, and Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. Plus, Tricycle contributing editor Anne Cushman uncovers the hilarious world of online dharma dating.

The powerful practice of forgiveness releases us from the grasp of fear and anger and allows us to see the world with a kind, wise heart. Featuring wisdom and teachings by Buddhist teachers Jack Kornfield, Robert Thurman, Thich Nhat Hanh, Mark Epstein, and Gina Sharpe, Tricycle Teachings: Forgiveness will guide you on the path to offering forgiveness for yourself and others.

Get off the emotional roller coaster! Tricycle Teachings: Working with Emotions offers tools and practices for cultivating equanimity by using your emotional life as a path for awakening. This new e-book includes teachings and advice from well-known Buddhist teachers Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama, Tara Brach, Sharon Salzberg, and many more.


Whether you have months of retreat under your belt or have never been able to keep up a regular meditation practice, Tricycle Teachings: Meditation, Vol. 2 will help you breathe new life into your practice. This e-book offers practical tips, teachings, and practices from some of Tricycle’s most skilled meditation instructors, including Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield, Ezra Bayda, Martine Batchelor, Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, and Ken McLeod.

In sitting meditation, it often occurs to us that our bodies have been the last thing on our minds; we've been living in a prison of thought, fantasy, of plans for a future that never happens. In this e-book, Tricycle Teachings: Body in Practice, learn how your body is your best tool for practice. Featuring teachings by Shantideva, S.N. Goenka, Sylvia Boorstein, Reggie Ray, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, it's the perfect way to start off your new year.

Death is universal and inevitable. Sooner or later, it comes to all of us. As Buddhists, we are taught that the experience of dying contains the seeds of great personal transformation. But let's face it: It’s also tough. Tricycle Teachings: Dying & Death offers compassion and insight for anyone seeking to explore the Buddhist approach to one of life’s greatest mysteries.


One of the Five Precepts for ethical conduct, traditionally Right Speech is defined as the avoidance of four types of harmful communication: lies, divisive speech, harsh speech, and idle chatter. Even with these clear directions, though, factoring Right Speech into our daily lives can be exceedingly difficult. Tricycle Teachings: Right Speech is full of insight and advice from Buddhist teachers on how to successfully bring Right Speech into the interactions and relationships we care most about.

The best way to understand what samsara feels like might be to reflect upon our addictions. Compulsive behavior can take many forms: eating, shopping, or cultivating thought patterns. Even going to the gym can be addictive, as we sometimes turn ordinarily healthy habits into self-destructive obsessions. This Tricycle e-book offers Buddhist wisdom and advice from over a dozen teachers on addiction and recovery.

Described as the bitterest of the “three poisons” but also as the preeminent “doorway to awakening,” anger is one of the richest fields of study and practice for anyone—Buddhist or not—who seeks to transform oneself, one’s relationships, and society. Tricycle Teachings: Anger presents the Buddhist path from anger to wisdom, with insight and calm advice by H.H. the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman, Ken McLeod, Joanna Macy, and other leading Buddhist teachers who have worked to transform anger into compassion, social justice, and peace.

This e-book goes beyond the buzzwords to explore the purpose, science, practices, and daily application of this core meditative discipline—a Buddhist treasure shared by virtually all lineages. 

This e-book is a companion to the Tricycle Retreat, "Aging as a Spiritual Practice," led by Buddhist teacher and aging specialist Lewis Richmond. Tricycle Teachings: Aging includes over 80 pages of articles from the Tricycle Wisdom Collection, including an excerpt from Lewis Richmond’s new book, Aging as a Spiritual Practice.

Don’t just do something, sit there! Tricycle Teachings: Meditation is the perfect guide to establishing—and maintaining—a regular meditation practice in the midst of our busy lives. This special e-book features 25 articles carefully selected by Tricycle’s editors for their clear instructions and helpful advice.

This e-book includes fourteen classic teachings from our most cherished teachers, including “The Evolution of Happiness,” by Joseph Goldstein; “As If There is Nothing to Lose,” by Sallie Jiko Tisdale; “The Economy of Gifts,” by Thanissaro Bhikkhu; and “The Joy of Giving,” by Gil Fronsdal.

This keepsake e-book includes the best teachings, interviews, and reflections by Tricycle’s top authors of the last 20 years, including the Dalai Lama, Pema Chödrön, Stephen Batchelor, Lama Surya Das, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, and many others.