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Patience can demand the most determined effort, especially when the habits of irritation and anger have built up over a lifetime or more, yet it is enlivened by the sweetest of qualities, such as humor, lightness, and perspective.

– Sarah Kanowski, “Raging Buddha”


sebene selassie teaching mindfulness of the four elements

Mindfulness of the Four Elements: Reconnecting with the World

In the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha taught practitioners to contemplate the four elements—earth, fire, water, and air—as a foundation of mindfulness practice. Our Meditation Month teacher, Sebene Selassie, shows how this oft-overlooked practice of examining the elements as basic metaphors for experience can help us see our inherent connections to nature.

By Sebene Selassie

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Winter 2021

Tricycle’s latest issue looks to the past and the future, examining what we can learn from past actions to enact future change. In “When America Met Thich Nhat Hanh,” peace activist Jim Forest reflects on his experiences with the Zen master’s engaged Buddhist action. In “How to Bring Our Planet Back to Life,” environmentalist Paul Hawken argues that to save our planet, we need to create a world worth saving. Other features include an interview with playwright Sarah Ruhl about how Buddhist teachings helped her cope with Bell’s palsy and the COVID-19 pandemic; a portfolio featuring the multimedia works of artist Chitra Ganesh; and a look at how Buddhists have addressed—or ignored—the adverse effects of meditation, a.k.a. “Buddhism’s Biggest Open Secret.”

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Dhamma Wheel is a program of daily contemplation designed to deepen your understanding of Buddhist wisdom and gradually integrate it into your meditation practice and your life.

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Finding Joy in Uncertainty

Jon Aaron

In this Dharma Talk series, you'll learn how to approach the uncertainties of life and find real happiness in a seemingly collapsing world. Jon Aaron, a teacher at the New York Insight Meditation Center, invites us to embrace the uncertainty of each unfolding moment as an antidote to despair and anxiety.

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Burma Storybook

For many Burmese people, poetry has been a source of hope and resiliency, helping them survive the military dictatorship’s total control over the country. In this 2017 documentary, take a cinematic trip to Myanmar and see the country through its people’s eyes and poetry. Burma Storybook centers around the 70 year-old activist and writer Maung Aung […]

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