santa+buddha‘Tis the season to be jolly—and to grit your teeth and run through the gauntlet of what is commonly known as the holiday season. Whether it’s gift shopping or socializing with your relatives that’s got you down, Tricycle’s month-long Buddhist Holiday Survival Guide is here to help.

Throughout the month, Zen monk Brad Warner will be answering all of your practice questions, and midway through December, Zen teacher Ezra Bayda will be leading a discussion on dealing with those difficult relationship situations—in-laws, new partners, old family resentments—that tend to crop up over the holidays.

On the Tricycle blog we’ll be featuring dharma talks on generosity by Buddhist teacher Gil Fronsdal, articles from our archives on family and relationships, Buddhist gift ideas, and more to awaken your spirit of generosity, patience, and forbearance. So make sure to check back for something new each day.

It’s the season of practicing generosity, and in honor of the holidays we’re offering our Tricycle Teachings: Generosity e-book free to Supporting and Sustaining Members, featuring articles by Joseph Goldstein, Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Robert Aitken Roshi, and Judy Leif.

You can also help a loved one through this holiday season by giving them the gift of dharma with a Tricycle Community Gift Sustaining Membership.

Together, we just might make it to January 1st!

To start things off today, here’s Gil Fronsdal, the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California, speaking on “Generosity in the Teachings of the Buddha.”

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