From evolutionary psychology’s support of what the Buddha taught 2,600 years ago to why Stephen Batchelor quit guru yoga to three poems to introduce your child to mindfulness, here are 17 articles, podcasts, and videos from the last 12 months that you don’t want to miss before the year is up.


The mahasiddhas Tilopa and Naropa; Central Tibet, 16th century, pigment on cloth | Courtesy Rubin Museum of Art
The mahasiddhas Tilopa and Naropa; Central Tibet, 16th century, pigment on cloth | Courtesy Rubin Museum of Art

Why I Quit Guru Yoga
Does elevating the guru to the same status as the teachings themselves set the stage for teacher-student abuse?
By Stephen Batchelor

Hold to the Center!
Zen advice for when things blow up around you
By Wendy Egyoku Nakao Roshi

What Went Wrong
An interview with Tibetan psychologist Lobsang Rapgay about student-teacher relationships that turn abusive
By Emma Varvaloucas

The Power of the Third Moment
The look you gave the driver who cut you off. The email you shouldn’t have sent. There’s an effective way to avoid acting on your worst emotions.
By Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche

Mapping Your Mind: The Original Buddhist Psychology
Clinical psychologist and Soto Zen teacher Beth Jacobs demystifies the Abhidharma
By Marie Scarles

The Gift of Fear
Fear is a part of human nature, so there is little point in forcing ourselves to overcome it or pretending to be unaffected by it. In fact, we do so at our peril.
By Dharmavidya David Brazier

When My Son Became a Monk
A mother adjusts to her son’s new way of being in the world.
By Sarah Conover

Globalism 3.0
The secret to world harmony isn’t oneness. It’s multiplicity.
By Kurt Spellmeyer


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Three Poems to Introduce Children to Mindfulness
Breathe and Be uses poetry and illustrations to show children practices that can help them stay calm, regulate their emotions, and appreciate the world.
By Kate Coombs, Illustrated by Anna Emilia Laitinen  

Why Grief Is a Series of Contractions and Expansions
A Zen priest and bereavement educator explains the importance of sticking with our pain and other difficult emotions so we can come out on the other side.
By Joanne Cacciatore

Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Suffering
Instead, we should fear not knowing how to handle our suffering
By Thich Nhat Hanh

I Tried the “Buddhist Monk” Diet—And It Worked
But not just for slimming one ex-monks’ waistline
By Matthew Gindin

The Buddha Talks to a Brahmin Supremacist
How a Buddhist teaching on dismantling the superiority of the brahmin class can help us take on racism.
By Krishnan Venkatesh

Hacking My Way to Consistent Meditation
How gamification helped a longtime “bad” meditator develop a steady and successful practice.
By Biju Sukumaran

Why Trees Are The Ultimate Meditation Teachers
In Buddhism, trees have long been recognized as living things worthy of recognition and protection.
By Lauren Krauze


Learning to Be Buddha: Examining Our Actions of Body, Speech, and Mind
Soto Zen teacher Susan Moon looks at our vows to practice the Buddhist precepts and teaches us to view ourselves with compassion and humor when we make mistakes.


Why (Science Says) Buddhism is True
In this episode of Tricycle Talks, journalist and science writer Robert Wright explains how evolutionary psychology supports what the Buddha taught 2,600 years ago.

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