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New Online Retreat: Working & Playing with the Breath

Our new online retreat with Thanissaro Bhikkhu, abbot of the Metta Forest Monastery, delves into various aspects of recognizing, understanding, and cultivating the breath. Emphasizing the practice of “playing with the breath,” Thanissaro Bhikkhu walks us through developing sensitivity to the breath, patiently observing it, and then learning to manipulate the rhythms of our breath-energy […]

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The Three Universal Characteristics of Existence

In Rita Gross’s Tricycle Retreat, “Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners,” we have been discussing what aspects of the Buddha’s teachings already existed in the time of the Buddha and what aspects were unique ideas of the Buddha. For example, in the teachings of the Upanishads, an important group of texts in Hinduism, it is stated […]

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Week 2 Roundup: The Buddha’s Original Ideas

We’re finishing up week 2 of Rita Gross’s Tricycle Retreat, “Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners,” today. This week Gross discussed India’s spiritual scene at the time of the Buddha. She reminds us that the Buddha didn’t come up with his philosophy all on his own, that he made use of many of the ideas popular […]

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How important are meditation retreats?

A couple of days ago, my co-worker Monty McKeever wrote a post on our blog about Buddhism and money. As you might have guessed, it got some attention: Tricycle Community members left impassioned comments and it got picked up by various Buddhist bloggers. One comment is particularly interesting. Joshua Eaton—who, in addition to holding an […]

By Sam Mowe

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Why is Buddhism so Damned Expensive?

Yesterday my colleague Sam posted a blog that quickly prompted a thoughtful response from a practitioner in Scotland. At the the end of his post he writes, There is one thing about Buddhism that I find disturbing. Why is it so damned expensive? I have missed teachings because I just cannot afford the fees. I’m […]

By Monty McKeever