Anger has something to teach us. Can we listen?
Anger has something to teach us. Can we listen?
Realizing the basic goodness of society
How to respond to social injustice: an interview with Buddhist scholar John Makransky
On set with director Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
The genetic karma of our inherited selves
Photographs by Henny Garfunkel of the Shinnyo-en Fire and Water ceremony in Kenya
Former monk, Andy Puddicombe, lends tools to support your meditation practice.
Staying steady through the mess we’re in
The dangers of literalism
Jules Shuzen Harris, Sensei, a Soto priest and dharma successor to Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, writes candidly about confronting his own anger and helping others handle theirs in “Uprooting the Seeds of Anger.” He describes his method for defusing anger as “an inventive psychological process” combined with traditional zazen. A Buddhist practitioner for 30 years, […]
A Binding up “Pursuing an American Buddhism,” Linda Heuman’s interview with Buddhist scholar Charles Prebish (Spring 2012), struck a chord with me. Buddhism has always adapted to, as well as transformed, any culture to which it was transplanted. It is surely one of its strengths that because it makes no claims to speak for revealed […]
A dharma teacher who visits the Tricycle editorial office each time he’s in town has for some time been pushing us to run a series of articles on anger. I’ve resisted for many months, even a few years, pointing out that we’ve been there, done that. “Well,” he’d quip with a shade of irritation in […]
An angry person is ugly and sleeps poorly. Gaining a profit, he turns it into a loss, having done damage with word and deed. A person overwhelmed with anger destroys his wealth. Maddened with anger, he destroys his status. Relatives, friends, and colleagues avoid him. Anger brings loss. Anger inflames the […]
As we go through life, we accumulate layers of ideas about who we are and what we’re capable of achieving. As these layers accumulate, we tend to become increasingly rigid in our identification with certain views about ourselves and the world around us. Gradually, we lose our connection to the basic openness, clarity, and love […]
When we just function, just act, just work, with no idea of a “me” that is functioning or acting or working, the dharma is fully expressed, for then there is no separation. Although things are accomplished in the relative sense (cause and effect), there are no results in the absolute sense (no cause and no […]
Life is easy for the shameless, cunning, Corrupt, brazen, nasty, and betraying. But for one who’s honest and insightful, Trying to pursue purity, it’s hard. —Dhammapada 244–245 Why do so few people follow the path of mindful work? Because it’s hard. The Buddha levels with us. Living a life of integrity is hard work. Following […]
Last May, former Marine Daniel Goolsby, 61, lost his job and fell into a deep depression. His savings gone, he was three months behind on his rent—and fed up with psychiatrists who wanted to “fix” his depression with heavy medication. Goolsby dragged himself, a downtrodden man, to St. Patrick Center in St. Louis, Missouri, hoping […]
Tattoo and graffiti artist Mike Giant on how Buddhism and mindfulness practice has seeped into the way he creates his art. And enjoy his Buddhist-influenced work below.
Recipes From the Land of Sanghamitta
A Zen Gardener’s Pilgrimage to India
Searching for Toads in Namibia
Offering Protection from Unwholesome Dispositions
The third Zen precept
How Paul Hawken Anticipated Occupy Wall Street and the Rise of Leaderless Movements
How to recognize and overcome three universal obstacles to practice
Imagine you walk into a small empty room that is totally dark and are asked to locate its center point. How might you proceed? Unable to use the sense of sight, you might begin by going around the room with one hand on the wall, exploring the perimeter. Once you’ve turned the corner four times, […]
Turns out you can’t waste time if you’re aware of it.
The dusty little town of Bodhgaya has changed a bit since the first time I came as a pilgrim in 1999. At that time, Bihar was known as the most corrupt and impoverished state in India. We were warned by the chai wallah at each tea shop that travel was very dangerous and that roving […]
Robert N. Bellah Religion in Human Evolution Harvard University Press 2011, 784 pp., $39.95 cloth In an interview with Tricycle almost a decade ago, the sociologist of religion Robert N. Bellah addressed a central problem—perhaps thecentral problem—facing religious people today. Our modern intellectual inheritance demands a critical approach to received wisdom, yet faith would seem […]
The Zen of Steve Jobs
Back in 1999, Buddhist scholar Franz Metcalf took the concept “What Would Jesus Do?” popular with Christian evangelicals and spun it into What Would Buddha Do?, a book of Buddhist wisdom for everyday life. Now, he and sociologist BJ Gallagher follow this up with Being Buddha at Work: 108 Ancient Truths on Change, Stress, Money […]
An Interview with Shinso Ito
Most people know that in 1971 Daniel Ellsberg, an American military analyst who Henry Kissinger dubbed “the most dangerous man in America,” leaked the Pentagon Papers, an act that became one of the most decisive catalysts in ending the Vietnam War. But what many people don’t know is that Ellsberg’s decision to release the papers […]