Inside a prison and on a footbridge, in grassy parks and under tarps, 2003 marked the most successful Change Your Mind Day ever.


Thai monks at Anchorage CYMD © Ven. Sirichai Deelert, Wat Alaska Yanna Varam
Thai monks at Anchorage CYMD © Ven. Sirichai Deelert, Wat Alaska Yanna Varam

On the afternoon of June 7, residents of thirty-eight cities (including, this year, Wellington, New Zealand) gathered for the tenth annual Change Your Mind Day (CYMD), an afternoon of free outdoor meditation instruction.

This year Tricycle set up the first-ever “Instant CYMD”—a phone line enabling those unable to attend events in their area to access Buddhist teachings. For the price of a longdistance phone call, would-be CYMD participants from around the world can listen to prerecorded thirty-minute meditation instructions from teachers of various traditions. Currently available are teachings from Sharon Salzberg, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and John Daido Loori. The phone line will be accessible through May of next year at (212) 990-6193.

Following are clips from reports sent in from several participating cities.

Albany, New York
“An insight meditation teacher taught us perfect instructions for Buddhists learned from training a seeing-eye dog: ‘Sit,’ ‘Leave it,’ and ‘Get Busy.’”

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