Podcast: Tricycle Talks

Podcast series featuring leading voices and thinkers in the contemporary Buddhist world

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— Episode #61

The Hungry Ghosts Among Us

With Andy Rotman
The Hungry Ghosts Among Us

In today’s episode of Tricycle Talks, Andy Rotman, a scholar of South Asian religions and author of Hungry Ghosts, introduces us to the denizens of Buddhist hell who are driven by greed and meanness. These ancient ghost stories, Rotman says, can help us make sense of our darker sides and engage with the pain and suffering of others.

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— Episode #60

How a Buddhist Mom and Activist Took on the National Rifle Association

With Shannon Watts
How a Buddhist Mom and Activist Took on the National Rifle Association

In the latest episode of Tricycle Talks, Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, tells Tricycle’s editor-in-chief James Shaheen and cohost Sharon Salzberg about what it’s like to work with communities afflicted by gun violence and how her Buddhist meditation practice has kept her in the fight despite Twitter trolls and fierce pushback from the National Rifle Association.

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— Episode #59

Tired of Pretending to Be Me

With Joseph Goldstein
Tired of Pretending to Be Me

In today’s episode, Tricycle’s editor-in-chief James Shaheen sits down with Joseph Goldstein, cofounder and guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, who recently emerged from a 3-month silent retreat. They discuss the value and challenges of a long retreat, the wisdom of investigation and curiosity, and why we need to make more room for joy and humor on retreat and off. At the end of the conversation, Joseph leads a brief mindfulness meditation to re-ground ourselves in the present moment.

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— Episode #58

Inside Tricycle’s Summer 2021 Issue

With Mindy Newman, Kaia Fischer, Souvankham Thammavongsa, and Kenneth Tanaka
Inside <i>Tricycle’s</i> Summer 2021 Issue

In this episode of Tricycle Talks, editor-in-chief James Shaheen is joined by four contributors—Mindy Newman, Kaia Fischer, Souvankham Thammavongsa, and Kenneth Tanaka—to take a closer look at our Summer 2021 issue.

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— Episode #57

The Middle Way Through the Long Haul

With Toni Bernhard
The Middle Way Through the Long Haul

In this episode of Tricycle Talks, Tricycle’s editor-in-chief James Shaheen talks to author Toni Bernhard about her Buddhist practice, how her journey to self-acceptance and authorship began, and what advice she would give to people who are “too young to be sick,” or those who are suffering from long haul COVID symptoms.

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— Episode #56

Grieving Mindfully

With Sameet Kumar
Grieving Mindfully

We have end-of-life rituals for a reason—to help us accept loss and fully grieve. With well over half a million lives lost to the pandemic so far, grieving may look different under lockdown but it has no off-switch. In this episode of  Tricycle Talks, Sameet Kumar, a clinical psychologist, grief counselor, and author, joins Tricycle’s editor-in-chief, James Shaheen, and co-host Sharon Salzberg for a conversation about grief, how we’ve come to redefine it during this time of social distancing, and the importance of staying present to it. 

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— Episode #55

Becoming a Buddhist Climate Scientist  

With Dekila Chungyalpa
Becoming a Buddhist Climate Scientist  

For the last 12 years, Dekila Chungyalpa has worked with religious and indigenous leaders, scientists, and policymakers to design community-based environmental and climate programs. But having grown up in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim, surrounded by strong women who chose to walk the monastic path, Chungyalpa hasn’t always found it easy to show up as both a devout Tibetan Buddhist and a conservation scientist.

In this episode of Tricycle Talks, Chungyalpa shares with Tricycle’s editor James Shaheen how she’s come to integrate her commitments to science and faith, deal with climate deniers, and head the Loka Initiative, a climate-change outreach program that empowers and uplifts religious communities. In the face of so much eco-anxiety, climate distress, and doom and gloom, it is ultimately Buddhist teachings on emptiness, impermanence, non-attachment, and compassion, she says, that sustain her.

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— Episode #54

Inside Tricycle’s Spring 2021 Issue 

With Seth Zuiho Segall, Daisy Hernández, and Arthur Sze
Inside<i> Tricycle’s</i> Spring 2021 Issue 

In this episode of Tricycle Talks, Editor and Publisher James Shaheen is joined by three contributors—Seth Zuiho Segall, Daisy Hernández, and Arthur Sze—to take a closer look at our Spring 2021 issue.

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— Episode #53

On Being Black and Buddhist in America

With Pamela Ayo Yetunde and Cheryl Giles
On Being Black and Buddhist in America

Race-based suffering, resilience, and transformation are at the core of a new collection of “freedom stories” written by Black Buddhist voices. In our latest episode of Tricycle Talks, editor and publisher James Shaheen speaks about what it means to be Black and Buddhist in America with Pamela Ayo Yetunde and Cheryl Giles, coeditors of Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom.

In this conversation, Yetunde, a pastoral counselor and practitioner in the Zen and Insight traditions, and Giles, a professor of pastoral care and counseling at Harvard Divinity School and clinical psychologist, examine racial ignorance and color blindness in Buddhist communities as well as how their dharma practice has helped them to reaffirm and celebrate their Blackness. Together, they reflect on how this anthology of liberation stories can offer all practitioners, regardless of race, a different way of being—of relating to ignorance, anger, trauma, fear, and pain.

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— Episode #52

Buddhist Magic and Why We Shouldn’t Cast It Aside

With Sam van Schaik
Buddhist Magic and Why We Shouldn’t Cast It Aside

In his new book, Buddhist Magic: Divination, Healing, and Enchantment Through the Ages, Sam van Schaik, a textual historian and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, makes a compelling case for why we should pay attention to Buddhism’s magical heritage—and what we lose by casting it aside.

In our latest podcast episode with Tricycle’s Editor and Publisher James Shaheen, van Schaik debunks misperceptions about early Buddhism by showing how magical literature can offer a more holistic and realistic view of Buddhism from the ground up. He also paints a vivid picture of the role monks and nuns may have played in the magical-gig economy as well as how we can view mindfulness meditation in a comparable way—as the magic of our current age.

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Buddhist films and discussion for the Tricycle Community

the monk chiken in front of mount fuji in the film tenzo

Tenzo

Soto Zen monks Chiken and Ryugyo, two classmates, grapple with the trauma of Japan's post-Fukushima socio-economic crisis while trying to lead their respective temples. Tenzo freely blends fact and fiction in a genre-bending experimental tale based on real Soto Zen monks.

By Katsuya Tomita

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