Ezra Bayda

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Ezra Bayda on Forgiveness

Perhaps one of the commonest places we get stuck, and consequently one of the places that most prevents happiness, is in holding onto resentments. If there is even one person that we can’t forgive, it closes our hearts in bitterness and will prevent us from experiencing the equanimity of genuine happiness. Forgiveness is actually an […]

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Giving Through Relationships

From Chapter 13 of our current Tricycle Retreat leader Ezra Bayda’s new book, Beyond Happiness, The Zen Way to True Contentment, We often look to relationships as a source of our personal happiness. Our relationships with our partners, friends, and family can certainly be enjoyable, and they enrich many dimensions of living. However, much of […]

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Where is the Joy?

Week 3 of Zen teacher Ezra Bayda’s Tricycle Retreat, “Relationships, Love, and Spiritual Practice” begins today! So far the retreat has been quite a success with lots of fruitful discussion as Ezra takes us deeper and deeper into the dynamics of relationships and the obstructions that plague them. Ezra’s Week 3 talk begins: Last week, […]

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The Dalai Lama “Joke” and Buddhist Humor

What’s so funny about suffering, anyway? Well, this week, if you follow Dalai Lama news, you couldn’t help but see his bemused reaction to the mangled failure of a “joke” from Australian newscaster Karl Stevanovic. (What sort of reaction was he expecting? That joke gets groans even when it hits the sweet spot, which this […]

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BuddhaFest: Cave in the Snow

The Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival continues today with Cave in the Snow, a 52-minute film about the life of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, one of the most senior nuns in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She spent twelve years in a Himalayan cave—and at times had to tunnel through several feet of snow in order to […]

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Charlotte Joko Beck has died

Zen teacher Charlotte Joko Beck has died. Her dharma heir Elihu Genmyo Smith, writes: The following from Joko’s daughter and son: Our mother, Joko, died peacefully at 0730 Wednesday June 15, 2011. That’s all for now.  I’ll email again.  For now, please think of some teaching of hers that may have opened you to transformation in […]

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Being Present

From Chapter 5 of our current Tricycle Retreat leader Ezra Bayda’s new book, Beyond Happiness, The Zen Way to True Contentment,     Being Present     Up to this point the primary emphasis in this book has been on what blocks genuine happiness—namely, our sense of entitlement, our expectations, our believed thoughts and judgments, our fear-based […]

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What is Happiness?

Our current Tricycle Retreat teacher Ezra Bayda, from his new book, Beyond Happiness: The Zen Way to True Contentment, The basic teaching underlying every religion and every spiritual path is that it’s possible to experience fundamental happiness, but that this happiness comes from the inside; it cannot depend on our external life circumstances. Nor can […]

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