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Fake Buddha Quotes

In a rare burst of creative energy, the Tricycle team went a step further when it came to illustrating Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s article “Lost In Quotation,” a piece about what we miss when we don’t read the whole sutta. We actually created the art ourselves: We know. Artistic genius. In all seriousness, the amount of “fake Buddha […]

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Mayadevi and the Birth of the Buddha

The birth of the Buddha was preceded by portents: In a dream, a white elephant holding a lotus circumambulated the Buddha’s future mother, Queen Maya, three times before striking her on the right side with his trunk and disappearing inside her. The Buddha was later born in Lumbini, as recounted in our Mother’s Day post […]

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Why is there so much snow this winter?

The Buddha was known for occasionally frustrating his questioners with silence, which led to accusations of his ignorance about the topic being pursued. But to think this is to mistake the Buddha’s intention. From Skill in Questions (the chapter is Questions Put Aside: II): When a person consistently puts a question aside as a matter […]

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Answering The Questioner’s Needs

In his book Skill in Questions, Thai forest monk Thanissaro Bhikkhu describes the Buddha’s skill in answering the needs of each questioner: The Buddha as a teacher was known for his skill in giving apt and effective answers to difficult people asking difficult questions. When a fierce and powerful spirit threatened him, saying, “I will […]

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Download Skill in Questions by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Shortly after his awakening, the Buddha despaired of his ability to teach others what he had learned: “The thought occurred to me, ‘This Dhamma I have attained is deep, hard to see, hard to realize, peaceful, refined, beyond the scope of conjecture, subtle, to-be-experienced by the wise. But this generation delights in attachment [alaya], is […]

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On What is Heard

This weekend there was a little too much honesty or plainspokenness going on in my family and feelings were hurt and there are negative reverberations still coming down the rails. It was all avoidable, and it was all done with the best of intentions. I saw it coming and reverted to my usual, cowardly strategy […]

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