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Mindfulness in Prison and Beyond

Nearly 30 years ago, Acharya Fleet Maull dove deep into his Buddhist training while incarcerated at a federal prison in Springfield, Missouri. Facing …

Mindfulness

Buddhist Practices to Ground Yourself Before Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving weekend can just as easily be a time marked by conflict and frenzy as it can by gratitude and camaraderie. Whether it’s the stress of …

Buddhism

Three Poems to Introduce Children to Mindfulness

How can you help a child reap the benefits of mindfulness, especially if they’re not old enough to read or sit still for very long?<p><i>Breathe and Be: A</i> …

Mindfulness

Confronting Family Dynamics During the Holiday Season

During morning meditation, I feel a draft on my face. Fragments of a memory surface. I am in my aunt and uncle’s living room lying underneath a fort …

Christmas

Tibetan Master Patrul Rinpoche Outlines Three Unique Paths to Enlightenment

The great Tibetan lama Patrul Rinpoche was a widely revered and much respected teacher, and people gathered around him to receive his wisdom and …

Buddhism

Meet a Sangha: Red Rose Sangha

<b>City:</b> Lancaster, Pennsylvania <b><br>Tradition:</b> Zen (White Plum Asanga; Zen Peacemakers Sangha) <b><br>Year Founded:</b> 1993 <b><br>Number of Members:</b> 25 <b><br>Meeting Place:</b> Basement …

Buddhism

Butoh, the Japanese Dance of Darkness, and Buddhist Compassion

Butoh [bu-tō], often translated as “Dance of Darkness,” rose out of the ashes of post-World War II Japan as an extreme avant-garde dance form that …

Buddhism

When Being Humane Is Traitorous to the Nation

When I was a boy, I loved going to the fairs held on Saturday nights. The main street leading to the east entrance of Kamata Railway Station would be …

Japan

Helping Veterans Turn War into Art

<i>For more than 35 years, novelist Maxine Hong Kingston has written on the complicated chains of history, nostalgia, and spiritual yearning—on the soul</i> …

Thich Nhat Hanh

How to Fail

If there is one skill that is not stressed very much, but is really needed, it is knowing how to fail. There is a Samuel Beckett quote that goes “Try …

Mind

The International Mindfulness Teachers Association Launches

The International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA), the first organization dedicated to professionalizing and standardizing the mindfulness …

Mindfulness

What is Right View?

<i>This is part of a series on the eightfold path. You can read the other articles</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>What is right view, and why does the Buddha place it first in the …

Buddhism

A Buddhist ’s Call for a Middle Way in Politics

Shortly into giving a poetry reading to a new audience, I sometimes find myself saying—when I’m talking about calm—that I’m a Buddhist.<p>An accepting …

Buddhism

How a Consistent and Stable Meditation Practice Leads to Altered Traits

Historically, meditation was not meant to improve our health, relax us, or enhance work success. Although these are the kinds of appeal that has made …

Meditation

Unhistoric Acts

In the days that followed 9/11, we at Tricycle quickly reached out to teachers to respond to what had taken place, and just as quickly they …

George Eliot

Jhana: The Spice Your Meditation Has Been Missing

“Meditation” is a vague term.<p>Even in English it has two opposing meanings: thinking and not-thinking. But unsurprisingly, since the word <i>meditation</i> is …

Meditation

Buddhist Recovery Summit Attracts Buddhist Leaders

Leaders of Buddhist-based addiction approaches gathered in Washington state October 20–22 for the Buddhist Recovery Summit 2017. Their gathering was …

Buddhism

Opinion: Why the Buddha Would Advocate for Universal Basic Income

All across the world, there is a rapidly growing movement calling for the establishment of a Universal Basic Income (UBI). UBI advocates argue that …

Basic Income

Brooklyn School Turns Abandoned Home Ec Classroom into Meditation Space

The meditation room on the fourth floor of Brooklyn College Academy is cooler and quieter than the rest of the school, painted a faint gray with …

Education

Tibetan Nuns with Advanced Degrees Honored by the Dalai Lama in India

<i>Editor’s note: Steve Wilhelm serves on the Tibetan Nun Project’s board.</i><p>The Dalai Lama is happy that a group of 20 Tibetan Buddhist nuns have earned</i> …

Buddhism

Dive Into the Buddhist Cosmos at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Visit any yoga studio, wellness center, or trendy home decor store, and you’re bound to find a decorative Buddha seated in a cross-legged lotus …

Buddhism

California Buddhists Look Ahead in Wake of Devastating Wildfires

As efforts continue to contain California’s devastating wildfires, Buddhist monastics who had to evacuate their temples are now back home.<p>At …

Tibet

How to Practice Effortless Mindfulness

In his book <b>Rainbow Painting,</b> Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche writes: “There are two types of mindfulness: deliberate and effortless.” …

Mindfulness

Why Buddhists Should Run for Public Office

Volunteering in political campaigns was something I’d done for decades. But it was only after moving to New Hampshire—where we take our role as …

Buddhism

Buddhist Dance Company The Anata Project Premieres Its New Show on Thursday

How do you have a conversation about “enoughness” in a city that is constantly hustling to create the latest million-dollar app?<p>San Francisco-based …

Dance

Right Speech Reconsidered - The Eightfold Path

The Buddha was unequivocal about the importance of how we employ our human capacity for speech and verbal interaction. Right Speech, also called Wise …

Mindfulness

Why (Science Says) Buddhism Is True

Robert Wright has written a book that many people far beyond the Buddhist crowd want to get their hands on. Released in August 2017, <i>Why Buddhism is</i> …

Buddhism

Buddhist Practitioner Recounts Serving in U.S. Virgin Islands

As Texas and Louisiana reeled from Hurricane Harvey, and as Hurricane Irma set her sights on the Caribbean, Lisa Droski packed her bags.<p>Droski, a …

U.S. Virgin Islands

A Plea for the Animals

For French Buddhist monk and prolific author <b>Matthieu Ricard</b>, there is no moral, ethical, or philosophical way to defend our treatment of animals. …

Animals

5 Questions for the Buddhist Rock Band Dhamma Wings

There are plenty of musicians around the world who have been spotted on a meditation retreat or sporting prayer beads around their wrists, leaving us …

Buddhism