Andrew Gibson

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Books in Brief

In the 1950s, as communism threatened to spread into Southeast Asia, the United States government began secretly funding a number of Buddhist …

Meditation

Do I Mind?

It’s all there in the <i>Satipatthana (“Foundations of Mindfulness”) Sutta:</i> The direct path to awakening calls for maintaining awareness of body, …

Meditation

The West Needs Buddhism: a Meditation from 1929

The West Needs Buddhism George W Wright Honolulu, Hawaii 1 January 1929 Published in An Outline of Buddhism, edited by Ernest Shinkaku Hunt I’ve …

Meditation

The Way of Freedom

<i>Mahamudra</i>, or “great seal,” is a term used in Vajrayana Buddhism to refer to the mark, or nature, of all experience: emptiness. Mahamudra practice is …

Unconditional Service

Tantric or esoteric Buddhism is one of the great forms of Buddhist tradition. In the West, it is usually associated with Tibet, where tantric …

Buddha vs. Freud: Does Your Ego Need to Die?

<b>Mark Epstein:</b> I think the average person who knows maybe a little bit about psychology or a little bit about Buddhism would think that the Buddhist …

Spirituality

Stepping Towards Enlightenment

<b>The essence of Buddhism</b> is the enlightenment of the Buddha. Many centuries ago in India, the wandering monk Gautama remembered a childhood experience …

The Heart-Essence of Buddhist Meditation

Clinging to one’s school and condemning others<br>Is the certain way to waste one’s learning.<br>Since all dharma teachings are good,<br>Those who cling to …

Brief Teachings

Are You Ready for Things to Get Real?<p>Zen Master Dogen, the great founder of Soto Zen, alludes to a fable concerning a man named Seiko, who was …

Mindfulness is corporate America's strange new gospel

Andy Lee has an interesting job title: He is his company's "chief mindfulness officer," and he is not employed at some voguish Silicon Valley …

A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind review – Buddhist housekeeping

Shoukei Matsumoto’s slim volume offers practical cleaning tips as well as an introduction to Buddhist thinking on relationships and enlightenment<p>‘A monk’s day begins with cleaning,” says Shoukei Matsumoto, a Buddhist monk at the Komyoji Temple in Kamiyacho, Tokyo. “We do it to eliminate the gloom …

4 Actor-Approved Strategies That Can Naturally Make You More Confident

Don’t you secretly wish you were a movie star?<p>From the time I was a tutu-wearing tot, I knew my calling: I was an actress.<p>So it came as no surprise …

How I let drinking take over my life

Five years after his last taste of alcohol, William Leith tries to understand its powerful magic<p>I had my last drink five years ago, in the early hours of the morning on 1 January 2013. I think it might have been around 2am. I wouldn’t have described myself as drunk. I would have said I’d had a few …

Tricycle's Top 17 of 2017

From evolutionary psychology’s support of what the Buddha taught 2,600 years ago to why Stephen Batchelor quit guru yoga to three poems to introduce …

Meet the Porn Star Turned Academic Who’s Revolutionizing the Adult Industry

Aussie Angela White received the U.S. equivalent of a master’s at the University of Melbourne, and her thesis was recently published. But she has her …

Yes, coffee is actually good for you — here's what science has to say about it

Is coffee actually good for you? How many cups a day is considered healthy? Is drip coffee worse than espresso? Joe Avella and Jessica Orwig answer these questions and more on the Facebook series "Science the $#!* out of it."<p>Turns out, coffee is good for you. But there's more to the story. There's …

Coffee

A Friend Told Me He Thinks About Me While Masturbating

Dave Holmes is here to help.<p>Making your way through this cruel, confounding, ever-changing world is difficult. Potential for pain, embarrassment, and heartbreak lurks around every corner. It's hard to do it on your own, and sometimes you need a fresh perspective. Got a question about relationships, …

Relationships

VESAK DAY

Twenty-six hundred years ago<p>On the Full Moon day of May (Kasone)<p>A child was born<p>Who changed the world<p>With all he had to say ...<p>Though born to royal family<p>One day whilst on a stroll<p>The sufferings<p>He witnessed then<p>Would truly take a toll ...<p>One aging man<p>One very ill<p>And one who just had died<p>A sudden …

Sanzen-in Temple, Kyoto

Whenever I set foot inside Kyoto, I find myself abandoning daily rituals and replacing them with traditions that capture the charm of traditional …

Japan

3 Men Detail Their Experiences Using Sex Toys in the Bedroom

"Our sex life is a million times better than it was several years ago before we started using the toys."<p>A lot of women enjoy sex more with a little help from a sex toy for clitoral stimulation, but there can be a cultural stigma against it, as if your partner shouldn't <i>need</i> a sex toy to get you off. …

Don't Drink And Meditate, And Other Things I Learned While Going Zen For A Week

Both my parents are Buddhists, so I thought this would be easy. I was wrong.<p><i>This story is part of a 10-piece series for which HuffPost staffers agreed to experiment with improving their health and decreasing their stress on the job. It’s also part of our monthlong “Work Well” initiative focusing on</i> …

The Death Scene of Buddha: Back from the dead

Archaeologists have made a peculiar discovery in Khanpur Valley, unearthing the <i>Maha Pari Nirvana</i> or The Death Sceneof Buddha, a unique piece from the …

The Disappearance of Self in Japan

You're drifting in a rowboat on a quiet pond. Another boat bumps against your own and jolts you out of your self-forgetfulness.<p>You stand up in a rage, and start berating the negligent rower in the other boat. Then you notice that it's empty. There's no one to blame (save circumstance or the current …