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What School of Buddhism Is Right for You?

It’s March, and that means Meditation Month is back! Our annual challenge to sit every day until March 31 is a great opportunity to reinvigorate your practice or get one off the ground. And you won’t be alone. With a new guided meditation video each week, a steady stream of helpful articles here on Trike Daily, and a Facebook discussion group where you can get in on the conversation with practitioners from all over the world, you’ll have all the resources you need. Join here

 

 

People turn to Buddhism for a variety of reasons ranging from emotional or psychological issues, family conflicts, health problems, and a feeling of emptiness in their lives to dissatisfaction with the religion they grew up with. But with the overwhelming variety of Buddhist schools, teachers, and centers, it is difficult to know where to start.

Some newcomers end up at a center associated with a teacher whose work caught their attention. Others may follow the recommendation of a friend or family member to go to their first local Buddhist center. Before they know it, they find themselves engaging in the practices of a particular lineage often without questioning the underlying meaning. Then, many people end up abandoning the practice because they aren’t able to relate to the traditional setup or hierarchy at a particular Buddhist center.

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Tricycle Staff’s Top Books for Meditation Month

It’s March, and that means Meditation Month is back! Our annual challenge to sit every day until March 31 is a great opportunity to reinvigorate your practice or get one off the ground. And you won’t be alone. With a new guided meditation video each week, a steady stream of helpful articles here on Trike Daily, and a Facebook discussion group where you can get in on the conversation with practitioners from all over the world, you’ll have all the resources you need. Join here

 

 

There are a lot of books on meditation—too many. And it’s hard to tell which ones will actually be beneficial to your practice. If you find yourself lost in a stack of books with buzzword-filled titles, Tricycle is here to help.

The following is a selection of our staff’s go-to readings for practical meditation advice that you can actually use.

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Entering the Jhanas: Focus Comes First

It’s March, and that means Meditation Month is back! Our annual challenge to sit every day until March 31 is a great opportunity to reinvigorate your practice or get one off the ground. And you won’t be alone. With a new guided meditation video each week, a steady stream of helpful articles here on Trike Daily, and a Facebook discussion group where you can get in on the conversation with practitioners from all over the world, you’ll have all the resources you need. Join here

 

 

Perhaps no aspect of the Buddha’s teaching has been more misunderstood and neglected than right concentration. Yet right concentration is an integral part of the Buddha’s path to awakening. It is, for instance, one of the qualities cultivated on the eightfold path.

In general, Buddhist teachings can be divided into three parts: sila, samadhi, and prajna: ethical conduct, concentration, and wisdom. Or to put it into the vernacular: clean up your act, concentrate your mind, and use your concentrated mind to investigate reality.

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Hacking My Way to Consistent Meditation

It’s March, and that means Meditation Month is back! Our annual challenge to sit every day until March 31 is a great opportunity to reinvigorate your practice or get one off the ground. And you won’t be alone. With a new guided meditation video each week, a steady stream of helpful articles here on Trike Daily, and a Facebook discussion group where you can get in on the conversation with practitioners from all over the world, you’ll have all the resources you need. Join here

 

 

I’ve always been bad at meditating.

We generally understand being “bad” at something as meaning that a task is beyond our ability: our drawings come out sloppy or our computer programs don’t work. But for me, “bad” didn’t even get as far as questions of skill—because I couldn’t even get it together to consistently show up at the cushion.

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The Beginningless News Cycle: March 23, 2018

Nothing is permanent, so everything is precious. Here’s a selection of some happenings—fleeting or otherwise—in the Buddhist world this week.

Monk in Running for Book Award

A South Korean Buddhist monk’s book has been shortlisted for the British Book Awards. “The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down” by Haemin Sunim has been nominated in the nonfiction lifestyle section, the Yonhap News Agency reports. The English translation was a bestseller last year.

Hindus Caste Aside Their Religion

Two years ago, members of the “untouchable” dalit caste in India, were beaten in the public square in the town of Una in Gujarat state. A video of the attack went viral and sparked protests. Recently, the Una victims converted to Buddhism and have been trying to convince other dalits to renounce Hinduism as well, blaming it for reinforcing the caste system. “We were not the only victims of caste-based atrocities, so we will try to convince other community members to convert to Buddhism,” said victim Vashram Sarvaiya, “so they too can get a new life where they will not be harassed on the basis of caste.”

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