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Tricycle and Wisdom Publications have joined together to offer Lin Jensen’s new book, Deep Down Things, to all Tricycle Community members during the month of December at a 20% discount with free shipping in the US*, plus free e-book for instant download.

Here’s how:

• Join the Tricycle Community at any member level. If you are already a Tricycle Community Member, you are pre-qualified for this special offer.
• Purchase Deep Down Things online, and receive a 20% discount plus free shipping. *Shipping charges apply to Canadian and international orders.
• Download your free e-book and start reading immediately.
• Join Lin Jensen here in the Tricycle Book Club to discuss the book from December 6 through January 2.

“Lin Jensen is an American original. He brings the insights of Buddhism, ecology and memoir together-giving us a way to take it all to heart and make it native.”-John Tarrant, Roshi, author ofBring Me The Rhinoceros & Other Zen Koans That Will Save your Life

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This past Wednesday September 8th Lama Zopa Rinpoche,  FPMT co-founder and Spiritual Director, visited the Wisdom office here in Somerville MA. Rinpoche generously offered lunch to the staff and Board along with blessings for our continued publishing success.
The staff of Wisdom would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Rinpoche, Ven. Roger, Ven. Kunzang, and Ven. Sangpo for the very special afternoon.

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Elephant Journal

Engaged Buddhism: Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi

Though many know him well as the Pali scholar responsible for prodigious English translations of huge pieces of the Tripitaka, the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi has emerged in the last few years as one of the globe’s most important and industrious Engaged Buddhist leaders.

Born Jeffrey Block in Brooklyn in 1944, he was ordained in the Theravada Buddhist tradition of Sri Lanka at age 28.  In 1984, he succeeded the great Venerable Nyanaponika Thera as editor of the Buddhist Publication Society.  By 1988, the venerable was named president of the organization.  He would hold these positions until 2002, when he returned to the United States.

He now lives at Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, NY, and teaches there and at Bodhi Monastery in Lafayette, NJ. He also serves as chairman of the Yin Shun Foundation, an organization devoted to translating into English the works of the late Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Master Yin Shun.

The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi’s published works include The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (with the Venerable Bhikkhu Nanamoli), Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: An Anthology of Suttas from the Anguttara Nikaya (with the Venerable Nyanaponika Thera), The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya, A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: The Abhidhammattha Sangaha of Acariya Anuruddha, and the enormously popular collection In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon.

Since his return to the United States, the venerable has been actively involved in global relief and environmental efforts.  He played a primary role in founding Buddhist Global Relief, a visionary humanitarian organization based in the United States.  In addition, he co-authored (with David Loy and John Stanley) the Buddhist Climate Declaration—a pan-Buddhist declaration on climate change that an international collection of Buddhist clergy (including myself) signed.  He was also one of the many diverse religious leaders who converged on Copenhagen during the recent United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

I asked the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi if he would be willing to answer a few questions about all that he has been up to lately, and he graciously agreed.

Click here to read the interview.

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From Buddhist Geeks

BG 166: What Young People Want

Episode Description:

“We always talk about the Sangha as part of the triple gem, but I think it is the least developed part of Buddhism in the West.” – Sumi Loundon Kim

We’re joined this week by Sumi Loundon Kim, author of Blue Jean Buddha and The Buddha’s Apprentices, to explore what young people want from spiritual communities. We explore young people’s need for belongingness, their natural spiritual inclination, and the big questions that they are asking.

Sumi, who is in her mid-30’s now, gives several suggestions for how Buddhist communities can engage more effectively with a younger population. She points out that though Buddhist communities tend to be somewhat asocial when compared to other communities, there are many things we can be doing to better reach a new generation of seekers. Many of these suggestions are surprisingly obvious, but few are implemented on a large scale in Buddhist communities.

Check it out here.

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Metaphors, Meaning, Language: Finding Our Way to Mindfulness

Arnold Kozak

Metaphors are often thought of as colorful augmenting features of language. However, a large body of scholarship shows that ordinary “literal” language is infused with metaphors. It is impossible to think, feel, or act without the use of metaphors. In fact, the evolution of the human mind may have depended on the use of metaphors. The words we use are not “dead” and the concepts they point to can contribute to stress, mental suffering, psychopathology, and unhappiness. To be aware of the metaphors we use and develop the skill to generate new metaphors can be part of our creativity and growth. This workshop integrates metaphors with mindfulness-based wisdom to provide a powerful lens for understanding mental health, psychopathology, and the change process.

Saturday April 3rd at 10A.M.

Click here to register.

Visit our website to learn more about Arnie’s book Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants.

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Dr. Kozak will be giving a workshop based on the teachings in his book Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants this weekend at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA.

Arnie Kozak, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and founder of Exquisite Mind in Burlington, Vermont, where he practices mindfulness-based psychotherapy and teaches meditation. He is the author of Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness, voted one of the best spiritual books of 2009 by Spirituality & Practice. Since 1985 when he took the Bodhisattva vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bodhgaya, India, he has practiced meditation, yoga, and psychology. He has recently lectured in psychology for the University of Vermont and is a clinical instructor in psychiatry and medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

For more details on the program visit the Kripalu website.

For more on Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants click here.

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Anyen Rinpoche will be teaching from and signing his wonderful book Momentary Buddhahood, Friday, February 19th from 7:45—9p.m. at Prana Yoga 3840 Osprey Ave. in Sarasota Florida.

Anyen Rinpoche was born in Amdo, Tibet. His lineage can be traced back directly to the renowned Dzogchen master Patrul Rinpoche, author of Words of My Perfect Teacher. Anyen Rinpoche’s training included more than fourteen years of intensive study combined with solitary retreat before he obtained the degree of khenpo (master teacher) and became the head scholar of his monastic university in Kham, Tibet. Rinpoche is known for his profound understanding of the scriptures as well as his easy-to-understand interpretation of them. He has taught extensively in Tibet and China and now mentors students throughout Southeast Asia, Japan and North America.

Here is what people are saying about Momentary Buddhahood.


“With his brilliant scholarship in Buddhism and intimate knowledge of the minds of both East and West, Anyen Rinpoche has produced a truly insightful guidebook on mindfulness, a precious gift for Dharma students, new and old alike. I trust that by taking in these teachings, we can rejuvenate the mindfulness that is inherent in us all.”—from the foreword by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of Boundless Healing

“Anyen Rinpoche teaches the profound view of Dzogchen as the culmination of a graduated path of practical instructions for transforming our lives. He points out that the experience of the mind’s true nature is accessible to us at any time, yet must be cultivated through a lifetime of practice. This accessible book shows how mindfulness is central to this practice, allowing us to recognize our own negative patterns of behavior and transcend them.”—Sam Van Schaik, author Approaching the Great Perfection

“This extraordinary book shows how applying mindfulness, like following a compass, guides us on the path and directs our energy toward transformative practice.”—Deborah Schoeberlein, author of Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness

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