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What is Dhamma Wheel?
Created by the Buddhist scholar Andrew Olendzki and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Dhamma Wheel is a daily email course designed not only to deepen your understanding of Buddhist wisdom but to gradually integrate it into your meditation practice and your life. In the Dhamma Wheel program, each day of the week has a theme that corresponds to the Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path. This is a complete path of daily practice. Join Dhamma Wheel today for $9.99 per month.
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How it works
When you sign up to Dhamma Wheel, you will receive one email per day containing a brief study text from the Pali canon, a commentary, and a practical contemplation for that day. If followed to the end, it is a 365-day program.
Each day of the week is themed according to the Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path. This is said to be the path to awakening. Here's a sample of the themes for daily practice for one month:
The truth of suffering
The origin of suffering
The cessation of suffering
The path to the cessation of suffering
Abstaining from false speech
Abstaining from malicious speech
Abstaining from harsh speech
Abstaining from gossip
Abstaining from harming living beings
Abstaining from taking what is not given
Abstaining from misbehaving among sensual pleasures
Abstaining from intoxication leading to heedlessness
Restraining unarisen unwholesome states
Abandoning arisen unwholesome states
Developing unarisen wholesome states
Maintaining arisen wholesome states
Right mindfulness &
– Mindfulness of body
– Focus on rise and fall of material form
– Mindfulness of feeling
– Focus on rise and fall of feeling
– Mindfulness of mind
– Focus on rise and fall of consciousness
– Mindfulness of mental states
– Focus on rise and fall of perception and formations
Testimonials from Dhamma Wheel Participants
"I absolutely loved this program. I found it to be enlightening and sustaining. The format was clear, the information was thought-provoking."
"Receiving the emails supported and advanced my practice. They are informative, clear, and inspirational."
"I found the programme really helpful, especially in this lockdown year. Interacting with the emails each day, (re)reading the full suttas referenced, applying the reflection/practice comments has embedded a sense of learning as a constantly spiralling, dynamic process."
"I think this is a wonderful, highly thoughtful program. It provides a basic template to refer to the texts that I can go back to. Thank you for making this available!"
"I loved every minute of my everyday readings!"
Andrew Olendzki is a professor at Lesley University in Cambridge MA, and the director of its Mindfulness Studies program. He is a scholar of early Buddhist thought and practice with a special interest in Buddhist psychology and its relevance to the modern world. Prior to joining Lesley he worked for almost thirty years in Barre, MA, first as the original executive director of the Insight Meditation Society and then as executive director and senior scholar at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, where his focus was upon the integration of academic study with the practice of meditation. During this time he also held recurring adjunct faculty positions at many New England colleges, including Amherst, Brandeis, Harvard, Smith, and Lesley, and was on the faculty at Wesleyan University and Hampshire College.
Andrew was a senior scholar at the Mind and Life Institute, contributing to their Mapping the Mind project, and has been a long-time board member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He writes regularly for Tricycle, and is the author of Unlimiting Mind: The Radically Experiential Psychology of Buddhism (Wisdom 2010) and Untangling Self: A Buddhist Investigation of Who We Really Are (Wisdom 2016).