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The taste of freedom that pervades the Buddha’s teaching is the taste of spiritual freedom, which from the Buddhist perspective means freedom from suffering. In the process leading to deliverance from suffering, meditation is the means of generating the inner awakening required for liberation.

– Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, “The Path of Serenity and Insight”

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Spring 2019

Ever relevant to today’s most pressing topics, this issue of Tricycle examines what national identity means by revisiting the experiences of Japanese American Buddhists during World War Two. Deemed a threat to US security, these practitioners found refuge in their faith in internment camps, ultimately forging an eclectic tradition that would shape Buddhism’s emergence in the West. In “Tolerably Black,” Nichiren Buddhist artist Aretha Busby talks about how we can reckon with the American history of slavery from a place of compassion, and scholar Linda Heuman unpacks conversations between the Dalai Lama and climate scientists on what’s needed to save our planet.

Plus, learn to gauge when to speak and when to listen by applying a simple practice in self-awareness and meet the “Coconut Monk,” a peace-loving yogi living on a bizarro Buddhist island in wartime Vietnam.

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The Dharmic Life

Gesshin Greenwood

The Buddha’s journey from upper-class royalty to no-class enlightenment had enough twists and turns to fill a saga. Each stage of his life contains lessons on freeing ourselves from suffering applicable to our own lives here and now.

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In a small yurt on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital city, 12-year-old Galaa’s life is turned upside down when his father dies in a tragic accident. As his family struggles to make ends meet, he drops out of school to sell goods on the black market. His mother urges the hip-hop loving tween to continue his education, but torn between tradition and modernity, Galaa sets out to become a monk and move to the monastery.

By Egle Vertelyte

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