Covering the latest in Buddhist publishingBy Gabriel Lefferts
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We have a choice. We can complacently watch life from the sidelines, or we can risk our pride, our ideas, and whatever else we use to separate ourselves from others and leap fully into our life.
Thai monks struggle with obesity, an exposé revisits allegations against Noah Levine, and the U.S. makes exceptions on Myanmar sanctions. Tricycle looks back at the events of this week in the Buddhist world.By Matthew Abrahams
What do we do when failure is inevitable?By Roy Scranton
A collection of Buddhist-inspired songs from both traditional and unexpected sources to help you wake up or just chill outBy Cara Dibdin
Tricycle’s Fall 2018 issue visits themes of heightened sensitivity for Buddhists today and offers illuminating stories about Buddhist history, transmission, and philosophy. In “Brown Body, White Sangha,” college professor Atia Sattar explains how a traditional mindfulness of the body practice reveals white sanghas’ painful racial blindness; Buddhist teacher Ken McLeod addresses Buddhism’s elephant in the room—abusive teacher-student relationships—by explaining the Vajrayana path; we uncover Tibet’s hidden lineage of vegetarianism; and discuss the future of Buddhism’s foundational texts.
This issue also features a dharma talk from Tibetan Buddhist teacher Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche on why we must sustain an open, loving heart; a call for social and political engagement from the respected Theravada monk Bhikkhu Bodhi; and instructions from Phakchok Rinpoche on cultivating a confident, dignified mind.
Is samaya a commitment to do whatever your teacher says?By Ken McLeod, Photographs by Seth Miranda
When people age with memories more or less intact, remembering can be a dreadful burden, laden with fears and regrets, or a precious refuge to come home to.By Pamela Gayle White
The way to live with joy in a painful world is not by shutting down or closing off—just the opposite. A Tibetan teacher shows you how.By Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche | Artwork by David Drebin
It's easy to lose sight of what mindfulness actually is amid all the hype and noise. Join four renowned teachers, who will offer clarity about what mindfulness is, why it's important, and what role this practice played in the historical Buddha's awakening.With Stephen Batchelor, Christina Feldman, John Peacock, and Akincano Weber
We all have stubborn habits that are supposed to protect us from injury, upset, or failure. But in most cases, our defenses fail their purpose, instead preventing us from building meaningful connections and reaching true happiness. In this series, Tibetan Buddhist teacher Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche shows us how to reorient ourselves toward tsewa, the tender and open heart that is an innate human quality.
The story of Tibetan Buddhism’s emergence in the West cannot be told without acknowledging the life of the late Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche (1939–2013). In 1959, when tensions between China and Tibet came to a head, 19-year-old Akong Rinpoche, his close friend Chögyam Trungpa, and 200 other Tibetans embarked on foot on a dangerous journey to northern India. With historical footage—including scenes from this 10-month trek across the Himalayas—and recent interviews, this documentary celebrates Akong Rinpoche’s lifelong commitment to share the Buddhist teachings with many thousands around the world.Directed by Chico Dall'Inha
Shifting the Ground We Stand On: Buddhist and Western Thinkers Challenge Modernity, introduces a fresh perspective to the dialogue between Buddhism and science. This anthology of Tricycle essays and interviews by Linda Heuman brings together Buddhist scholars, neuroscientists, and cultural critics on the question of finding meaning in our modern world.
Women have a lot to be angry about. A history of inequality and violence in the Buddhist world and beyond persists to this day. The question remains: what can we do with that anger? Lama Tsultrim Allione says that we have the ability to transform it into a source of strength and clarity—and that goes for all of us, not just women. Known in good part for her work exploring feminine power in Tibetan Buddhism, she examines the figure of the dakinis, fierce feminine embodiments of wisdom, and how they challenge the dominant role models for femininity in Western culture. Lama Tsultrim, who was once Allen Ginsberg’s meditation teacher, has written a new book called Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine. Here, Lama Tsultrim talks to Executive Editor Emma Varvaloucas about mandala meditation as well as her personal struggle to rediscover Buddhism’s fierce female role models and advocate for equality in a male-dominated culture.With Lama Tsultrim Allione
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