Time to Wake Up

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Time to Wake Up

If enlightenment is possible in this life, then why haven't more of us reached it? A Buddhist scholar and practitioner makes a call for genuine awakening.

By Andrew Olendzki
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In meditation, we train in letting go of thoughts of the past and future as they arise, and in tuning in to full, immediate presence instead.

– Pamela Gayle White, “What Our Memories Make Us”

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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.

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Waking Up by Breaking Down Barriers

Waking Up by Breaking Down Barriers

Kurt Spellmeyer

Meditation can be painful. Especially if it’s practiced for long hours in a Zen retreat. But that’s not why Rinzai Zen teacher Genki Roshi once described meditation to his student Kurt Spellmeyer as “dying on the cushion.” In this series, Spellmeyer, now a Zen priest, takes a closer look at what exactly “dies” on the cushion—our sense of self, the death of which allows us to exist in perpetual harmony with the surrounding world. When meditative insight rids the self of barriers, what remains is an open gate of awareness and communication.

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The Next Guardian

The Next Guardian

Teenage brother and sister Gyembo and Tashi belong to a family that has cared for a Buddhist temple in the Bhutanese mountains for more than a thousand years. With the family legacy weighing heavily on his shoulders, Gyembo is torn between his own aspirations and his father’s wish that he commit to monasticism. Meanwhile, Tashi struggles to find her way as an athletic girl in a culture with rigid views of gender. The siblings must rely on each other as they—and the country they call home—navigate painful questions of identity and modernity in a globalizing world.

Directed by Arun Bhattarai and Dorottya Zurbó

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