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When there is no attachment or identification with thoughts and feelings, there is no reactive push into action creating more doing, more karma. … We get to the point where our acts are not done out of attachment but instead are just done as they’re done, and no new stuff is being created.

– Ram Dass, “Karmuppance”

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Spring 2020

Tricycle’s Spring 2020 issue connects timeless Buddhist teachings with our contemporary world. In “How to Read the Lotus Sutra,” Tricycle’s Editor and Publisher James Shaheen interviews scholars Jacqueline Stone and Donald S. Lopez Jr. to get a better understanding of this fundamental Mahayana Buddhist text; writer Sallie Tisdale struggles with the ethics of euthanizing her aging dog; and African American professor of Buddhism Jan Willis examines race and class in American sanghas. Also in the issue, a profile of the musician Devendra Banhart sheds light on his Buddhist practice, Dan Zigmond reviews Jenny Odell’s instant classic How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, and Wendy Joan Biddlecombe Agsar revisits the ongoing controversy of mindfulness instruction given in public schools.

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Mindfulness of the Four Elements: Reconnecting with the World

Sebene Selassie

In the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha taught practitioners to contemplate the four elements—earth, fire, water, and air—as a foundation of mindfulness practice. Our Meditation Month teacher, Sebene Selassie, shows how this oft-overlooked practice of examining the elements as basic metaphors for experience can help us see our inherent connections to nature.

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August at Akiko’s

An unlikely friendship develops between a drifting young jazz musician and the quirky proprietor of a Buddhist B&B in this lyrical homage to Zen and the Japanese American communities of Hawaii.

By Christopher Makoto Yogi


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