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Mind is Shapely, Art is Shapely

GARY SNYDER asked his teacher Oda Sesso Roshi, “Sometimes I write poetry, is that all right?” Oda laughed and said, “It’s all right as long as it comes out of your true self.” He also said, “You know, poets have to play a lot, asobi.” The word asobi has the implication of wandering the bars […]

By Anne Waldman




IT’S BEEN TWO YEARS since I left Pingyan Monastery, but every time my head itches I still think it’s that ringworm. It was the blind cat’s fault, or mine for getting distracted and feeding her and having a special feeling about her, as if her eyes full of blank green fire could see something beyond […]

By Kate Lila Wheeler


Warrior Mind

TWENTY YEARS AGO, I didn’t worry about my physical safety. I hitchhiked, camped out, walked alone at night, with a young person’s imprudence. This unconcern gave way inexorably, first to a growing caution, and then to genuine anxiety and fear. In the last few years I felt myself to be in a strange state of […]

By Sallie Jiko Tisdale
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Shakyamuni Buddha: A Life Retold

Wake Up, Episode Two

In the first installment of Jack Kerouac’s previously unpublished life of the Buddha (Vol. I/, No.4), we learned of Siddhartha’s protected upbringing within the palace walls, his marriage at age sixteen to Yasodhara, and the birth of his son, Rahula. We also learned that at the age of twenty-nine, after encountering suffering in the form […]

By Jack Kerouac


Anonymous Was a Woman—Again

IN THE WINTER 1992 issue of Tricycle, I reaffirmed one of the most cherished claims of American Buddhism. The first known translation from a Buddhist sutra into English, I wrote, was “The Preaching of Buddha,” an excerpt from the Lotus Sutra which appeared in an 1844 edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Transcendentalist quarterly The Dial—translator, […]

By Wendell Piez


Percolation / the Shadow

    Poetry by Jane HirshfieldCalligraphy by Michele Laporte “Percolation” first appeared in Yellow Silk and “The Shadow” first appeared in ZYZZYVA. Both will be included in The October Palace by Jane Hirshfield, forthcoming from Harper Collins early next year.

[Jane, Hirshfield] And [Michele, Laporte] Jane Hirshfield


Letters to the Editor Fall 1993

Too Liberal Several issues ago Professor Robert Thurman outlined his view of Buddhist politics in “The Politics of Enlightenment” (Vol. II, No.1), which was a clear example of what I perceive to be a bias in your magazine and the Western Buddhist press in general. It seems that we are being led to believe that […]

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Editors View

Inside and Outside the Scriptures

BODHIDHARMA, that hairy sixth-century Indian teacher with the fierce stare and grumpy scowl, traveled from India to China, where he sat in meditation for so many years in a row that he became known as the first Zen patriarch. Bodhidharma’s teaching of just sitting defied the scriptural authority established in China by the prevailing Buddhist […]

By Helen Tworkov

On Food

Birds of Paradox

THE LATE KARMAPA loved birds. Westerners called the regal guru “the St. Francis of Tibet,” for he was often seen at his monastery in Bhutan with birds perched on his shoulders or eating from his hand. Song birds and birds of silence, those of brilliant plumage and dull-breasted females, carnivores and seed eaters—all were welcome […]

By Sylvia Beckwith


The Wheel of Time Sand Mandala: Visual Scripture of Tibetan Buddhism

THE WHEEL OF TIME SAND MANDALA: Visual Scripture of Tibetan Buddhism Barry BryantHarperSanFrancisco: San Francisco, 1993.256 pp., $35.00 (hardback). Deborah Sommer TIBETAN SAND MANDALAS from the roof of the world have weathered the descent into the American spiritual consciousness with remarkable aplomb. In their homeland, they were shielded from both profane admiration and the vicissitudes […]

By Deborah Sommer


Three Zen Masters: Ikkyu, Hakuin, and Ryokan

THREE ZEN MASTERS: Ikkyu, Hakuin, and RyokanJohn StevensKodansha International: New York, 1993.161 pp., $10.00 (paperback). Richard Jaffe IF ALL THE JAPANESE BOOKS, both popular and scholarly, devoted to Ikkyu, Hakuin, and Ryokan were collected in one place, one would have nothing less than a small library. Such prodigious output testifies to the importance of these […]

By Richard Jeffe


The Lotus-Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava

THE LOTUS-BORN: The Life Story of PadmasambhavaComposed by Yeshe Tsogyal Revealed by Nyang Ral Nyima Oser and Clarification of the Life of Padmasambhava by Tsele Natsok Rangdrol Translated from the Tibetan by Erik Pema KunsangEdited by Marcia Binder Schmidt Shambhala Publications: Boston, 1993.321 pp., $30.00 (hardback). $16.00 (paperback). Rebecca Radner “IN THE WESTERN direction of […]

By Rebecca Radner

In the News

In the News Fall 1993

PATH TO PEACE On May 4, more than four hundred Buddhist monks, nuns, and laypeopie left Angkor Wat in the first steps of a 350-kilometer, cross-country peace walk through the wartorn provinces of Siem Reap, Kompong Thom, and Kompong Cham down to the capital city of Phnom Penh. It was the beginning of a walk […]

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The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones: The Practice of View, Meditation, and Action

THE HEART TREASURE OF THE ENLIGHTENED ONES: The Practice of View, Meditation, and ActionPatrul Rinpoche Commentary by Dilgo Khyentse Translated by The Padmakara Translation Group Shambhala Publications: Boston, 1992.260 pp., $15.00 (paperback). Barbara Stewart There’s no time, no time!There’s no time to rest!When suddenly death is uponyou, what will you do?Now you’d better start practicingthe […]

By Barbara Stewart


Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits

ROAD TO HEAVEN: Encounters with Chinese Hermits Bill PorterMercury House: San Francisco, 1993. 256 pp., $14.00 (paperback). Jeffrey Zaleski RINGING PHONES. Crying babies. Noisy neighbors. Car alarms. It’s the rare lay practitioner who hasn’t been yanked off the sitting cushion or out of some carefully nurtured state of attention by this intrusion or that, and […]

By Jeffery Zaleski


Mind/Body Medicine: How to Use Your Mind for Better Health

MIND/BODY MEDICINE: How to Use Your Mind for Better Health Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., and Joel GurinConsumer Reports Books: New York, 1993.482 pp., $24.95 (hardback). Barbara Graham THE DIRECT LINK between mind and body won’t surprise anyone who’s ever had “butterflies in her stomach,” but science is only now beginning to catch up. What’s more, the […]

By Barbara Graham


Kun-zang La-may Zhal-lung, Part Two and Part Three

KUN-ZANG LA-MAY ZHAL-LUNG, Part Two and Part Three Translated and edited by Sonnam T. KaziDiamond-Lotus Publishing: Upper Montclair NJ, 1993.352 pp., $50.00 (hardback). Herbert Guenther OCCASIONALLY out of the multitude of books purporting to be translations of Tibetan Buddhist texts that have been published over the last few years, there appears a work that stands […]

By Herbert Guenther


Human Minds: An Exploration

HUMAN MINDS: An ExplorationMargaret DonaldsonAllen Lane: The Penguin Press, a division of Viking Penguin: New York, 1992.314 pp., $25.00 (hardback). Eleanor Rosch SITUATED WITHIN one of the branches of Western psychology that strives to be a science (the experimental study of child development), Margaret Donaldson painstakingly develops a remarkable theory of the growth of the […]

By Eleanor Rosch


Encouraging Words: Zen Buddhist Teachings for Western Students

ENCOURAGING WORDS: Zen Buddhist Teachings for Western StudentsRobert Aitken Pantheon: New York, 1993. 231 pp., $23.00 (hardback). Sam Hamill ALTHOUGH the introduction of Zen Buddhism in Western culture begins with the appearance of Soyen Shaku at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893, its influence really begins with the publication of D. T. […]

By Sam Hamill


Books in Brief

WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHTWalpola RahulaGrove Press: New York, 1974 In this reliable and insightful introduction to the teachings of the historical Buddha, Dr. Rahula provides general answers to questions pertinent to Westerners. In addition to addressing Buddhist attitudes toward responsibility, attachment, nonviolence, and social justice, the author devotes a chapter to each of the four […]

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Dharma Talk

The Real Buddha

Ninth-century master Huang Po represents the full-flowering of Ch’ an (Zen) Buddhism in China. A proponent of the “sudden” approach to enlightenment, he was profoundly concerned with the notion of transmitting the dharma from master to student. He was disdainful of conceptual thought, and his recorded discourses stress the intuitive, wordless nature of enlightenment. The […]

By Master Huang Po




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