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Fall 1994

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Alan Watts Reconsidered

At the meditation center where I used to practice, my teacher told a story about a time when he had lived in Korea and studied with a Zen monk. One of the nuns in the community had died, and at her funeral the monk wept uncontrollably and hysterically, in a way that was almost embarrassing. […]

By David Guy

In the News

In the News Fall 1994

Change Your Mind On May 14, Tricycle offered “Change Your Mind,” an all-day public program of meditation instruction held on a sloping meadow in New York’s Central Park. Tibetan rinpoches, Theravadin masters from Sri Lanka and Cambodia, Zen masters from Korea and China, and American-born teachers from the three main Buddhist traditions gave short talks […]

By Tricycle


Letters to the Editor Fall 1994

Superhighway At first glance I was disappointed that Tricycle should attempt to add to the glut of information about the information superhighway (Vol. III, No. 4). Between the likes of Wired and Time, it seemed that, at the very least, Tricycle could only be reductive and repetitive. Wrong. Once again, your approach to a contemporary […]

By Tricycle


A Match to the Heart

Gretel EhrlichPantheon: New York, 1994.200 pp., $21.00 (cloth).   In August 1991, the writer Gretel Ehrlich was struck by lightning, flung across a remote mountain road on her ranch in Wyoming, and left for dead. She had been struck before—had even written about being struck before—but this time it was a fatal blow, and even […]

By Pico Iyer
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On Practice


Dogen Zenji once said: “As long as there is true bowing, the Buddha Way will not deteriorate.” In bowing, we totally pay respect to the all-pervading virtue of wisdom, which is the Buddha. In making the bow, we should move neither hastily nor sluggishly but simply maintain a reverent mind and humble attitude. When we […]

By Taizan Roshi

On Practice

Bowing: Tibetan Prostration

The benefits of prostrating are these. The Sutra for Classifying Karma mentions ten benefits—one will have a handsome body, a golden complexion, and so on. Other sutras say that one acquires the merit to become a world emperor for each atom in the ground covered by one’s body. The semi-prostration was discussed in the Tantras; […]

By Pabongka Rinpoche

On Practice

Heng Sure and Heng Ch’au on Bowing

Two American Buddhist monks, Heng Sure and Heng Ch’au, undertook a pilgrimage in 1977 with vows to bow to the ground in full prostration every three steps. Beginning at Gold Wheel Temple, the Los Angeles branch of the Sino-American Buddhist Association, the two monks traversed eight hundred miles over a two-and-a-half-year period before arriving at […]

heng chau and heng sure

On Practice


When in doubt, bow. So I was told when I began Zen practice, and it’s advice I still follow. I’ve never forgotten the anxiety I felt then, new to the zendo and terribly afraid of making a mistake—tripping, belching, standing when I should sit or sitting when I should stand. I bowed a lot. After […]

By Sallie Jiko Tisdale

On Practice


Jimmie Dale Gilmore has been singing for over thirty years in a style that blends Eastern ideas with acoustic folk and country music. Rolling Stone has named him Best Country Artist for the past three years and last year his album Spinning Around the Sun was nominated for a Grammy Award. In the mid-seventies, he received […]

By Jimmie Gilmore

On Practice

Bowing: Prostrations

In Asia, prostrating is a familiar expression of deep respect. In India, it is customary to honor one’s parents by prostrating at their feet. Tibetans wouldn’t consider approaching a major teacher without prostrating. In turn, teachers often begin their instructions with a bow. However, as Westerners we tend to think of prostrating as a gesture […]

By Judith L. Lief


Portraits of Tibetan Teachers

Born in France in 1908, Henri Cartier-Bresson was one of the first photographers to use the 35mm camera. In 1947, he joined Robert Capa and others in founding the Magnum Photo Agency. In May, he received the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award for Master of Photography. Martine Franck, raised in the United States and […]

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Editors View

What Color is Your Mind?

This issue’s special section, Dharma, Diversity, and Race, suggests that little dialogue exists among Asian-American Buddhist communities, and between those communities and Americans new to Buddhism. Not coincidentally, in the very absence of dialogue lies the heart of the question: is the unfolding of Buddhism in this country evolving into something called “American Buddhism”; and […]

By Helen Tworkov