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IdeasMagazine | Special Section


  “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” Patrick Henry made his famous declaration at the Second Virginia Convention in 1775 and it was with similar conviction that the Buddha sat down beneath the fig tree in Bodhgaya 2,500 years ago, vowing to […]

[Gustav, Niebuhr] And [Charles, Johnson] And [Bhikshuni Thubten, Chodron] And [Russell C., Leong] And [ Anne, Jeffries] And [Neil, Gordon] Charles Johnson

Personal ReflectionsMagazine | Special Section

Faith in Freedom

  That meditation is a moral practice, not just a psychic one, was not immediately clear to me when I began to sit. I understood intellectually, but not intuitively, that Buddhist psychology defines an intimate relationship between our treatment of others and the unfolding of mindfulness. Only recently on a retreat did I begin actually […]

By Neil Gordon


MeditationMagazine | Feature

Evolution’s Body

In the Samyutta Nikaya, the Buddha says, “This body is not mine or anyone else’s. It has arisen due to past causes and conditions.” The Buddha intuited some type of evolutionary process that creates our bodies, and his essential point is that they are neither formed nor owned by us. We now have evidence that […]

By Wes Nisker

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Magazine | Afterword

Bringing Buddha to the West

  GI Joe, the country’s first action hero doll, has been around since 1964. Created by the toy company Hasbro, GI Joe was their answer to the overwhelming success of the Barbie doll, who had debuted a few years earlier. Like Barbie, GI Joe came with all kinds of accessories. In 1971, in the special […]

By Tricycle

Magazine | Letters

Letters to the Editor Fall 2000

Sacred Bulls I have read your magazine for years, and I was completely taken aback to see such a thing as this open letter to the pope (Summer 2000).  I have been a Tibetan Buddhist/ dzogchen practitioner for ten years and Zen before that. BUT I recently converted to Catholicism. Perhaps Dr. LaFleur is unaware […]

By Tricycle

IdeasMagazine | Reviews

The Search for the Panchen Lama

  The Search for the Panchen LamaBy Isabel HiltionW.W. Norton and Co., 2000336 pp.; $25.95 (cloth) In 1996 I was sent by Vanity Fair to Dharamsala, India, to interview the Dalai Lama about the abduction of the six-year-old Eleventh Panchen Lama by the Chinese government, and there I met Isabel Hilton, who was directing a […]

By Alex Shoumatoff

TeachingsMagazine | Reviews

Still Here

Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying Ram DassRiverhead Books, 2000206 pp.; $22.22 (cloth) With Still Here, Ram Dass has written what is arguably his best book since his countercultural best-sellerBe Here Now. He calls himself and “advance scout” and his scouting has not plumbed the depths of illness, aging, and pain, as well as the joys […]

By Marilyn Webb

Magazine | Reviews

The Diamond Cutter

The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Strategies for Managing Your Business and Your LifeGeshe Michael RoachDoubleday, 2000228 pp.; $21.95 (cloth)  Michael Roach is the first American to complete the twenty years of rigorous study and examinations it takes to earn the ancient degree of Geshe, or Master of Buddhist Learning, in the Tibetan tradition. He […]

By Geri Larkin

Magazine | Reviews

The Spiritual Path

The Spiritual PathBy Han F. de WitDuquesne University Press, 1999312 pp.; $21.95 Han de Wit’s earlier book, Contemplative Psychology, served two main purposes: First, a theoretical analysis was undertaken that brought the contemplative thinking of the world’s religious traditions into a common frame of reference; second, the contemplative understanding of human psychology was led into […]

By Bernard Weitzman

Personal ReflectionsMagazine | On Gardening

The Eightfold Garden

  The garden, wrote British author Thomas Hill in 1577, is a “ground plot for the mind.” Granted, “but also for the heart,” I reckon early this morning, down on my hands and knees, weeding the sinuous paths of our newest, four-month-old kids’ garden. Gardens are not created or made, they unfold, spiraling open like […]

By Wendy Johnson

IdeasMagazine | On Translation

How the Buddha Got Ism-ed

Dwight Eisenhower, a president not particularly remembered for his wit, once remarked that “all isms are wasms.” He was presumably referring, rather presciently, to the largely forgotten isms that were once perceived as a threat to truth, justice, and the American way: socialism and communism. But his remark points to the vaguely pejorative quality of […]

By Donald S. Lopez Jr.

Magazine | In the News

News: Fall 2000

Change Your Mind Day In 1994 a few hundred people gathered in Central Park to attend Tricycle’s first Change Your Mind Day. The magazine’s board had agreed on a day of free Buddhist meditation instruction as a way of reaching out to the community, making dharma more accessible, and bringing together members of different sanghas. […]

By Tricycle

Magazine | Editors View

Getting Lucky

With the presidential election approaching, Tricycle presents a special section, “Politics 2000”, to explore some of the religious and racial aspects specific to this election (see the discussion of Hsi Lai Temple by both Gustav Niebuhr andRussell Leong) and to present some Buddhists’ views on dharma, voting, and civic responsibility.  Writers Charles Johnson and Neil […]

By Tricycle

Magazine | Contributors

Contributors Fall 2000

      Charles Johnson won the 1990 National Book Award for his novel Middle Passage. He has written three other novels, a collection of short stories, numerous critical books and reviews, and is a published cartoonist. His next book, King: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.(Viking Studio, 2000) will be published in November. […]

By Tricycle

Magazine | Reviews

Books in Brief Fall 2000

Blossoms of the Dharma: Living as a Buddhist NunThubten Chadron, EditorNorth Atlantic Books, 2000; $16.95 A compilation of talks given by nuns at a three-week conferenee—“Life as a Western Buddhist Nun” –in Bodhgaya, India, in 1996. As Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron explains in the preface: “These talks were given in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, generally in the […]

By Tricycle

Magazine | Reviews

Tournament of Shadows

  Tournament of Shadows: The Great Game and Race for Empire in Central AsiaKarl E. Meyer & Shareen Blair BrysacCounterpoint, 1999646 pp., $35 (cloth) The Tournament of Shadows was the Russian name for the contest the British called the Great Game: the clandestine struggle among colonial empires for control of the central Asian heartland. It was […]

By Alex McKay