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Magazine | Special Section

Masatoshi Nagatomi Remembered

“You bow like a Japanese,” Masatoshi Nagatomi told me with his characteristic giggle. Thus began nine years of mentoring in Buddhist studies until his passing last year. He assured my worried Japanese mother that I would be safe in America and that he and his wife would look after me. His grandfatherly kindness extended co […]

By Duncan Ryuken Williams

IdeasMagazine | Special Section

“Letter to the Wall Street Journal,” 1966

Every American wants MORE MORE of the world and why not, you only live once. But the mistake made in America is persons accumulate more more dead matter, machinery, possessions & rugs & fact information at the expense of what really counts as more: feeling, good feeling, sex feeling, tenderness feeling, mutual feeling. You own […]

By Allen Ginsberg


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CultureMagazine | Portfolio

A Monk Dressing

Luang Prabang, a small city on the banks of the Mekong River in Laos, with its concentration of temples and monasteries, is home to a rich Buddhist culture. Photographer Hans Georg Berger, the first Western artist to work in Luang Prabang since the end of the Vietnam War, spent five years—and took 11,000 photos—documenting the […]

By Hans Berger

Personal ReflectionsMagazine | Gardening

The Three Sisters

I dreamed that dream again, the scary one that comes down like a silent raptor in the late watches of the summer night, around the August full moon. I wake up in a cold sweat, pinned down by the talons of my summer nightmare. Alone and cut off, I am lost in a weed-free, vast […]

By Wendy Johnson

Magazine | In Memoriam

Francisco Varela (1946-2001)

Francisco Varela, eminent biologist and co-founder of the Mind & Life Institute, died in Paris in May after a long struggle with liver cancer. He found death in peace, meditating into his final hours, and surrounded by his wife, Amy Cohen Varela, his four children, and his father and brother. Born in the Chilean Andes, […]

By Tricycle

Magazine | Letters

Letters to the Editor Fall 2001

Tricycle welcomes letters to the editor. Letters are subject to editing. Please send correspondence to: Tricycle: The Buddhist Review 92 Vandam Street New York, NY 10013 Fax: (212) 645-1493 Willing and Able Thanks for those two wonderful articles (Wallace and Patt) about presenting the dharma to a flagrantly consumerist culture. But I wonder if […]

By Tricycle

birds flying for story on buddha nature

MeditationMagazine | On Practice

Taking Your Future Into Your Own Hands

All sentient beings without a single exception have buddha nature, from the dharmakaya buddha down to the tiniest insect. There is no real difference in the quality or size of this enlightened essence between individuals. However, buddhas and fully enlightened bodhisattvas have cut the movement of dualistic mind at the very beginning. That is how […]

By Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Magazine | Reviews

Phantom Moon’ by Duncan Sheik

Phantom MoonDuncan Sheik Atlantic/Nonesuch, 2001 In 1996, when Duncan Sheik released his first album, he made success look easy. But soon there was a backlash, and when his second album failed to sell as quickly as the first, skeptics were quick to pronounce him a one-hit wonder. Some of his strengths wotked against him: The […]

By Dimitri Ehrlich

Magazine | Reviews

‘A New Religious America’ and ‘The Transformation of American Religion’

A New Religious America:How a Christian Country Has Become the World’s Most Diverse Nationby Diana L. EckHarperSanFrancisco, 2001320 pp.; $26.00 (cloth) The Transformation of American Religion: The Story of a Late-Twentieth-Century Awakening by Amanda Porterfield Oxford University Press, 2001 262 pp.; $27.50 (cloth) Our ways of writing, interpretive stances, and beliefs are inscribed by larger […]

By Sarah sloane

MeditationMagazine | On Practice

Opening to Practice

About ten years ago, a man gave me a copy of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism. He leaned into my face and in a low, conspiratorial voice, said, “This book will change your life.” With the stroke of that well-intentioned invitation to enter the dharma stream, every bone in my body braced […]

By Paige Arnoldson

MeditationMagazine | On Practice

Sitting on the Fence

In order to practice, we have to surrender, we have to take a risk. Otherwise what we’re doing is standing back in order to judge, in order to feel superior. Often the obstacle is fear: we don’t think we’ll ever succeed. And so we’d rather stand apart and be cynical, to feel protected in that […]

By Sharon Salzberg

Magazine | Contributors

Contributors Fall 2001

Noelle Oxenhandler, who wonders just when and how her practice path opened up, tells us: “For me, writing this essay was like that wonderful children’s story Harold and the Purple Crayon. It was as though I discovered the purple crayon with which I could draw my way out of a painfully confining place. It was […]

By Tricycle

Magazine | Reviews

‘Himalaya’ by Eric Valli

HimalayaKino International, 2001Directed by Eric Valli109 minutes, in Tibetan with English subtitles When Eric Valli, a photographer for National Geographic, author, and documentarian, got the urge to film a salt caravan in the Dolpo region of Nepal, he wanted, he says, to pay homage to an extraordinary culture on the verge of transformation by the […]

By Mary Talbot

CultureMagazine | On Location

Television Comes to Shangri-la

For centuries, the kingdom of Bhutan has shrouded itself in a self-imposed isolation that began to lift only in the 1960s, and even then only slowly. Tightly wedged between the world’s two most populous nations, India and China, this tiny country has jealously guarded its sovereignty. with strictly controlled tourism and a conservative foreign policy. […]

By Kinley Dorji

MeditationMagazine | On Practice

Discovering the Sky

After my freshman year, inspired by Thoreau, I retreated to the woods of Vermont where I went on long walks, came alive to colors, dreamt out all my bad dreams, and wrote poetry. I had found a part of the way toward filling the pit of loneliness and anger that had dominated my life. When […]

By Jeffrey Hopkins

Magazine | Reviews

Books in Brief Fall 2001

Letting Go:The Story of Zen Master Tosui Translated, with an introduction by Peter HaskelUniv. of Hawai’i Press: Honolulu, 2001 184 pp.; $19.95 (paper) Here is the first translation of Menzan Zuiho’s Tribute, the biography of eccentric Zen master Tosui Unkei. Tosui abandoned the religious establishment after thirty years of srudy to lead an itinerant life […]

By Tricycle

Magazine | Afterword

Untitled, 1952

“One day I was looking at the red flower patterns of the tablecloth on a table, and when I looked up I saw the same pattern covering the ceiling, the windows and the walls, and finally all over the room, my body and the universe. I felt as if I had begun to self-obliterate, to […]

By Yayoi Kusama

Personal ReflectionsMagazine | On Parenting

Cartoon As Path

Jonathan (nine years old) reads to us from his favorite comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes. First panel: young Calvin’s teacher gives him a math problem. Next: Calvin stares at the problem, dumbfounded. Final panel: Calvin, dressed in a private eye’s hat, looking tough, declares: “It was another baffling case. But then, you don’t hire a […]

By Lama John Makransky

IdeasMagazine | Ancestors


Few disciples were as important as Sanghamitta in the early history of Buddhism. As a young nun, Sanghamitta fearlessly set sail from India to Sri Lanka, where she helped establish Theravada Buddhism.

By Barbara Crossette


Magazine | Column

Change Your Mind Day 2001

At the first Change Your Mind Day in 1994, a few hundred people gathered in New York City’s Central Park for a day of free meditation instruction. Since then, participation in the event has spread to over twenty cities in the U.S. and Canada, and next year forty cities are expected to host events. Change […]

By Tricycle

Magazine | Column

Death and Taxes

Compassionate Conservatism. The words sounded promising in the early days of the presidential campaign. Compassion must be the bedrock of any Buddhist politics, and validating it as a core value of the Republican Party seemed a hopeful sign. The fact that under Governor Bush Texas had executed 152 people—a rate of one state-sponsored killing every […]

By David Patt

Magazine | Column

10th Anniversary Thank You

On the occasion of our tenth anniversary, the board of directors of Tricycle wishes to express its wholehearted gratitude to those friends, foundations, and businesses who have played a crucial role in our journey during this past decade and to those who are clearing the path for the next. Tricycle: The Buddhist Ray is an […]

By Tricycle