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The Body: Vehicle for Awakening

They awaken, always wide awake: Gotama’s disciples, whose mindfulness, both day and night, is constantly immersed in the body. —Dhammapada, 299  In the ultimate gesture of presence, the Buddha, fighting off Mara’s armies of temptation, reached…

By Tricycle


IdeasMagazine | Feature

Down Home Dharma

Jesus may be Lord and Elvis still King, but the Dharma has come to Dixie to stay. Jeff Wilson travels the new frontier, where East meets South.

By Jeff Wilson

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CultureMagazine | On Food

Leavening Spirit

When I asked my Zen teacher, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, if he had any advice for working in the kitchen, he said, “When you wash the rice, wash the rice. When you cut the carrots, cut the…

By Edward Brown

Magazine | Contributors

Contributors Fall 2002

Donald Lopez is Carl W. Belser Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan. Author or editor of some twenty books, including Curators of the Buddha: The Study of Buddhism Under Colonialism and…

By Tricycle

Magazine | Reviews

Books in Brief Fall 2002

Present Fresh Wakefulness: A Meditation Manual on Nonconceptual WisdomChokyi Nyima RinpocheBoudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe, 2002192 pp.; $20.00 (paper) Revered abbot, author, and Tibetan meditation master Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche presents what he considers to be the indispensable principles…

By Tricycle

Personal ReflectionsMagazine | On Gardening

Socrates’ Friend

Much as I love to grow rosy-cheeked apples and long stripes of pale green butter lettuce, I equally welcome the presence of poisonous weeds and flowers in the garden. No paradise is complete without the murmur…

By Wendy Johnson

MeditationMagazine | Insights

Spiritual Friends

Is spirituality the best thing that can happen to your mate? Think again. Mariana Caplan on the unfortunate truths of spiritual boyfriends.

By Mariana Caplan

MeditationMagazine | Parting Words

Easy Practice

Honen’s “One-Page Document”: In China and Japan, many learned masters have taught that the nembutsu is to meditate deeply on Buddha. But that is not my understanding. Nembutsu is not meditation, nor does it come from…

By Clark Strand

Magazine | Editors View

Tradition in Transformation

For all the opinions put forth about what form Buddhist teachings should take, Western Buddhism continues to unfold in unpredictable ways. The process of assimilation will no doubt be a long one, measured in centuries rather…

By James Shaheen

Magazine | Reviews

“The Monk’s Wife” by Ruth M. Tabrah

The Monk’s Wife:A Novel About EshinniRuth M. TabrahHonolulu: Buddhist Study Center Press, 2001257 pp.; $15.00 (paper) Set in thirteenth-century Japan, Ruth Tabrah’s historical novel The Monk’s Wife tells the story of Eshinni, wife of Shinran (1173—1262),…

By Jeff Wilson

Magazine | In Memoriam

Philip Whalen (1923-2002)

Philip Whalen, Zen priest, abbot of San Francisco’s Hartford Street Zen Center, and Beat poet, died on June 26, 2002, at the age of seventy-eight, after a prolonged illness. Born in Portland, Oregon in 1923, Whalen…

By Sean Murphy

Magazine | Letters

Letters to the Editor Fall 2002

Kudos and Condemnation Thank you to Neta Golan (“Peace Warrior in the West Bank”) for shedding light on the reality of the situation in the West Bank. Her immense courage in providing an interview with Tricycle…

By Tricycle

Magazine | Reviews

How to Raise an Ox” by Francis Dojun Cook

How to Raise an Ox:Zen Practice as Taught in Master Dogen’s ShobogenzoFrancis Dojun CookForeword by Taizan Maezumi RoshiBoston: Wisdom Publications, 2002180pp.; $16.95 (paper) “The Zen of Dogen is the Zen of practice,” Francis Dojun Cook tells…

By David Patt

IdeasMagazine | Insights

Closing the Circle

Marc Peter Keane’s contemplations on the Japanese garden offer insights for the “philosophical gardener (or the gardening philosopher).”

By Marc Peter Keane

IdeasMagazine | On Location

Buddhism in Russia

Sergei Noskov became acquainted with Buddhism as a child, when he was captivated by the beauty of Buryat Buddhist thangkas and the ritual figurines in his family’s Leningrad apartment.

By John Varoli

Magazine | Reviews

“Shin Buddhism” by Taitetsu Unno

Shin Buddhism:Bits of Rubble Turn to GoldTaitetsu UnnoNew York: Doubleday, 2002224 pp.; $12.95 (paper) Imagine entering a spiritual bookstore in Tokyo and encountering a book with the title Awakening Your Inner Francis: How to Become a…

By Clark Strand