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Fall 2010

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Why Meditate?

On the eve of the release of his new book, the French monk Matthieu Ricard spoke with Tricycle about science, meditation, and his title as “the happiest man in the world.”

Interview with Matthieu Ricard by Tricycle, Photographs by Matthieu Ricard
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Letters to the Editor Fall 2010

Brian Victoria responds to a critique of his work by Nelson Foster and Gary Snyder in the Summer 2010 issue, and to Kemmyo Taira Sato’s critique in The Eastern Buddhist. Victoria has written extensively on the Zen establishment’s complicity in Japan’s war effort. Foster, Snyder, and Sato assert that Victoria’s scholarship with regard to D. […]

By Tricycle


Web Exclusive—Letters to the Editor Fall 2010

I was a bit off balance in the Spring, 2010 issue. The new front section was a challenge for me to take in, but when I entered the feature section on stinginess, I was hooked. Yes, hooked. So hooked that when I accidentally left my issue on a plane, I was a bit panicky. How […]

By Tricycle

Brief Teachings

Dear Abbey Dharma Fall 2010

Dear Abbey Dharma, I recently took my refuge vows and have found the Buddhist path to be vast and wide. My struggle is, where to begin? I find death and dying, intentions, karma, and many more subjects compelling. Where does one begin other than the meditation cushion? —Where to Begin Dear Where to Begin, I […]

By Sylvia Boorstein

Brief Teachings

The Great Way: Memorial issue for Muge Daido Daiosho

Whenever Daido [John Daido Loori Roshi] was traipsing around in the mountains, he always had a camera with him. His scientific background in chemistry gave him a strong technical understanding of photographic processes. But it was his training with Minor White that initiated his lifelong exploration of “making love with light.” Gazing at water, seeing […]

By Stephanie Kaza

Good Work

Charities Fall 2010

Despite some of the best animal protection laws in the world and a renowned heritage of reverence for life, modern India is a country where millions of animals suffer severe neglect or abuse. Help Animals India (HAI) is an all-volunteer USA nonprofit charity dedicated to supporting efficient and effective animal protection organizations in India. HAI’s […]

By Monty McKeever, Anna Bernhard, and Sam Mowe

This Life

An Interview with Wendell Garnett

Profession: studentAge: 32Location: Dharamsala, India Where are you from? New York, but I grew up in Panama. How did you get into Buddhism? When I was in college in Kentucky I met some Tibetan exchange students. We got to be friends, and I started helping out with their Free Tibet stuff. We went on a […]

By Tricycle

Animal Realm

If the Dalai Lama Were a Fisherman

I was in Hawaii, working on a story about whales—a big story, about big animals and the people who are drawn to them, a story that’s going to take months to write—and while out on the boat one windless day, heat-struck amid the shimmering blue, with whales singing and groaning far below, I was seized […]

By Rick Bass
listening meditation

Online Retreats

Instructions for Listening Meditation

Try to sit stable like a mountain and vast like the ocean. Listen to the sounds as they occur. Do not imagine, name, or analyze the sounds. Just listen with wide-open awareness. Let the sounds come to you and touch your eardrums. Go inside the sounds and notice their fluid nature. If there are no […]

By Martine Batchelor

Food, The Mindful Chef

What’s for Dinner?

First, seventy-two labors brought us this food; We should know how it comes to us. —Zen meal gatha (verse) We’ve all heard by now about the industrial feedlots that figure into the “farm-to-fork” commercial food chain. We’ve also heard about meat and produce being tainted with E. coli and salmonella. But for how long can […]

By Wil Crutchley


Secular Buddhism?

Confession of a Buddhist AtheistStephen BatchelorNew York: Spiegel & Grau2010, 320 pp., $26.00, cloth What do Buddhist teachings about impermanence and conditionality imply for Buddhism itself? As Buddhism spread throughout Asia, its encounters with different cultures led to radical transformations. In China, for example, the interaction between Mahayana and established cultural forms, especially Daoism, produced […]

By David Loy


How to Build a Caravan of Joy

The Mishap Lineage:Transforming Confusion into WisdomChögyam TrungpaEdited by Carolyn Rose Gimian,Shambhala Publications, 200905160 pp., $21.95 paper I almost met Chögyam Trungpa. When I arrived at the steps of the New York Historical Society, just off Central Park, there was a notice posted on the massive wooden doors: Trungpa Rinpoche’s talk had been canceled for health […]

By Stuart Smithers


What I’m Reading Fall 2010

Wisdom: From Philosophy to NeuroscienceStephen S. HallAlfred A. Knopf, 2010333 pp., $27.95 cloth Half a century ago science, measuring our behavior with its languages of experimental cause and effect, might typically draw objections if not outcries that we are not automatons, will-less and without free choice. We are way beyond that now, and fascinatingly so […]

By Joseph McElroy


Books in Brief Fall 2010

Lin Jensen is hard to disagree with. If his previous book, Pavement, in which he chronicles his search for peace on city streets, was an ode to activism, Deep Down Things: The Earth in Celebration and Dismay(Wisdom Publications, 2010, $15.95 paper, 176 pp.), his latest, is a tribute to what is buried underneath those streets, […]

By Sam Mowe

Dedication of Merit

What’s Mine

I’ve a fat-happy Buddha bellynot to be confusedwith Buddha mind, which is arrow-slim and quickas the knife of Ting the Cookslicing fresh ham. I do not claim to know the joysand sorrows of the koi in the pond.But I know the pleasures of feeding them. The fruit on the tree of loveis an appleI have […]

By Sam Hamill