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MeditationMagazine | Feature

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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Magazine | Letters

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…

By Tricycle

Magazine | 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…

By Sylvia Boorstein

Magazine | 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…

By Monty McKeever, Anna Bernhard, and Sam Mowe

Magazine | 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.…

By Tricycle

Magazine | 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…

By Rick Bass

Magazine | 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.…

By Wil Crutchley

CultureMagazine | Reviews

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…

By David Loy

CultureMagazine | Reviews

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…

By Stuart Smithers

Magazine | Reviews

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…

By Joseph McElroy

Magazine | Reviews

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…

By Sam Mowe

CultureMagazine | 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…

By Sam Hamill