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Pilgrimage: Introduction

Pilgrimage has a rich religious background in Buddhist history. It is traditionally linked to devotion and faith, and the spiritual merit conferred by visiting sacred sites. The sites themselves are typically thought to be vested with great spiritual energy and power supportive of practice. In other words, things that are very un-modern. Traditional pilgrimage has […]

By Sam Mowe


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Brief Teachings

Don’t Become Somebody

There is a funny story told by a very renowned swami from India. One time there was a guru, or master, and his disciple. They both were swamis, renunciants. The master taught the disciple informally. He didn’t read texts, and he didn’t elaborate on commentaries or holy scripture. Instead he taught informally through gestures and […]

By Anam Thubten

Parting Words

Thus Have I Heard

                    Thus have I heard Once the eminent Buddhist scholar Edward Conzeknown for his translations of Perfect Wisdom, visited UC Santa Cruz to lecture He spent the entire period lambasting those who thought Buddhist insight might be achieved by eating organic food walking barefoot burning incense […]

By Andrew Schelling


Photos for Rato

Before Nicholas Vreeland became the first Western abbot of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, he was many things: an assistant to the photographer Irving Penn; a Tibetan monk; a recipient of a geshe degree. He has longest been, however, a photographer. When Vreeland held his first camera, he was a lonely teen in boarding school. These […]

By Nicholas Vreeland


Letters to the Editor Fall 2012

Looking Beyond BuddhismI was drawn to Rita M. Gross’s provocative view that a “new golden age” of Buddhism could be facilitated if Buddhists of various sects opened their minds to studying each other’s teachings (“Buddhist to Buddhist,” Spring 2012). I found myself entirely agreeing, but I also found myself hoping that Gross would drop the other […]

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Books in Brief Fall 2012

Almost two decades ago, the Theravada teacher Bhante Henepola Gunaratana (or Bhante G, as he is affectionately known) wrote Mindfulness in Plain English, a Buddhist classic known for its clear, direct, and practical explanations of mindfulness techniques. Following the publication of two subsequent mindfulness books over the years, he’s back again with The Four Foundations […]

By Emma Varvaloucas


The Sounds of Silence

Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists Kay Larson The Penguin Press, 2012 478 pp.; $29.95 cloth This will be the summer of John Cage anniversaries: 100 years since his birth, 20 years since his death, and 60 years since the first performance of his best-known composition, 4’33”. […]

By Dan Zigmond

Web Exclusive


For Buddhists, samsara is the continuous cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth. We keep wandering through these states of existence, suffering all the while, because we’re compulsively attached to a mistaken view of the way things are. The best way to understand what samsara feels like might be to reflect upon our addictions. Although […]

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Brief Teachings

The Right Mind and the Confused Mind

The Right Mind is the mind that does not remain in one place. It is the mind that stretches throughout the entire body and self. The Confused Mind is the mind that, thinking something over, congeals in one place. When the Right Mind congeals and settles in one place, it becomes what is called the […]

By Takuan Soho

This Buddhist Life

An interview with Ananda Badet

Profession: Oncology nurse Age: 37 Location: Denver, CO Which came first, becoming a Buddhist or becoming a nurse? I became a Buddhist first. I was 20 when I really knew that I was a Buddhist, and I didn’t become a nurse until I was 30. Being a nurse has been a great career for supporting […]

By Rachel Hiles

Brief Teachings

Do Your Best

Just do your best. This is the whole of practice, the whole of our life. All sorts of chatter comes up in the midst of the circumstances of our life. Something breaks, we clean it up or fix it up. Or we can start chattering about, “Why does this happen to me? Oh, I always […]

By Elihu Genmyo Smith

Editors View

Building a Bridge

Since our first issue, Tricycle has delivered traditional Buddhist teachings in an idiom and style relevant to the contemporary practitioner’s everyday life. How much has been lost—or gained—in adapting the traditional teachings has been a subject of much debate. It was inevitable, then, that alongside dharma teachings we would run articles that reflect critically on […]

By James Shaheen
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Brief Teachings

Desire and Craving

Desire is everywhere. Every living thing has the desire to stay alive. Even plants “strive” to propagate themselves. Craving is our creator. Our parents’ craving for each other and our craving for rebirth combined to create us. Even painful feelings give rise to craving. When a painful feeling arises, we do not like it. We […]

By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana


Featured Contributors Fall 2012

Heather Cox, whose artwork appears in“The Fundamental Ambiguity of Being Human” lives and works in New York City. Cox’s art often centers on precisely crafted objects that involve repetition and shifting scale. She uses a variety of materials—paper, pins, erasers, even aspirin and frosting—to address issues of visibility, discovery, and metamorphosis. Each piece invites a closer […]

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