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Spring 1993

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Unfolding Flowers, Matchless Flames

  I “Tell me my name,” I asked Sifu, as ashes turn the City of Angels blue. Said he: “Wait until Gautama’s birthday.” Tip by singed fingertip, the ends of orange punk sticks tinge the burning days of L.A.— firefighters in bulletproof vests catapult through flames prod mini-malls to fall faster without falling upon the […]

By Russell Leong

Special Section

An Avalanche in L.A.

  MY FRIEND DAN called Thursday morning from Boston and asked if I knew that his son was at USC for the summer. “Worse comes to worst I’ll go get him,” I said, saying what I thought Dan wanted to hear but not thinking about the consequences. From the little pocket of hills where I […]

By Michaelo Keefe



Swatting Flies at Exeter

In 1981 the late Zen teacher Maurine Stuart started a sitting group at Phillips Exeter Academy, the exclusive New Hampshire boarding school renowned for its academic excellence. The meetings were originally held in the wrestling room. This article was sent to us by one of the members, Mariner E. Padwa, who is currently a junior […]

By Mariner E. Padwa
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The Masked Lama Dances of Lo

In his book The Snow Leopard, Peter Matthiessen chronicled his journey to the Tibetan kingdom of Dolpo in northwest Nepal. At that time, he learned of the even more inaccessible Kingdom of Lo, which dates back to the Middle Ages and is better known to Westerners as Mustang. Last May, Matthiessen reached this remote Buddhist […]

By Peter Matthiessen
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The Mushroom Monk: Nyogen Senzaki

“THE LAND OF THE WHITE BARBARIANS is beneath the dignity of a Zen master,” argued Soyen Shaku’s monks when Soyen was invited to the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893. But the Japanese abbot already had high expectations for the new world. Disregarding the objections of his monks, Soyen Shaku (1859-1919) became the […]

By Helen Tworkov


Letters to the Editor Spring 1993

DOCTORS AND DEATH I am writing in response to the special section on euthanasia (Winter Issue). I write from the perspective of a physician as well as a Buddhist practitioner. There seems a tenor to the arguments, both in the general media and also in the recent Tricycle issue, that I would like to address […]

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Books In Brief: Spring 1993

ZEN WORD, ZEN CALLIGRAPHY Text by Eido Tai Shimano Calligraphy by Kogetsu Tani Shambhala Publications: Boston, 1992. 160 pp., $50.00 (clothbound).   THE ZENGO OR ZEN WORDS and phrases in Kogetsu Tani’s calligraphy cut right to the heart of dharma. Brief texts by Eido Tai Shimano frame the calligraphy by introducing the word or phrase […]

By Sam Hamill

In the News

Media Watch

UNPRECEDENTED GAULSkeptics and naysayers had a field day when French Vogue announced that the Dalai Lama would be the guest editor of the Christmas issue. But the magazine, which has just hit the stands stateside (complete with an insert of His Holiness’ words in English) has quieted any misgivings. Sixty-eight sumptuous full-color pages were guided […]

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On Translation

What’s in a Name?

SO MANY DIFFERENT NAMES exist for the Buddha that one might, in the course of perusing ancient texts or contemporary literature, easily assume that Gotama and Gautama and Shakyamuni and Siddhartha were the best of friends .. In fact, among dozens of appellations, these are only the famiial names for the man who became the […]

By Stuart Smithers


Consciousness Explained

CONSCIOUSNESS EXPLAINED Daniel C. DennettLittle, Brown & Co: Boston, 1991.511 pp., $14.95 (paperback). “CONSCIOUSNESS EXPLAINED” resounds with a sensationalistic, promising ring, something like “The Pyramids Deciphered” or “Madonna Unveiled.” The latter subject has, of course, generously made such detective work unnecessary, but “consciousness” has never so obliged. Can the mind’s eye see itself? Several popular […]

By William Greenberg

Editors View

After Apathy

YOGEN SENZAKl (see “Ancestors“), the first Zen teacher to take up residence in America, taught Zen at a time when there was almost no interest in it. And the challenge of forging a compatible marriage between Asian Buddhism and the Western ideal of social responsibility—the subject of this issue’s special section—was not even on the […]

By Helen Tworkov

What Does Being A Buddhist Mean To You

Re: Eating Meat

Jon PendletonReston, VirginiaAssistant Bookstore Manager                             “I don’t eat red meat, but I do eat chicken and seafood. I don’t believe in eating red meat. Right now it’s because of the environmental impact—all the grain that goes to feeding cattle could be […]

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