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IdeasMagazine | Special Section


I bow down to all holy Gurus. I am the man called Milarepa,
 For possessions I have no desire. Since I never strive to make money, First I do not suffer
 Because of making it;

Tibetan Yogi

CultureMagazine | Special Section

Classic Zen Excerpts

Hakuin Japanese Rinzai Zen master (1689—1769) “Is That So?” The Zen master Hakuin was praised by his neighbors as one living a pure life.
A beautiful Japanese girl whose parents owned a food store lived near him.…

[Hakuin] and [The Kanjurwa Khutughtu] Hakuin

TeachingsMagazine | Special Section

Kakacupama Sutta

FORMERLY, BHIKKHUS, in this same Savatthi there was a housewife named Vedehika. And a good report about Mistress Vedehika had spread thus: “Mistress Vedehika is kind, Mistress Vedehika is gentle, Mistress Vedehika is peaceful.” Now Mistress…

By Shakyamuni Buddha


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IdeasMagazine | Ancestors

Anagarika Dharmapala

Born to a devout Buddhist family in 1864, David Hewivitarne became Anagarika Dharmapala, the leading light of the Buddhist Renaissance Movement in Sri Lanka. As a child, Dharmapala was sent to Christian missionary schools, where his…

By Tricycle

CultureMagazine | Reviews

Book Reviews

The SoloistMark SalzmanRandom House: New York, 1994.284 pp. $19.00 (cloth). Amy Hollowell This could have been a helluva book, a marvel, a veritable gem glistening in the dull, plastic body of contemporary American fiction. Or could…

By Tricycle

Magazine | Editors View

Ground Zero

With all the events that signal the acculturation of Buddhism in the West—including the interface between Buddhism and psychology or social action, or between practitioners and scholars—it is increasingly difficult to keep track of everything that…

By Helen Tworkov

Magazine | In the News

In the News Spring 1995

The Pope: Part II In the Winter 1994 issue, Tricycle reported on the response of the Catholic Church to the rise of Buddhism in Italy. That article, based in part on “Why So Many Religions?”—an advance…

By Tricycle

CultureMagazine | Portfolio

Legends from Camp

A Nice Place Outside the rest home,resting in hiswheelchair in the shade, my father said:“This is a nice place”– and I couldn’t tellif he meant the rest home in general,the shady spacewith the birdschirping,fountainflowing,springbreezes blowing, or…

By Lawson Fusao Inada

MeditationMagazine | On Practice


There are many good methods of concentration bequeathed to us by our predecessors in Zen. The easiest for beginners is counting incoming and outgoing breaths. The value of this particular exercise lies in the fact that…

By Yasutani Roshi

MeditationMagazine | On Practice


ONE OF THE MOST WELL-KNOWN, popular and practical examples of “meditation” connected with the body is called “The Mindfulness or Awareness of in-and-out breathing” (anopanosati). It is for this “meditation” only that a particular and definite…

By Walpola Sri Rahula