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Who Are You?

Who are you? My name is Peter. If you went to Nicaragua, you’d be called Pedro. Are Pedro and Peter one person or two? One, because I am only who I am. Are you a name?…

By Tricycle

TeachingsMagazine | Special Section

What Is Enlightenment?

SHUNRYU SUZUKI ROSHI (1904-1971), founder of Zen Center San Francisco and author of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, was known to discourage questions about enlightenment. Once, when pressed on the subject, he replied, What do you want…

By Tricycle

Magazine | Special Section

Where To Study?

AS INTEREST IN BUDDHISM continues to grow in America, many people are choosing to deepen their understanding of this tradition through graduate level study. If you are contemplating this route, one of the first things to…

By Duncan Ryuken Williams

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IdeasMagazine | Special Section

Who was Buddha?

Siddhartha Gautama was born around 567 B.C.E., in a small kingdom just below the Himalayan foothills. His father was a chief of the Shakya clan. It is said that twelve years before his birth the brahmins…

By Rick Fields

what is karma

TeachingsMagazine | Special Section

What Is Karma?

Karma means action, and refers to intentional physical, verbal, or mental actions. These actions leave imprints or seeds upon our mindstreams, and the imprints ripen into our experiences when the appropriate conditions come together. For example,…

By Ven. Thubten Chodron

Magazine | Special Section

Dharma 101

Dharma 101 is a sampling of the questions that commonly arise in the course of practice. In some cases, Buddhist teachers themselves identified the questions they most frequently hear from students. To those, we brought experiences…

By Tricycle

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Alice in Enlightenedland

Suppose Alice had been reading a book on American Buddhism before drifting off to sleep on that fateful afternoon. Her exchange with the Cheshire Cat might have gone something like this: ALICE CAME TO A FORK…

By P Law

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Magazine | Letters

Letters to the Editor Spring 1997

Lama Drama It was with relief and recognition that I read the interview with June Campbell in your Winter 1996 issue. For the first time, I have read of someone who acknowledged similar experiences to my…

By Tricycle

CultureMagazine | Book Reviews

Manchu Palaces

Machu PalacesJeanne LarsenHenry Holt and Company,Inc.:New York,1996342 pp., $25.00 (hardcover) In China during the Qing dynasty, when hard-riding warriors from Manchuria ruled the vast lands “between the passes,” Beijing’s new gentry altered the rules of architecture.…

By Patrick Rogers

IdeasMagazine | In the News

In the News Spring 1997

PAGODA SIEGE Vietnam’s communist government intensified its crackdown on the Unified Buddhist Church (UBC) when more than 200 armed security forces raided a 400-year-old pagoda in Hue and arrested two prominent monks there in November. The…

By Tricycle

Magazine | Editors View

Back to Basics

Dharma 101, this issue’s special section (p. 40), includes some very basic questions, but that doesn’t limit it to beginners. There’s nothing elementary in asking about karma, enlightenment, emptiness, or in asking, “if there is no…

By Tricycle

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