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Magazine | Special Section

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

a stone buddha statue

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

TeachingsMagazine | Special Section

The Fourth Noble Truth

The Buddha to his companions at the Deer Park: “The fourth truth is the path which leads to the cessation of suffering. It is the Noble Eightfold Path of right understanding, right thought, right speech, right…

By Thich Nhat Hanh

Handwritten note where is buddha? honesty in buddhism

MeditationMagazine | Special Section

Where is Buddha?

IN MY OFFICE THERE IS A SCROLL with Japanese calligraphy and a painting of Zen master Bodhidharma. Bodhidharma is a fat, grumpy-looking man with bushy eyebrows. He looks as if he has indigestion.  The calligraphy reads,…

By Pema Chödrön

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

TeachingsMagazine | Special Section

Do Thoughts Ever Stop?

The Buddha advised his bhikkhus (ordained followers), “Bhikkhus, when you have assembled together you should do one of two things—have dhamma discussions or observe noble silence.” Noble silence is the state of mind where there are…

By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

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

MeditationMagazine | Special Section

Why Do We Bow?

Many people have this question the minute they walk into the zendo and are told to make full prostrations to the Buddha image on the altar. They come with an idea that Zen is beyond words…

By Norman Fischer

TeachingsMagazine | Special Section

Etymology: The Three Jewels

BUDDHA. From the Sanskrit root budh, literally “to wake, wake up, be awake.” Sanskrit was the elite language of the Aryan tribes whomigrated to South Asia sometime in the second millennium B.C.E. Various forms of this…

By Tricycle


Magazine | Feature

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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CultureMagazine | Book Reviews

The Tale Of The Incomparable Prince

The Tale of the Incomparable Prince Mdo Mkhar Tshe Ring Dbang Rgyal Translated by Beth Newman HarperPerennial: New York, 1997 319 pp., $13.00 (paperback). It’s not surprising that The Tale of the Incomparable Prince—which its publisher…

By David Guy

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

Magazine | From The Academy

Digesting The Dharma

In my last column, I provided a brief history of the attempt to anthologize Buddhist texts, to reduce the teachings of Buddhism to a single volume. The organization of these anthologies was often telling, revealing the…

By Donald S. Lopez Jr.

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

CultureMagazine | Book Reviews

Mountains And Rivers Without End

Mountains And Rivers Without EndGary SnyderCounterpoint: Washington, D.C., 1996 165 pp., $20.00 (hardcover) Wet and covered with pine needles, Gary Snyder’s new book arrived at my door on a rare rainy day in Los Angeles. Perhaps…

By Russell Leong

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

Personal ReflectionsMagazine | On Gardening

Daughters of the Wind

EVERY YEAR around the spring equinox, the prevailing westerly winds begin to gust, battering the California coast just a scant half-mile from Green Gulch Farm. These westerlies are a swollen river of air moving across the…

By Wendy Johnson