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Spring 2000

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Prayer: Interview with Robert Jinsen Kennedy Roshi

Kennedy Roshi was ordained as a Catholic priest in Japan in 1965 and installed as a Zen teacher in 1991 and given the title Roshi in 1997 by Bernie Glassman Roshi. He is chair of the Theology Department, St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, New Jersey, where he teaches Theology and Japanese language. How do you […]

By Tricycle

Special Section

Prayer: Interview with Dr. Larry Dossey

In Reinventing Medicine, (HarperSanFrancisco, 1999), Dr. Larry Dossey cites several scientific studies about the effectiveness of prayer. Medical evidence now supports the view that prayer helps in the healing process, and some studies have documented positive results of Tibetan prayer as an intercessory tool. Dr. Dossey has written eight books including Healing Words: The Power […]

By Tricycle

Features

Feature

The Psychology of Awakening

Conventional psychotherapists often look askance at spiritual practice, just as many spiritual teachers disapprove of psychotherapy. At the extremes, each camp tends to see the other as avoiding and denying the real issues

By John Welwood

Feature

Practical Advice Regarding Spiritual Teachers

When the spiritual seeker and the teacher come from different cultures, accommodations on both sides are required. But can guru devotion—essential to Tibetan Buddhism and one of the most problematic issues for Westerners—find its place in the West? This question becomes particularly thorny in the United States, where mistrust of authority is historically indigenous and […]

By Alexander Berzin
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Departments

On Gardening

Tell It Slant

Of all the seasons in the garden I love the dead of winter best. In icy February when storms from the Gulf of Alaska pelt the frozen ground with hail, the bare-boned skeleton of the dormant garden stands revealed in the stiletto wind. Winter is a fine time to tinker with the design of your […]

By Wendy Johnson

Reviews

Books In Brief Spring 2000

NAGARJUNA’S“SEVENTY STANZAS”A Buddhist Psychology of EmptinessDavid Ross KomitoSnow Lion Publications, $16.95 According to legend, Nagarjuna, an Indian scholar in the second century C.E., was taken to the underwater kingdom of the nagas to read the Buddha’s Perfection of Wisdom sutras. He wrote many verses based on his reading of those sutras, and this translates seventy […]

By Tricycle

Afterword

View of an Auspicious Day

You shouldn’t chase after the pastor pin your hopes on the future.What is past                   is left behind.The future                   hasn’t yet arrived. Whatever experience is presentyou clearly see                   right there,      […]

By Shakyamuni Buddha

Reviews

The Cup

The CupDirected by Khyentse NorbuFineline Features94 minutes, Rated G Soccer, rather than the search for enlightenment, is the obsession among the sweet-faced young monks at the heart of The Cup, a new movie written and directed by Khyentse Norbu, a highly regarded Tibetan lama and son of Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. The film, the first feature […]

By Dimitri Ehrlich

Travel

Ruminations on a Road

Mustang, Nepal, has been a trading route and Buddhist pilgrimage site for centuries. Although remote, Mustang is far from provincial. Thakali, an ethnic clan from Lower Mustang, make their homes around the globe, and many Loba, ethnic Tibetans from Lo (Upper Mustang) have emigrated to Kathmandu or the United States, in search of economic opportunities. […]

By Sienna Craig

On Practice

The Ten Oxherding Pictures

The ten oxherding pictures describe the, Zen training path to enlightenment, Folk images are accompanied by poems and commentaries. They depict a young oxherder whose quest leads him to tame, train, and transform his heart and mind, a process that is represented by subduing the ox. Even though these images are presented in a sequence, […]

By Martine Batchelor

Reviews

Socially Engaged Buddhism for the New Millennium; Global Healing; The Wheel of Engaged Buddhism

Socially Engaged Buddhism for the New MilleniumEssays in Honor of the Ven. Phgra Dhammapitaka (Bhikkhu P. A. Payutto) On His 60th Birthday AnniversaryEdited by Sulak Sivaraksa, Pipob Udomittipong, and Chris WalkerSathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation and Foundation for Children: Bangkok, 1999(Distributed by Parallax Press, Berekely)536 pp.; $38 (paper) Global HealingSulak SivarakasaThai Inter-Religious Commiission for Development, Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation: Bangkok, […]

By Christopher Queen

Buddha.com

The Web: Pure Land or Hell Realm?

In the metaphor of the diamond net of Indra, there is a glittering jewel at every juncture of the vast web of consciousness, a jewel intimately connected with, and reflecting, every other. It is a fitting analogy for virtual reality and the World Wide Web—an interconnected universe where one URL can ultimately link to every […]

By Mary Talbot

In the News

In the News Spring 2000

LANDED On January 5, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, the 14-year-old head of the Kagyu order, having left Tibet under the cloak of darkness, arrived safely in Dharamsala, India, seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Although many details of the Karmapa’s escape were unknown in early January, the New York Times reported that on December […]

By Tricycle

Letters

Letters Spring 2000

Charles Johnson’s Dharma Light I appreciate “A Sangha by Another Name” by Charles Johnson. Like other African-Americans, my sense of social justice was honed in the Christian church. Now, I am also drawn by Buddhist practices to bring more mindfulness and serenity into my life. African Americans—and all other groups—are finding in Buddhism the “good […]

By Tricycle

Ancestors

Nagarjuna’s Verses from the Center

Although Nagarjuna is arguably the most important figure in Buddhism after the Buddha himself, very little is known about him. All that can be said with any certainty is that he lived at some time around the second century C.E. in India and is the author of a Sanskrit work of 448 verses, divided into […]

By Stephen Batchelor

Editors View

Yawn 2K

The anticipation and subsequent nonevent of Y2K reminds me of a favorite childhood book, The Camel Who Took a Walk, a story about what happens when nothing happens: A beautiful camel goes for a dawn stroll; seeing this, a tiger positions himself down the road, ready to pounce when the camel passes by. Seeing the […]

By Helen Tworkov