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Instructions for Tea

                          (I) Bring a kettle of cold fresh water to boil. Scald teapotwith a dash of hot water. One slightly heaped teaspoon black or green leaf per cup:into your palm, then into the pot. Pour on water. With what’s left overheat up your […]

By Andrew Schelling

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The Bodhisattvas Play Ball

You can’t get them to chase a Texas Leaguer,a cheap flare that drops like a duckon to the lip of green outfield,yet they are compelled by The Diamond.The walls, like our lives, are irregular,yet in form, how perfect. There is no scoreboard. They oil their gloves all winter.Each spring they cover the hole,gracefully turn the […]

By Craig Paulenich

Reviews

Chasing Elephants’ by Diane Shainberg

CHASING ELEPHANTS:Healing Psychologically with Buddhist Wisdomby Diane ShainbergAsti-Rahman Books: New York, 2000200 pp. ; $16.95 (paper) In her new book, Diane Shainberg, a clinical psychologist and Zen Buddhist priest, places the reader in the present moment. From multiple angles, in forceful prose, she repeats this refrain, pointing to its universally applicable and beneficial relevance. The […]

By Paul Fleischman
Letters to the Editor Spring 2001

Letters

Letters to the Editor Spring 2001

I was somewhat distressed at the political nature of both a letter to the editor and a primary article in the Winter 2000 issue of Tricycle. This political material is not what I subscribe to Tricycle for, and although I agree that where politics, religion and philosophy collide, it is perfectly reasonable for Tricycle to […]

By Tricycle

Reviews

Books in Brief Spring 2001

THE BODHISATTVA VOW Geshe Sonam Rinchen,trans. Ruth SonamSnow Lion Publications: Ithaca,New York, 2000235 pp.; $14.95 (paper) Geshe Sonam Rinchen, a Tibetan scholar living in Dharamsala, presents the work of Chandragomin, the eighth-century author of Twenty Verses on the Bodhisattva Vow. Rinchen begins with lengthy introductory material about such subjects as loving attention and compassion. The […]

By Tricycle

On Gardening Personal Reflections

The Nothingness of the Ground

In the winter garden we have been pruning the Old Roses for a solid month, caught in a thicket of crossed canes and swollen buds. We planted this garden almost twenty years ago, and today I am the cowering servant of Rosa mundi and great maiden’s blush. These roses thrash me soundly if my pruning […]

By Wendy Johnson

Reviews

Phoenix Eyes and Other Stories’ by Russell Charles Leong

PHOENIX EYES AND OTHER STORIESRussell Charles LeongUniversity of Washington Press; Washington, 2000208 pp.; $16.95 (paper) When young, places were important: Chinatown, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, Taipei where I studied for a few years in the 70s; China, where I visited in the 80s and 90s. As an older man, the physical spaces become […]

By Cynthia Liu

Excerpt Teachings

Hell is Inevitable

In Japan, people will often refer to “the paradise of the Pure Land,” leading to the belief that paradise and the Pure Land are one and the same, but I don’t think this is the case. The Pure Land is not paradise. Rather, paradise and hell – its opposite – refer to this world in […]

By Hiroyuki Itsuki

In the News

In the News Spring 2001

TIBET MAKES CONTACT: China makes demands At a December 4 news conference held in Dharamsala, India, the Dalai Lama announced that contact between Beijing and the Tibetan government-in-exile has been reestablished. The Dalai Lama told the assembled audience that his brother, Gyalo Thondup, made a secret visit to China in late October and returned with […]

By Tricycle

Editors View

A Two-Track Mind

Every time the salesman at Eastern Mountain Sports brought an item for me to try on—a Superwick undershirt, a fleece vest, a coated-nylon shell—I tried to gauge my level of comfort for various degrees of inclement weather. By the time he asked where I was going, he had every reason to expect me to say […]

By Helen Tworkov

Reviews

Indestructible Truth’ by Reginald A. Ray

INDESTRUCTIBLE TRUTH:The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhismby Reginald A. RayShambhala: Boston & London, 2000432 pp.; $29.95 (cloth) The ideal reader for Reginald A. Ray’s massive study of the Tibetan spiritual tradition, Indestructible Truth, would be a vigorous beginning student capable of following the most abstruse points of the dharma, with a great appetite for historical […]

By Rebecca Radner
Sherlock Holmes: The Missing Years’ by Jamyang Norbu

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Sherlock Holmes: The Missing Years’ by Jamyang Norbu

  SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE MISSING YEARS The Adventures of the Great Detective in India and Tibet by Jamyang Norbu Bloomsbury: New York, 2001 287 pp.; $23.95 (cloth) “Of late, I have been tempted to look into the problems furnished by nature rather than the more superficial ones for which our artificial state of being is […]

By carole tonkinson
Contributors Spring 2001

Contributors

Contributors Spring 2001

In his work, Mark Epstein, psychiatrist and author of Thoughts Without a Thinker and the forthcoming Going on Being (see “Platform of Joy“), brings a Buddhist perspective on human suffering to Western psychology’s approach to mental anguish. He lives with his wife, artist Arlene Shechet, and their children in New York City. Ken McLeod (“Buddhism in a Nutshell“) served as a […]

By Tricycle

Reviews

The New Buddhism’ by William Coleman

THE NEW BUDDHISMThe Western Transformation of an Ancient Traditionby James William ColemanOxford University Press: New York, 2000256 pp.; $25.00 (cloth) The “New Buddhism” in the title of James Coleman’s The New Buddhism: The Western Transformation of an Ancient Tradition refers to forms of Buddhism that have been pursued by Western converts since the 1960s. These […]

By Peter Gregory
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