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Spring 2002

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New Body, Old Mind

After a harrowing escape from Chinese-controlled Tibet two years ago, Ugyen Trinley Dorje, the fifteen-year-old Karmapa, walked into the bright glare of the world stage. Journalist Swati Chopra profiles a leader-in-the-making.

By Swati Chopra


Poetry as Path: Five Haiku by Basho

  Awaiting snow, poets in their cups see lightning flash *Noon doze, wall cool against my feet. *Do not forget the plum, blooming in the thicket. *Dipping moon, sea-pungent  rice wine. * Skylark on moor—sweet song of non-attachment. ▼   Translated by Lucien Stryk from On Lbve and Barley: Haiku of Basho, Penguin: New York, […]

By Lucien Stryk


Keeping a Good Heart

Interview: Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche explores the nature of emptiness, the role of the teacher, and the unique challenges of teaching in the West.

By Tricycle


The Secret of Perfect Recall

Erik Pema Kunsang (Erik Hein Schmidt), a native of Denmark, is the publisher of Rangjung Yeshe Publications, which translates contemporary Tibetan teachings and classical Buddhist texts into English. He studied under Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and many other masters. Currently, he is a student of and interpreter for Tulku Urgyen’s sons, particularly the eldest, Chökyi Nyima […]

By Erik Kunsang



Books in Brief Spring 2002

Classics of Buddhism and Zen: The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary Shambhala Publications: Boston, 2001720 pp. in 4 volumes $175.00 (cloth) In four hardbound volumes representing twenty-two separate works, here is a handsome set of acclaimed translator Thomas Cleary’s collected Buddhist translations. The collection features teachings from the revered masters of the Ch’an (Chinese Zen) […]

By Tricycle

On Gardening


Whatever you have to say, leave the roots on, let themdangleAnd the dirtjust to make clearWhere they come from. —Charles Olsen Winter rain, falling for ten thousand years. I celebrate Groundhog Day on my hands and knees in the muddy sludge of the February garden, grubbing out the tangled roots of Michaelmas asters in the […]

By Wendy Johnson


‘Ram Dass: Fierce Grace’ by Mickey Lemle

Ram Dass: Fierce Grace Produced and directed by Mickey Lemle 2001, 93 minutes In February of 1997, spiritual leader and teacher Ram Dass suffered a massive stroke, leaving him with a mild speech disorder and partial paralysis. In this feature-length documentary, director Mickey Lemle intersperses scenes of Ram Dass’s life today with footage from his […]

By Caitlin Van Dusen


Cutting Through Fear

Cutting Through Fear:A Tibetan Buddhist Practice for Cultivating Compassion and Courage By Tsultrim Allione Sounds True: 2001 Audio Series: 2.5 hours, 2 cassettes, $19.95 By the time the Chinese swept in in 1959, information technology in Tibet had peaked at more or less the level of the printing press. Yet despite the availability of Buddhist […]

By Anne Seidlitz


Contributors Spring 2002

Soko Morinaga Roshi, (“Dharma Talk”) was ordained as a Zen monk in Japan in 1948 and trained in the monastery at Daitokuji, eventually receiving the seal of dharma transmission from Sesso Ota Roshi. He died in 1995. An excerpt from the forthcoming English translation of his book, From Novice to Master, appears in this issue […]

By Tricycle

On Location

Cyber Buddhism in Bangkok

In the garden outside Wat Buaniwet, Thailand’s most important Buddhist temple, Abhinito, a young monk, sat with me under the shade of a large tropical plant. Together, we discussed Abhinito’s emigration from Indonesia to Thailand, the horrific Bangkok traffic, and other topics. But after thirty minutes, Abhinito appeared distracted. “I’m sorry,” he apologized, “but I […]

By Joshua Kurlantzick


Absolute Relativity

Time and again the passion for understanding has led to the illusion that man is able to comprehend the objective world rationally by pure thought without any empirical foundations—in short, by metaphysics. —Albert Einstein By becoming attached to names and forms, not realizing that they have no more basis than the activities of the mind […]

By Thomas McFarlane

Editors View

A Word of Dissent

A friend of mine who begins each morning on the cushion used to get on my nerves carrying on about oceanic oneness. Not long after September 11, though, he was hopping mad and pinning his hopes on a “daisycutter,” the most devastating conventional weapon in our military’s arsenal. Espousing absurdly reductionist views about the “clash […]

By James Shaheen


Letters to the Editor Spring 2002

Tricycle welcomes letters to the editor. Letters are subject to editing. Please send correspondence to: Tricycle: The Buddhist Review92 Vandam StreetNew York, NY 10013Fax: (212) 645-1493E-mail address: Absolute Dharma? In his illuminating article “One Dharma” (Winter 2001), Joseph Goldstein rightly points out that non-clinging is fundamental to all Buddhist traditions. However, he misleads when […]

By Tricycle


Tea on the Dead Sea

Soen Nakagawa Roshi (1907-1984) figured greatly in the transmission of Zen to the West. In the wild antics of this late teacher, Sean Murphy finds wisdom and a mischievous heart

By Sean Murphy

On Location

Buddhist Conversions in India

It was November 3, 2001, the day before the long-awaited mass conversion. Ram Raj had been expecting one million to attend. Agitated, he appeared at my hotel soon after I arrived in Delhi: “Quickly, we have little time,” he shouted, and six of us crammed into a car. Raj barked into his cell phone as […]

By Vishvapani
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Responding to Tragedy

As Tricycle’s contact for the Dharma Directory, I had the unusual privilege of speaking with practitioners from dozens of Buddhist communities across the country in the weeks following the September 11th attacks. From my conversations and correspondence I began to get a sense of the ways in which practice had shifted as a result of […]

By Tammy Greenstein