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MeditationMagazine | Special Section

The Lama in the Lab

Advances in medical technologies are allowing scientists a peek into the brains of experienced meditators. The Mind and Life Institute (a nonprofit organization devoted to collaboration between Buddhism and science) is at the forefront of this exciting new research

By Marshall Glickman


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The Spirit of Inquiry

Science has not been kind to religion. For a few centuries now science has been chipping away at reiigion’s most cherished beliefs, leaving none but the most stalwart to argue the believability of a parting sea or a virgin birth. Some religions have been more vulnerable than others: the Abrahamic traditions—Christianity, Islam, and Judaismwith their […]

By James Shaheen

Magazine | Parting Words


The wanderer vacchagotta once asked the Buddha what became of the Tathagata (the “Enlightened One”) after death. But no matter how Vacchagotta phrased the inquiry, the Buddha explained that his question did not apply. Finally, he asked Vacchagotta to imagine a fire. “Suppose someone where to ask you, Vaccha, ‘This fire burning in front of […]

By Clark Strand

Magazine | Letters

Letters to the Editor Spring 2003

Point Counterpoint Thank you for Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s interesting article, “Romancing the Buddha” (Winter 2002). The piece makes the important point that the roots of Western interest in Asian religions go back to the Romantics. However, when he outlines the differences between Romanticism and Buddhism—and the dangers of equating them—he overgeneralizes the matter to such a […]

By Tricycle

Magazine | In Memoriam

Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche (1930-2002)

                            Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche passed away on November 17, 2002, during a retreat at Khandro Ling monastery in Brazil, where he lived. Rinpoche was a lineage holder within the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as an artist and Tibetan physician.Chagdud […]

By Tricycle

CultureMagazine | Reviews

Buddhist Himalayas

Buddhist HimalayasPhotographs by Oliver and Danielle Föllmi and Matthieu RicardNew York: Abrams, 2002423 pp.; $55.00 (cloth) Spacious landscapes move us. Why? Because we ourselves are, in essence, the moving center of an infinite openness. This metaphor animates the traditions of Buddhism that flourish, even now, in the snowy expanses of the Himalayas. If you’ve ever […]

By Steven D. Goodman

Magazine | Contributors

Contributors Spring 2003

Andrew Cooper [“Modernity’s God-shaped Hole,”] reflects: “Knocking around among various Buddhist schools, I was struck by how each particular story of the path seems to elicit congruent experiences. In other words, Zen folks have Zen experiences, Vajrayanists have Vajrayana experiences. Entering this process entails faith – that is, one allows oneself to be seized by […]

By Tricycle

MeditationMagazine | On The Cushion

Q&A with Douglas Phillips

I’m sitting every day and I feel like I’m not getting anywhere. What should I do? Ideally, teachers respond not just to the question but also to the person asking it. We would want to know more about how long you have been sitting every day and for how long you sit. What happens during […]

By Tricycle

IdeasMagazine | Interview

Practice First

What is it like to be the abbot of a downtown zendo in post-9/11 New York City? Sensei Enkyo O’Hara talks to Tricycle about taking a stand, facing the enemy, and recent changes in her sangha.

By Tricycle

Magazine | Reviews

Books in Brief Spring 2003

The Practice of DzogchenLongchen RabjamIthaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications, 2002488 pp.; $34.95 (cloth) Written by Longchen Rabjam (1308-1363), the celebrated adept of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism, The Practice of Dzogchen is an anthology of writings on the esoteric philosophy of Dzogchen. At the heart of this tradition is a meditative practice aimed at […]

By Tricycle

CultureMagazine | Reviews

Teachings of the Relationship Buddha

Love Dharma: Relationship Wisdom From Enlightened Buddhist Women Geri Larkin Boston: Journey Editions, 2003 240 pp.; $12.95 (paper) Zen and the Art of Falling in Love Brenda Shoshana, Ph.D. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003 272 pp.; $21.00 (cloth) The Passionate Budha: Wisdom On Intimacy and Enduring Love Robert Sachs Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions, 2002 […]

By Joan Duncan Oliver

CultureMagazine | Reviews

Westward Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Asia

Westward Dharma: Buddhism Beyond AsiaCharles S. Prebish and Martin BaumannBerkeley: University of California Press, 2002436 pp.; $21.95 (paper) For many Westerners interested in Buddhism, the question of Buddhism’s adaptation to non-Asian environments and sensibilities is a topic of a good deal of discussion and concern. How can Buddhism flourish without a strong (and native-born) monastic […]

By Jeff Wilson