What if your thoughts are too painful to bear?
What if your thoughts are too painful to bear?
Creating sangha behind bars
Imprisoned for more than twenty years, Ani Pachen Dolma drew on her single-minded devotion to the dharma to help her endure years of torture, forced labor, and near-starvation in Chinese work camps.
An interview with Buddhist activist and former prisoner Fleet Maull
In confinement, what happens to the self?
Are the goals of the prison dharma movement misguided? Kobutsu Malone spent eight years running a Zen practice group in Sing Sing Prison, widely regarded as the most dangerous maximum security prison in New York State.
A Buddhist prison chaplain keeps showing up
In the teachings of the Buddha, perhaps no claim is so radical as this: that liberation is not the special province of the few or the fortunate; that happiness is not dependent upon caste or creed, wealth or status. According to the dharma, true freedom—freedom from greed, hatred, and delusion—is determined by our minds, not […]
Bowing is a common practice in Asia, both within and outside religious circles, a way of expressing respect and reverence, as well as a form of greeting. Tibetans bow and say tashi delek, meaning “excellent luck and auspicious good fortune to you.” Disciples and devotees bow to their teachers, to the gods, and to holy […]
A man stumbles upon the First Noble Truth of suffering
Where do we find true satisfaction for our cravings?
Why you can’t have your cake and enlightenment, too. Thanissaro Bhikkhu explains why we don’t have to be slaves to our desires.
Chögyam Trungpa was a monumental force in establishing Buddhism in the West. Introducing thousands to meditation, the charismatic Tibetan teacher set up more than a hundred centers and Naropa University, and wrote prolifically, including thirteen books during his lifetime. After his death in 1987, thirteen additional books were compiled from his lectures and poetry by […]
Art as a tool of Buddhist practice
A milestone in Buddhist fiction
What Buddhists called a problem, Christians called a solution.
The dharma comes to America
For Korean poet Ok-koo Kang Grosjean, translating poetry is a journey toward the unknown, and impermanence is the path.
Should you eat that second piece of chocolate cake? It all depends . . .
“To have fun and to do no harm.” Isn’t that enough? Garret Keizer reflects on the pleasures and perils of living in the moment.
An interview with Jack Engler
“I think I’ll go home and meditate…on murder!” —The Green Lama in “The Man Who Never Existed” (radio show) The Green Lama, a superhero invented by writer Kendell Foster Crossen, appeared in comic books and pulp magazines and on radio shows during the 1940s. This offbeat character, first created to compete in the pulp […]
Getting out of the Matrix
Might a two-mile strip of sex, money, and power be part of the true path to an American enlightenment?
While living in Japan, spiritual seeker, author, and entrepreneur William Segal sent this aerogram to his wife in New York City to illustrate his experience with the kyosaku stick, or “Zen stick.”
Five teachers answer questions about some of the most common ways the Five Hindrances manifest in our everyday lives
Buddhist gender wars
In the woods at three in the morning, bowing acquires new significance.
“If you see a greater pleasure that comes from forsaking a lesser pleasure, be willing to forsake that lesser pleasure for the greater one,” writes Thai forest monk Thanissaro Bhikkhu, paraphrasing the Buddha in this issue’s Dharma Talk. The restraint our teachers speak of seems so simple, and yet how often, after periods of steady […]
Buddhism in Hong Kong
An unorthodox lama brings the dharma west.
Practitioners at two Ohio sanghas learn how to be one another’s teachers
Three simple questions form the basis of an increasingly popular practice: What have you given? What have you taken? How have you harmed?
Khyentse Norbu, director and lama, on both sides of the lens
Does a filth fly maggot have Buddha-nature?
How To Speak Tibetan In Forty-One Not-So-Easy Lessons
Harvard psychologist Jack Engler reflects on his study of Buddhist practice in the special section “Enlightenment in this Lifetime”. He says, “Though I’ve written a lot about practice, and about Buddhist and Western psychology, I’ve never published the personal interviews from doctoral research I did many years ago with enlightened Vipassana practitioners in India, including […]
An Interview With Dipa Ma
Poet Shin Yu Pai traces the innuendoes of a post-zazen tea service.
Tricycle speaks with Joseph Goldstein about his late teacher
The Envelope, PleaseMonks at Sherab Ling Monastery in India may soon have a new statue to add to their collection. Their album, Sacred Tibetan Chant, has been nominated for the 2003 Grammy award for best traditional world music album. The album records Karma Kagyu lineage prayers, Mahakala pujas (a ritual to overcome obstacles in one’s […]
Horsing around with His Holiness
Grab a loofah and prepare for the afterlife! Here are some tips from the Buddha on bathing yourself—and others.
A visit to Lumbini, birthplace of the Buddha
Chant or Cant?As a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism with the Soka Gakkai, I have certainly come across articles and other writings on our organization. (I used to marvel at the fact that the SGI was rarely, if ever, mentioned in Tricycle and other Buddhist publications, considering its membership size and scope.) As Clark Strand points […]