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Spring 2006

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Worlds Apart

A skeptical George Johnson takes in the Dalai Lama’s inaugural “Dialogues between Neuroscience and Society” lecture at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

By George Johnson


Immaterial Evidence

In his recent book, The Universe in a Single Atom, the Dalai Lama argues for the immateriality of mind. B. Alan Wallace explains why this just may make perfect sense.

By B. Alan Wallace | Artwork by James Kerr
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Sympathy For Schopenhauer: Half of the story

  The Schopenhauer CureIrvin D. YalomNew York: Harper Perennial, January 2006384 pp.; $13.95 (paper) “Nice things are nicer than nasty ones.” his perfectly constructed sentence, from the 1954 Kingsley Amis novel Lucky Jim, wittily expresses one of the more important sentiments in twentieth-century English literature. But it is perhaps a sentence in both senses of […]

By Andrew Goodwin


What They’re Reading: Sharon Salzberg

I am reading Jonathan Cott’s book On the Sea of Memory: A Journey from Forgetting to Remembering, an expansive and exciting investigation of memory and its role in forming our sense of self. Cott, a successful journalist and author, is a friend of mine. Several years ago I witnessed his struggle to recover from a […]

By Sharon Salzberg


Let’s Get Lost: Television to meditate to

  LOSTABCWednesdays, 9/8c A closed eyelid fills the screen. Suddenly it swings wide open, and the pupil, at first dilated, immediately contracts, as if reacting to brilliant light. That’s the first shot of the first episode of Lost, ABC’s phenomenally successful dramatic series, now in its second season. Several variations of this image recur in […]

By Dean Sluyter

Editors View

The More Things Change…

SITTING FRONT ROW CENTER, through childhood and into adulthood, we watch our parents’ lives unfold. At once familiar and shrouded in iconic mystery, our parents are variously idolized or blamed by us. Usually with time—if we’re lucky enough to get to know them in adulthood—our parents shrink to the size of everyday human beings whose […]

By James Shaheen


Traveling Man: Off the map, on the path

  Beyond the House of the False Lama: Travels with Monks, Nomads, and OutlawsGeorge CraneSan Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2005320 pp.; $24.95 (cloth) Once, while in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, I met several Buddhist monks who invited me to visit their monastery in Dalat, a destination that had not even been on my original itinerary. The trip […]

By Paul W. Morris


Blazing a Trail

    BLAZING A TRAILJapanese nun Eshun (1362-ca. 1430), the Irresistible One TO ESHUN, the whole world was kindling—peasants rebelling against harsh conditions only to be tortured and executed, constant battles between samurai bands, a broken court, endless poverty and endless greed. Eshun never married, refusing to even consider it. Her older brother, Ryoan Emyo, […]

By Sallie Jiko Tisdale


Featured Contributors Spring 2006

GEORGE JOHNSON (“Worlds Apart,” page 80) writes: “I was surprised whenTricycle asked me to go to Washington to write about the Dalai Lama’s controversial appearance at the Society for Neuroscience’s Annual Meeting. My review of his recent book on science and spirituality in the New York Times Book Review had angered some Buddhists—one called me […]

By Tricycle


Buddha Buzz Spring 2006

Big Box Dharma In an effort to bring Buddhism back to the people, Thai Culture Minister Uraiwan Thienthong recently proposed building “solace corners” in department stores and malls. Two malls have signed on, but not everyone thinks taking the dharma to market is such a good idea, with several senators objecting to what they interpret […]

By Tricycle


Letters to the Editor Spring 2006

    DHARMA HAGGLINGAfter reading the interview with Mu Soeng in your Winter 2005 issue (“Dharma for Sale”), I had two thoughts. First, Mu Soeng must disapprove of Vimalakirti. Vimalakirti was a businessman and a landlord who gambled, watched sports, and had servants. Second, Mu Soeng’s recommendations about the appropriate Buddhist lifestyle seem odd. He […]

By Tricycle


Books in Brief

Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart John Welwood Boston: Trumpeter, 2006 224 pp.; $19.95 (cloth)  Love is always there, waiting for you. You just need to learn how to let it in. That’s the overriding message in psychotherapist and best-selling author John Welwood’s latest guide to better living, and Welwood is […]

By Tricycle


Suffering, Indexed

Selections from the index to Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe by ANDREW BOYD, a collection of the wisdom of the apocryphal Brother Void abyss 91  diving into 78  gazing into xixbitch  drunken, moody son-of-a 9catastrophe 93  total 41cheerfulness  premature 81crisis  deeper into 13  existential 99  no way back […]

By andrew boyd