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Robert Bellah religion

IdeasMagazine | Feature

The R Word

Fundamentalists here and abroad have been giving religion a bad rap lately, and so-called militant atheists have used the opportunity to take up the offensive. But according to prominent sociologist Robert N. Bellah, both sides have…

By Robert Bellah

IdeasMagazine | Feature

Sacred Seeds

Just as a seed contains the whole plant, the syllables of Siddham calligraphy are concentrations of enlightened energy. This holy script played a crucial role in the journey of Tantric Buddhism from ancient India to East…

By David Schneider

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mindfulness b alan wallace

IdeasMagazine | Interview

A Mindful Balance

What did the Buddha really mean by “mindfulness?” B. Alan Wallace describes how misunderstanding the term can have implications for your practice.

By B. Alan Wallace

Magazine | Letters

Letters Spring 2008

FORGETTING THE FREAKS Andrew Goodwin’s review of Christopher Hitchens’s God Is Not Great (Fall 2007) is slanted and confused. Although Goodwin applauds the book (except where it applies to Buddhism), he uses the review as a…

By Tricycle

christopher alexander

Personal ReflectionsMagazine | Interview

Nature Unfolding

Contributing editor Katy Butler speaks with renowned architect Christopher Alexander, who has spent decades investigating the source and forms of beauty. What he has found is a pathway to God.

Interview with Christopher Alexander by Katy Butler

Magazine | Contributors

Contributors Spring 2008

                                Joan Halifax, Zen teacher and Abbot of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, brought her experience as a…

By Tricycle

IdeasMagazine | My View

Taking Flight

How teenagers in an impoverished Parisian neighborhood discovered Buddhism and the courage to sustain hope.

By Mariane Pearl

Magazine | Editors View

Heroes and Communities

IT IS TEMPTING, almost habitual, to view Gandhi through the prism of Western individualism, as a solitary leader who somehow lifted the entire Indian subcontinent on his shoulders and, David-like, took a stand against the Goliath…

By James Shaheen