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Spring 2009

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The text we’ve chosen to study this period and the subject of Enkyo Roshi’s weekly online talks at is Genjokoan (Actualizing the Fundamental Point), perhaps the best known section of Eihei Dogen’s masterwork, Shobogenzo (Treasury of the True Dharma Eye). As he does throughout his work, here Dogen focuses on the oneness of practice […]

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Editors View

The Big Sit — Editor’s View

TWO YEARS AGO we invited our readers to participate in “Commit to Sit,” a 28-day meditation challenge in print and online, developed with the support and guidance of Vipassana meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein. Although we were hopeful, we couldn’t have expected the enthusiastic response we got. Readers across the country—newcomers and seasoned […]

By James Shaheen


How to Sit: Tricycle’s Zen Meditation Challenge

Read more on Tricycle’s 90-day Zen meditation challenge The Big Sit Introduction Introduction to Zen Setting Up Your Home Altar Genjokoan The Value of A Vow How to Sit The Bodhisattva Precepts Join the Big Sit challenge!                                     […]

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Books in Brief Spring 2009

        With his first two books, Hardcore Zen and Sit Down & Shut Up, Brad Warner attracted a following—and no small amount of indignation at his irreverent take on the Buddha’s teachings. In his third effort, Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate: A Trip Through Death, Sex, Divorce, and Spiritual Celebrity […]

By Aaron Lackowski


Contributors Spring 2009

ROSHI PAT ENKYO O’HARA is the Abbott of the Village Zendo in New York City. She has received dharma transmission in both the Soto and Rinzai lines of Zen Buddhism, through the White Plum Lineage. Enkyo Roshi serves as the guiding teacher of our “90-Day Zen Meditation Challenge”. She says, “I love encouraging people to […]

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Down East Roshi

For decades, Walter Nowick has been quietly blazing a Zen trail on the northern coast of Maine. His blue jeans disguise a remarkable history

By Dana Sawyer

How We Live

Mindful Music

“This is why we come early,” Buddhist singer-songwriter Ravenna Michalsen says for the third time this trip, as we search for the correct turn into Wellesley College. She’s playing a show for the college’s Buddhist Community tonight, and we’ve driven up to Massachusetts from New Haven, Connecticut, where various karmic causes and conditions have brought […]

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Letters Spring 2009

SITTING PROUD I was at first a bit dismayed to read that Susan Moon ever felt abashed sitting zazen in a chair (“On the Cushion,” Winter 2008). But then I remembered Zen in the early days at Tassajara and in San Francisco, when some circles and practitioners, in my experience, adopted a macho approach to […]

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Setting Up Your Home Altar

Most of us cannot afford a separate room for zazen, but all of us can make a corner sacred. Put your pad and cushion there, with a low table or shelf for incense, flowers, and a picture of Shakyamuni, Bodhidharma, Kanzeon, or one of the other great bodhisattvas or teachers in our lineage. The room […]

By Robert Aitken


What I’m Reading Spring 2009

              As an artist and dharma student, I’ve always felt a deep connection to, and appreciation for, the calligraphy of the Japanese Zen masters. Initially I thought that Chinese Calligraphy (Yale University Press, 2008, $75.00 cloth), edited by Ouyang Zhongshi and Wen C. Fong, and translated by Wang Youfen, […]

By Frank Olinsky


Golden Retrievals

Fetch? Balls and sticks capture my attentionseconds at a time. Catch? I don’t think so.Bunny, tumbling leaf, a squirrel who’s–ohJoy—actually scared. Sniff the wind, then I’m off again: muck, pond, ditch, residueof any thrillingly dead thing. And you?Either you’re sunk in the past, half our walk,thinking of what you never can bring back, or else […]

By Mark Doty

Into Practice

The Value of a Vow

This period of intensified practice allows us to examine how we can care for ourselves so that we are better able to serve others. By looking at the aspects of body, mind, and spirit we can address the totality of self. Fill out this form created by Reverend Jo-An Alan Tibbetts at Enkyo Roshi’s Village […]

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Web Exclusive

Podcast: Interview with Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg stopped by the Tricycle office on Friday, January 23rd, and spoke with managing editor Alex Kaloyanides about her new book, The Kindness Handbook, published by Sounds True. She also spoke about the Brahmaviharas or Four Immeasurables: Lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity, and how these apply to the daily lives of Buddhists today. […]

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The Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts

Read more on Tricycle’s 90-day Zen meditation challenge The Big Sit Introduction Introduction to Zen Setting Up Your Home Altar Genjokoan The Value of A Vow How to Sit The Bodhisattva Precepts Sign up for the challenge now! During our 90-day practice period we will be following this traditional set of precepts, which begin by […]

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