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Brief Teachings

Great Compassion

Great compassion is like the sky, because it covers all living beings; great compassion is like the earth, because it produces all the teachings; great compassion makes it possible to see buddhanature, by first clarifying real knowledge for the sake of others. Great compassion makes it possible to pass through unyielding barriers, by plumbing the […]

By Thomas Cleary, Translated by Zenmaster Torei
Flowers beneficial mental states

Brief Teachings

Water the Flowers, Not the Weeds

If you’re out watering your flower garden by hand, you naturally concentrate the flow of water to benefit your beautiful flowers. If there’s an area of weeds, you don’t waste water there. As best you can, you avoid watering the weeds. It’s the same with your consciousness. You can learn to selectively water the positive […]

By Thomas Bien


Am I the Storyteller, or Story, or Both?

The World Is Made of StoriesBy David R. LoyWisdom Publications, 2010128 pp.; $15.95 paper Once upon a time . . . Thus I have heard . . . From the cradle on, we are reminded that “the world is made of stories,” as the poet Gary Snyder once wrote. Now the teacher and Buddhist scholar […]

By Alan Senauke


Letters to the Editor Spring 2011

A Radical EvolutionI don’t have an answer to the question that Clark Strand asks in “The Path of Recovery” (Winter 2010). I live with these issues as a constant background noise in my mind, an ominous droning that invades every space and experience. The dismal prospects for our species and the lovely green world we […]

By Tricycle

Brief Teachings

A Still Mind

The only silence we know is the silence when noise stops, the silence when thought stops—but that is not silence. Silence is something entirely different, like beauty, like love. And this silence is not the product of a quiet mind, it is not the product of the brain cells which have understood the whole structure […]

By Jiddu Krishnamurti

Editors View

Sticking with It

People tell me meditation is easy but sticking with it is not. I could say “Just sit” (and I have), but that just annoys. In other words, I haven’t been much of a help. Until recently, that is, when I came up with a pretty simple—and all too obvious— idea: I asked a seasoned meditation […]

By James Shaheen
broken heart

Brief Teachings

Stay with Your Broken Heart

When anyone asks me how I got involved in Buddhism, I always say it was because I was so angry with my husband. The truth is that he saved my life. When that marriage fell apart, I tried hard—very, very hard—to go back to some kind of comfort, some kind of security, some kind of […]

By Pema Chödrön

Brief Teachings

From the Canon: The Visible Teaching

Once a wandering ascetic, Moliya Sivaka, addressed the Blessed One as follows: “It is said, venerable sir, ‘The dhamma is directly visible.’ In what way, venerable sir, is the dhamma directly visible, immediate, inviting one to come and see, worthy of application, to be personally experienced by the wise?” “Well, Sivaka, I shall in return […]

By Tricycle

Parting Words


After days of darkness I didn’t understanda second of yellow sunlighthere and gone through a hole in cloudsas quickly as a flashbulb, an immensememory of a moment of grace withdrawn.It is said that we are here but seconds in cosmictime, twelve and a half billion years,but who is saying this and why?In the Salt Lake […]

By Jim Harrison

This Buddhist Life

An Interview with Dasho Pema Thinley

Profession: Vice Chancellor of the Royal University of BhutanAge: 60 Location: Bhutan When did you become a Buddhist? That’s a difficult question. I was born into a Buddhist family in a Buddhist country. But as you get older you ask questions—What more is there? What’s there beyond? What is this life for? My interest in […]

By Tricycle

Brief Teachings

Dear Abbey Dharma Spring 2011

Dear Abbey Dharma,I have been on the Buddhist path for a large portion of my life. I practiced Zen while I was a teenager and practiced Tibetan Buddhism in my late 20s. Now, in my late 30s, I find myself going it alone after becoming weary of ritual. Do most people go through this weariness […]

By Sylvia Boorstein

Good Work

Good Work Spring 2011

A Spinal Injury SanghaIn August of 2000, Kanak Mani Dixit, an editor and publisher from Kathmandu, Nepal, set out on a trek around the Annapurna Circuit trail, several hours north of his home. After he failed to return to Kathmandu a few days later, his brother went out in search of Dixit and eventually discovered […]

By Sam Mowe, Rachel Hiles


Selected Contributors Spring 2011

In 2000, Joel Whitney (“No Mean Preacher”) had just left Tricycle, where he was website editor, to pursue an M.F.A. in poetry at Columbia. By 2003, he was teaching at Fordham University, had won a Discovery Prize for his poems, and was working on a poetry collection. But the week the first bombs fell on […]

By Tricycle


Appendix to Seeds of Rebirth

This is additional information to Wendy Johnson’s “Seeds of Rebirth” article in the Spring 2011 issue ofTricycle. Seed Companies Baker Creek Heirloom 2278 Baker Creek RoadMansfield, MO 65704417-924-8917 Offers open-pollinated natural and non GMO seeds. I love this company. They recently opened The Seed Bank in an old bank building in Petaluma California. They […]

By Wendy Johnson


Books in Brief Spring 2011

Gary Snyder has been a mosquito, and Jim Harrison would like to be a tree. These are two important things we learn from watching The Practice of the Wild, a documentary by John J. Healey featuring the old codgers (San Simeon/ Whole Earth Films, produced by Will Hearst and Jim Harrison, 52 min., DVD, $18.95). […]

By Sam Mowe
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