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Tradition and Innovation

In the Summer 1997 issue of Tricycle, we published an article in which two prominent Buddhist teachers, Robert Thurman and Stephen Batchelor, discussed their differing views on the teachings of karma and rebirth. The article, entitled “Reincarnation: A Debate,” focused not so much on the accuracy of rebirth, either as representing Buddhist teaching or as […]

By James Shaheen

Excerpt

From: Aging as a Spiritual Practice

Once, when I was about 12, my father came into my room holding a book. He was in his forties at the time. “I want to show you something,” he said. The book was an autobiography of the poet Robert Graves. On the front cover was a photograph of Graves as a young man: black-haired, […]

By Lewis Richmond

Reviews

How Buddhist Is Modern Buddhism?

The Making of Buddhist Modernism David L. McMahan New York: Oxford University Press 2008, 320 pp., $29.95 paper Buddhism was the first major missionary religion, and by all accounts it seems to have spread peacefully. The merchants and monks who transported the dharma did not accompany conquering armies or attempt to defeat the local gods. […]

By David Loy

This Buddhist Life

An interview with June Tanoue

Profession: Zen priest and hula instructor Age: 61 Location: Chicago Tell me about growing up on the Big Island of Hawaii. I grew up in a small plantation town. The plantations were pretty big when I was born, in 1950. One of my grandfathers worked on them. He came over from Japan and started to […]

By Tricycle

Brief Teachings

Creating Space

These days we have so many things to think about: our health, our family, our work, our dharma practice. When we don’t know how to deal with them, these worries can make our minds start to slowly shrink, becoming more and more narrow, and as a consequence more and more negative. Sometimes things start to […]

By Phakchok Rinpoche

Good Work

Art As A Weapon

Last year street artist Shepard Fairey spent several days painting a three-story-high mural of a Burmese monk on the side of a building in downtown San Diego, and Breadtruck Films’ Jeffrey Durkin was there to film the entire process. Durkin, who works out of a converted Wonder Bread truck—now a mobile film studio, and the […]

By Emma Varvaloucas

Letters

Letters to the Editor Spring 2012

A teacher and novelist Dan Zigmond’s review “Finding True Love,” (Fall 2011) seems to have used the vehicle of a book review not to review The Novice but rather to issue a diatribe against the life and teachings of its author, Thich Nhat Hanh. Having read several of Nhat Hanh’s books and having been to […]

By Tricycle

Brief Teachings

Cooling Emotional Fires

The destructive effects of anger are easily recognized. When even mild annoyance arises, it can quickly grow and overwhelm us. Inner peace is lost. If we look at how anger arises, we see that it usually happens when we feel unheard, unseen, or unfairly treated. If in that moment we look within, we may sense […]

By Allan Lokos

Good Work

Attention to Death

So many deaths I have been a part of, so many patients, families, caregivers, and volunteers have touched my life. Together we’ve created a kind of peaceful revolution whose battle cry is as quiet and profound as two strangers holding hands before death. We’ve gone to the edge of our fear of death, of our […]

By Emma Varvaloucas

Reviews

Books in Brief Spring 2012

The central message of Jack Kornfield’s Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are (Shambhala Publications, 2011, $24.95, cloth, 304 pp.) is that every part of your life is sacred. Accordingly, Kornfield offers readers teachings on all sorts of different topics: parenting, engaging in politics, sexuality, drug use, forgiveness among them. “All aspects of […]

By Sam Mowe

Brief Teachings

Finding Your Place

A fish swims in the ocean, and no matter how far it swims there is no end to the water. A bird flies in the sky, and no matter how far it flies there is no end to the sky. However, the fish and the bird have never left their elements. When their activity is […]

Translated by [Robert, Aitken] and [Kazuaki, Tanahashi] Robert Aitken Kazuaki Tanahashi Eihei Dogen Zenji

Contributors

Featured Contributors Spring 2012

Chaco Terada, whose photographs appear in “Zen and the Art,” began practicing calligraphy as a four-year-old child in Japan. She learned by observing her father, Soseki Terada, a master calligrapher, and copying his work. After Terada moved to the United States in her 20s, she felt freer to express herself, combining calligraphy and photography. “I […]

By Tricycle
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Brief Teachings

Dear Abbey Dharma

Dear Abbey Dharma, I often wonder about loving oneself and awareness. I am terrified of getting into a relationship, so I avoid pain by avoiding relationships. But I end up creating more pain for myself that way, and I often find myself in bad situations. How can I achieve a level of self-esteem where I […]

By Sylvia Boorstein

Parting Words

37 Practices of the Bodhisattva, Verse 1

  Right now, you have a good boat, fully equipped and available—hard to find. To free others and you from the sea of samsara, Day and night, fully alert and present, Study, reflect, and meditate—this is the practice of a bodhisattva. Commentary By Ken McLeod The first verse of the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva […]

[Thogme, Zhangpo (1297–1371)] And [Ken, McLeod] Ken McLeod
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