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No Barrier

NO BARRIER: Unlocking the Zen Koan Thomas ClearyBantam Books: New York, 1993.224 pp., $9.95 (paperback). THOMAS CLEARY is a genius, the blurb on the back cover of my page proofs announces, as if this were not…

By Robert Aitken

Magazine | Letters

Letters to the Editor Summer 1993

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Let us agree that Buddhism is not vegetarianism. It is not “virtue” either, or “peace,” or “gratitude,” or any other word or concept. To identify it with anything at all is to reduce…

By Tricycle

Magazine | Editors View

The Baseball Diamond Sutra

THIS YEAR MARKS the centennial of the Parliament of World Religions; for the first time in America, clergy from non-theistic religions were invited to represent their traditions. Zen abbot Soyen Shaku (see “Ancestors”) addressed the assembly…

By Helen Tworkov

Magazine | Portfolio

Dharma Gates in the U.S.A.

1. Wat Buddhawararam, Denver, Colorado, founded in 1976, a former church (Theravada). © Rachel Antell. 2. Chuang-yen, Carmel, New York, founded in 1975 (Chinese Tientai, Zen, and Pure Land Buddhism). © Wen-Jie Qin. 3. Seumi Sha…

By Tricycle

Magazine | In the News

In the News Summer 1993

NOBEL CAUSE A group of Nobel laureates including the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Mother Theresa, and Desmond Tutu convened in Bangkok early this year to protest the detainment of fellow laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, currently…

By Tricycle

TeachingsMagazine | On Translation

Mother of the Buddhas

THE PRAJNAPARAMITA SUTRA is considered the originating text of Mahayana Buddhism. Scholars agree that it began to emerge into prominence in India from about 100 B.C.E., about four hundred years after the final nirvana of Shakyamuni…

By Lex Hixon

Magazine | Reviews

My Father’s Guru

MY FATHER’S GURU: A Journey Through Spirituality and Disillusion Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson Addison Wesley: New York, 1993. 174 pp., $20.00 (hardback). IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE to dismiss Jeffrey Masson. The psychoanalytic community would like to…

By Mark Epstein

Magazine | Reviews

Cloudless Sky

CLOUDLESS SKY: The Mahamudra Path of the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu School The Third Jamgon Kongtrul Edited and translated into German by Tina Drasczyk and Alex Drasczyk. English translation by Richard Gravel. Shambhala Publications: Boston, 1992. 135…

By Rebecca Radner

Magazine | Reviews

Only Companion

Only Companion: Japanese Poems of Love and Longing Translated by Sam Hamill, Shambhala Publications: Boston, 1992. 160 pp., $11.00 (paperback). In his preface to Only Companion, translator Sam Hamill points the way for us to follow,…

By Peter Levitt

Magazine | Reviews

Enlightened Courage

ENLIGHTENED COURAGE: An Explanation of Atisha’s Seven Point Mind Training Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Padmakara Publications: Peyzac-le-Moustier, France, 1992. 120 pp., $20.00 (paperback). SHORTLY BEFORE HE DIED, Dilgo Khyentse, old man master of the Tibetan Nyingmas, taught…

By Barbara Stewart

Magazine | Reviews

The Fruitful Darkness

THE FRUITFUL DARKNESS Joan Halifax Harper San Francisco: San Francisco, 1993. 240 pp., $18.00 (hardback). JOAN HALIFAX is a cultural anthropologist and author with a specialty in shamanism and some status as a leader of workshops,…

By Andre Carothers

Magazine | Reviews

The Eight Gates of Zen

THE EIGHT GATES OF ZEN: Spiritual Training in an American Zen Monastery John Daido loori Dharma Communications: Mount Tremper; NY, 1992. 270 pp., $12.95 (paperback). “THERE IS NO TEACHER on the face of the earth who…

By Ira Rechtshaffer

Magazine | Reviews

Lord of the Dance

LORD OF THE DANCE: The Autobiography of a Tibetan Lama Chagdud TulkuPadma Publishing: Johnson City, CA, 1992.248 pp., $16.95 (paperback). THE GREAT VIRTUE of Lord of the Dance, Chagdud Tulku’s autobiography, is the utter straightforwardness with…

By Michael Brownstein

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