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Summer 1996

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Being Time Through Deep Time

Our experience and understanding of time are vitally in need of revision in the current post-nuclear era. The large quantity of nuclear waste accumulated by nuclear power and nuclear weapons production since Hiroshima constitutes an unparalleled peril to our species and our world, due not only to its deadly toxicity, but to its inconceivable longevity. […]

By Taigen Leighton

Special Section

Einstein’s Dreams

27 June 1905 Every Tuesday, a middle­ aged man brings stones from the quarry east of Berne to the masonry on Hodlerstrasse. He has a wife, two children grown and gone, a tubercular brother who lives in Berlin. He wears a gray wool coat in all seasons, works in the quarry until after dark, has […]

By Alan Lightman

Special Section

A Story for Sophie

  Can you really just see?” the Theravada monk had asked. “Can you just listen?” We had gathered on the porch of a farmhouse in upstate New York. The weekend retreat had ended and a dozen of us sat with the orange-robed Bhante from Sri Lanka sipping tea in the early spring sun. Sophie, a […]

By Will Bennetti

Special Section

Be Here When?

  A special section on time. The Experience of Change: Interview with H.H. the Dalai Lama The Voyage: An Opera by Philip Glass Being Time Through Deep Time by Taigen Dan Leighton 13th Century Zen Master Dogen on Being Time A Story for Sophie by Will Bennetti Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman Time and Now […]

By Tricycle



Enlightenment Needs a Minyan

I want to explore the possibility, within Buddhism, of enlightenment as a collective as well as an individual process, nurtured by a practice of public truth-telling in a community of spiritual equals. The seeds of this idea are well represented in ancient Buddhist thought and tradition, yet the notion of collaborative awakening connects with many […]

By Lewis Richmond


End of the Story

Toni Packer heads the Springwater Center for Meditative Inquiry and Retreats (located outside Rochester, New York), which she founded in 1981. During the previous thirteen years, she was a student of Roshi Philip Kapleau and served as a resident teacher and director of the Rochester Zen Center. Her rejection of the ritualized formalities of Zen, […]

By Tricycle
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Editors View

Dumbfounded in the Dharma

In Thoughts Without a Thinker, Dr. Mark Epstein recalls an encounter between Kalu Rinpoche and Korean Zen master Seung Sahn that took place twenty years ago at the home of a Harvard professor. As the Zen and Tibetan traditions employ “dharma combat” to test and hone one’s understanding, the students of both masters arranged for […]

By Helen Tworkov


They Teach the Buddhist Faith

On September 1, 1899, Dr. Shuye Sonoda and Rev. Kakuryo Nishijima, the first two missionaries of the Jodo Shinshu (Pure Land) Sect of Japanese Buddhism to be sent to North America, arrived in San Francisco at the request of the newly formed Young Men’s Buddhist Association. According to the official history of the Buddhist Churches […]

By Tricycle


Letters to the Editor Summer 1996

Talking Heads Congratulations on the Richard Gere interview [Spring 1996]. Once again, Tricycle has played its trickster hand. This time converting a cherished image of Gere as the main representative of designer dharma into a portrait of a guy who is really wrestling with his practice just like the rest of us. He is one […]

By Tricycle

Parting Words


Mind—Les Levine Media Project was a project in three parts: 52 “See Your Mind” billboards, 5,000 Mind boxes in a shopping mall, and a television spot—all in the city of Langenhagen, Germany, in November, 1995. The boxes were sold and the money donated to a fund for Bosnian children. On the top of the box […]

By Les Levine

From The Academy

The Return of the Suppressed

The Chinese rejection of the Dalai Lama’s choice of the next Panchen Lama, the second most important Tibetan lama, represents the greatest threat to the Tibetan institution of the incarnate lama in its history. It is a long history. With the decline of the Tibetan monarchy in the ninth century, political and religious authority shifted […]

By Donald S. Lopez Jr.

Mind On-Line

Free Speech / Right Speech

As a strange new medium, the Internet’s true nature is difficult to grasp. Is there anything special or uniquely valuable about it or is it simply being over-hyped. Could the Net even be dangerous—to children, for instance, by exposing them to unsuitable material? We see and hear endless media reports, some favorable, some not, on this […]

By Mitchell Kapor

Uncommon Sense

Whither the American Left?

While congressional Republicans have adopted the stance of the pit bull, Democratic party leaders have been sent whimpering and piddling to the sidelines like lapdogs in virtually every debate over the future of this country. While the Democratic party has been fractionalized over minor issues, it has remained largely silent in the face of a […]

By Sam Hamill

In the News

In the News Summer 1996

BUDDHA’S BETHLEHEM Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba recently announced that an international team of archaeologists has uncovered the birthplace of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha. The site was buried under the Mayadevi temple in Lumbini, 200 miles southwest of Kathmandu. Archaeologists spent two years excavating the three-square-mile site which includes a platform of […]

By Tricycle

On Gardening

Year of the Rat

In early summer, just when gardeners should be tying up the waving tentacles of Marmande tomatoes or pinching back the tips of imperial larkspur, I find myself once again at the periphery of the garden, sowing a fresh border of Good Bug Blend. This miracle mixture of herb, flower, and vegetable seeds is sown to […]

By Wendy Johnson