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CultureMagazine | Special Section

A River Runs Through It

From its headwaters north of Crestone, Colorado south to Albuquerque, New Mexico, the northern Rio Grande region is becoming home to a distinctly southwestern Buddhism. Drumbeats pierce the quiet of first light as fires appear at the top of a low mesa that hangs over the eastern edge of the pueblo of Jemez. The pink […]

By Leslie Linthicum

Magazine | Special Section

Buddha On The Rio Grande

For centuries, the northern stretch of the Rio Grande has lured religious seekers to its stark, awesome landscape. And as the people—among them Pueblo Indians, Spanish Catholics, and now a growing population of American and Asian Buddhists—have settled in, the region has marked their practices with its indelible stamp. Guest editor: Michael Haederle

By Tricycle

IdeasMagazine | Special Section

Buddhism in the Baca Grande

On a glorious July morning in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, a crowd made its way through crystalline air along a dirt road festooned with prayer flags towards the Tashi Gomang Stupa. Carmelite monks walked alongside devotees of a local ashram, Buddhist practitioners of various lineages among local farmers and ranchers, New Agers and the […]

By Mark Elliott

IdeasMagazine | Special Section

Stupas Along The Rio Grande

The stupa, an ancient form of architecture, evolved significantly in both form and meaning with the coming of the Buddha. Cairns in ancient India were traditionally raised as monuments to kings and heroes and contained their remains. At the suggestion of the Buddha, stupas began to be built as monuments to the Awakened Ones and […]

By Anna Racicot

MeditationMagazine | Special Section

Reading the Mountain

I take a level course along a steep north-facing slope, the bag of acorns tied to my belt slapping against my outer thigh. Every three strides, I jam the shovel down through ash, open a crack in the brown loam, and push in an acorn. Then I press the soil down with my boot and […]

By Ben Haggard


Magazine | Feature

Send a Young Buddhist To Camp

Buddhist Summer Camps For Children CHILDREN Mandala on the Mountain Dharma Summer CampDharma Rain Zen Center, Portland, OR, (503) 239-4846. August 20-24. For ages 9 to 13, this camp aims to help kids work on their self-identity within the group and also to cultivate virtue—without forgetting to have lots of fun. The daily activities are […]

By Tricycle

MeditationMagazine | Feature

Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg 1926–1997 Allen Ginsberg had an open life and an open death. From the time the word went out early Friday morning, April 4, that he had had a stroke and was in a coma, family, friends, lovers, poets, musicians, artists, and fellow Buddhists came to his loft on East Thirteenth Street to be […]

By Stokes Howell

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Magazine | Editors View

Of Cults & Clones

Following the cloning of Dr. Wilmut’s ewe, we asked various people to comment on this historic event. In response (see p. 36) Ravi Ravindra, Professor of Comparative Religion and of Physics at Dalhousie University in Halifax, said, “A more serious issue is how our propaganda, our social-psychological manipulation through the media, actually makes people behave […]

By Helen Tworkov

Magazine | Portfolio

Zen Flies

In San Francisco during the early fifties fly fishing was an important part of the Beat scene. Widespread interest in Buddhism and nature naturally led to Zen Flies. It was admittedly a passing phenomenon—as one angler-poet later explained in City Lights Review: “It got to where ‘the perfect cast’ meant ‘no cast.’ Eventually we just went […]

By Tricycle

MeditationMagazine | On Practice

Place of Practice: Advice from the Masters

The Grass MatShakyamuni Buddha’s Diamond Throne Now, very late that afternoon, just as the rays of the westering sun gilded the trees with a prodigal burst of glowing color, Gautama rose up like a lion bestirring himself and set out on the way back to his forest hermitage. And there, on the road which the […]

By Tricycle

Personal ReflectionsMagazine | On Gardening

Planting Paradise

Last summer about this time when the Dragon Tongue beans began to thicken their speckled fingers and clutch heavy to the vine, I helped plant a circular “house” of sunflowers with an eager passel of kids. This sunflower circle was a ragged ring of paradise planted on the far edge of the kitchen garden near […]

By Wendy Johnson

TeachingsMagazine | Dharma Talk

The Death of the Dharma: A Prophecy

As far back as our sources can take us, Buddhism has taught that all things that emerge in time and consist of separate components (in technical terms, all “conditioned” phenomena) are subject to eventual destruction. And with remarkable consistency, Buddhists have applied this general theory not only to mundane things but even to the duration […]

By Jan Nattier

IdeasMagazine | In the News

In the News Summer 1997

Murder in Dharamsala On February 5, 1997, three Tibetans were murdered on the campus of the Buddhist School of Dialectics, close to the Dalai Lama’s residence in McLeod Ganj, near Dharamsala, India. The victims were the founder and principal of the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Venerable Lobsang Gyatso, age 70, and two of his students, […]

By Tricycle

MeditationMagazine | Ancestors

Return to Your Original State!

Teachers of Zen have a favorite saying, “Return to your original state!” To return to the original state means, in a word, “Go back home!” “Original state” signifies “original state of mind.” What is this original state of mind? Buddha spoke of the original state of mind, calling it avidya—original darkness. Of course Buddha did […]

By Sokei-An Shigetsu Sasaki

Magazine | Ancestors

Zen Master Sokei-an

At the turn of the century, the United States became home to its first Zen master, Sokei-an Shigetsu Sasaki. Born in 1882 to a successful Shinto scholar and his concubine, Sokei-an first came to America as a student of the Zen master Sokatsu Shaku in 1906. Except for two return visits to Japan, he remained […]

By Robert Lopez

Magazine | Afterword

“Nothing Is Final Forever

This vignette is excerpted from A Journey with Elsa Cloud, just published by Books & Co./Turtle Point Press. The story opens with a telephone call to the narrator from her estranged daughter in India who, having become a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, lures her mother to the East with the promise of an audience with the […]

By Leila Hadley

Magazine | Letters

Letters to the Editor Summer 1997

Buddhism with Belief Stephen Batchelor’s argument that the Buddha was a secular agnostic, denying knowledge of such questions as what happens after death, is based on two points: (1) a quotation from the texts in which the Buddha states that he taught nothing but dukkha and the ending of dukkha, and (2) an assertion that […]

By Tricycle