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Summer 1998

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The Knife of Compassion

A teaching story of anonymous origins from Once Upon a Time, a collection of ear-whispered tales that pass among Western students. a young Tibetan lama was living in the West. He was a very high-ranking tulku. In addition, he had always manifested an unusual inclination for the wisdom and compassion of the dharma; and the […]

By Tricycle

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A Streetcar in Your Stomach

Anger was carefully modulated in my family. As a small child, my supreme act of rage was to hurl my father’s toothbrush to the bottom of the carpeted stairs. For a long time, looking back, I saw this as a rather pathetically impotent gesture. But now I can see the power in that small act: […]

By Noelle Oxenhandler

Special Section

from FUCK, YOU CANCER and other poems

NOI CAN’T STAND IT ANYMOREI CAN’T STAND IT ANYMOREPure explosion of rageBig bangPrimordial furyAtoms of angerExplodingStreaming out from chestLungsStreaming photonsLightYou don’t turn the lightOff in the bathroomCritical voiceYou don’t don’t don’t don’t don’tNO! STOP!I CAN’T STANDITNO – the great NoThe primordialNoI don’t want to stayI want to goooooYou don’t touch meYou don’t love meNoI scream […]

By Rick Fields

Special Section

Awakening to Anger

A teacher, translator, and disciple of Kalu Rinpoche speaks with Tricycle about how the Tibetan lojong or “mind training” teachings can shift the soil in which anger grows. Lojong is usually translated as “mind training,” but “mind refining” is also an accurate description. In the Mahayana tradition, mind training doesn’t try to “deal” with the […]

By Ken McLeod

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Be Here Angry Now

Mark Epstein, psychiatrist and author of Thoughts Without a Thinker and Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart (Broadway Books) speaks with Tricycle about expressing, transforming, and dissolving anger. As practitioners, we sometimes feel as if we must behave as diplomats for Buddhism, always acting gentle and not getting angry. Do you think Buddhists have more […]

By Mark Epstein



Riding in the Rain Shadow

An American woman’s horseback sojourn in Buddhist Mustang, where villages are protected by god-ponies.   Midsummer in Mustang is bright days and early starts. We’d been riding since dawn. Too many stops for tea the day before had slowed us, yet we needed to reach Jomosom from Lo Monthang in two days and intended to […]

By Sienna Craig
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Editors View

Not Yet

“A special section on anger? But I thought Buddhists weren’t supposed to get angry?” I kept hearing this as we prepared “Seeing Red: Practicing with Anger.” Often enough, the verbal response was followed by a giggle, or a twist of embarrassment around the mouth, as if the witness had just, deliciously, become privy to some […]

By Helen Tworkov


Letters To The Editor Summer 1998

The Dorje Shugden Debate, Part II Shugden controversy. You have once again proved your commitment to open dialogue and fearlessness and have raised the controversy to the level of an honest debate—a time-honored tradition of settling disputes in Tibetan Buddhism. Within the debate, we must ask the question: Are Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan political […]

By Tricycle

From The Academy

Performative Utterance

One of the occupational hazards of being a professor of Buddhism, at least in the United States, is that one is inevitably asked at some point during the semester, “Are you a Buddhist?” Sometimes at the end of a lecture, I will ask, “Any questions?” and a student will raise her hand and say, “Are […]

By Donald S. Lopez Jr.

In the News

In the News Summer 1998

In Memorium: Jishu Holmes Zen teacher Sandra Jishu Angyo Holmes died of heart failure on March 20 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at age fifty-seven. Sensei Holmes, together with her husband, Roshi Bernie Glassman, co-founded the Zen PeacemakerImage 4: The late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche at Paro Taktsang, date unknown. Photo © Matthieu Ricard. Order, which emphasized […]

By Tricycle

On Gardening

No Trace

A few miles north of Green Gulch Farm is Muir Woods National Monument, a pristine stand of old-growth redwoods. Lately, I’m there a lot helping to pickax open the seized soil in Bohemian Grove so that broad-rooted native grasses can reclaim the tight ground. For the last five years, it’s been my civic duty to […]

By Wendy Johnson


Dirty Laundry: 100 Days in a Zen Monastery

Dirty Laundry: 100 Days in a Zen MonasteryRobert Winson and Miriam SaganLa Alameda Press: Albuquerque, 1997200 pp., $14.00 (paper) On New Year’s Day 1992, a Zen priest named Robert Winson and his wife, the poet Miriam Sagan, packed up the car and drove with their three-year-old daughter from Santa Fe to Crestone, Colorado, where Winson […]

By Michael Haederle

On Translation

The Semantics of Samadhi

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. —Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) With all your science can you tell how it is, and whence it is that light comes into the soul? —Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) The time comes when no reflection appears at all. One comes to notice nothing, […]

By James Austin