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Personal ReflectionsMagazine | Special Section


Although I have on occasion glimpsed what I took to be the light of wisdom in some mutt’s orbs, and while I’m convinced that when asked if a dog had Buddha-nature, Master Joshu answered not wu but wuf, I’ve been disinclined to take a dog as my guru—for the simple reason that dogs are the […]

By Tom Robbins

Magazine | Special Section

Dharma Dogs

These stories present varying views—traditional and new—which, collectively, reflect the ancient dharma debate on whether or not a dog has Buddha-nature. Tina Fields, Pico Iyer, Elsie Mitchell, Darryl Ponicsan, and Tom Robbins give us contemporary views. Griffin Foulk sets the record straight. And in one traditional story, the Buddha cautions that imitating a dog will […]

By Tricycle

Magazine | Special Section


The dyslexic believes in dog, and so do I. Blessed be we. My dog, Toby, does a handstand, face deep into his bowl, and eats while balanced on his forepaws. I am astonished. I want to call out to someone, verify what I am seeing. Later, I talk about it, but no one believes me. […]

By Darryl Ponicsan

Personal ReflectionsMagazine | Special Section

Dogs Abroad

Dogs I usually think of as four-legged muscle relaxants, wagging counterparts to Penelope, or helicopter look-alikes with floppy ears for radars. They are creatures of hearth and home—household gods with legs—and they tie us to the places we know, and mark our territory with their own. Reflecting our secret hopes back to us, they obligingly […]

By Pico Iyer

TeachingsMagazine | Special Section

The Dog’s Tooth

Once, as a Tibetan trader was preparing to leave on his travels, his mother asked him if he would bring her back a relic from India, the land of the Buddha. “I’m too old to make such a pilgrimage now,” she said. The son assured his mother that he would find her a holy relic. […]

By Rafe Martin

CultureMagazine | Special Section

Dogs of Buddha

I On a shelf above a wide bedsit two Chinese-green jade Fu dogs;Shishi, lion dogs, Japanese people call them.As centuries drifted by, pairs replaceda solitary guardian, protectorof Buddhist altars, temples,graveyards, Imperial thrones, prosperous homes. This is a special pair:His mouth is open andhe cries, “A. . . U. . .,”Her mouth is closedover, “. . […]

By Elsie Mitchell

Personal ReflectionsMagazine | Special Section

All Sentient Beings

I am the chosen life-companion of a part wolf. As her years were growing long, I became concerned about the quality of her life. Then I heard that a Tibetan lama, the venerable Kusum Lingpa Rinpoche, would be coming to offer Longevity Empowerments in the town where Grendel and I lived. Now, the various Buddhisms […]

By Tina Fields


Personal ReflectionsMagazine | Feature


Every year from as far back as I can remember until I left home to go to college, I would wake up on three or four Sundays each winter to find my dad at war with moss. There were chemicals he could have bought to kill the moss with just a few sprays, but he […]

By Michael Clarfeld

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Magazine | Dharma Talk

In It Together

The mountains and rivers of the immediate present are the manifestation of the path of the ancient buddhas. Because they are the self before the emergence of signs, they are the penetrating liberation of ultimate reality. Master Daokai said, “Green mountains are forever walking. A stone woman bears a child by night.” If one knows […]

By Reb Anderson

Magazine | Editors View

The Karma of Words

President Clinton has certainly carved out an odd legacy of language. Only months ago, his behavior in the Oval Office turned prime-time television news into salacious reports in need of parental monitoring. Now, the White House has introduced us to “Immaculate Destruction”—its inane description of what the administration hoped against hope would be a bloodless […]

By Tricycle

Magazine | In the News

In the News Summer 1999

In Remembrance: Michael Aris Dr. Michael V. Aris, the husband of Burmese opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, died of prostate cancer in London on March 27, his 53rd birthday. Dr. Aris earned his Ph.D. in Tibetan Literature in 1978 and was a leading authority on Bhutanese, Tibetan, and Himalayan cultures. He […]

By Tricycle

Magazine | Parting Words

Brushing Up Against the Buddha

I am not a Buddhist although I have enjoyed Buddha’s company for many years. Cast in cement, he sits quietly on the deck outside my painting studio surrounded by lumpy concrete animals all purchased at Pizzarilli’s Lawn Decoratives, Inc. on Long Island. According to Pizzarilli Jr., Buddha was not a popular item. The pond frogs, […]

By Tricycle

Magazine | On Gardening

Whitefly Zen

As a front-line organic gardener allergic to pesticides of any stripe, I have ample opportunity to practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in our huge, teeming garden. Lately, as clouds of pests and beneficial organisms descend onto our spring crops, I begin to see that Zen practice itself if a kind of “integrated pest management.” “Keep […]

By Wendy Johnson

Magazine | Letters

Letters to the Editor Summer 1999

Another Brick in the Wall I would like to respond to one point made by Aitkin Roshi in the article “Buddhism Without Walls.” It is the question of what we may wish to retain in the West of Japanese monasticism. I agree that there is much about Japanese monastic training that we would not wish […]

By Clark Strand

CultureMagazine | Reviews

Books, Music, Film, Mixed Media

Heal Thy SelfLessons in Mindfulness in MedicineSaki SantorelliCrown: New York, 1999288 pp.; $23 (paper) — Lotus in the Fire:The Healing Power of ZenJim BedardShambhala: Boston, 1999TK pp.; $14.95 (paper) At least two major surveys over the past two years—one by Gallup and the other by Yankelovich—have shown that those who are dying rate spiritual issues […]

By Tricycle


IdeasMagazine | Column

GenNext: Reborn in the U.S.A.

Recently I was sitting in a musty old church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, waiting for Jack Kornfield to arrive for an evening dharma talk. As I looked out over the packed pews, I surveyed the sea of graying hairs and found only a handful of young adults. Where were the rising tides of GenNext Buddhists? I […]

By Sumi Loundon Kim