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Summer 2001

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Rick Bass reflects on a life devoted to wilderness, and to environmental activism, and discovers that the one needn’t exclude the other.

By Rick Bass


On Practice

On Lending Our Bodies

When we are caring for someone who is sick, we lend them our body. We use the strength of our arms to move them from the bed to the commode, and we can also lend them the strength of our mind. We can help to create a calm and accepting environment. We can be a […]

By Frank Ostaseski

On Practice

On What to Do When the Going Gets Rough

Caregiving from a Buddhist perspective is a recognition that this person’s suffering is also my suffering. When I see this, whether I’m the person in the bed or the person making the bed, I have to confront this precariousness. Buddhist practice can help us enormously in continuing to give our attention to what’s actually appearing, […]

By Frank Ostaseski



Jane Hirschfieldfrom Given Sugar, Given SaltHarperCollins: New York, 2001, 88pp.; $24 (cloth) Metapsychosis Some stories last many centuries,others only a moment.All alter over that lifetime like beach-glass,grow distant and more beautiful with salt. Yet even today, to look at a treeand ask the story Who are you? is to be transformed. There is a stage […]

By Tricycle
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On Parenting

Family Practice

I’d been away on a silent retreat for several weeks. We’d engaged in a Dzogchen preliminary practice of self-inquiry in which one asks, “Who is meditating? Who, what is aware?” By retreat’s end, wondering how my family was doing, I called home. Jonathan, who was three at the time, answered the phone. “Daddy!” he said, […]

By Lama John Makransky


Books In Brief Summer 2001

Buddhist Symbolism in Tibetan ThangkasThe Story of Siddhartha and Other Buddhas Interpreted in Modern Nepalese Paintingby Ben MeulenbeldWeiser Books: Maine, 2001112 pp.; $19.95 (paper) This book is an introduction to the art of the Tibetan scroll painting, or thangka—literally, “something that can be rolled up.” The author comments on thirty-seven thangkas, reproduced here in full […]

By Tricycle


On Silence

Those who are fond of retreats—writers, ecstatics, parents with young children—often comment on the silence such time away allows. Silence becomes something present, almost palpable. The task shifts from keeping the world at a safe decibel distance to letting more of the world in. Thomas Aquinas said that beauty arrests motion. He meant, I think, […]

By Barbara Hurd

On Gardening

Timeless Spring

Spring washes over the garden; a torrent of sea-green buds swell with rainwater. Song sparrows and orange-crowned warblers begin their dawn chorus well before zazen, reminding cross-legged sitters in the ten directions that it is time to sow Tarahumara sunflowers and Trail o’ Tears beans. At Green Gulch Farm we lightly mark and honor the […]

By Wendy Johnson


‘Dakini’s Warm Breath’ by Judith Simmer-Brown

Dakini’s Warm Breath The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism Judith Simmer-Brown Shambhala Publications: Boston, 2001 352 pp.; $29.95 (cloth) If you took the Virgin Mary in all her apparitions—from the carpenter’s gentle wife through the radiant Madonna to the transfigured miracle-maker—and gave her full angelic powers, you’d then have to add Athena, Aphrodite, Medusa, the […]

By Noelle Oxenhandler


Letters to the Editor Summer 2001

Tricycle welcomes letters to the editor. Letters are subject to editing. Please send correspondence to: Tricycle: The Buddhist Review 92 Vandam Street New York, NY 10013 Fax: (212) 645-1493 Nazi’s Archives As an ethnic Jew and Tibetan Buddhist, I read with ardent interest your article “Hitler and the Himalayas.” The article focused on Dr. […]

By Tricycle

On Practice

On Being a True Friend

A dying person most needs to be shown as unconditional a love as possible, released from all expectations. Don’t think you have to be an expert in any way. Be natural, be yourself, be a true friend, and the dying person will be reassured that you are really with them, communicating with them simply and […]

By Sogyal Rinpoche

On Practice

On the Blessings of Atmosphere

How then do we most sensitively help ordinary spiritual practitioners who are dying? All of us will need the love and care that comes with emotional and practical support, but for spiritual practitioners the atmosphere, instensity, and dimension of spiritual help take on a special meaning. It would be ideal, and a great blessing, if […]

By Sogyal Rinpoche

On Practice

A Caregiver’s Story: Raja Hornstein

I’d been working as a hospice volunteer for about six years when my friend Nando fell ill. We had been lovers for many years and though we were separated, we were still close friends. And then one day she collapsed, fainted, and was taken to the hospital. It turned out to be leukemia. First she […]

By Raja Hornstein
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On Practice

A Caregiver’s Story: Kaz Suzuki

Around 1989, my partner Raymond, with whom I ended up living for eleven years, began to show some symptoms of HIV-related illness. Considering we were a Japanese and American couple, everyone thinks that I was the one who brought him to Buddhist practice, but actually it was the opposite. He had gotten hold of a […]

By Kaz Suzuki

On Practice

On Breathing Together

For you to be composed and concentrated will help the dying person continue with equanimity on their journey into the after-death state. It can be both calming and otherwise helpful to the dying patient for you to share with them the counting of their breath for periods of about twenty minutes, perhaps several times a […]

By Philip Kapleau

Editors View

Selling Water by the River

It’s not unusual for Tricycle to cover the enormous diversity of Buddhism, but in this particular issue, the spectrum is about as broad as it gets. At one end, we have the barbaric destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan. At the other, Mirabai Bush speaks of introducing contemplative practices to American power spots such as […]

By Tricycle


Secret Tibet’ by Fosco Maraini

Secret TibetFosco MarainiThe Harvill Press: London, 2001425 pp.; $35 (cloth) There is something about traveling in Tibet that makes Westerners reach for their pens. But of the literally dozens of travelers who have described their Tibetan adventures, few have possessed Fosco Maraini’s talent for writing. Maraini describing his bus journey across town would be enjoyable […]

By Alex McKay


Contributors Summer 2001

Rob Schultheis, a journalist, painter, and adventurer, covers the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan. He lives in the mountain town of Telluride, Colorado, with his wife-an artist and tour guide whom he married at a monastery at the base of Mt. Everest in a “casual ceremony.” His newest book is Fool’s Gold: Lives, Loves […]

By Tricycle
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On Practice

On Beginning at the Beginning

In working with someone who is dying, there is a tremendous temptation to ignore our own relationship to death and immediately assume the role of the helper. But when we do so, we are losing our common ground with that person. Entering a dying person’s world takes courage and empathy. Only by accepting our own […]

By Judy Lief

On Practice

A Caregiver’s Story: Deborah Jaymati Levy

At one point when I was sitting with my father, I said, “Dad, are you afraid of dying?” And he said, “I was, but not now.” He didn’t speak of death a lot. There wasn’t a lot to say, really, it was so in your face, so obvious. And he wanted to live up until […]

By Deborah Levy

On Practice

A Caregiver’s Story: Tony D.

Julia was no one’s beloved friend. Imagine that. Her family was in Oregon and they didn’t know that she had already spent most of her short life trying to kick drugs. And she didn’t want them to know. I first met her at an NA meeting [Narcotics Anonymous]. I had been clean for about two […]

By Tony D.


Buddha’ by Karen Armstrong

BuddhaKaren ArmstrongViking: New York, 2001205 pp.; $19.95 (cloth) How do you write a biography of a Tathagata, one who has “disappeared”? Anyone who aspires to the task of writing the life of the Buddha has to confront not only the total absence of recorded historical testimony but also the potentially even more intractable problem that […]

By Carole Tonkinson

In the News

In the News Summer 2001

Fading Hope The Dalai Lama makes a much-anticipated return to the United Stares this May. During his monthlong stay he will visit the cities of Minneapolis, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, and Salt Lake City. Public events in the six cities have been sold out weeks in advance, with some organizers scrambling to […]

By Tricycle
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