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Zen Master Seung Sahn on ‘Only Go Straight’

You say you looked in the mirror and said, “Who’s that?” I ask you: the mirror face and your face—which is the correct face? Are they the same or different? If you said, “Same,” I would hit your face. You would say, “Ouch!” but the mirror face does not feel anything. If you said, “Different,” […]

By Seung Sahn



Anger,lust — these enemies of mine—Are limbless and devoid of facultiesThey have no bravery, no cleverness;How then have they reduced me to such slavery? I it is who welcome them within my heart,Allowing them to harm me at their pleasure!I who suffer all without resentment—Thus my abject patience, all displaced! If all the gods and […]

By Shantiveda


Parting Words

Parting Words

Thus have I Heard: When the time had come for Gampopa to part from his teacher Milarepa, Milarepa placed the soles of his feet on the top of Gampopa’s head, symbolizing that their work together was done. As Gampopa was about to depart, however, Milarepa added, “There is one particularly profound teaching I have yet […]

By Clark Strand
man behind falling leaves for story on buddhism and chronic illness


Learning to Fall

In his struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), Philip Simmons learns that his physical illness is just a manifestation of a more universal human malady.

By Philip Simmons


Billion-bhat Buddha Boom Goes Bust

A Buddhist monk in Thailand who earned millions of dollars for charity by energizing amulets with “supernatural powers” said he would stop the practice as he was no longer able to concentrate. The monk, Luang Poh Koon Parisutho, vowed to stop reciting incantations on the amulets and ordered the entire stock in his temple to […]

By Tricycle


‘Ordinary Mind’ by Barry Magid

Ordinary Mind:Exploring the Common Ground of Zen and PsychotherapyBy Barry MagidWisdom Publications; Boston 2002 208 pp.; $22.95 (cloth) Americans have never been much for either/or. When presented with choices, and especially when operating as consumers (which is to say, most of the time), we tend to exhibit a hungry kind of both/and pluralism, a desire […]

By John House


Taking A Bath

The next time a community runs low on water, it might hope that monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery in southern India are in the area. Consider recent events at Esalen Institute, the Big Sur, California human-potential laboratory where Alan Watts and other visionaries held forth in the Sixties. Esalen has been rebuilding its famed […]

By Allan Hunt Badiner

Editors View

Come and See

A recent New York Times article, asserting that “Nonviolence is no longer in fashion,” concluded that Buddhism has become another casualty of the “war on terror,” losing its once popular appeal. Some days later, in a response apparently aimed at convincing the general public that Buddhists are not necessarily wimps, one journalist provided the Wall […]

By James Shaheen


‘Zig Zag Zen’ Edited by Allan Hunt Badiner

Zig Zag Zen:Buddhism and Psychedelics Edited by Allan Hunt Badiner Chronicle Books: San Francisco, 2002 238 pp.; $24.95 (cloth) Zig Zag Zen concerns the influence of psychedelics on Buddhism, but the issue it ultimately raises is a deeper one: How important is the experience of awakening to spiritual practice? There are those, of course, who […]

By David Guy


Books in Brief Summer 2002

Essence of the Heart Sutra:The Dalai Lama’s Heart of Wisdom TeachingsBy Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai LamaWisdom Publications; Boston, 2002192 pp.: $22.95 (cloth) In the spring of 2001, the Dalai Lama gave teachings on the Heart Sutra, the seminal Buddhist text on the nature of emptiness, to an audience of eight thousand in California. This […]

By Tricycle

On Practice

What Name Did the Buddha Give His Son?

This morning I quizzed my eight-year-old daughter on her knowledge of Buddhism. This isn’t catechism class, just question and answer. I’m curious about how much she knows. We don’t belong as a family to any formal Buddhist organization, but since birth she has seen various bhikkhus, rinpoches, and Zen masters pass through our house—friends from […]

By Clark Strand


Contributors Summer 2002

“I don’t subscribe to the sentimental belief that ‘children are little Zen masters,’” says Contributing Editor Clark Strand, who wrote this issue’s “On Parenting” column, “but I will concede that they often speak the truth. In that respect they may be superior to the Buddhist teachers who tell us we can become enlightened by following […]

By Tricycle


‘Novice to Master’ by Belenda Attaway Yamakawa and Soko Morinaga Roshi

Novice to Master:An Ongoing Lesson in the Extent of My Own Stupidity By Soko Morinaga Roshi; Translated by Belenda Attaway YamakawaWisdom Publications: Massachusetts. 2002 144 pp.; $19.95 (cloth) Novice to Master is a posthumous offering of Soko Morinaga Roshi’s humble, unadorned, yet powerful insights into Zen practice, monastic training, and the subtle machinations underlying the […]

By John Kain

On Practice

The General and the Abbot

When a rebel army took over a Korean town, all fled the Zen temple except the abbot. The rebel general burst into the temple and was incensed to find that the master refused to greet him, let alone receive him as a conqueror. “Don’t you know,” shouted the general, “that you are looking at one […]

By Tricycle


A Lingering Taste

Literature professor and wilderness activist John Elder ruminates on the Japanese game of Go as a metaphor for biological succession—and for the surprising patterns of his own life.

By John Elder

On Gardening

A Harvest of Learning

One day a week my Zen Center work includes leaving the well-ordered calm of our windbell meditation garden and heading east to Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, where I work with a rowdy, rotating population of eleven- to fourteen-year-olds and their dedicated teachers cultivating a one-acre Edible Schoolyard garden in the heart of north […]

By Wendy Johnson


Letters to the Editor Summer 2002

Tricycle welcomes letters to the editor. Letters are subject to editing. Please send correspondence to: Tricycle: The Buddhist Review92 Vandam StreetNew York, NY 10013Fax: (212) 645-1493E-mail Violent Compassion Can violence ever constitute an appropriate Buddhist response to the events of September 11? Your panel discussion (“War or Peace?”) was perhaps swayed by the visceral […]

By Tricycle


Taking a Bow

Ever wonder what happened to that favorite professor of yours from college? Students of retired Duke University professor of religion Roger Corless needn’t wonder any longer. In his new incarnation as “Dharma Daddy,” Corless has relocated to the San Francisco Bay area with his significant other (“my library”) and answers questions about Buddhism for the […]

By Tricycle
loving the enemy

On Practice

Loving the Enemy

As a mother would risk her life to protect her only child, even so should one cultivate a limitless heart with regard to all beings. With goodwill for the entire cosmos, cultivate a limitless heart: Above, below, and all around, unobstructed, without hostility or hate. Whether standing, walking, sitting, or lying down, as long as […]

By Tricycle


‘Poets on the Peaks’ by John Suiter

Poets on the Peak: Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen and Jack Kerouac in the North Cascades Text and Photographs by John Suiter Counterpoint Press: Washington, D.C., 2002 340 pp.; $40.00 (cloth) The time is long past when Beat Generation writers were regarded merely as literary figures. Like the Transcendentalist movement of Emerson and Thoreau, the Beat […]

By Stephen Prothero
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