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Summer 2005

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East is West

Trinlay Tulku Rinpoche was born in France to an American mother and French father. Recognized as an incarnate lama at the age of two, he was raised by some of the last century’s greatest Tibetan masters. What can he teach us about ourselves?

By Pamela Gayle White
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Da, the Buddhist

What happens when a lapsed-Catholic house painter from Glasgow suddenly takes up Buddhist meditation? For Jimmy McKenna—”Da” (Scottish for “Dad”) in Buddha Da, Anne Donovan’s acclaimed first novel, just published in the U.S.—it’s the undoing of his pleasant if predictable life with wife, Liz, and adolescent daughter, Anne Marie. The three chronicle the fallout from […]

By Anne Donovan

Parting Words

What the Water Knows

What the mouth sings, the soul must learn to forgive.A rat’s as moral as a monk in the eyes of the real world.Still, the heart is a riverpouring from itself, a river that cannot be crossed. It opens on a bayand turns back upon itself as the tide comes in,it carries the cry of the […]

By Sam Hamill

Editors View

A Little Summer Fun

Between the fundamentalists and the strict secularists, there’s a sane middle.At the end of March, a striking tableau appeared on the front page of the New York Times. Religious leaders representing the Abrahamic faiths had gathered in Jerusalem in common purpose. The six men stood before a long table littered with what looked to be […]

By James Shaheen


Books in Brief Summer 2005

The Four Noble TruthsGeshe Tashi TseringBoston: Wisdom Publications, 2005144 pp.; $14.95 (paper) In his first sermon, the Buddha famously laid the foundation for all of his teachings to follow with the doctrine of the Four Noble Truths. So it makes sense that the first volume of a six-volume set titled The Foundations of Buddhist Thought […]

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Leaping Lamas!

Alexandra David-Neel (1868—1969), the first European to penetrate the Tibetan plateau and investigate its mysterious religion, records her encounter with a lung-gom-pa, a monk capable of traveling great distances on foot at a supernormal speed.

By Alexandra David-Neel


Contributors Summer 2005

Gary Thorp (Shelter from the Storm) tells us: “I’ve always looked at Buddhism and nature, not as two separate entities, but as two different ways of seeing the same thing. Descriptive writing about the relationship between Buddhism and nature is part of our long heritage, and it is a great challenge to try to do […]

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Letters To The Editor Summer 2005

Tantric TeaseI absolutely loved the article on tantric art by Jeff Watt [“Maps of Enlightenment,” Spring 2005]. When I quickly found myself at the end of the article, I asked myself where the rest of it was? I heartily congratulate Tricycle for encouraging someone to contribute who is knowledgeable in both Buddhism and art. This […]

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Saved by History

Renowned scholar of Christianity Elaine Pagels explains how historical study can rescue religion from dogma in an interfaith dialog with Tricycle’s Andrew Cooper

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