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Vasudara's golden hue signifies her power to beestow agricultural plenty. She displays a stalk of newly ripened rice, the staff of life in South Asia.

IdeasMagazine | Feature

Mothers of Liberation

Voluptuous tree spirits, maternal nurturers, potent protectors, and dancing female Buddhas—the Indo-Himalayan Buddhist world abounds with goddesses of amazing diversity. Miranda Shaw reveals some of the many powers, symbols, and stories of this often overlooked and…

By Miranda Shaw


Magazine | Reviews

Books in Brief

Zen Master Who? A Guide to the People and Stories of ZenJames Ishmael FordWisdom Publications, 2006280 pp.; $15.95 (paper) Ford, a Soto Zen priest and Unitarian Universalist minister, has put together a rich and eminently readable…

By Tricycle

Magazine | Editors View

Plenty to Practice

A few years back—not long before revelations of torture at Abu Ghraib—U.S. Army Specialist Benjamin Thompson wrote us from the soon-to-become notorious prison site with a simple request: Could we send him a few issues of…

By James Shaheen

TeachingsMagazine | Insights

The Zen of Confidence

For many Korean Zen practitioners, Chinese Zen master So Sahn's compendium of teachings The Mirror of Zen is second in importance only to the Buddha's teachings. Here, he comments on the importance and risk of self-confidence.

By so shan

IdeasMagazine | Interview

Good Soldier

What happens when a Buddhist goes to war? Benjamin Thompson speaks about his year as a guard at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the overlooked humanitarian crisis there.

By Tricycle

Magazine | Letters

Letters to the Editor Summer 2007

CHALLENGING THE CHALLENGE As a longtime reader of your magazine and a daily meditator, I was distressed by the “Commit To Sit” practice section that appears in the Spring 2007 issue. I am certain that your…

By Tricycle

TeachingsMagazine | Insights

Selective Wisdom

For most of us born in the Western world, remote from Buddhism of any institutional kind, knowledge of the dhamma has come entirely from books and, occasionally, spoken words, some quite excellent and informative, certainly. But…

By Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano

Magazine | Contributors

Contributors Summer 2007

PAGAN KENNEDY, whose article “Man-Made Monk” is in this issue, tells us : “Three years ago, I learned that a British aristocrat named Laura Dillon, who become Michael Dillon in 1943, was the first to undergo…

By Tricycle

IdeasMagazine | Interview

Losing Our Religion

Have Westerners created a new and viable form of Buddhism, or has something been lost in translation? Berkeley professor Robert Sharf argues that with our emphasis on individual experience and meditation, we risk cutting ourselves off…

Interview with Robert Sharf by Andrew Cooper

TeachingsMagazine | Parting Words

By Love Alone

Beloved Cambodian Buddhist teacher Maha Ghosananda [1929–2007], Supreme Buddhist Patriarch of Cambodia, passed away on March 12 in Northampton, Massachusetts. In the late 1970s, he ministered to refugees fleeing the genocidal Killing Fields of the Khmer…

By Wayne Muller

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