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Sleeping with the Hungry Ghost

Hungry ghost, a morphology all by itself between our realms Hungry ghost: that dwells in consciousness, torments our desire Sexy ghost, a performer, a demon, a gadfly To never have enough be enough get enough Dancing on coals In a state of mind, bewitched, unsettled over what he thinks or she thinks, what they think […]

By Anne Waldman


To Uphold the World

  The Catholic theologian Hans Küng observed that “a global market economy requires a global ethic.” Yet at the very moment when the need for just such an ethic is more urgent than ever, our national and global systems of governance seem effectively paralyzed in moving toward it. To reimagine the future, and to describe […]

By Bruce Rich


Night sky filled with stars being present Zen meditation

Brief Teachings

The Time Is Now

All the “spills” we create—not just with our hands but in the ocean of personal relationships as well—begin in our own mind. Distracted by the many things we have to do in a brief time, our attention wanders away from taking care of the activity in front of it, becoming concerned instead for finishing the […]

By Les Kaye
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Online Retreats

The Great Heart Way

When I first started sitting, I had read the instruction “Hold your mind like a great iron wall against all incoming thoughts and feelings.” So that’s the way I sat for quite a few years, just holding everything out. After doing that practice for a long time, which was very difficult, I realized that I […]

By Gerry Shishin Wick


Books in Brief Summer 2011

In 1982, Peter Matthiessen traveled to Japan with his teacher, Bernie Glassman, to pay respects to the masters in their Zen lineage. Matthiessen, a two-time winner of the National Book Award, chronicled their pilgrimage inNine-Headed Dragon River: Zen Journals 1969–1982. A new book, Are We There Yet? A Zen Journey Through Space and Time (Counterpoint, […]

By Sam Mowe

Brief Teachings

Dear Abbey Dharma Summer 2011

Dear Abbey, When I turn on the TV, it feels unbearable to watch. I want to know what’s happening in the world, but media sources seem toxic to me. I’m sure I’m not alone in my emotional regard for the many things happening around us—political or social— that impact us and those we love. How […]

By Sylvia Boorstein

Web Exclusive

Behind the scenes of the Summer 2011 cover shoot

On a bright and windy April afternoon three Tricycle staff members met photographer Lisa Elmaleh on 106th Street and Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. There, we conducted a 4 hour photo shoot of a 15-foot bronze statue of Shinran Shonin (the 12th-13th century Japanese Buddhist monk who founded Jodo Shinshu (Shin) […]

By Rachel Hiles

Editors View

Only Connect

Tricycle’s features editor, Andrew Cooper, recently wrote me the following: Although E. M. Forster could hardly have intended that the epigraph to his novel Howards End—‘Only connect’—serve as a two-word distillation of the Buddha’s teachings, it certainly is a good, and timely, one. To connect across the differences that divide us; to connect by building […]

By James Shaheen


How Hinduism Seeped into American Soil

American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation—How Indian Spirituality Changed the West  Philip GoldbergHarmony Books, 2010416 pp.; $26.00 cloth It’s often said that Buddhism is the fastest growing religion in America. There are dharma centers in every major American city, and more are springing up every year. But long before Buddhism […]

By Dana Sawyer

This Buddhist Life

An Interview with Venerable Pannavati Karuna

Profession: Co-Abbot, Embracing Simplicity Hermitage; Founder of My Place  Age: 60Location: Hendersonville, North CarolinaWhere did you grow up? I grew up in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding Maryland area. What was your religious upbringing? I was raised as a Baptist Christian. How did you get from the Baptist church to Buddhism? I felt the love […]

By Rachel Hiles


Featured Contributors Summer 2011

Linda Heuman (“Whose Buddhism is Truest?”) is a freelance journalist based in Providence, Rhode Island. Heuman has practiced Tibetan Buddhism (in the Gelug, Kagyu, and Nyingma traditions) for two decades under the guidance of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Ven. Christine Skarda. Heuman’s dharma story began in India and Nepal. In the early 1990s, she practiced […]

By Tricycle


Letters to the Editor Summer 2011

An object for compassion I enjoyed Clark Strand’s article “13 Ways of Looking at a Madman” (Spring 2011). Every single situation presents us with an opportunity. If we were never sick, how could we appreciate our health, or if our body never died, how would we appreciate our limited time here? Perhaps it was his giving […]

By Tricycle


Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiantangshan

The Xiantangshan cave temples in northern China, constructed during the short-lived Northern Qi dynasty (550–577 C.E.), are still used as places of worship. But the artworks they once contained—carved friezes depicting Buddhist deities and their mandalas, limestone statues of relaxed bodhisattvas and intent disciples, and incised decorative panels lavishly patterned with flowering trees and flaming […]

By Anne Doran

Parting Words

Humanized Once More

Before arriving in New York City almost 56 years ago, the 15-foot bronze statue pictured on the cover stood in a park in Hiroshima, Japan, just over a mile from ground zero of the atomic bomb blast of August 6, 1945. Unlike most of the buildings in the city, the bronze figure of Shinran Shonin […]

By Rachel Hiles

Good Work

Good Work Summer 2011

Shinjo Ito, the founder of Shinnyo-en Buddhism, a Japanese Vajrayana school, once wrote, “Faith is not about preaching or philosophy. It is action to which you dedicate your whole being.” Shinnyo-en Buddhists strive to consider the hardships of others as their own and then meditate on how to respond. Reacting to the recent events in […]

William Brewer, Alexander Caring-Lobel, and Monty McKeever


A Dream-Over at the Rubin Museum of Art

On a recent Saturday evening, 80 people with pajamas peeking from beneath their overcoats filed down West 17th Street in New York City and slipped through the doors of the Rubin Museum of Art. In the lobby, tea lights flickered and soothing music played. In the galleries above, great works of Himalayan art awaited the […]

By Caitlin Van Dusen
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