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From the Canon: Anger

An angry person is ugly and sleeps poorly. Gaining a profit, he turns it into a loss, having done damage with word and deed. A person overwhelmed with anger    destroys his wealth. Maddened with anger,    he destroys his status. Relatives, friends, and colleagues avoid him.    Anger brings loss.    Anger inflames the […]

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Reviews

Religion in Evolution

Robert N. Bellah Religion in Human Evolution Harvard University Press 2011, 784 pp., $39.95 cloth In an interview with Tricycle almost a decade ago, the sociologist of religion Robert N. Bellah addressed a central problem—perhaps thecentral problem—facing religious people today. Our modern intellectual inheritance demands a critical approach to received wisdom, yet faith would seem […]

By Linda Heuman
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Brief Teachings

Participate Fully

When we just function, just act, just work, with no idea of a “me” that is functioning or acting or working, the dharma is fully expressed, for then there is no separation. Although things are accomplished in the relative sense (cause and effect), there are no results in the absolute sense (no cause and no […]

By Janet Jiryu Abels

Contributors

Featured Contributors Summer 2012

Jules Shuzen Harris, Sensei, a Soto priest and dharma successor to Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, writes candidly about confronting his own anger and helping others handle theirs in “Uprooting the Seeds of Anger.” He describes his method for defusing anger as “an inventive psychological process” combined with traditional zazen. A Buddhist practitioner for 30 years, […]

By Tricycle

Brief Teachings

Feathers are Harmless

As we go through life, we accumulate layers of ideas about who we are and what we’re capable of achieving. As these layers accumulate, we tend to become increasingly rigid in our identification with certain views about ourselves and the world around us. Gradually, we lose our connection to the basic openness, clarity, and love […]

By Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Parting Words

Gary Snyder and “the Most Dangerous Man in America”

Most people know that in 1971 Daniel Ellsberg, an American military analyst who Henry Kissinger dubbed “the most dangerous man in America,” leaked the Pentagon Papers, an act that became one of the most decisive catalysts in ending the Vietnam War. But what many people don’t know is that Ellsberg’s decision to release the papers […]

By Tricycle

Thus Have I Heard

Finding the Center

Imagine you walk into a small empty room that is totally dark and are asked to locate its center point. How might you proceed? Unable to use the sense of sight, you might begin by going around the room with one hand on the wall, exploring the perimeter. Once you’ve turned the corner four times, […]

By Andrew Olendzki

Editors View

Practicing with Anger

A dharma teacher who visits the Tricycle editorial office each time he’s in town has for some time been pushing us to run a series of articles on anger. I’ve resisted for many months, even a few years, pointing out that we’ve been there, done that. “Well,” he’d quip with a shade of irritation in […]

By James Shaheen

Reviews

Visions of an Empowered Future

The dusty little town of Bodhgaya has changed a bit since the first time I came as a pilgrim in 1999. At that time, Bihar was known as the most corrupt and impoverished state in India. We were warned by the chai wallah at each tea shop that travel was very dangerous and that roving […]

By Minette Lee Mangahas

Brief Teachings

Mindful Work

Life is easy for the shameless, cunning, Corrupt, brazen, nasty, and betraying. But for one who’s honest and insightful, Trying to pursue purity, it’s hard. —Dhammapada 244–245 Why do so few people follow the path of mindful work? Because it’s hard. The Buddha levels with us. Living a life of integrity is hard work. Following […]

Franz Metcalf and BJ Gallagher

Good Work

Performing with the Buddha

Last May, former Marine Daniel Goolsby, 61, lost his job and fell into a deep depression. His savings gone, he was three months behind on his rent—and fed up with psychiatrists who wanted to “fix” his depression with heavy medication. Goolsby dragged himself, a downtrodden man, to St. Patrick Center in St. Louis, Missouri, hoping […]

By Emma Varvaloucas

Letters

Letters to the Editor Summer 2012

A Binding up “Pursuing an American Buddhism,” Linda Heuman’s interview with Buddhist scholar Charles Prebish (Spring 2012), struck a chord with me. Buddhism has always adapted to, as well as transformed, any culture to which it was transplanted. It is surely one of its strengths that because it makes no claims to speak for revealed […]

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