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buddhism and technology

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Special Section: Buddhism & Technology

This August, Tricycle is teaming up with Buddhist Geeks to explore the interplay of Buddhism and technology. We thought there was no better way to prepare for the event than to feature a series of articles exploring the impact of technology on our perceptions of Buddhist art, history, and practice. We begin the section with […]

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Brief Teachings

Where is my Mind?

You should now examine where this mind dwells: from the top of the hair on your head to the nails on your toes; from the outer layer of skin, the flesh in between, to the bones, five organs, and six vessels within. When investigating the dwelling place of mind, most Chinese will claim that it […]

By Khenpo Gangshar

Brief Teachings

Staying with Boredom

How unsatisfactory desire can feel can be gauged by considering our more obviously neurotic cravings, those emerging out of a dull feeling of frustration, boredom, and emptiness. We look for something pleasurable in order to fill that void and relieve the boredom, at least partially and temporarily. You eat a chocolate or drink a cup […]

By Sangharakshita

Brief Teachings


Based on our stubborn belief in a “self,” we become completely overwhelmed by all kinds of emotions. Again and again, this belief in a self leads to our downfall. We feel deeply attached to ourselves and to those whom we associate with ourselves; along with this attachment to self comes its dark companion—a subtle aversion […]

By Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche


Books in Brief Summer 2013

Known as the Zen Master in basketball circles, Phil Jackson parlayed his unorthodox coaching methods inspired by Eastern philosophy into a record-breaking 11 NBA championship titles (6 with the Chicago Bulls; 5 with the LA Lakers), plus 2 more he won as a forward for the NY Knicks. Now retired, Jackson takes an all-encompassing look […]

By Emma Varvaloucas

Parting Words

Happy Lucky Idiot

If you have time to chatter Read books If you have time to read Walk into mountain, desert and ocean If you have time to walk Sing songs and dance If you have time to dance Sit quietly, you Happy Lucky Idiot  ♦ This poem is from How to Live on the Planet Earth © […]

By Nanao Sakaki

Web Exclusive

Your Guide to the Online Buddhist Geeks Conference 2013

Your Guide to the Online Buddhist Geeks Conference 2013 The Buddhist Geeks Conference is an annual in-person gathering exploring emergent trends relevant to practitioners in the 21st century, as well as for those interested in what Buddhism offers their particular fields of knowledge.  This August, Tricycle is teaming up with Buddhist Geeks to explore the […]

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Editors View

The Buddhist Review

I’ll ask a question at the risk of not being able to answer it: how can a magazine call itself “The Buddhist Review,” as Tricycle does, when Buddhist schools are so diverse that some scholars and teachers consider them different religions? All of us who work at the magazine and probably all who write for […]

By James Shaheen


Letters to the Editor Summer 2013

Error of Power In the editorial about Joshu Sasaki Roshi (“The Buddha Stain,” Spring 2013), you talk about sexual misconduct as motivated by desire, “the very pulse of life.” Calling sexual misconduct an error of desire makes it sound like merely an error of passion— that the Roshi was swept away by sexual feeling only. […]

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Featured Contributors Summer 2013

In “The Space Between,” poet Marie Howe shares three of her poems and speaks with Zen teachers Robert Chodo Campbell and Koshin Paley Ellison about caregiving, writing, and how the death of her brother John impacted her poetry. Following John’s death, Howe found a new voice in the midst of her grief. “I was given […]

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Brief Teachings

Thoughts Like Dreams

The best way to deal with excessive thinking is to just listen to it, to listen to the mind. Listening is much more effective than trying to stop thought or cut it off. When we listen there is a different mode employed in the heart. Instead of trying to cut it off, we receive thought […]

By Ajahn Amaro