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IdeasMagazine | Feature

Contradictions In Action

An eleventh-century Burmese king honored his conversion to Theravada Buddhism by building Pagan, an imposing city containing 13,000 temples and pagodas on the fertile plains of the Irrawaddy River. Slaves constructed this spectacular homage to the…

By Paula Green

IdeasMagazine | Feature

The Changing of the Guard

The procession carrying the body of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was heralded by the wails of a lone bagpiper and the slow, steady heartbeat of a deep bass drum, followed by the hoarse guttural cries of Tibetan…

By Rick Fields


Magazine | Letters

Letters to the Editor Winter 1991

AUSPICIOUS BEGINNINGS The first issue of Tricycle was superb—a most auspicious beginning. I especially enjoyed Joel McCleary’s fine tribute to Geshe Wangyal, Dean Rolston’s moving “Memento Mori,” and the delightfully unorthodox Spalding Gray interview with His…

By Tricycle

Magazine | Editors View

Many is More

Following the failed coup in Russia a cartoon in a New York newspaper featured two people standing in front of the Kremlin. One was saying to the other, “If you miss the one-party system, go to…

By Helen Tworkov

Anathemas and Admirations

Magazine | Reviews

Anathemas and Admirations

Anathemas and Admirations By E. M. Cioran. Translated by Richard Howard. Arcade: New York, 1991. 256 pp. $22.95. I’ve always been a sucker for well­-articulated despair and fin de siecle weariness, and what better way seemingly to…

By Rudy Wurlitzer

Anguish of Tibet

Magazine | Reviews

The Anguish of Tibet

The Anguish of Tibet Edited by Petra K. Kelly, Gert Bastian, and Pat Aiello. Parallax Press: Berkeley, 1991. 382 pp. $17.00. Tibet may be in vogue in this International Year of Tibet, but the iron yoke of…

By Christine Keyser

World as Lover

Magazine | Reviews

World as Lover, World as Self

World as Lover, World as Self By Joanna Macy Parallax Press: Berkeley, 1991. 251 pp. $15.00. Joanna Macy has always considered it perfectly natural to feel the sufferings of the world as her own. She has worked…

By Tyrone Cashman

IdeasMagazine | Sports

Ta-mo’s Fighting Monks

In the sixth century the Indian monk Bodhidharma took up residence at the Chinese temple of Shao-lin, where he introduced Dhyana Buddhism, the Indian school of meditation that in time gave rise to Chinese Ch’an (Zen). Since…

By Robert W. Young

TeachingsMagazine | On Food

Eating Time

All beings are dependent on food, that is, eating. There is food for the body, food for feeling, food for volitional action, and food for rebirth. The Buddha cried when he saw this endless cycle: the fly…

By Maha Ghosananda

MeditationMagazine | Dharma Talk

Body as Body

This vipassana practice is based on the Mahasatipatthana Sutta, the scripture that deals with the four foundations of mindfulness. We started with the first domain of mindfulness: paying attention to body sensations. As a way of beginning,…

By Tricycle

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Magazine | Column

Buddhist Journal Beat

RIVERS & MOUNTAINS The first issue of Buddhism at the Crossroads (formerly Spring Wind Buddhist Cultural Forum), published by the Zen Lotus Society in Toronto, focuses on the environment. In her article on environmental ethics, Stephanie Kaza…

By Rick Fields