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CultureMagazine | Feature

First Lesson, Best Lesson

Born in Baltimore in 1937, Philip Glass began studying the violin at age six but reports that his serious interest in music didn’t begin until he took up the flute two years later. After his sophomore…

Interview of Philip Glass by Helen Tworkov and Robert Coe

Jiddu Krishnamurti

IdeasMagazine | Feature

The Shadow Side of Krishnamurti

Jiddu Krishnamurti mistrusted all religions and denounced the Eastern convention of deifying living spiritual masters. But by the time he died in Ojai, California, in 1986 at the age of 91, he had helped—perhaps more than…

By Helen Tworkov

Personal ReflectionsMagazine | Feature

The Lady and the Monk

In 1987, Pico Iyer, author of Video Night in Kathmandu, arrived in Kyoto, Japan, bearing two suitcases and the name of a local Buddhist temple. Determined to learn, from the inside, all that he could of…

By Pico Iyer

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

IdeasMagazine | Feature

Lost Legacy

Tenzin Norbu Namseling, the sixth Khado Rinpoche, is the son of Namseling, as aristocrat and finance minister of the former Tibetan government. In 1958, the elder Namseling was sent to the south of Tibet to negotiate…

By Elizabeth Bayard

MeditationMagazine | Feature

The Nuns’ Island

Here in the nunnery the afternoon is for sleep, study, contemplation. The night before, Ayya Khema suggested that we imagine we are going to die shortly and then see what we cling to. I find I…

By Sandy Boucher


IdeasMagazine | Ancestors

Profiles: Great Simplicity

On Friday afternoons, in a lecture room in the northwest corner of Philosophy Hall, at Columbia University, a small, wiry, and very aged Japanese named Dr. Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki regularly unwraps a shawlful of books in various…

By Winthrop Sargeant

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

Magazine | Reviews

Enlightened Living: Teachings of Tibetan Buddhist Masters

Enlightened Living: Teachings of Tibetan Buddhist Masters Translated by Tulku Thondup. Edited by Harold Talbott. Shambhala Publications: Boston, 1990. 178 pp. $12.95 (paperback). In these cynical times, when political and religious scandals hit the newspapers daily…

By Steven D. Goodman

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

CultureMagazine | On Art

Wisdom and Compassion: Sacred Art of Tibet

Strains of long silver trumpets and the deepthroated chanting of monks greeted the arrival of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco in April. The religious and temporal…

By Tamara Wasserman Hill

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

18th century bodhidharma drawing

TeachingsMagazine | Teachings And Texts

Bodhidharma’s Teachings

If you use your mind to study reality, you won’t understand either your mind or reality. If you study reality without using your mind, you’ll understand both. Those who don’t understand, don’t understand understanding. And those…

By Bodhidharma

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

Books for Children

Magazine | Reviews

Books for Children

The Death of Echadon, Where is Tibet?, Prince Siddhartha, Hero of the Land of Snow, and The Children of Nepal

By Whitney Stewart

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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