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IdeasMagazine | Special Section

On the Green Credo

The worldview of the international Green movement often hinges on a set of simple beliefs that have become obstacles to facing the global crisis. Dogma and ideology develop when we treat beliefs as absolute truths. The unofficial Green Credo says: 1. We are stewards of the earth. 2. Resources are worth saving for future generations. […]

By Christopher Titmuss

TeachingsMagazine | Special Section

Mountains and Waters Sutra

Mountains and waters right now are the actualization of the ancient buddha way. Each, abiding in its phenomenal expression, realizes completeness. Because mountains and waters have been active since before the Empty Aeon, they are alive at this moment. Because they have been the self since before form arose they are emancipation-realization. Because mountains are […]

By Eihei Dogen Zenji

IdeasMagazine | Special Section

Is the Buddha Winking at Extinction?

Worlds on worlds are rolling ever From creation to decay, Like the bubbles on a river Sparkling, bursting, borne away. —Percy Bysshe Shelley SO PROFOUND is the largely human-caused contraction of plant and animal life on this planet that biologists are now referring to the current period as the beginning of the Sixth Great Extinction. […]

By Allan Hunt Badiner

IdeasMagazine | Special Section

Nondual Ecology

RECOGNIZING the inherent Buddha-nature of rocks and clouds is not that hard—many acknowledge this in principle. Liberal thinkers admit most animals and plants and even microbes to the select company of sentient beings. Rocks and clouds are beginning to be accepted, too, as part of the “natural living world,” i.e., the world that existed before […]

By John McClellan


IdeasMagazine | Feature

Bowing Not Scraping

WHY BE a Buddhist? After seventeen years of practice, I still sometimes think I need my head examined. How did my Burmese teacher convince me, for four whole years starting in 1984, that I was going to hell? How many bows have I made to old, brown men on thrones? What about the little boys […]

By Kate Lila Wheeler

Magazine | Feature

Liberation Through Hearing

“If one hears it, one is liberated simply by not disbelieving. . . .” —The Tibetan Book of the Dead Each day we broadcast to Tibet. This past spring the Tibetan Information Network said, “A major political education campaign now being carried out in Tibet is reported by some sources to be an attempt to […]

By John Buescher

Magazine | Feature

Face-to-face with Natalie Goldberg

Natalie Goldberg is a writer and writing teacher living in Taos, New Mexico. Her books include the best-sellingWriting Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (Shambhala Publications) and its sequel, Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life (Bantam). Her most recent book, Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America (Bantam), is an autobiographical work featuring reminiscences […]

By Tricycle

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Magazine | Letters

Letters to the Editor – Winter 1993

No Right, No Wrong (Con’t.) I object to Pema Chodron’s (Vol. III, No.1) calling the suggestion to publicize the truth about misbehaving teachers “McCarthyism.” Joseph McCarthy slandered people, lied about them, unjustly destroyed their reputations, all in the service of his own political ambition and ideology. The spirit behind the recommendation of the conference of […]

By Tricycle

Magazine | What Does Being A Buddhist Mean To You

Children Talking about “Buddha”

  Evan Sholle, age 7  Ossining, New York “The Buddha was a guy who sat under the Bodhi tree until he understood the meaning of life.” Caroline Kornfield, age 8  Woodacre, California  “I think Buddha is light. In this light is a triangle of all-colored light, and inside the light is a human-animal-sea-creature-bird-Being.” Jan Keddy, […]

By The Editors

Magazine | Editors View

Mountains’ Walking

UNLIKE the media staples of sex, money, and power, the more we read about environmentalism, the less inclined we are to read more. And yet, there are the facts. Facts and more facts. One’s genuine interest in the work of planetary healing could be killed off by facts alone. So pervasive is this dilemma that […]

By Helen Tworkov

ObituariesMagazine | In Transition

On the Passing of Buddhadasa

THE VENERABLE Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, who passed away at the age of eighty-seven on July 8, 1993, was perhaps the best-known and most controversial Thai monk in the contemporary Theravada tradition. Although adhering strictly to the conservative Vinaya rules established by the historical Buddha, he claimed that to practice religion seriously one must be both conservative […]

By Sulak Sivaraksa

Magazine | Reviews

Book Reviews – Winter 1993

SELF AND LIBERATION: The Jung/Buddhism Dialogue Edited by Daniel Meckel and Robert L. MoorePaulist Press: New York, 1992. 338 pp., $19.95 (paper). Michele Martin AFTER DECADES of exchange, many Buddhist practitioners and an increasing number of psychologists agree that the two traditions can benefit one another. The ongoing question remains: How? Answers to this depend […]

By Tricycle

Magazine | Sangha Spotlight

Building the Perfect Buddha

“EVERY DAY I work like this takes five days off my life,” grumbled the worker amid a cloud of fiberglass and marble dust as he scoured the bottom of a colossal head of Vairocana Buddha with a power sander. Later that day a large crane hoisted the enormous head onto the torso, completing the 45-foot […]

By Douglas Winiarski

MeditationMagazine | Brief Teachings

Meditation Instructions

SIT comfortably, with your back straight but not stiff or tense. Gently close your eyes and feel the sensations of the breath as the air passes the nostrils or upper lip. The sensations of the in-breath appear simply and naturally. Notice how the out-breath appears. Or you might choose to feel the movement of your […]

By Joseph Goldstein

Magazine | On Film

Meanwhile, Back in Japan…

Between Two Worlds, by Joanne Hershfield and Susan Lloyd, 30 minutes, (512-444-7232), individuals, $39.95; institutions, $89.95. Japanese Pilgrimage: The Pilgrimage to the Eighty-eight Sacred Places of Shikoku, by Oliver Statler, 30 minutes, University of Hawaii Press (808-9568697) and Hartley Film Foundation (800-937-1819), $30.00. The Inland Sea, directed by Lucille Carra, 56 minutes, video: Home Vision […]

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Magazine | In the News

Winter 1993

ARIZONA UPDATE In July, jurors convicted Jonathan Doody, nineteen, of a mass murder that shook the international Buddhist community. In 1991, six Thai monks, a nun, a monk-in-training, and a temple helper were shot execution-style at Wat Promkunaram temple in the Arizona desert twenty-five miles west of downtown Phoenix. The conviction was made partly on […]

By Tricycle

CultureMagazine | Portfolio

A Buddha in the Woodpile

A Buddha in the Woodpile lf there had been only one Buddhist in the woodpile In Waco Texas to teach us how to sit stillone saffron Buddhist in the back roomsjust one Tibetan lamajust one Taoistjust one Zenjust one Thomas Merton Trappistjust one saint in the wildernessof Waco USA If there had been only onecalm […]

By Lawrence Ferlinghetti

IdeasMagazine | Ancestors

Stirring the Victorian Imagination

LIKE EVERYTHING the British poet Edwin Arnold wrote, The Light of Asia was quickly written: a poem in eight books of about five hundred lines each, mostly in blank verse, composed over a period of several months when Arnold was busy with other concerns. Immediately upon its publication in the summer of 1879, the poem […]

By Wendell Piez