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Magazine | Letters

Letters to the Editor Winter 1996

Conflicts of Interest Every time I turn to your letters page I find another batch of readers canceling their subscriptions, citing some outrage to their sensibilities like gay tantra or Richard Gere. Do you realize that…

By Tricycle

Magazine | On Gardening

A Non-Repeating Universe

Years ago Richard Baker Roshi described the field of Zen practice as a “non-repeating universe.” Whenever I sow seeds, I remember these words. Every garden sown from seed is a world within a world, a complete…

By Wendy Johnson

CultureMagazine | Reviews

Books in Brief

LAO-TZU’S TAOTECHINGTranslated by Red PineMercury House: San Francisco, 1996.179 pp., $12.95 (paper). This new translation by Red Pine (himself a kind of modem-day Taoist) comes complete with 2,000 years of commentaries on each of Lao-Tzu’s laconic…

By Tricycle

MeditationMagazine | On Practice

Liberating Self-Righteousness

Some aspiring Buddhists appear to be hindered in their progress by a form of secular Calvinism that has persisted as a deeply buried fossil from childhood. This fossil manifests itself as self-righteousness. Self-righteousness is another word…

By Tarma Dode

IdeasMagazine | From The Academy

Digesting the Dharma, Part I

Last year, a new anthology of Buddhist texts, entitled Buddhism in Practice, was published. It seems that only once in each generation does someone have the audacity to produce such a book, and in this case,…

By Donald S. Lopez Jr.

IdeasMagazine | Uncommon Sense

The War on Words and Images

It’s that time when responsible citizens pinch their nostrils tightly, hold their collective breaths, and vote for the lesser of many unsavory evils. Most of us have listened to enough empty rhetoric in this presidential year…

By Sam Hamill

Magazine | Parting Words

Black Teapot

When I say “the black teapot” I’m surprised that everyone knows what I’m talking about. So little of it is black. And yet you and I know which teapot I mean. We’ve agreed to call this…

By Deanna Forbes

Magazine | Editors View

Whaddya Mean, “We”?

So far we have received some fifty responses to the anti-gay letters published in the previous issue. To provide a brief synopsis: in issue number 20 we published an interview with Tibetan scholar Jeffrey Hopkins and…

By Helen Tworkov

Magazine | In the News

In the News Winter 1996

IN MEMORIAM: PHILIP YAMPOLSKY Philip Yampolsky, renowned translator and scholar of Zen Buddhism, died of complications due to pneumonia on July 28, 1996. He was seventy-five years old. Yampolsky, born in New York City on October…

By Tricycle

TeachingsMagazine | Dharma Talk

A Single Handful

To call something “a fundamental principle of Buddhism” is correct only if, first, it is a principle that aims at the quenching of dukkha (suffering) and, second, it has a logic that one can see for…

By Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

CultureMagazine | Portfolio

The Design of Poetry

These pages are from the book The Design of Poetry by Carl Lehmann-Haupt.The book is modeled on those little books of poetic form that attempt to desrcibe the different aspects of poetry, such as rhyme and…

By Carllehmann Haupt