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Lessons of History

Stephen Batchelor, proponent of “Buddhism without beliefs,” investigates the historical development of Buddhism across different cultures—and uncovers a difference in the conception of history itself.   Nearly thirty years have passed since I first became involved in Buddhism. I was nineteen at the time, dizzy with the optimism of the 1960s and the thrill of having […]

By Stephen Batchelor

Feature Society & Environment

Mean Street Monks

Theravadin monks in Stockton, California, open their temple to the streetwise youth of the local Southeast Asian community, and offer a haven from gang-ruled neighborhoods. Now the monks stand accused of violating their monastic vows by engaging in worldly affairs.   Abbot Sombun Athitano stands on the balcony of Wat Chansisamakidham and looks out over […]

By Bob Easton-Waller

Feature Personal Reflections

Freedom: Guns or Dharma

Jan Willis’s critical choice: join with the Black Panthers in an armed fight for freedom, or return to Nepal to study the dharma. This was the decision she faced upon graduating from Cornell University in 1969. I had already made up my mind to return to Nepal after leaving Cornell when I picked up a […]

By Jan Willis
Confessions of a Dharma Punk

Feature Personal Reflections

Confessions of a Dharma Punk

Noah Levine, born in 1971 in Garberville, California, began dharma practice while institutionalized—having been arrested for drugs and violence—in Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall in 1988. He has been practicing since then, primarily in the Theravada tradition. The son of Patty Washko, and of Stephen and Ondrea Levine who are dharma teachers and pioneers in […]

By Noah Levine

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In the News

In the News Winter 2000

In Memoriam: Trevor Leggett Trevor Leggett (1914-2000), the prolific Zen author, died on August 1 in London. Leggett was, by all accounts, a man of considerable talents and extensive interests. He was a law graduate, an accomplished pianist, a fluent Japanese speaker, a Sanskrit scholar, and the author of more than thirty books, including many […]

By Tricycle

Letters

Letters to the Editor Winter 2000

Ordinary Mind I really enjoy Tricycle. I love the intellectual awareness that the articles demand of me. I am always thrilled when Tricycle comes in the mail and always learn there is hope for my path, however vague or cluttered it may become. The dharma is truth—that much I know. I am wondering whether others […]

By Tricycle

Editors View

Round and Around

From a great remove, the history of religions might resemble cellular activity: entities come together, multiply, divide, regroup, split off, etc., all in a distant dance of transformation. In actuality, the individuation of any one tradition rarely proceeds so gently. Yet Shakyamuni Buddha’s example seems to offer an exception. He rejected the magical rituals and […]

By Tricycle

Afterword Arts & Culture

Shoveling Snow with Buddha

In the usual iconography of the temple of the local Wokyou would never see him doing such a thing,tossing the dry snow over the mountainof his bare, round shoulder,his hair tied in a knot,a model of concentration. Sitting is more his speed, if that is the wordfor what he does, or does not do. Even […]

By Tricycle
Contributors

Contributors

Contributors

STEPHEN BATCHELOR, a frequent contributor to Tricycle, is the author of Buddhism Without Beliefs and, most recently, Verses from the Center, a translation of Nagarjuna’s work on emptiness. He is the co-founder of Sharpham College in Devon, England, and after serving as its director for four years, Stephen and his wife, Martine, recently moved to […]

By Tricycle
No Idea But In Things

On Gardening Personal Reflections

No Idea But In Things

In the Green Gulch glasshouse we are nursing a decidedly ailing Bodhi tree that pines in every cell of its being for Mother India. Our Bodhi tree, Ficus religiosa, or the sacred fig tree, is a descendant of the original enlightenment tree under which Shakyamuni Buddha took his place more than 2,500 years ago. Inclining […]

By Wendy Johnson
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