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One Dharma

This article appears in 20 Years, 20 Teachings: The Tricycle 20th Anniversary E-Book. It’s free to all Supporting and Sustaining Members. Get the e-book. As different Buddhist traditions take root in the West, is it possible to find an essential teaching that supports them all? In an adaptation from a talk given at Tricycle‘s recent […]

By Joseph Goldstein
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Letters to the Editor Winter 2001

Tricycle welcomes letters to the editor. Letters are subject to editing. Please send correspondence to: Tricycle: The Buddhist Review92 Vandam St.New York, NY 10013Fax: (212) 645-1493E-mail address: Dharma Mums I read Anne Cushman’s article on parenting and practice (Fall 2001) twice, so hungry have I been for words on this subject. Some months ago, […]

By Tricycle


Books In Brief Winter 2001

Answers: Discussions with Western BuddhistsThe Dalai LamaTranslated and edited by José CabezónSnow Lion Publications: Ithaca, 2001102 pp.; $12.95 (paper) It has been a long-standing tradition for the Dalai Lama to spend several days each winter in residence at Bodhgaya, answering questions and holding informal discussions and meditations with students of Buddhism from around the world. […]

By Tricycle


‘Shoes Outside the Door’ by Michael Downing

Shoes Outside the Door:Desire, Devotion, and Excess at San Francisco Zen CenterMichael DowningCounterpoint: Washington, DC, 2001448 pp.; $26.00 (cloth) Michael Downing’s Shoes Outside the Door is an account of San Francisco Zen Center’s growth from a small circle of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi’s students into one of the largest and most culturally significant centers of Zen […]

By Duncan Ryuken Williams

On Location

Sri Lanka: A Special Report

With sixty to seventy thousand people dead and half a million more driven from their homes in barely two decades, Sri Lanka is in the grip of an epic tragedy that mocks the essential tolerance and compassion of Buddhism, the religion of the majority of the island’s people. Once a model South Asian democracy, and […]

By Barbara Crossette


Contributors Winter 2001

Andrew Schelling, poet, Zen student, and translator of India’s old verse, teaches at Naropa University. Regarding his essay“Bardo of Lost Mammals,” he remarks: “Buddhist texts old and new refer to the interdependence of all forms of life, an insight supported by everything I learn about ecology. To me, this means that in a period of […]

By Tricycle

On Gardening

Medicine and Disease Subdue Each Other

On the summer solstice of this year my youngest sister, Debbie, was diagnosed with breast cancer, revealed in a routine mammogram. The mother of two young sons, ages six and seven, she wasted no time in responding to this diagnosis, and by early August I found myself in her tenth-floor New York Hospital room awaiting […]

By Wendy Johnson

Editors View

What Works

“Until there is peace in the Middle East, there will be no peace for Americans at home.” In spite of himself, Osama bin Laden spoke the truth. What he intended as a menacing threat turned out to make more Buddhist sense than we might have expected from a fanatic hell-bent on holy war: If bombs […]

By James Shaheen

On Practice

Welcome to the Real World

Living in a “god realm” of privilege and affluence, Americans awoke to the world’s harsher realities on September 11. Judith L. Lief guides us beyond the anger that followed.

By Judy Lief


‘Tariki’ by Hiroyuki Itsuki

Tariki: Embracing Despair, Discovering PeaceHiroyuki ItsukiKodansha: New York, 2001229 pp.; $21.00 (cloth) In Tariki: Embracing Despair, Discovering Peace, Hiroyuki Itsuki recounts an episode from a modern play about the life of Shinran, the thirteenth-century founder of Jodo Shinshu (True Pure Land) Buddhism. “Master, I have been feeling so sad lately,” confesses Yuien, one of Shinran’s […]

By Clark Strand

On Location

Dharma in the Rockies: The Great Stupa

It’s highway driving for the first two hours north of Denver. After Fort Collins, taking the left fork at a gas station known only as Ted’s Place, we head steadily uphill through the towering crags of the Rockies. Beyond the last town, at eight thousand feet, we turn right onto an all-dirt road. Valleys filled […]

By Marilyn Webb
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On Practice

Anger and Patience

“There is no error greater than hatred, And nothing mightier than patience. So I strive in every way to learn patience.” —Shakyamuni Buddha Think of anger. Anger is the mind that wishes to harm and hurt. Patience is the mind that holds back from harming or hurting. Anger is most difficult to deal with; patience […]

By Nawang Gehlek Rimpoche


September 20, 2001

We are obliged to cherish and protect this world, The place we humans call our home. So why pointlessly destroy any source Of our world’s prosperity? May the truth of all buddhas in the ten directions Help bring an end to all such deluded actions. May raising the attitude of love and compassion Help peace […]

By Thrangu Rinpoche
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On Parenting

The Dharma of Motherhood

There have been moments in my life when I’ve felt that I found Buddhism mostly so that my daughter, Maud, now fourteen, could grow up around a dharma practitioner. It’s never been a problem, trying to practice with Maud around the house: At five, she was as fascinated by the idea of my sitting as […]

By Trish Deitch Rohrer