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50 Issues, 50 Teachings

With this our 50th issue, we look back at how we got from there to here—year by year, issue by issue, teaching by teaching. Selected by Tricycle’s editorial staff, this collection is by no means comprehensive. But from the words of the Dalai Lama to the thoughts of the everyday practitioner, these excerpts offer a […]

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Letters to the Editor Winter 2003

A Huxley Hoax?We’ve learned so much about Buddhism since Huxley was alive, I was surprised that Dana Sawyer simply reported Huxley’s judgments about Buddhism without checking to see if they were still valid or not [“Aldous Huxley’s Truth Beyond Tradition,” Fall 2003]. Did Huxley really know enough about Theravada meditation or Pure Land devotionalism to […]

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Contributors Winter 2003

A veteran environmental journalist, Lisa Jones knew about Michael Soulé the “father of conservation biology” long before she knew about Michael Soulé the Buddhist (“The Buckshot Bodhisattva“). But now Jones and Soulé are both members of the same sangha in tiny Paonia, Colorado, where Jones buys the meat she eats from local ranchers, and Soulé […]

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Shaving Siddhartha

Osamu Tezuka, the “godfather of Japanese comics,” has created an expansive eight-volume graphic novel of the Buddha’s life, to be published over the course of the next year. The following scenes, from volume two, depict a quieter moment in an otherwise action-packed rendition of the life of the Buddha. Here, Siddhartha enters monkhood.

By Osamu Tezuka


Aging Into Dying and Death

Longtime Zen practitioner, haiku poet, and secretary of the U.K. Network of Engaged Buddhists, Ken Jones offers wisdom on aging and death. The following is an excerpt from a pamphlet—Ageing: The Great Adventure—that grew out of a series of workshops Jones conducted.

By Ken Jones
Image: Frank Moore, "Everything I Own II," 1993, oil on canvas on wood, 40" x 48" © Frank Moore, Collection of Paul Gunther, Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York

Parting Words

Some Things You Can’t Let Go Of

In his mid thirties, the artist Frank Moore learned that he was HIV positive. His paintings took a new direction: “AIDS came to the fore,” he explained, “simply because it was affecting every aspect of my life.” When he was very near death, after a long struggle with the illness, Moore painted two works (“Everything […]

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Finding Their Voices

Buddhist culture in China is a story langely told by men, for men, and about men. Echoes occasionally emerge suggesting that women, too, made rich contributions, but how many names come to mind? In Daughters of Emptiness: Poems by Buddhist Nuns of China (Wisdom Publications, 2003, $16.95 paper), Beata Grant retrieves not only the namesbut […]

By Andrew Schelling


A Monk Goes To Washington

At the conclusion of his U.S. tour in September, Thich Nhat Hanh traveled to Washington, DC, where he spoke with members of Congress and held a three-day retreat. In the packed auditorium of the Library of Congress, he offered some valuable, if challenging, advice for the gathered politicos: Voting along party lines, he said, would […]

By Mark Phillips


A Quality of Light: The Monks of Sera Jeh Monastery

Sheila Rock is an American photographer living in London. Her photographs have appeared in numerous magazines and on album covers, and are part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. Her forthcoming book, Sera: The Way of the Tibetan Monk, will be published by Columbia University Press in November 2003. In […]

By Sheila Rock


Buddha Buzz Winter 2003

GOOOAAAALLLL! A Buddhist monastery in South Korea has finally finished its gigantic World Cup Mandala. The mandala, created to commemorate the soccer championship held there in 2002, is 11 meters tall (the number of players on a team) and 7.32 meters wide (the width of the goalposts). It features 2002 Buddhas and includes 32 bodhisattvas, […]

By Jeff Wilson


Books in Brief Winter 2003

So you went to the Dalai Lama’s teachings in New York in September and found yourself riveted by the spirited investigation of the logical basis of Buddhist philosophy? Now it’s time for Maps of the Profound: Jam-Yang-Shay-Ba’s Great Exposition of Buddhist and Non-Buddhist Views on the Nature of Reality ( Snow Lion, January 2004, $49.95 […]

By Joan Duncan Oliver


A Very Long Walk

In 1977 two American monks set out on foot from Los Angeles on an 800-mile pilgrimage to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, a religious and educational center in Mendocino County, California. The pilgrims, Heng Sure and Heng Ch’au, reached their destination two-and-a-half years later. Along the way, the two wrote letters to the center’s founder and their teacher, the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua. Below is a letter from Heng Sure in the early days of the journey.

[Hen, sure] And [Heng, chau] heng sure

Practical Pilgrim

Borscht Belt Buddhism

Soon after Shakyamuni began ordaining disciples, he instituted the practice of an annual rainy-season retreat (called varshika, or “belonging to the rains”), during which the community ceased its wandering and settled down to meditate and study doctrine. Ever since, Buddhist orders have devoted certain periods of the calendar to the strict observance of quiet contemplation. […]

By Rande Brown

In the News

Cleveland Zen Teacher Woos Zen Coach

The head priest of the Jijuyu-ji Zen Group has put in a good word for Cleveland with basketball’s “Zen Coach” Phil Jackson, who is weighing various offers with teams around the country. According to The New York Times, Dean Williams, resident priest at Jijuyu-ji, says Cleveland is ready for Jackson: “People are talking about it, […]

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Three Lives: Intro

            In the following section, three lives cross the Buddha’s path in unexpected ways: an ex-outlaw biker takes refuge; a septugenarian cabaret dancer ponders death; and a rifle-toting biologist views the dharma through his crosshairs.  

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Editors View

On Tap Shoes Or a Harley

When Tricycle cover designer Frank Olinsky proposed the current cover, I wasn’t sure if I was looking at Newsweek or Time. After a few seconds, my eyes began to focus on the fifty—count ’em, fifty—Tricycle covers. A few on our staff objected, “But it doesn’t look like a Tricycle cover.” And yet, it was nothing […]

By James Shaheen