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Winter 2005

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Raising the Stakes

Andrew Black is a Buddhist who came in fifth in the 2005 World Poker Championship. Vishvapani asks him how Buddhism and poker stack up.

By Vishvapani
just power


Just Power

In a talk given at Smith College, Helen Tworkov reflects on a half century of American Buddhist women and reimagines the future of power.

By Helen Tworkov
flow and zen buddhism


The Transcendent Imperative

At a time when our spiritual traditions struggle to remain relevant in a culture dominated by scientific materialism, Andrew Cooper considers the pros and cons of a new religious model based on the psychology of “flow.”

By Andrew Cooper



Books in Brief Winter 2005

In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali CanonBhikkhu Bodhi, Ed. & Trans.Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2005496 pp.; $18.95 (paper) Wisdom Publications’ hefty translations of the Pali canon have, for many practitioners, been books to own and admire rather than read and absorb. With this new selection, editor/translator Bhikkhu Bodhi clears the way […]

By Tricycle


Contributors Winter 2005

Rafi Zabor, whose new book, I, Wabenzi, is excerpted in this issue (“Too Much,”), writes: “The opening of I, Wabenzi was the first aesthetically successful, living thing I was able to write several years into the aftermath of my parents’ deaths, in 1985 and ’86. It was intended to be a piece about one hundred […]

By Tricycle

Editors View

The Proof is in the Practice

In recent months, proponents of “intelligent design” have enjoyed remarkable success in pitching to American school boards what amounts to nothing less than stealth creationism. By arguing that this essentially religious notion rises to the level of scientific theory, its adherents have created the false impression that scientists themselves are taking part in the debate. […]

By James Shaheen

On Events

A New Bottom Line

The first Spiritual Activism Conference offers a hopeful vision for a movement of spiritual progressives—and interesting lessons for engaged Buddhists.

By Phil Catalfo


Buddha Buzz Winter 2005

Reality BitesABC Television put out a casting call this summer for Buddhist families to appear on its reality show Wife Swap. In the show, two wives from two separate families switch lives for eight days: chaos, conflict, and sometimes cross-cultural understanding ensue. ABC hoped to find an American Buddhist family that could be described as […]

By Tricycle


Letters to the Editor Winter 2005

The Dispute Of HappinessThe Tricycle Fall 2005 issue was one of the best yet! So many articles on happiness, so much to think about—and like all really good discussions, it left me asking so many questions! Here are two: As a college professor, I sometimes ask my students what they think is the most important […]

By Tricycle
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