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Winter 2007

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The World Without Us

Environmental journalist Alan Weisman’s best seller The World Without Us has refreshed and rekindled ecological debates. Here he speaks with contributing editor Clark Strand about global warming, population control, and what the world might look like when we’re gone.

By Tricycle


Igniting a Fire, Extinguishing the Self

As a young man, Breyten Breytenbach left his native South Africa to pursue art in Paris. In addition to critical acclaim, he found the dharma and the underground anti-apartheid movement. His next trip home would lead to seven years in prison. Amy Karafin profiles this poet, painter, and “uncitizen” of the world.

By amy karafin
In a dark operating room, two gloved hands are visible performing surgery.


The Mindful Scalpel

Can advancements in neuroscience make us happier and more compassionate? Jeff Greenwald visits neurosurgeon Dr. Katrina Firlik to investigate the relationship between the material mind and its spiritual potential.

By Jeff Greenwald
hands at a keyboard


Above the Fray

A Huffington Post blogger wonders if he can practice right speech and cultivate equanimity without losing his edge as a political advocate.

By RJ Eskow


Editors View

Striking a Balance

Since its inception, Tricycle’s mission has been to make Buddhist teachings and practices available without expressing a bias for any particular teacher or community. From the outset, this has presented a challenge. As I wrote in a recent blog post on, one of the difficulties of undertaking Buddhist journalism is that we are advocates […]

By James Shaheen


Contributors Winter 2007

RJ ESKOW was drawn into the fractious world of blogging after the 2004 presidential election. He recounts some of his escapades on the political front in “Above the Fray.” “The burnout rate for politically involved people in this country is overwhelming,” he tells us. “It took out an entire generation in the sixties. Now the […]

By Tricycle


No Sorrow, No Dust

Untitled, Buddha, Mihintale, Sri Lanka, Rena Bass Forman An exhibition of Rena Bass Forman’s Sri Lanka photographs will be at the Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York City from Nov. 29 through Jan. 26, 2008. Comprehending the property of form, not taking a stance in the formless, those released in cessation are people who’ve left […]

By Thanissaro Bhikkhu


Letters to the Editor Winter 2007

INSIDE MAN As a Roman Catholic priest and a Zen dharma holder, I feel impelled to respond to questions raised in two of the reviews in the Fall 2007 issue. The first is the probing assessment by Dean Sluyter of the film Into Great Silence (“Inaction Film”) about the Carthusian monks at the Grande Chartreuse […]

By Tricycle


Books in Brief

  Handful of Leaves, Volume 5 by Thanissaro Bhikkhu The Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, 2007 419 pp.; free (paper) Not many things in life are free, but the Buddha’s teachings are, thanks to Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s comprehensive five-volume anthology Handful of Leaves. Thanissaro, a Theravada monk and abbot of Metta Forest Monastery in Valley Center, […]

By Tricycle
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Whirling Petals, Windblown Leaves

“It was unthinkable that a poem should get no reply.” This sentence from The Tale of Genji, Japan’s profoundly melancholy Buddhist novel written around the year 1000 by Murasaki Shikibu, marks the formalization of a particular approach to poetry. Poem responding to poem seems the basis of Murasaki’s worldview. Her book includes nearly eight hundred […]

By Andrew Schelling