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Recalling Nichidatsu Fujii

In 1982, I was one of a small group of Zen students who were invited to an audience with Nichidatsu Fujii. Guruji, as he was affectionately known, was making a short visit to Los Angeles on his way back to Japan following that spring’s historic nuclear disarmament activities in New York, which he and his […]

Editor-at-Large [Andrew, Cooper] Andrew Cooper

Departments

Reviews

What I’m Reading Winter 2008

I just finished Vinegar Into Honey: Seven Steps To Understanding And Transforming Anger, Aggression, And Violence, by Ron Leifer (Snow Lion, 2008). I’m interested in emotional patterns, and I was curious to see how Leifer, a psychiatrist and Buddhist meditation teacher, would suggest working with anger. The title is a Tibetan metaphor for transforming negative […]

By Martine Batchelor

Interview

Faith in Revolution

Daisaku Ikeda is President of the Soka Gakkai International, the world’s largest Buddhist lay group and America’s most diverse. In a rare interview, Ikeda speaks to contributing editor Clark Strand about his organization’s remarkable history, its oft-misunderstood practice, and what its members are really chanting for. From Hollywood celebrities to renowned jazz musicians to everyday practitioners […]

By The Editors

Reviews

Books in Brief

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, is well known for his longstanding interest in science and, in recent years, for his scholarly engagements with scientists at the (now annual) Mind and Life conferences. Mind and Life: Discussions With The Dalai Lama on the Nature of Reality by Pier Luigi Luisi with Zara Houshmand (Columbia University […]

By Aaron Lackowski

Editors View

Finding Common Ground

SINCE MEDITATION IS so closely associated with Buddhism in the West, it may be a surprise to many of our readers that the majority of the world’s Buddhists do not meditate at all. Yet one of America’s most vibrant Buddhist groups—and certainly the most ethnically, socially, and economically diverse—doesn’t practice sitting meditation. Instead, students of […]

By James Shaheen

Letters

Letters Winter 2008

SCIENCE CATCHES UPIn her article (“Long Journey to a Bow,” Fall 2008), Christina Feldman points out the importance of penetrating the conceit of self, describes its various manifestations, and suggests that liberating ourselves begins with becoming sensitive to those manifestations. As she writes, life is a powerful ally in undermining conceit by providing us with […]

By Tricycle

Contributors

Contributors Winter 2008

ALLAN LOKOS, the guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center in New York City, notes that when he began walking the Buddha’s path, he was surprised and delighted by the emphasis placed on the practice of “Skillful Speech.” “We are always engaged in relationships,” Lokos says, “including the relationship with ourselves. I believe there is […]

By Tricycle

Insights

The Balancing Buddha

The Middle Way is achieved when one reaches that point of cosmic balance between austerity and the creature comforts of the world. The ascetics who were with the Buddha were critical of him because he was no longer living an austere lifestyle. They considered his life too “cushy.” He was eating beautiful food and wearing a […]

By Joan Gattuso

In The Footsteps Of The Buddha

The Wanderer

 Master Sheng Yen has dedicated his life to spreading the teachings of Chan Buddhism in China and in the West. In this excerpt from his new autobiography, Footprints in the Snow, Master Sheng Yen tells the story of his arrival in New York and how he learned to live without a home. AFTER I RESIGNED […]

By Master Sheng-Yen
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