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His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

                                              “All of the different religious communities accept that there is another force beyond the reach of our ordinary senses. When we pray together, I feel something, I do not know what the […]

By Tricycle


What I’m Reading: Winter 2009

The Grijpstra and de Gier crime novels Janwillen Van De Wetering Soho Press “Outsider in Amsterdam,” 2003 (1975), 290 pp., $13.00 paper “The Blond Baboon,” 1996 (1978), 215 pp., $13.00 paper “The Maine Massacre,” 2003 (1979), 231 pp., $13.00 paper “The Amsterdam Cops: Collected Stories,” 2003 (1983–1999), 254 pp., $13.00 paper “Hard Rain,” 2003 (1986), […]

By Karen Ready

In My Life

Wild Berries

  The trance of the hunter-gatherer: it is an ancient human joy, in the summer, to sit quietly on a hillside in these mountains of northwest Montana on a cool sunny morning, before the heat of the day is up—or in the late afternoon, as shadows are beginning to return—and to pick berries steadily, sometimes […]

By Rick Bass


Contributors Winter 2009

B. Alan Wallace first learned about shamatha meditation in 1972. In “Within You Without You,” Wallace emphasizes the need for this “contemplative technology” in order to fully realize the Buddha’s teachings. The president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, Wallace teaches Buddhist theory and practice worldwide and will soon lead a series of […]

By Tricycle

Dedication of Merit

Variation on a Theme by King David

Praise to you! Praise to you my snappy love! Praise you in clean socks on a Queens-bound     train; praise you for your famous avocado     sandwiches. Praise you from Brooklyn to blasphemy! I’ve called the mayor to praise you; & a thirdbase     coach; even that no-neck accountant who doesn’t have the decency to […]

By L. B. Thompson

Editors View

The Joy of No Ambition

On a recent trip to San Francisco, I stopped by the publisher Chronicle Books to visit a friend. I was early, so I popped into their street-level bookstore to browse. Chronicle is known for its high production standards, so I always look forward to seeing their new titles. This time, one in particular caught my […]

By James Shaheen


What I’m Reading: Joseph Goldstein

Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity REBECCA GOLDSTEIN Schocken Books, 2009, 287 pp., $13.95 paper When a friend gave me a copy of “Betraying Spinoza,” by Rebecca Goldstein (no relation), my first thought was that it was a long way from my more usual mystery- and spy-book reading. I opened it cautiously […]

By Joseph Goldstein


Books in Brief

To fully appreciate poetry, it is often said, we should hear it read aloud. Better yet is hearing it read by the poet. The fiftiethanniversary edition of Gary Snyder’s “Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems” (Count e rpoint , 2009, $24.00 hardcover, 80 pp., with CD) lets us do just that. On the accompanying CD, Snyder […]

By Joan Duncan Oliver


Letters to the Editor Winter 2009

A BEAUTIFUL SPIRIT I was inspired by Tricycle’s interview with Ani Choying Drolma, the “singing nun” from Nepal (“Topping the Charts for Freedom,” Fall 2009). Ani Choying chose to transform her own childhood pain into a quest to bring joy to Nepali street children. One of her favorite ways to bring happiness to these children […]

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