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From the canon: The Vimalakirti Sutra

Though dressed in the white robes of a layman, Vimalakirti observed all the rules of pure conduct laid down for monks, and though he lived at home, he felt no attachment to the threefold world. One could see he had a wife and children, yet he was at all times chaste in action; obviously he […]

By Kumarajiva, translation by Burton Watson


Good Work

Good Work, Winter 2010

A Walk to Remember On April 16, 2007, Jeana Moore’s granddaughter, Jada Bascom, was born with acute myeloid leukemia. Today she is alive and thriving, thanks to a bone marrow transplant and a community of loving medical providers. As an expression of gratitude to all those who helped her granddaughter, Moore decided to walk from […]

[Rachel, Hiles] and [Monty, McKeever] and [Sam, Mowe] Rachel Hiles Monty McKeever Sam Mowe


Remembering the Great American Turn-On

The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for AmericaDon Lattin HarperOne, 2010 272 pp., $24.99 cloth Birth of a Psychedelic Culture: Conversations about Leary, the Harvard Experiments, Millbrook and the Sixties Ram Dass and Ralph Metzner with Gary Bravo […]

By Allan Badiner


The Vajrayana Journey Is an Experience of Love, Power, and Freedom

Within the larger context of Buddhist spirituality, the Vajrayana is striking in its insistence on the unique power of relative reality—that is, the feelings, thoughts, emotions, perceptions, and situations that make up our ordinary human experience—to wake us up. From the Vajrayana viewpoint, our journey unfolds in three stages, which correspond to three increasingly subtle […]

By Reginald Ray


Letters to the Editor Winter 2010

Kudos for a natural As much as I appreciate Jeff Bridges and the role he played so convincingly in The Big Lebowski, your coverage of Bridges (“The Natural,” Fall 2010) strictly concerns his long interest in Buddhism and socially engaged Buddhism in particular. This is a side of Jeff Bridges that is seldom seen, and […]

By Tricycle

Parting Words

Robert Aitken Roshi (1917-2010)

As well as being for many years the Zen master of the Diamond Sangha, Aitken Roshi was also a mentor to hundreds, maybe thousands, of dharma practitioners who were not formally his students. In this, I believe he was unique, as most other Buddhist teachers tend to keep their energies focused on their own community. […]

By Andrew Cooper

Editors View

Awake in the World

In case you haven’t already looked, our newly designed website delivers all the lay practitioner could ask for. At, we bring you today’s celebrated teachers by audio, video, and interactive discussion. Short of a live teaching, for the far-flung or short of funds—or for those who just want more support for their practice (don’t […]

By James Shaheen


Books in Brief Winter 2010

How was Copia, the Roman goddess of abundance, reduced to the modern, pejorative copycat? How can we return her to her former glory? Believe it or not, the answers to these bizarre questions might help reveal universal, vital human truths. According to Marcus Boon’s In Praise of Copying (Harvard University Press, 2010, $25.95 hardcover, 304 […]

By Sam Mowe

This Buddhist Life

An Interview with Eric Ripert

Profession: French ChefAge: 45Location: New York City Where did you grow up? I was born in France, in Antibes. When I was 9, my parents moved to Andorra, a very small country in the mountains between France and Spain, where I lived until I was 17.When did you first take an interest in cooking? I’ve […]

By Tricycle


Selected Contributors Winter 2010

Misha Gordin, the award-winning photographer (here), set out to be an aviation engineer. But after technical college in his native Latvia, he joined the special effects department of Riga Motion Picture studios instead. At 19, he took up photography, shooting portraits and documentary stills. He soon found those forms unsatisfactory, however, and put aside his […]

By Tricycle

Brief Teachings

Dear Abbey Dharma Winter 2010

Dear Abbey Dharma, My doctor has suggested that I try a certain psychiatric medicine, but I want to meditate and I am wavering because I wonder if people can “wake up” or even get enlightened using these medicines. —Wavering Dear Wavering, I’ve interviewed many students on meditation retreats whose practice is insightful, and therefore more […]

By Sylvia Boorstein
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