Shiho Fukada is a Tokyo-based, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, cinematographer, and photojournalist. She started her career as a news photographer in New York and has a decade of experience shooting and producing underreported stories internationally. Her portrait series of senior women going to prison for shoplifting received the 2019 Feature Photography Award from the Overseas Press Club of America. For this issue, Fukada visited Yuko Wakayama Yamada, a former Catholic nun now vice abbess of Shokaku Temple, a Soto Zen monastery in Tokyo. During the photoshoot, Fukada connected with Yamada over having lived overseas before returning home to Japan. “I told her how I’d like to learn to meditate,” Fukada said, “but I could not ’empty my mind.’ She told me it is natural to have thoughts. I was really inspired by her insight.” See Fukada’s portraits accompanying Yamada’s personal narrative on page 58.
Hawa Allan, a Tricycle contributing editor, is a lawyer, a lecturer at The New School in New York City, an essay editor at The Offing, and a writer of cultural criticism, fiction, and poetry. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Chicago Tribune, and Lapham’s Quarterly. Insurrection, her weaving of personal narrative and legal history, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton. Allan’s review of Jennifer Berry Hawes’s Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness begins on page 91.
Born in the Golok region of east Tibet in 1968, Shar Khentrul Rinpoche Jamphel Lodrö was soon identified as the reincarnation of the tantric adept Ngawang Chözin Gyatso. After studying Tibetan Buddhism’s many schools, he earned the title of Rimé Master, “Master of All Traditions.” Today he serves as founder and spiritual director of the Tibetan Buddhist Rimé Institute in Belgrave, Australia. “Unity in Difference,” Khentrul Rinpoche’s instructions for cultivating a nonsectarian outlook, starts on page 40.
A Fulbright scholar and a recipient of both the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters & Sculptors Grant and the Art Matters grant, Andrea Chung is a San Diego-based artist whose art explores themes of labor and materials in postcolonial countries in the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. Three pieces from Chung’s Caribbean Life + Travel are featured with “Peeling Away the Promise of Desire” (p. 48).
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