Karen Ready

Tricycle readers are probably unaware of just how much the magazine’s copy editor, Karen Ready, has shaped their reading experience. Karen arrived in 1991 to work on the second issue and has been untangling awkward prose and cutting through confusing clauses with her red pen ever since. This will be her final issue. Of her years at Tricycle, Karen says that she has enjoyed “the chance to work with authors whose work I admire. Although I am not technically a Buddhist, I have been meditating for 50 years now and am deeply interested in what we’ve published, from practices to book reviews.” Her favorite article is one of the few she didn’t copy edit: Spalding Gray’s interview with the Dalai Lama, which appeared in our first issue.

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Sunita Puri

Sunita Puri, MD, is a memoir and nonfiction writer, a palliative medicine physician, and an associate professor of Clinical Medicine at the UMass Chan Medical School. Whether she’s writing research-backed essays for journals like JAMA Internal Medicine or personal reflections on death for the New York Times and the New Yorker, Puri always grounds her work in human stories. In her book That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour, she weaves together the end-of-life narratives of her patients with her own journey to understand life’s temporality. In “A Gift,” Puri navigates love and loss through the lens of impermanence.

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Devin Berry

Devin Berry is a meditation teacher, youth advocate, and father from Oakland, California. Since beginning his Buddhist practice in 1999, Berry has undergone training with the East Bay Meditation Center, Spirit Rock, and Insight Meditation Society. Berry is passionate about the liberation of marginalized communities and has cofounded the Men of Color Deep Refuge Group at EBMC and Deep Time Liberation, an ancestral healing journey for Black Americans.

With his teaching rooted in buddhadharma and daily mindfulness, Berry’s practice focuses on putting metta (lovingkindness) and karuna (compassion) in action.

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Rebecca Li

Rebecca Li, PhD, who reflects on her nonlinear path to dharma transmission in “Translating Silence,” is a Chan Buddhist teacher in the lineage of Master Sheng Yen. Since beginning her practice in 1995, she has trained with Master Sheng Yen, Dr. John Crook, and Simon Child. Li received dharma transmission from Simon Child in 2016, making her a third-generation dharma heir in the Dharma Drum Lineage of Chinese Chan. The following year, she founded Chan Dharma Community, dedicated to supporting practitioners in deepening their practice. She currently teaches meditation and dharma classes, gives public lectures, and leads retreats in North America and Europe.

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