When the time came to choose the stories and teachings to represent Tricycle‘s 20-year journey, we found ourselves in a quandary over what to select, and what to leave out. Many, many articles to which we have a deep, um, attachment, ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor, but we think you’ll be pleased with the 20 that made into it our e-book, 20 Years, 20 Teachings: The Tricycle 20th Anniversary E-book.
In her contribution to our e-book, “Being Intimate with Demons,” poet Joan Hirshfield examines the place of emotions in Buddhist practice:
Some Buddhist teachings I encountered as a beginning student spoke of all thoughts and emotions as manifestations of illusion; others proposed the attitude “Offer your emotion a cup of tea, but you don’t have to ask it to stay”; others suggested that thought-formations and sensory feelings be allowed to come and go as freely as the reflections of clouds in a lake; and still others used a language of self-control and will, and “uprooting” and “burning away” the impurities of anger, pride, sensuality. None of this was particularly well sorted through in my mind, and the result was a number of clashing, coexistent prescriptions for dealing with emotions.
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