• The 1918 Shikoku Pilgrimage of Takamure Itsue Paid Member

    In 1918 Takamure Itsue, an energetic young Japanese woman, traveled alone to the island of Shikoku to go on pilgrimage—the famous Shikoku pilgrimage, which follows the footsteps of the Buddhist saint Kobo Daishi. The route is approximately 1400 kilometers and consists of 88 temples. During her journey Takamure wrote 105 newspaper articles about her experiences, and these were later turned into a book: Musume Junreiki (The pilgrimage journal of a young woman). Susan Tennant, who lived and taught in Japan for 11 years including 5 years on the island of Shikoku, has recently self-published an English translation of this book entitled, The 1918 Shikoku Pilgrimage of Takamure Itsue. More »
  • Blogwatch: Musings Paid Member

    I recommend checking out Musings by author, teacher, translator—and blogger—Ken McLeod.  An excellent teacher, McLeod does just this in the vast majority of his blog: He teaches.  Through simple practice tips and personal reflections, McLeod strikes an impressive balance between simplicity and depth which makes his blogs both instantly accessible as well as very useful.  It is very practice-oriented and can serve as a great online resource for any regular meditator with an internet connection. More »
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    A few last looks at spring... Paid Member

    Our web editor posted his now famous pictures of the flowering tomato plant thriving on his Brooklyn terrace, prompting Thomas Meyer in Germany to offer us his own botanical beauties, which I attach below. Tom writes of the dewdrop pic below: It’s just a dewdrop, isn’t it? Nothing special. These things are all around you—every day. Life is so amazing, even in the smallest things. Nice work, and vielen Dank, Thomas! UPDATE: As for Philip Ryan's tomato plant—you can read more on tomatoes here from Tricycle gardening columinst Wendy Johnson. Maybe in a few weeks a tomato will grow in Brooklyn. More »
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    Fishes in Shallow Water Paid Member

    By now many of you are probably aware of the sudden and deeply saddening surge of violence in Kyrgyzstan over the last few days. Estimates on the death toll vary depending on the source but a spokesperson for the Red Cross believes over 700 have died in the city of Osh alone. 70,000 to 100,000 ethnic Uzbeks are fleeing Kyrgyzstan for Uzbekistan's borders. In 2005, Andrew Olendzki wrote an article called "Removing the Thorn" in which he wrote about the Buddha's prescription for peace on Earth. Olendzki opened with a passage from the Attadanda Sutta.  In it the Buddha speaks openly about his fears and frustrations with society: Seeing creatures flopping around, Like fishes in shallow water; So hostile to one another! —Seeing this, I became afraid. More »
  • Don't forget: Susan Moon at the Tricycle Community Book Club Paid Member

    Join us at the Tricycle Community Book Club for the discussion of Susan Moon's This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. The book, a collection of essays, is broken down into three parts: Cracks in the Mind and Body, Changing Relationships, and In the Realm of the Spirit. Get a head start on reading before Susan joins us Monday, June 21! Starting next week we will spend two days discussing each section and have a final day to wrap things up. From Part One, Cracks in the Mind and Body: More »