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    Nonsense Sharpens the Intellect, says the Times Paid Member

    All this and not a word about koans: In addition to assorted bad breaks and pleasant surprises, opportunities and insults, life serves up the occasional pink unicorn. The three-dollar bill; the nun with a beard; the sentence, to borrow from the Lewis Carroll poem, that gyres and gimbles in the wabe. An experience, in short, that violates all logic and expectation. The philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote that such anomalies produced a profound “sensation of the absurd,” and he wasn’t the only one who took them seriously. Freud, in an essay called “The Uncanny,” traced the sensation to a fear of death, of castration or of “something that ought to have remained hidden but has come to light.” At best, the feeling is disorienting. At worst, it’s creepy. More »
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    "The Truth About Gossip" cartoon by Max Ink Paid Member

    When we ran Thubten Chodron's article, "The Truth About Gossip," (from which we drew the "Seven Tips for Giving Up Gossip,") we received a lot of mail, but one of the most interesting was the cartoon (one panel of which is below) by the talented cartoonist Max Ink. For some reason it didn't make it into the magazine as a Letter to the Editor but we're correcting that oversight now, and sending Max a long-overdue "Thank You!" Click the picture to see whole four-panel cartoon. Cartoon © Max Ink More »
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    15 Weeks of Dharma Dating Paid Member

    "THE IDEA FIRST COMES up as a joke between me and my Tricycle editor: As a newly single Buddhist mom, why don’t I post my profile on a couple of the new online “dharma dating” sites, and write about my experiences? I find the notion both intriguing and horrifying. For years I’ve mocked the idea of shopping for a mate the way you’d shop for a book on Amazon.com (“Add This Man to My Cart!”). Once, while browsing for a used couch on Craigslist, I popped over to the Men Seeking Women section for a look, and the ads all ran together in my mind: 6-foot divorced sofa, 45, brown hair/blue eyes, overstuffed cushions, slightly cat-clawed, wants to spank you. . . ." Read the complete "Fifteen Weeks of Dharma Dating," by Anne Cushman. More »
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    Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism Paid Member

    What do university students in an Introduction to Buddhism class say are the top ten misconceptions Americans have about Buddhism?: 1.“ Buddha” is spelled “Buddah.” Outside the temple of the Daibutsu in Kamakura, Japan (perhaps the most famous Buddha image in the world), a sign asks visitors to display a respectful attitude in the presence of the Bhudda. One of the most important rock albums of all time, Safe as Milk by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, was released on Buddah records. The problem is the “floating h syndrome,” which often causes the leader of the Indian independence movement to be identified as Mahatma Ghandi. The culprit is the Sanskrit letter dha the aspirate d. Read the Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism, from Tricycle's Fall 1998 issue. More »
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    Daily Dharma - The sound of one dog barking Paid Member

    Human beings understand too much. But what they understand is just somebody's opinion. Like a dog barking. American dogs say, "Woof, woof." Korean dogs say, "Mung, mung." Polish dogs say, "How, how." So which dog barking is correct? This is human beings' barking, not dog barking. If dog and you become one hundred percent one, then you know sound of barking. This is Zen teaching. Boom! Become one. –Seung Sahn, from "Boom! More »
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    Pear-shaped Buddhas? Paid Member

    No, Buddha-shaped pears! Is someone getting over on us? It's Friday and after a long week I thought I'd pass along the joy. I guess unlike money, Buddhas grow on trees. You can taste the fruit—or at least see it—here. More »