Humor

  • Q&A with "The Reformed Buddhist" blogger Kyle Lovett Paid Member

    Kyle Lovett, the Zen practitioner behind the blog “The Reformed Buddhist,” has for the past five years pissed off and freaked out the Buddhist blogosphere with posts that range from the off-color to the obscene. (One of his most popular posts, “And Not A Single F*ck Was Given That Day,” is a good example.) As a Buddhist-blog enthusiast and intern at Tricycle, I am an avid reader of “The Reformed Buddhist,” and as controversial as Kyle may be, he always seems to know how to get a discussion started. More »
  • Ellen Frankel's "Syd Arthur" Paid Member

    Like Herman Hesse before her, Ellen Frankel has joined the ranks of authors inspired to fictionalize Siddhartha Gautama’s journey from prince to preceptor—only Frankel’s Siddhartha, whose spiritual quest is chronicled in Frankel’s new book Syd Arthur, is a middle-aged Jewish woman who owns a Range Rover. Although a self-described “long-time shopper, dieter, and organizer of domestic bliss,” Syd Arthur is serious about practice. We might not all have Range Rovers, but we can all relate to Syd Arthur’s shaky foothold in the often-hilarious pull between cultivating renunciation for samsara while actively participating in it. Or as Frankel addresses her readers on Syd Arthur’s dedication page: “May your spiritual search bring answers to the age-old questions—‘Where do you find your bliss?’ ‘How do you attain enlightenment?’ and ‘What’s for dinner?’” More »
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    A Bit of Satire Paid Member

    If you’ve followed the recent round of Zen scandals, you might enjoy this short satirical piece from Tricycle’s features editor, Andrew Cooper. If some of the references don’t add up, you can start here or here to find out more. ---- Sounds Vaguely Familiar More »
  • Turtles all the way down Paid Member

    This comic, recently sent my way by a good friend and former Tricycle intern, seemed worth sharing. I appreciate the message and the turtle instantly reminded me of a passage from David Loy's The World is Made of Stories, recently reviewed by Alan Senuake for Tricycle.From The World is Made of Stories: More »
  • Fake Monks and Buddha Thievery Paid Member

    Has anybody read the Bangkok Post lately? Seems like the paper is absolutely determined to expose all Buddhist fraud and thievery these days. First, in "Bogus Monks exploit Buddhism," we learn of foreign monks immigrating to Thailand in order to illegally ordain as monks and beg residents for alms. The Post reports: More »
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    A Sutra Noir: The Big Awakening Paid Member

    Nearly thirty years ago, Tricycle’s features editor, Andrew Cooper, wrote a fine piece of Buddhist humor that made the rounds in various Buddhist publications. It is an imagined Buddhist sutra told in the voice of a hard-boiled detective of the Sam Spade style—a sutra noir, if you will. It first appeared in the Zen Center of Los Angeles journal The Ten Directions, and a revised version was published about six years back in Inquiring Mind, and more recently in the anthology The Best of Inquiring Mind. We figured the time had come to post it here for members of the Tricycle community.The Big AwakeningBy Andrew Cooper More »