Interview

  • What is Focusing? An interview with Eugene Gendlin Paid Member

    As you probably know, it's the first week of David Rome's Tricycle Retreat, "Focusing for Meditators: Accessing the Wisdom of the Felt Sense." What you might not know is where in the world this Focusing technique comes from. The current issue of Tricycle sheds some light on this. Linda Heuman's interview with Eugene Gendlin, the founder of Focusing, provides insight into the ideas upon which Focusing is based, the history of how the practice came about, and Gendlin's own thinking about how working with the "felt sense," which is the basis of Focusing, can be extended into various aspects of life. Heuman writes in her introduction to the interview: More »
  • Q & A with Lt. Jeanette Shin, U.S. Military's First Buddhist Chaplain Paid Member

    Continuing Tricycle's Q&As with Buddhist bloggers series, today we have an interview with Lt. Jeanette Shin, the U.S. military's first Buddhist chaplain (there are more now, all of them except Lt. Shin serving in the Army). Commissioned by the Navy in 2004, Lt. Shin, an ordained priest in the Nishi Hongwanji branch of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, has been providing Buddhist services at the Marine Corps Base Camp in Pendleton, California as well as in Afghanistan. She also runs the blog Buddhist Military Sangha, a forum for Buddhists serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Not sure what military chaplains do in the first place? Read on to find out and hear Lt. Shin's thoughts on being a female Buddhist in the armed forces. More »
  • On the status of women in early Buddhism Paid Member

    Barbara O'Brien recently wrote a blog post, "Bhikkhunis and the Buddha," that looks at the status of women in early Buddhism. She writes: More »
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    A Right to the Dharma: An interview with Myokei Caine-Barrett, Shonin, a Nichiren Shu priest Paid Member

    The current issue of Tricycle features an interview with Myokei Caine-Barrett, Shonin, a Nichiren priest and the resident teacher at Myoken-ji, a temple in Houston, Texas. The daughter of an African American father and a Japanese mother, Myokei Shonin is the first woman of African American and Japanese descent—and the only Western woman—to be ordained as a priest within the worldwide Nichiren Order. (She is also the first female priest in the Nichiren Order of North America.) From "A Right to the Dharma": More »
  • Focusing: An interview with Eugene Gendlin Paid Member

    In the current issue of Tricycle, Eugene Gendlin, founder of an innovative self-actualization technique called Focusing, is interviewed by Linda Heuman. In her introduction to the interview, Heuman writes about the difficulty she had grasping exactly what Gendlin meant when he responded to her questions. More »
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    All About Barbara: Q&A With About.com Buddhism Writer Barbara O'Brien Paid Member

    For the next installment of Tricycle's Q&A's with Buddhist bloggers (check out our previous ones with Kyle Lovett, Justin Whitaker and Waylon Lewis), we're bringing you nine-year blogging veteran and Soto Zen practitioner Barbara O'Brien. The Tricycle community might know her from About.com's Buddhism page, but she has also been running The Mahablog, her personal politics blog, since 2002. More »