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    All About Barbara: Q&A With 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's Buddhism page, but she has also been running The Mahablog, her personal politics blog, since 2002. More »
  • The World Without Us: An interview with Alan Weisman Paid Member

    If you haven't yet downloaded our 20th anniversary e-book, 20 Years, 20 Teachings, there's still time. It's free to Tricycle Supporting and Sustaining Members. In it you will find many of our most popular writers from the past two decades. Most of the featured articles are from Buddhist teachers, but not all. Award-winning environmental journalist Alan Weisman makes an appearance in our e-book. In an interview with Clark Strand, titled after his best selling book, The World Without Us, Weisman speaks about global warming, population control, and what the world would look like without humans. At a time when natural disasters are becoming increasingly common events, this  is even more relevant today than it was when it was published just a few years ago in 2007. More »
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    Jeff Bridges: The Album Paid Member

    Last year, in an interview for Tricycle ("The Natural," Fall 2010), Katy Butler asked Jeff Bridges whether he thought of himself as a Buddhist. His answer? "A Buddhistly bent guy sounds kind of right."I'm not sure whether this conversation took place before or after Bridges penned and recorded the songs for his recently released self-titled CD, but  it's clear now that "Buddhistly bent" is a phrase that he's fond of.In "Tumbling Vine," one of the few songs on the album that Bridges wrote the lyrics for, he sings:Here is the freedomI have been sentI'm delightedI'm Buddhistly bentLater in the song, sounding a little like his famous character the Dude, he says:Here is my seatI do not pay rentI'm delightedI'm Buddhistly bent More »
  • Fire Monks: A Q&A with Colleen Morton Busch Paid Member

    Colleen Morton Busch is the author of Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara. She has practiced in the Soto Zen tradition for many years and currently serves on the board at the Berkeley Zen Center. Fire Monks is featured in the current issue's "Books in Brief." We were recently able to chat over email about Zen, fire, and the relationship between the two. More »
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    Connect with the World: Q&A With Waylon Lewis Paid Member

    Before starting Elephant Journal, Waylon Lewis worked at both Shambhala Publications and Shambhala Mountain Center. After years of "working for things called 'Shambhala' and making not-much-money," he had three things on his mind: 1) he was ready to start something that he controlled, 2) he wanted to use his skills to a tee, and 3) he wanted to get filthy rich. While the filthy rich thing hasn't panned out yet, Elephant does serve as Lewis's vehicle to fulfill his bodhisattva vow to save all beings. What started as an idea for a yoga magazine in 2002 has turned into something more: "As a magazine and a web site, we certainly are not about yoga people. We're about 'the mindful life'—living a good life that also happens to be good for others, and our planet." Recently Tricycle's Emma Varvaloucas had a chance to catch up with Lewis in a conversation on Skype. More »
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    Jill Satterfield: Spiritual Radical Paid Member

    Vajra Yoga instructor, Buddhist meditation teacher, and Tricycle friend Jill Satterfield is interviewed in the most recent edition of the Williamsburg-Greenpoint News + Arts community newspaper.From "Jill Satterfield—Spiritual Radical":What is yoga and meditation? One way to look at it is as meditative movement. In other words, you’re trying to keep your mind in your body at all times, rather than allow music to make you move, or move your mind into a zone. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with music while practicing, or working up a sweat, or challenging one’s limits, but there are many ways to practice. I just offer a practice that’s not a vinyasa power flow. Just different, not better than. More »