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  • Peace and Politics Paid Member

    The Japanese parliament, known as the Diet, is generally a fairly sedate place, but in late September it was the site of an extraordinary scene in which Japanese lawmakers crash-tackled and wrestled each other to the ground during a vote for laws that would, if passed, radically redefine Japan's security posture. On Sept. 19, 2015, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (the LDP) achieved its goal: voting in a package of laws that would allow Japanese soldiers to fight overseas for the first time since the end of World War II. The laws allow for “collective-self defense,” meaning that Japan can, when a threat is considered significant enough, fight not just in self-defense but also in defense of its allies.  More »
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  • A Big Gay History of Same-sex Marriage in the Sangha Paid Member

    Buddhist same-sex marriage was born in the USA. That’s a little known but significant fact to reflect on now, just after the Supreme Court has declared legal marriage equality throughout the country. Appropriately enough, it all started in San Francisco, and was conceived as an act of love, not activism. The first known Buddhist same-sex marriages took place in the early 1970s, at the Buddhist Church of San Francisco. Founded in 1899, it’s the oldest surviving temple in the mainland United States. It’s also part of the oldest Buddhist organization outside Hawaii: the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA), part of the Shin tradition of Pure Land Buddhism. More »
  • Interview with Nichiren Buddhist Singer Ifé Sanchez Mora Paid Member

    Ifé Sanchez Mora, known onstage as just Ifé, is a NY-based singer, songwriter, and Nichiren Daishonin practitioner. A Detroit native, Ifé pulls from a wide variety of musical influences, including those from her Mexican and African heritage as well as American blues, rock, and soul music, seamlessly melding them into her own distinctive sound. (You can give her music a listen February 5, when her new album Fire Inside of Me is released.) Ifé, born into the Nichiren Buddhist tradition, became comfortable with her own voice through chanting practice, and her deep connection to Buddhism inspires and influences her music to this day. Tricycle’s Alex Caring-Lobel spoke with Ifé over the phone about the essence of Nichiren and Soka Gakkai, the influence of her practice on her career, and the importance of community.   More »
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    Understanding Nichiren Buddhism Paid Member

    While Tricycle is a nonsectarian and independent publication, most of our content reflects a perspective of what might be called meditation-oriented Buddhism. Most of our readers and contributors know Buddhism primarily in terms of the meditation traditions of Zen, Vipassana, or Vajrayana as they have been presented to a Western audience. Indeed, it is probably not an exaggeration to say that, for many of our readers, approaches to Buddhism, such as Nichiren, that are not based on a practice of quiet, focused sitting meditation are, other than in name, scarcely recognizable as Buddhist at all. 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 »