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  • 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 »
  • Tired of hiding? Speak up. Paid Member

    It used to be that, after each issue of Tricycle hit newsstands, we'd receive a great deal of feedback and comments from readers in the form of letters to the editor. Some of these letters would then be published in the following issue. Since the rise of the Tricycle Community online, however, we don't receive as many LTEs as we used to. On, readers can simply leave comments directly on the articles themselves. Due to this change, the "Letters to the Editor" section of every issue is now comprised of both traditional LTEs (snail mail and e-mail) and comments left on More »
  • Religion Mixology Paid Member

    Can one person practice both Buddhism and Christianity or Judaism? Many will argue that mixing religions can't be done in good faith. Many will say that these traditions are fundamentally too different to be compatible. However, that argument ignores the fact that there are people who mix these traditions. Whether or not this mixing is philosophically foolproof, there are people who do identify as JuBus and Christian Buddhists. To my mind, a more interesting question than whether this is right or wrong is: How do people mix religions in a way that is meaningful to them? What does their practice look like? These are questions that are being discussed now in the Tricycle Community on the post "JuBus and Christian Buddhists." Commenting on how he's landed upon his particular hybrid practice, Tricycle friend and contributing editor Clark Strand writes: More »
  • Community Discussion: JuBus and Christian Buddhists Paid Member

    In the ongoing Tricycle Community discussion, "What led you to Buddhism?," a number of people mention their Jewish or Christian religious roots. For some, Buddhism has provided the means to get away from a tradition that doesn't resonate with them; for others, Buddhism has enhanced their native religion, which they continue to practice. More »
  • Buddhism and Religious Diversity Paid Member

    In the current issue of Tricycle dharma teacher and scholar Rita Gross—who is leading this month's Tricycle Retreat—argues that instead of desiring answers to unanswerable questions, we should learn how to be helpful in a religiously diverse world. She writes: More »
  • Week 2 Roundup: The Buddha's Original Ideas Paid Member

    We're finishing up week 2 of Rita Gross's Tricycle Retreat, "Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners," today. This week Gross discussed India's spiritual scene at the time of the Buddha. She reminds us that the Buddha didn't come up with his philosophy all on his own, that he made use of many of the ideas popular with his spiritual contemporaries. For example, the Buddha did not invent notions of karma, rebirth, and a vast cosmos.Gross has been wonderful at responding to comments left by retreat participants, especially ones that have to do with history. One participant comments that she thought of the Buddha's leaving home as a metaphor. More »