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  • Getting something out of your Zen practice Paid Member

    A "Bodhi cartoon" by artist Brian Howlett. More »
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    A Zen priest calls for full inclusion of women in all religions Paid Member

    In a blog posted yesterday on the Huffington Post, Soto Zen priest Norman Fischer called for the full inclusion of women in American Soto Zen Buddhism and "all religions." For 15 years---since a female student approached Fischer tearfully, lamenting the lack of women in the lineage they chanted each day---Fisher has worked to include women in the American Soto Zen tradition by chanting the names of a lineage of women and by advocating the giving of women's lineage documents in all Soto Zen initiation rites. Fischer speaks about the founding of the American Soto Zen Association of America, the frustrations of trying to negotiate an affiliation between the Japan Soto Zen organization, and the pitfalls of deferring to ancient religious traditions: More »
  • A morning at Japan Society, with artist Max Gimblett Paid Member

    The Tricycle staff made a field trip to Japan Society today to spend the morning with Max Gimblett, the New York artist behind the current Ten Oxherding Pictures exhibition. Gimblett was serious, charming, and engaging while he introduced us to his oxherding work in hushed, deep rich tones (we had to be quiet because they were filming an episode of Gossip Girl upstairs... yes, a strange experience to intimately explore 12th century Chinese Zen ideas while an American teen television series is being filmed in arm's reach. To nonduality!). Long story short: the show is great, and we recommend going to see it if you can. The show is running through January 16, 2011. Image: Max Gimblett outside Japan Society More »
  • Zen Is Right Here Paid Member

    I recently came across the book Zen Is Right Here on one of our bookshelves.  It is a collection of short stories and anecdotes about Zen master Shunryu Suzuki.  The pieces are rarely longer than a paragraph each. Some are quite profound while others are just plain funny.  I started carrying it with me and sneaking quick reads here and there. Here are a few examples, A student asked in dokusan, "If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound?" Suzuki Roshi answered, "It doesn't matter." *** More »
  • Enlightenment is the Three Poisons Paid Member

    James Shaheen and I got to spend some time with Bernie Glassman this weekend at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe. He is extremely charismatic, bursting with warm-hearted humor, and fond of jokes. I had recently been glancing through the book The Hazy Moon of Enlightenment and wondered if the sterner "Tetsugen Glassman Sensei" of the 1970s felt like another life to him now. His answer was yes and no, but mostly no. More »