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  • 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 »
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    oxherding at Japan Society Paid Member

    Artists Max Gimblett and Lewis Hyde Present Ten Oxherding Pictures Remixed oxherding October 1, 2010–January 16, 2011, at Japan Society New York, NY – Celebrated New York painter Max Gimblett partners with author Lewis Hyde for oxherding, a fresh, American take on the Ten Oxherding Pictures, a venerated Buddhist parable from 12th-century China. Running October 1, 2010, through January 16, 2011, oxherding shows in tandem with Japan Society's major fall exhibition The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin. Read more here. More »
  • A Day for Bodhidharma Paid Member

    You can learn a lot of things perusing the Treeleaf Zendo message boards, including that today is Bodhidharma Day. What do we do on Bodhidharma Day? We sit, in order to honor the Zen ancestor who brought Zen from India to China. Bodhidharma is usually presented a bad-tempered barbarian who sat facing a wall meditating for nine years. In order to always stay awake, he cut off his eyelids, and tea plants sprang from them where they landed. Yum! Here are some Bodhidharma Day recipes. If you're in China, you could visit the recently unearthed Bodhidharma Stupa. More »