Buddhism: Does it Make a Difference?

The Tricycle ConferenceJeff Wilson

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© Marin BuschelStrolling through New York City’s World Trade Center Marriott Hotel, they could hardly believe the sign. The woman turned toward her heavyset companion. “Hey, look!” she said. “A Tricycle Conference! Are they really riding them around in there?”

Though the hotel wasn’t packed with people whizzing around on three-wheelers, close inspection yielded a sight perhaps just as unexpected. The foyer of the Grand Ballroom was awash in thangkas, golden statues, singing bowls, dharma bums, and crafts of all kinds. People with shaved heads and robes were chatting with men in business suits and women in tie-dye. With participants traveling from as far as Texas, California, Canada, Taiwan, and Australia, the occasion was “Buddhism: Does It Make a Difference?”—Tricycle’s conference on practice and inquiry.

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