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    My Bad Paid Member

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    Dharma Wars Paid Member

    The trouble seems to have started last February, when Gomyo Kevin Seperic, a graffiti artist and Shingon monk affiliated with the Sitting Frog Zen Sangha in Phoenix, went public about a disagreement he was having with its abbot, Dogo Barry Graham, over Graham’s authority to teach. On his Hoodie Monk blog, Seperic said, How many Sitting Frog Zen Sangha teachers does it take to change a light bulb? Not two, apparently. I’ve just been kicked out of the Sitting Frog Zen Sangha for asking Dogo to show me his inka. Huh....The cheese stands alone. More »
  • What Does Being A Buddhist Mean to You? Paid Member

    “We are all a part of nature, and nature includes tornadoes and cyclones.”  Ken Taub Advertising Creative Director/Writer, St. James, NY   “Over the years I’ve become somewhat more skilled at recognizing, but not reacting to, feelings of anger. Usually when I sense anger arising I take a deep breath and move on. The usual trap for me is to either deny I’m feeling anger or to feel guilty for feeling anger, or both. Anger happens.”  Daniel J. DeFeo Emergency Room Nurse, Morgantown, WV  More »
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    Sacred Antidotes Paid Member

    Tricycle: You have emerged as the leading spokesperson for the use of psychedelics. What is the history of your encounter with Buddhism? McKenna: Like so many people in the sixties, I came up through D. T. Suzuki’s books on Zen. And then early on, because of my art historical bent, I became interested in Tibetan Buddhism. But my interest was not exactly Buddhism. It was more the shamanic pre-Buddhist phenomenon of the Bon religion—which grew out of the shamanic culture of pre-Buddhist Tibet.Tricycle: Buddhist practice didn’t attract you? More »
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    No Second Guessing Paid Member

    Stephen Levine has been working with the terminally ill and the grieving for nearly two decades. His books include A Gradual Awakening, Who Dies?, Healing into Life and Death, and, most recently, Guided Meditations, Explorations and Healings (all published by Doubleday, Anchor Books). He and his wife Ondrea lead workshops and meditations for the dying and their families, and are also the co-directors of the Hanuman Foundation Dying Project. This interview was conducted for Tricycle by Managing Editor Carole Tonkinson. Tricycle: Buddhist teachers say that if one commits suicide, it will create negative circumstances for one's next life. How do you reconcile this with euthanasia? More »
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    The Jesus Lama: Thomas Merton in the Himalayas Paid Member

    In his best-selling biography The Seven Storey Mountain (published in 1948), Thomas Merton tells of his conversion to Catholicism and subsequent entry into Our Lady of Gethsemani, a Cistercian abbey in Kentucky. To a world savaged by war, Merton's embrace of a Christian life was made all the more authentic by his Cambridge-educated intellect, stunning candor, and the New York street humor he acquired while attending Columbia University. Single-handedly, he restored credibility to the very possibility of contemplative virtue which had been long denigrated by liberal intellectuals and traditional Christians alike. His was a voice of sanity, filled with sacred wonder, and replete with inquiry and contradiction. More »