Living and practicing harmoniously with others is essential to Buddhist teachings
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    BOOM! Paid Member

    Zen Master Seung Sahn (Da Soen Sa Nim) was born in 1927, near Pyongyang, now the capital of North Korea. After World War II, he went to the mountains for a one-hundred-day solo retreat. Later he received dharma transmission from Zen Master Ko Bong. Afterwards he worked to reorganize the Chogye Order of Korean Buddhism while serving as abbot of several temples in Korea. He also spent several years in Japan, founding temples and teaching Zen. In 1972 Seung Sahn came to the United States. While working in a laundromat in Providence, Rhode Island, he met some students from Brown University who would come to ask him questions about life and Zen practice. The Providence Zen Center grew out of this. More »
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    The Mystery of Doubt Paid Member

    Spalding Gray, a writer, actor, and performer, has created a series of fourteen monologues which have been performed throughout the United States, Europe and Australia, including Sex and Death to the Age 14; Booze, Cars and College Girls; A Personal History of the American Theater; India and After (America); Monster in a Box; Gray’s Anatomy; and the OBIE Award-winning Swimming to Cambodia. More »
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    June Campbell studied Tibetan Buddhism in monasteries in India in the early 1970s. Subsequently she traveled throughout India, Europe, and North America as a translator and interpreter for various Tibetan lamas. Her book Traveller in Space examines the patriarchy of Tibet’s political, religious, and social structures, and the real and symbolic role of women in Tibetan society. Today Ms. Campbell teaches Women’s Studies and Religious Studies in Edinburgh. This interview was conducted by Helen Tworkov in New York in June 1996.Tricycle: What was your motivation for writing Traveller in Space? More »
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    Whaddya Mean,"We"? Paid Member

    So far we have received some fifty responses to the anti-gay letters published in the previous issue. To provide a brief synopsis: in issue number 20 we published an interview with Tibetan scholar Jeffrey Hopkins and excerpts from his revision of a famous text, The Tibetan Arts of Love, into a manual for gay practitioners. In issue number 21, we published a sampling of the anti-gay letters that we received, in which the Hopkins material was referred to as “trash,” “toilet paper,” “garbage.” Half a dozen people asked that their subscriptions be canceled, one writer said that “gays have no right to live in the United States,” and several letters stated that homosexuality was an inappropriate subject for a Buddhist magazine. More »
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    Bong Seok JooDivinity StudentCambridge, Massachusetts If I am not going to become a monk, I would like to earn enough money to maintain the basic needs for living, such as food, clothes, and rent. In addition, I hope I still have some money left for helping other people, especially young Tibetan monks and nuns. Philip RyanWebmasterNew York, New York Always a little bit more than you have. Allen GinsbergPoetNew York, New York More »
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    Conflicts of Interest Every time I turn to your letters page I find another batch of readers canceling their subscriptions, citing some outrage to their sensibilities like gay tantra or Richard Gere. Do you realize that if this trend continues, you are going to be left with a readership comprising just a load of open-minded, non-judgmental types who actually welcome having their preconceptions challenged? You have been warned!David LewisLondon, England The Fifth Anniversary Special [Fall 1996] entitled “Psychedelics: Help or Hindrance?” was most welcome indeed, for in an adult, serious, balanced, and dignified mode it presented information that is usually distorted, paranoid, self-serving, politicized, and seriously misleading. More »