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    The Koans of Yogi Berra Paid Member

    Discovered inside a catcher’s mitt in the year 2087 by archaeologists while excavating rubble in the abandoned Yankee Stadium in the Bronx:KOAN 1: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” More »
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    No Sorrow, No Dust Paid Member

    Untitled, Buddha, Mihintale, Sri Lanka, Rena Bass FormanAn exhibition of Rena Bass Forman’s Sri Lanka photographs will be at theBonni Benrubi Gallery in New York City from Nov. 29 through Jan. 26, 2008. Comprehending the property of form,not taking a stance in the formless,those released in cessationare people who’ve left death behind. Having touched with his bodythe deathlessproperty freefrom acquisitions,having realized the relinquishingof acquisitions,fermentation-free,the RightlySelf-awakened Oneteaches the statewith no sorrow,no dust. —Itivuttaka 51 Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu© RENA BASS FORMAN, TONED SILVER GELATIN PRINT, 38 x 38 INCHES, 2005 More »
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    On Silence Paid Member

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    The Cloud of God Paid Member

    It's just a little Shinto shrine: a strong woman could pick it up and carry it away. It sits in a niche in a wall on a nondescript corner of an alley in Kyoto that I pass by every morning, in an otherwise soulless neighborhood of the kind often seen around train stations in cities, especially that early in the day: monolithic apartment blocks, closed-up shops, empty streets. But there is always a flower in… More »
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    The Cloud of God Paid Member

    It's just a little Shinto shrine: a strong woman could pick it up and carry it away. It sits in a niche in a wall on a nondescript corner of an alley in Kyoto that I pass by every morning, in an otherwise soulless neighborhood of the kind often seen around train stations in cities, especially that early in the day: monolithic apartment blocks, closed-up shops, empty streets. But there is always a flower in… More »
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    "Nothing Is Final Forever" Paid Member

    This vignette is excerpted from A Journey with Elsa Cloud, just published by Books & Co./Turtle Point Press. The story opens with a telephone call to the narrator from her estranged daughter in India who, having become a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, lures her mother to the East with the promise of an audience with the Dalai Lama. What follows is a series of adventures and misadventures, in which travels through India weave around spiritual longing, family history, and the poignant dynamic of the mother-daughter relationship. Leila Hadley lives in New York and is a consulting editor to Tricycle. More »