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    ON GARDENING: Raven’s Edge Paid Member

    Spying on the winged monarchs of decayIN MEDITATION PRACTICE, as in the garden, often the best learning happens at the edge of what you know, where the sorceress hills at the back of your brain go stone dark and you push through onto new ground. “Not wholly in the busy world, nor quite beyond it,” observed the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson of the garden. This is the landscape I happened upon this winter, standing in the last Green Gulch field before the ocean, when a flock of ravens dismantled my notion of what it takes to make a garden.   More »
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    Under the Pavement Paid Member

    Barbara Gates learns to use a jackhammer to uncover the neglected realms of the self. In Barbara Gates's quest to get to know her home place, she takes daily walks through her neighborhood. At some point it occurs to her that it is with the pavement itself, both on the street and in the mind, that she must become intimate. As she walks through parking lots and courtyards and learns about an asphalt plant that sends… More »
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    Cold Hard Cash And The Middle Way Paid Member

    WHEN I WAS FIVE, I soaked a bucketful of pennies in blue starch. It was that kindergarten kind of starch, a magical substance. At night before I went to bed, I poured the pennies under my pillow. The plan was this: While I dreamt on top of them, God would take them for the poor in heaven. More »
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    Entering the Lotus Paid Member

    View the print version of this article in PDF format ALTHOUGH I WOULD NOT have described it as such at the time, looking back, I’d say that my first decade or so of Zen practice was focused on self-improvement, especially on discipline. I think I learned a lot, but most of what I learned centered on me - my strengths, my weaknesses, that sort of thing. During this time, I spent three years in monastic training at Tassajara…More »
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    Under the Pavement Paid Member

    Barbara Gates learns to use a jackhammer to uncover the neglected realms of the self. In Barbara Gates’s quest to get to know her home place, she takes daily walks through her neighborhood. At some point it occurs to her that it is with the pavement itself, both on the street and in the mind, that she must become intimate. As she walks through parking lots and courtyards and learns about an asphalt plant that sends… More »
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    Birthday Special Paid Member

    Tricycle wishes the Dalai Lama a happy 70th birthday with this piece from our archives.More »