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    Top Ten List Paid Member

    The recent spate of interest in Buddhism in magazines (like Time) and on television (like “The Oprah Winfrey Show”) inspired the students in my BS (for Buddhist Studies) 230: Introduction to Buddhism to compile a list of the ten most common misconceptions that Americans have about Buddhism. The students were the first to admit that they themselves held many of these very misconceptions just a few months ago. Now they know better. The list is provided below, with commentary: More »
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    The Science of Enlightenment Paid Member

    Meditative Medicine: The World Renaissance Has Arrived More »
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    DEAR ABBY DHARMA Paid Member

    All questions for Abby Dharma are subject to editing and will be published and answered anonymously. Questions may be addressed to Abby Dharma, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, 163 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011. I am searching for a place to practice in Wisconsin and have been asked for a donation or dues at every Buddhist center I have visited. This makes me wary, but is this just common protocol? More »
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    Buddhism: Does it Make a Difference? Paid Member

    Strolling 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. More »
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    Death and Taxes Paid Member

    Compassionate Conservatism. The words sounded promising in the early days of the presidential campaign. Compassion must be the bedrock of any Buddhist politics, and validating it as a core value of the Republican Party seemed a hopeful sign. The fact that under Governor Bush Texas had executed 152 people—a rate of one state-sponsored killing every two weeks—suggested a narrow definition, but we waited to discern what form compassion would take under the new president. More »
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    Change Your Mind Day 2001 Paid Member

    At the first Change Your Mind Day in 1994, a few hundred people gathered in New York City’s Central Park for a day of free meditation instruction. Since then, participation in the event has spread to over twenty cities in the U.S. and Canada, and next year forty cities are expected to host events. Change Your Mind Day 2001 was marked by tumultuous weather across the country. From the rain showers that threatened New York’s event to the intimacy of Brattleboro’s refuge in a fifteen-person yoga studio, Nature offered unexpected opportunities for deepening awareness. In different locations, meditation teachings were complemented by taiko drumming and martial arts demonstrations, mindful dancing, music, and poetry readings. If you are interested in starting a Change Your Mind Day in your area, please contact CYMD coordinator Rande Brown at Tricycle: cym@tricycle.com. More »