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    Featured Contributors Winter 2012 Paid Member

    Dick Allen (“After a heavy, clinging snow”) is the current poet laureate of Connecticut, a position he’ll hold until 2015. Allen has studied Buddhism for over 50 years, since meeting Alan Watts one quiet autumn afternoon at Syracuse University, where Allen took the country’s first undergraduate credit course in Zen Buddhism in 1960. Allen is most drawn to “crazy Zen,” and many of his Buddhist poems are written, he says, to “Americanize Buddhism and Zen Buddhism through the use of American landscapes, American icons like Coca-Cola, and Apple computers placed alongside cloudy mountains and brooms sweeping Buddhist temple floors.” More »
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    Heather Cox, whose artwork appears in “The Fundamental Ambiguity of Being Human” lives and works in New York City. Cox’s art often centers on precisely crafted objects that involve repetition and shifting scale. She uses a variety of materials—paper, pins, erasers, even aspirin and frosting—to address issues of visibility, discovery, and metamorphosis. Each piece invites a closer look. “The viewer’s physical approach is often accompanied by curiosity, confusion, and moments of recognition,” Cox says. “My work is designed to act as a catalyst for these momentary thresholds.” More »
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    STEPHEN BATCHELOR, a frequent contributor to Tricycle, is the author of Buddhism Without Beliefs and, most recently, Verses from the Center, a translation of Nagarjuna's work on emptiness. He is the co-founder of Sharpham College in Devon, England, and after serving as its director for four years, Stephen and his wife, Martine, recently moved to Southwest France. JAN WILLIS became a student of Tibetan lama Thubten Yeshe in 1969 and has studied Buddhism for over thirty years. A professor of religion at Wesleyan University, she is the editor of Feminine Ground: Essays on Women and Tibet and the author of Enlightened Beings: Life Stories from the Ganden Oral Tradition. When not traveling she resides in Middletown, Connecticut. More »
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    Featured Contributors Summer 2012 Paid Member

    Jules Shuzen Harris, Sensei, a Soto priest and dharma successor to Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, writes candidly about confronting his own anger and helping others handle theirs in “Uprooting the Seeds of Anger.” He describes his method for defusing anger as “an inventive psychological process” combined with traditional zazen. A Buddhist practitioner for 30 years, Shuzen founded Soji Zen Center in Landsdowne, Pennsylvania, in 2005. In addition to teaching Buddhist philosophy, Zen meditation, and other contemplative techniques, the center offers dharma talks, retreats, workshops, and a weekly study group. More »
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    Featured Contributors Spring 2012 Paid Member

    Chaco Terada, whose photographs appear in “Zen and the Art,” began practicing calligraphy as a four-year-old child in Japan. She learned by observing her father, Soseki Terada, a master calligrapher, and copying his work. More »
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    Featured Contributors Winter 2011 Paid Member

    Spiritual teacher, activist, social critic, poet, Ph.D. in Buddhist psychology, and author of books like Zen Therapy, The Feeling Buddha, and Love and Its Disappointment, Dharmavidya David Brazier has packed several lifetimes into his 64 years. His essay “Living Buddhism” draws on many of them, notably his grounding in Carl Rogers’s Person Centered Approach to psychotherapy, and his longtime Buddhist practice. More »