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    Featured Contributors Fall 2013 Paid Member

    Longtime Buddhist journalist Katy Butler, author of “A Life Too Long," began sitting at the San Francisco Zen Center three decades ago. A Tricycle contributing editor, she is best known for articles analyzing the misuse of sexuality and power in American Buddhist communities. “Some people think that Buddhism and journalism must be at odds, but neither one is satisfied with sentimental evasions, wishful thinking, or easy answers,” she says. “Both are penetrating practices requiring critical thinking—and so is living an ordinary life. More »
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    In “The Space Between," poet Marie Howe shares three of her poems and speaks with Zen teachers Robert Chodo Campbell and Koshin Paley Ellison about caregiving, writing, and how the death of her brother John impacted her poetry. Following John’s death, Howe found a new voice in the midst of her grief. “I was given this place to be without any expectations,” she says. “And everything changed so that the particulars of life—this white dish, the shadow of the bottle on it—everything mattered so much more to me. And I saw what happened in these spaces. You can never even say what happened, because what happened is rarely said, but it occurs among the glasses with water and lemon in them.” More »
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    Brent Huffman is a documentary filmmaker and assistant professor at Northwestern University. His article “The Fate of Mes Aynak” (page 64), chronicles the fate of an ancient Buddhist city in Afghanistan that sits above a copper mine worth billions. Huffman first traveled to Mes Aynak in the summer of 2011 to document the ancient city before its imminent destruction by Chinese mining companies. “I quickly fell in love with this miraculous and awe-inspiring place,” Huffman says, “so in addition to making the film, I began a campaign to save the site.” Later that year, Huffman partnered with the Alliance for the Restoration of Cultural Heritage (ARCH) to spread awareness about the destruction of Mes Aynak.   More »
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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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    Featured Contributors Fall 2012 Paid Member

    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 »