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    Contributors Winter 2005 Paid Member

    Rafi Zabor, whose new book, I, Wabenzi, is excerpted in this issue ("Too Much,"), writes: "The opening of I, Wabenzi was the first aesthetically successful, living thing I was able to write several years into the aftermath of my parents' deaths, in 1985 and '86. It was intended to be a piece about one hundred pages long about the strictly car-related incidents in my travels across Europe and into Asia in a used Mercedes I'd bought for the purpose, but with the second chapter, excerpted here, it became the massive disgorgement of material intended to explain the journey and the purchase of the car. This material has so far overwhelmed the travel story, and I'm running with the joke. More »
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    B. Alan Wallace first learned about shamatha meditation in 1972. In “Within You Without You,” Wallace emphasizes the need for this “contemplative technology” in order to fully realize the Buddha’s teachings. The president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, Wallace teaches Buddhist theory and practice worldwide and will soon lead a series of eight-week shamatha retreats in Phuket, Thailand. He is the author of many books, including “Mind in the Balance: Meditation in Science, Buddhism, and Christianity.” More »
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    Fall 2009 Contributors Paid Member

    LAURA FRASER shares the challenges and rewards of bringing mindfulness practice to the kitchen in her essay “The Joy of Mindful Cooking." A freelance writer based in San Francisco, Fraser tells Tricycle that she enjoys creating dishes with “whatever looks fresh at the farmers market” and has learned to practice patient cooking while making risotto. Her next book, All Over the Map, a travel memoir on “how to be joyful when things don’t go the way you thought they would at midlife,” is due out next spring. More »
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    Contributors Spring 2009 Paid Member

    ROSHI PAT ENKYO O’HARA is the Abbott of the Village Zendo in New York City. She has received dharma transmission in both the Soto and Rinzai lines of Zen Buddhism, through the White Plum Lineage. Enkyo Roshi serves as the guiding teacher of our “90-Day Zen Meditation Challenge”. She says, “I love encouraging people to investigate Zen practice and to sit zazen, because for me and so many I have known, it is simply a gateway to joy and service. It is true that for some, the attention to form may initially be off-putting, but it actually is a support.” More »
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    Contributors Winter 2008 Paid Member

    ALLAN LOKOS, the guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center in New York City, notes that when he began walking the Buddha’s path, he was surprised and delighted by the emphasis placed on the practice of “Skillful Speech.” “We are always engaged in relationships,” Lokos says, “including the relationship with ourselves. I believe there is nothing we could do that would alleviate suffering more immediately than learning to speak more kindly and compassionately. Meditators can note their inner dialogue and make the effort to speak more graciously.” More »