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    A New Bottom Line Paid Member

    Socially engaged Buddhists—and any others who are not wholly pleased with the monopoly on politico-religious discourse enjoyed by Christian fundamentalists in recent decades—were given a morale boost last July, when the Jewish renewal magazine Tikkun sponsored its first Spiritual Activism Conference, in Berkeley, California. The brainchild of Tikkun editor Rabbi Michael Lerner, the four-day event featured dozens of presenters from various spiritual traditions and attracted more than 1,300 participants—two to three times as many as organizers had originally expected. Participants attended long, thought-provoking plenary lectures and afterward broke into smaller “work groups” to focus on specific issues such as diversity, the environment, and workplace issues. More »
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    Jizos For Peace Paid Member

    Masahito Hirose remembers it well: “a strong, white-blue flash... ships burning in the port... another sun appearing all of a sudden....” In his email to me from his home in Nagasaki, he describes the morning of August 9, 1945, at 11:02 a.m., when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city. That day in Chicago, three days after the bombing of Hiroshima, Jan Bays came into the world. More »
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    The 10th Annual Change Your Mind Day Paid Member

    On the afternoon of June 7, residents of thirty-eight cities (including, this year, Wellington, New Zealand) gathered for the tenth annual Change Your Mind Day (CYMD), an afternoon of free outdoor meditation instruction. More »
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    Does Race Matter in the Meditation Hall? Paid Member

    In late spring, Tricycle contributing editor Tracy Cochran met with Vipassana teacher Gina Sharpe for a frank discussion on race and the dharma. Sharpe is co-leader of the People of Color retreat, a semi-annual gathering that has drawn plenty of attention—and some criticism—since it first appeared in retreat catalogs in 2003. Sharpe, who serves on the boards of Insight Meditation Society, in Barre, Massachusetts, and New York Insight, in New York City, was interviewed at her home in northern Westchester County, New York. More »