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    Takuan's Quick Movement Paid Member

    The story that follows is typical of the many legends that grew up around the Rinzai Zen monk Takuan Soho (1573–1645) in the period following his death. Most of these legends concern Takuan’s close relationship with the third Tokugawa shogun, Iemitsu, and with Iemitsu’s retainer, Yagyu Munenori. More »
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    Spalding Gray [1941-2004] Paid Member

    Spalding Gray (1941-2004)In an interview with His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama in Tricycle’s premier issue, writer and performer Spalding Gray set the tone for issues to come with wit, humor, and what a few chagrined American Buddhists considered irreverence. Gray (and Tricycle) brought on the censure of some, but His Holiness didn’t seem to mind, and neither did we. The following interview excerpt is adapted from the Fall 1991 issue of Tricycle. More »
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    Heart Sutra Paid Member

    In 1999, Michael Rothenberg became the caretaker for his teacher and mentor, Philip Whalen. The following poem is taken from his recent book, written as a eulogy to the late poet. Dharma transmission: “another maniac unleashed, alas!” Buddhism in America “The upper middle way”     Old Hippie         say someone gives you roses and you’re allergic to roses can you still be romantic about roses? Generosity, Humanity, Heart What is the Heart Sutra? More »
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    Flying Monks? Paid Member

    Glenn H. Mullin is curator of “Flying Mystics of Tibetan Buddhism,” an exhibit at the Oglethorpe University Museum, in Atlanta, Georgia, through August 8, 2004. He recently spoke to Tricycle about the curious phenomenon of airborne monks. More »
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    Allen Ginsberg Saves His Beard Paid Member

    Within a few weeks Allen had regrown his beard. He kept it more closely cropped, but he was beginning to look like a member of the Russian mafia. [Chögyam Trungpa] Rinpoche was coming over. He lived in a beautiful Georgian-style mansion that his followers called the Wedding Cake House. More »
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    She wouldn't harm a fly Paid Member

    When I moved into the forest in northern Thailand, shaving my head and eyebrows, donning white robes, and ordaining as maechi [a woman who takes on a homeless monastic life in pursuit of realization], I agreed to live by ten precepts. When I leave the wat [temple], I will become a devout laywoman, meaning that I will exchange my maechi vows for the five basic precepts to which Buddhist citizens are supposed to adhere: to refrain from killing; stealing; sexual offense; lying and harmful speech; and consuming intoxicants. More »