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    Remembering Master Sheng Yen Paid Member

    Revered Chan Master Sheng Yen died on February 3, 2009, in Taipei at the age of 79. He was an inspiration to Buddhists and non-Buddhists around the globe, and his writing regularly appeared in the pages of Tricycle. Master Sheng Yen’s last teaching was his death poem, below. Busy with nothing, growing old.Within emptiness, weeping, laughing.Intrinsically, there is no “I.”Life and death, thus cast aside.—Master Sheng Yen Photo provided by Dharma Drum Mountain Cultural and Educational Foundation, All Rights Reserved More »
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    The Path, Illustrated Paid Member

    The Dhammapada, one of Buddhism’s foundational scriptures, is a series of 423 verses attributed to the historical Buddha. The Rubin Museum of Art, in New York City, recently published The Way of the Buddha: The Illustrated Dhammapada. The verse and illustration above come from this beautiful new edition, which features over 300 pieces of traditional Buddhist artwork alongside classic teachings from the Pali canon. ▼ Image:  ©2008 Rubin Museum of Art, courtesy of Henry N. Abrams, Inc. More »
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    Gatha by the Boatman Monk Paid Member

    A thousand-foot fishing line hangs straight down.One wave moves, ten thousand follow.The night is still, the water cold, the bait untouched.The empty boat carries home a full load of moonlight. [Image: Hattachi #346, Tokihoro Sato, 2000, gelatin-silver print ©Tokihoro Sato, courtesy of the Leslie Tonkonow Gallery, New York] More »
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    Everything Ends Paid Member

    As below so abovein racing clouds the dark boats—scraps of night More »
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    Dharma Art, All-Pervasive Paid Member

    Sambo, Shinjo Ito, 1959, magnolia wood, 12.6 x 22.8 inches; "Sambo" is the Japanese term for the three jewels of Buddhism: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha THE ART WORLD of New York City is a notoriously tough nut to crack. Recently, though, many Big Apple dwellers were struck by a profusion of subway posters and magazine ads depicting a statue of a golden, multi-armed bodhisattva (Samantabhadra, the protector of all who teach the dharma). Newspapers and websites were abuzz. More »
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    Afterword Paid Member

    Mind—Les Levine Media Project was a project in three parts: 52 “See Your Mind” billboards, 5,000 Mind boxes in a shopping mall, and a television spot - all in the city of Langenhagen, Germany, in November, 1995. The boxes were sold and the money donated to a fund for Bosnian children. On the top of the box are the words “This box is empty,” on the bottom, “This box is form.” More »