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    Zen Men Paid Member

    Artist Jason illustrated the cover art for Penguin Classic’s Deluxe Edition of The Dharma Bums. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac’s 1958 Beat generation classic. His semiautobiographical novel traces the exploits of narrator Ray Smith and Japhy Ryder (based on Kerouac and poet Gary Snyder) as they pursue the Zen path to enlightenment by way of hikes in the Sierra Mountains and wine-soaked parties in San Francisco. Image: Back Cover of Penguin Classic's Deluxe Edition of The Dharma Bums, design by Jason © Penguin Classics More »
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    The Barbarian Has No Beard Paid Member

    Illustration by Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat (, with selected text directly from The Gateless Gate by Koun Yamada, ©2004 Wisdom Publications; used by permission. © Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat More »
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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 »