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    What Is True Happiness? Paid Member

    For more than three decades, scholar and contemplative B. Alan Wallace has considered the perennial question What is happiness? from the dual perspectives of modern science and traditional Buddhist meditation practice. These two disciplines are at the heart of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, launched by Wallace a year ago to conduct rigorous scientific study of contemplative methods in collaboration with established investigators in psychology and the neurosciences. Initial research co-sponsored by the Institute includes the Shamatha Project, a long-term study of the effects of intensive shamatha—tranquility—practice on cognition and emotion, and the UCLA Mindful Attention Program (MAP), which is evaluating mindfulness training as treatment for Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). More »
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    Tenth Anniversary Paid Member

    In the fall of 1991, Tricycle published its inaugural issue, featuring an interview with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Ten years and forty issues later, His Holiness took a few moments of of his very busy schedule last May to speak with us once again, in California. In the following special section we look back, pausing to remember with gratitude those who have helped make these forty issues possible. And we look ahead to the future of Buddhism and what its teachings may bring to the West. An Interview With His Holiness the Dalai lama The Last Ten Years: Remembering Allen Ginberg, Masatoshi Nagatomi, Rick Fields, & Lex Hilton Ten Years One Page at a Time Jeff Zaleski interviews Tricycle's editor, Helen Tworkov Moments in American Buddhism Looking Ahead: Ten Views on the Future of the Dharma in the West More »
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    Passing It On Paid Member

    A cookie works for a few minutes. An animated sponge and a couple of well-meaning monsters pass the time until the final credits bring a howl of despair. The stuffed pig from FAO Schwarz provides some comfort, though a fruitless search for a duplicate since Schwarz went bankrupt only magnifies the dreaded day when the pig goes missing for good. I want my son to be happy. But cookies and missing pigs only prove how fitfully temporal these measures are. So what will it take? I’m quite sure the answer doesn’t lie at Toys R Us. More »
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    Time Paid Member

    Prologue“(The opera begins with Off Stage Chorus #1, singing the Music of the Spheres. From the stars, The Scientist, in wheelchair with computerized voice-box appears. During his aria, the Music of the Spheres can sometimes be recognized posing certain questions.)”SCIENTIST Quarks, kooks Heretics, lunatics Lovers and defilers of God Set off in leaky vessels� More »
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    Happiness in Verse Paid Member

    Pocket of Fog In the next door yard, a pocket of fog like a small herd of bison swallows azaleas, koi pond, the red and gold koi. To be fully happy must mean not knowing you are. The fog grazes here, then there, all morning browsing the shallows, leaving no footprints between my fate and     the mountain’s. Happiness Is Harder To read a book of poetry from back to front, there is the cure for certain kinds of sadness. More »
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    The Pleasure Paradox Paid Member

    Why we persist in pursuing the very things that fail to bring us happiness—a core issue in Buddhism—is also of great interest to researchers like Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology at Harvard University. Gilbert, whose book Stumbling on Happiness will be published by Knopf in April 2006, took time out on the eve of his wedding to talk with Tricycle contributing editor Joan Duncan Oliver about “miswanting” and how it hampers our efforts to be happy. More »