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    Wearing the Words: An Interview with Anna Deavere Smith Paid Member

                    Tricycle: One of the things we talk about in Buddhism could be called "the position of no position," in which liberation is encouraged, in part, by not being attached to a particular point of view. That seems to be the structural dynamic of your work. Smith: I do believe that character is a process, that truth is a process, and I am not interested in winning and losing. There was recently an article in Newsweek by Joe Klein, a senior political editor, in which he talked about Clinton. One of the criticisms he has of Clinton is that Clinton talks about character, for example, as a process rather than as a fixed thing. Klein thinks that is disgusting. I think a person like that would be very disturbed by me. More »
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    Right Speech Paid Member

    “And what, friends, is right speech? Abstaining from false speech, abstaining from malicious speech, abstaining from harsh speech, and abstaining from idle chatter—this is called right speech.” “And what, bhikkhus, is wrong speech? False speech, malicious speech, harsh speech, and gossip: this is wrong speech. “And what, bhikkhus, is right speech? Right speech, I say, is twofold: there is right speech that is affected by taints, partaking of merit, ripening on the side of attachment; and there is right speech that is noble, taintless, and supramundane, a factor of the path. More »
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    Being Intimate with Demons Paid Member

    At Tassajara, the Soto Zen monastery inland from Big Sur, where I lived for three years in the mid-seventies, a stone Buddha of great beauty and concentration sits on an altar. From his lotus throne he radiates both serenity and acceptance, the traditional half-smile on his face greeting whatever is brought into the room. In many ways, I found such a reminder of one’s own Buddha-nature quite helpful. Without such equanimity, how could one sit without moving amid the many hours of thoughts, feelings, memories, physical pain, or even the joys, that are an inevitable part of Zen practice? 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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    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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    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 »