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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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    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 »
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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 »
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    The Wisdom Of Frogs Paid Member

    Outside the south window of my house is a small patch of weeds that never gets mowed because it lies between the fuel tank and the wall. Every year in early spring, three or four frogs take up residence there, singing at intervals throughout the day, often while I am chanting. A few years ago, when I placed the altar next to the window, I had not yet noticed their song. Now I would never consider moving it. Even though the frogs sing only three or four weeks out of the year, I have the vague feeling that even when I can no longer hear them, they are there all the same. Sometimes when I am chanting late at night, I can sense their seedlike bodies under a foot or more of snow, patiently waiting to be reborn. I know that I am supposed to be chanting to the mandala on the altar, but having come to Buddhism through haiku poetry, the truth is, I am often singing to the frogs. More »
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    Clouds & Water Paid Member

    IT HAS BEEN SAID that without monasticism there is no Buddhism. When the first sangha—group of followers—began to grow around the Buddha there was, of course, no distinctly “Buddhist” form of monastic practice. The monasticism that the Buddha developed took into account the needs of his disciples as well as the realities of his culture and society. This responsiveness to the imperative of time, place, and people is still the defining characteristic of Buddhist monasticism. More »