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  • Freedom's Just Another Word Paid Member

    In the late sixties Janis Joplin's voice rallied the bedraggled front lines of the cultural revolution with the refrain from "Me and Bobby McGee": "Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose." As she sang, the United States was committed to an unjust war, race riots had some cities in flames and every city on edge, and psychedelic drugs promised salvation from personal despair through sex, love, and ecstatic communion. For Janis and her fans, freedom from convention, freedom from parental and societal restraint, freedom from everything already labeled, categorized, and institutionalized was pursued with an urgency far surpassing that of the United States military fighting to keep Vietnam "free" from communism. More »
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    The Politics of Enlightenment Paid Member

    The point of discussing a Buddhist platform is not to generate something altogether new and exotic, but to reinforce enlightenment-oriented tendencies and to mobilize active Buddhist participation in American politics. More »
  • Re: Voting Paid Member

    LEANN KYOAN NAIL Graduate student Dallas, Texas "It means voting. I like the way Plato wanted us to do it: all politicians would be housed in barracks. They wouldn't have much money, but they'd be taken care of by society, so the only thing they would have to do is govern."ALLAN HUNT BADINER Writer Big Sur, California"I think it would be hard to be a paid politician and a Buddhist, but a good Buddhist could definitely be on the voting end of the equation."WANDA McKINLEY Financial manager Nashville, Tennessee More »
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    The Riddle of Desire Paid Member

    Introduction  By Mark Matousek There comes a moment in everyone’s practice when our fixed ideas of what is spiritual, and what’s not, collapse in a paradoxical heap before our very eyes. We’re troubled, mystified, frequently angered by these intrusions of too-messy life into the glass house of our idealized self; we’re left to wonder, very often, where desire parts ways with wisdom. More »
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    Politics: The Practice of Citizenship Paid Member

    With the world spinning from crisis to crisis—and election season fast approaching—many American Buddhists are asking: What can we do to make a difference? How do we work in a flawed but functioning democracy to create a society that reflects our deepest values of compassion and wisdom? And how do we do so without drowning in anger and despair? In this special section, Tricycle explores the possibilities and pitfalls of political activism as a form of what the Buddha called “Right Action.” Images: "Voting Captains, Atlanta, Georgia, 1980," Erich Hartman, Courtesy of Magnum Photos and Hemphill Fine Arts. C-Print. More »
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    What Does Being a Buddhist Mean to You? Paid Member

    “I don’t want to die. But I guess I’ll live as long as I need to.” NanditaSanta Fe, New Mexico10 years old “I want to be ready to completely let go of this form, and ready to plunge into whatever is next.” Lee MooreKent, Ohio24 years old “I would like to die peacefully—anytime—it doesn’t matter when. I don’t know if I will be able to do that, but now I am at peace. Hopefully I will be peaceful when true pain comes.” Thay Gniac HanhPlum Village, France More »