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    Special Section: Vast Time Paid Member

    Between the Buddhist Calendar, which dates the coming year at approximately 2543, and Buddhist teachings that speak of “beginningless time” in which the whole of the past and future exist only in the present moment, the millennium blitz seems to have drawn us into its illusory phenomenon of a linear, short-term sense of time, as encapsulated as a cuckoo clock. Yet we in the West are not without our own sense of infinite time, and we look to science, art, and poetry to articulate it. To reflect on where the millennium falls within vast time, Tricycle invited scientists, whose work ranges from mitochondria slime molds to astrophysics, to contribute short essays on where the year 2000 registers, if at all, in terms of their own work. More »
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    Dharma 101 Paid Member

    Dharma 101 is a sampling of the questions that commonly arise in the course of practice. In some cases, Buddhist teachers themselves identified the questions they most frequently hear from students. To those, we brought experiences from workshops, retreats, and classes—and asked some questions of our own. While the inquiries may sound familiar to many dharma practitioners, the responses may not. This may point to a difference in view or understanding between teachers. Or it may indicate a difference in tradition. More »
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    The Fourth Noble Truth Paid Member

    THE  BUDDHA TO HIS COMPANIONS at the Deer Park: “The fourth truth is the path which leads to the cessation of suffering. It is the Noble Eightfold Path of right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. More »
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    The First Teachings Paid Member

    THE FIRST TIME I heard my Buddhist teachers explain the Four Noble Truths—beginning  with "life is dukkha" (unsatisfying, painful by its very nature, unreliable even when it is pleasant because it is always  changing)—I thought, "They're telling the truth. These people are talking about exactly what I'm worried about. They know what the real problem is. And they promise a solution." More »
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    What Is Enlightenment? Paid Member

    SHUNRYU SUZUKI ROSHI (1904-1971), founder of Zen Center San Francisco and author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, was known to discourage questions about enlightenment. Once, when pressed on the subject, he replied, What do you want to know for? You may not like it. —Suzuki Roshi Image: The characters for "beginner's mind" in calligraphy by Suzuki Roshi, courtesy of Weatherhill Inc. More »