Tricycle/Spring 2003

Volume 12, Number 3

In This Issue

special section

  • Stem cell researcher and Zen student Dr. Neil Thiese discovers the synergy between dharma practice and scientific inquiry.
    Dr. Neil Thiese
  • Does compassion make evolutionary sense? Does happiness, for that matter? Tricycle interviews science writer Robert Wright on where natural selection and Buddhism meet—and don't.
    James Shaheen
  • B. Alan Wallace
  • Advances in medical technologies are allowing scientists a peek into the brains of experienced meditators. The Mind and Life Institute (a nonprofit organization devoted to collaboration between Buddhism and science) is at the forefront of this exciting new research.
    Marshall Glickman
  • Can meditation change the brain? Daniel Goleman, the best-selling author of Emotional Intelligence, offers Tricycle some surprising answers.
  • Born into a culture that believed the world was flat, the Dalai Lama developed a passion for the natural sciences that transformed his view of his own tradition.
    Daniel Goleman
  • Can chaos theory help us understand enlightenment?
    Thanissaro Bhikkhu


  • Caught in the swirl of worldly affairs, we long for a freedom that eludes us.
    Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano
  • As satirically reported by P. B. Law in the News Leek, a fictional Buddhist cousin of the Onion
    P. B. Law
  • Aikido practitioner Eric Oberg’s aphoristic instructions on the principles of the “soft” martial art, offer a fresh approach to nonviolence and nonresistance in everyday life.
    Eric Oberg
  • A Zen student ventures into the thorny thicket of anxiety.
    Scott Genmyo Miller
  • On retreat in an anonymous motel, writer Jim Harrison discovers that the unique life of his dreams is the only true story he can tell.
    Jim Harrison

on the cushion

on gardening

in the footsteps of the buddha

  • On a trip to Kuan-yin’s sacred island, Sandy Boucher finds the Bodhisattva of Compassion not among the tourist-thronged monuments but within herself.
    Sandy Boucher

dharma talk

on practice


  • What is it like to be the abbot of a downtown zendo in post-9/11 New York City? Sensei Enkyo O’Hara talks to Tricycle about taking a stand, facing the enemy, and recent changes in her sangha.


  • Anne Cushman discovers that the ultimate destination is an inner one.
    Anne Cushman
  • Caught between the perspectives of the scholar and the religious practitioner, Andrew Cooper explores the meaning of faith in a world fixated on reason. 
    Andrew Cooper
  • Under the unorthodox tutelage of legendary photographer Minor White, John Daido Loori makes an unexpected discovery: between photographer and subject, there is no separation.
    John Daido Loori
  • Dubbed a “dharma brat” since childhood, Ethan Nichtern describes how he found his own path to Buddhist practice.
    Ethan Nichtern

on location

  • A recently restored Buddhist statue has become a symbol of renewal for war-ravaged Tajikistan.
    Bryon Macwilliams
  • Big changes are in the air in Bodh Gaya, sacred site of the Buddha's enlightenment.
    Robert Pryor

brief teachings

  • Do you ever find yourself rambling on during an all-too-brief meeting with your teacher? Burmese master Sayadaw U Pandita provides straightforward instructions for the personal interview process typical during a Vipassana retreat.
    Sayadaw U Pandita

sangha spotlight

  • After initial suspicions, a small Oregon town comes to terms wih its Buddhist neighbors.
    Jeff Wilson

parting words

  • FAQ
    Clark Strand

editors view