Tricycle/Summer 2007

Volume 16, Number 4

In This Issue


  • Sekkei Harada Roshi guides us to liberation through the breath.
    Sekkei Harada Roshi
  • Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano
  • The Dalai Lama reflects on praise and blame in his commentary on lines from Longchen Rabjam's Finding Comfort and Ease in Meditation on the Great Perfection.
    The Dalai Lama
  • For many Korean Zen practitioners, Chinese Zen master So Sahn's compendium of teachings The Mirror of Zen is second in importance only to the Buddha's teachings. Here, he comments on importance and risk of self-confidence.
    So Sahn
  • Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche offers advice for facing up to our egos.
    Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche
  • Eliot Fintushel remembers his time with Zen teacher Toni Packer
    Eliot Fintushel

give & take

  • Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche discusses the relevance of science as a tool for meditators.

my view

  • Keeping your head in a mindless world
    Joan Duncan Oliver

on location

  • Could a new generation of Indian Buddhist converts hold the key to ending Sri Lanka's decades-long civil war?

dharma talk

  • Although many believe that the ego is just a source of trouble, Thanissaro Bhikkhu teaches that a healthy, functioning ego is a crucial tool on the path to Awakening.
    Thanissaro Bhikkhu


  • Have Westerners created a new and viable form of Buddhism, or has something been lost in translation? Berkeley professor Robert Sharf argues that with our emphasis on individual experience and meditation, we risk cutting ourselves off from the benefits of a greater tradition. Photographs by Christine Alicino
  • What happens when a Buddhist goes to war? Benjamin Thompson speaks about his year as a guard at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the overlooked humanitarian crisis there.


  • Voluptuous tree spirits, maternal nurturers, potent protectors, and dancing female Buddhas—the Indo-Himalayan Buddhist world abounds with goddesses of amazing diversity. Miranda Shaw reveals some of the many powers, symbols, and stories of this often overlooked and misunderstood pantheon.
    Miranda Shaw
  • Pagan Kennedy recounts the story of Michael Dillon, the first woman-to-man transsexual and an aspiring Buddhist monk.
    Pagan Kennedy
  • With a faith in the power of storytelling and an eye for unexpected imagery, filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul has challenged the boundaries of cinema in his native Thailand.
    David A. Taylor
  • How is the business of pilgrimage transforming Bodh Gaya? Liesl Schwabe reports on modernization at the site of the Buddha's awakening.
    Liesl Schwabe
  • On a monthlong retreat in a Himalayan meditation cave, Kate Wheeler learns more from companionship than solitude.
    Kate Wheeler
  • Pioneering Tibetan teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche [1939-1987], founder of the Shambhala Buddhist community, examines Zen from a Tantric perspective in this talk he gave in 1974 in Barnet, Vermont.
    Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

editors view

on conflict

  • A teacher is impelled by a student's troubles to confront the human suffering in the Middle East.
    Vanessa R. Sasson

on gardening

  • A new discovery reveals the deep roots of the gardener's lineage.
    Wendy Johnson

parting words


on practice

  • Bodhipaksa guides us through the Buddha's powerful Six Element practice to equanimity, pure and bright. Photography by Susan Derges

thus have i heard

  • Only by tethering our senses to the stake of mindfulness can we achieve true freedom.
    Andrew Olendzki