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    A More Human Science Paid Member

    When Tricycle asked me to introduce the Western intellectual tradition of human science to our readers, I knew it would be a challenge. This tradition originating in 19th-century Europe has profoundly influenced a wide range of fields in the humanities and social sciences. Over the years, Tricycle has highlighted—and I have written about—many thinkers who have been deeply influenced by it, including Robert Bellah, Charles Taylor, and Eugene Gendlin. But few Buddhists are aware that the tradition exists or that these scholars share an intellectual lineage. I knew little about human science myself, except that it included some of the most abstruse yet foundational philosophical theorists of the 20th century, such as Wilhelm Dilthey, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, and Hans-Georg Gadamer. The prospect of taking them all on at once was daunting. More »
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    An Evening with Marie Howe Paid Member

    Tricycle presents "An Evening with New York Poet Laureate Marie Howe," an intimate poetry reading filmed in New York City in mid-May. This is the first of Tricycle's new quarterly poetry series. If you're in the New York area, we hope you'll join us at the next one! Click here for more of Howe's poetry and her interview with Zen teachers Robert Chodo Campbell and Koshin Paley Ellison from the current issue. More »
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    Amituofo Paid Member

    In 1992, in the final days of a performance tour of the United States, 34th generation Shaolin monk Shi Yan Ming defected and hid out in a San Francisco basement before making his way to New York City. Now, 21 years later, he is the abbot and founder of the USA Shaolin Temple in Manhattan, where he is the shifu (teacher) of many disciples devoted to learning the ways of Ch'an Buddhism and Shaolin martial arts. Amituofo means many things—it can be a greeting, it can express gratitude or condolences, or it can be a blessing. It is the transliteration of the Sanskrit "Amitabha," and is used to express anything honestly from the heart. Watch our profile of Shifu Shi Yan Ming and the USA Shaolin Temple, and make sure to watch it big and play it loud. You can also download a transcript here. More »
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    From Them to Us Paid Member

    An ominous message reached Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, founder of the Sarvodaya Movement, a grassroots community development organization in Sri Lanka. His movement was becoming too popular, threatening powerful parties in the small nation’s elite. Word came to Ari (as he’s popularly known) that there was a plot to assassinate him. An underworld boss named Choppe Aiyah had been paid to kill him at a lecture Ari was to give at a Buddhist center. Tipped off, Ari went to the home of Choppe—nicknamed “the king of killers”—and presented himself to the crime boss. “Choppe Aiyah,” Ari calmly announced as he gazed into the eyes of the surprised thug, “I am Ariyaratne whom you are planning to kill. Please do not desecrate that sacred Buddhist seat of learning with the blood of a beggar like me. Kill me here instantly.” More »
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    Making Amends Paid Member

    Made a list of all those we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. How far were we to go in making our amends to those we had harmed? Should we move to a yurt in the woods? reduce our carbon footprint? become an advocate for third world countries whose environments had been decimated by our greed for cheap disposable products? And what was the purpose of such an exercise? Was it to assuage our guilt, or were we actually expected to right our ecological wrongs? More »