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    An Interview with Katy Butler Paid Member

    Tricycle’s editor-at-large, Andy Cooper, has written, “If one can speak of such a thing as Buddhist journalism, then Katy is, as much as anyone, one of its originators and still one of its finest practitioners.” In addition to discussing the small setbacks and triumphs of her experience interviewing actor Jeff Bridges, Butler talks to Tricycle about how her Buddhism and her journalism inform one another in her life and work. 

 Listen to Tricycle’s Sam Mowe interview Katy Butler here. 

 To read more of Butler’s work, ranging from spiritual celebration to critical investigation of religious communities, see the following articles: More »
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    Train Your Mind: If You Can Practice Even When Distracted, You Are Well Trained Paid Member

    22. If you can practice even when distracted, you are well trained. More »
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    Green Koans Case 13: Seki’s Amida Paid Member

    BACKGROUND:Hozen Seki was a Japanese Jodo Shinshu (“True Pure Land”) priest who came to America in 1930, serving in Los Angeles and Arizona before founding the New York Buddhist Church in 1937. During World War II he was interned in relocation camps in Maryland, Idaho, and New Mexico. He later became a U.S. citizen. Amida is the Buddha of Infinite Light and Life. As a bodhisattva in remote kalpas (eons) past, he made a vow not to become a buddha as long as there was even one living being who, calling upon his name in faith, failed to attain birth in his “Western Pure Land.” In that land all impediments to enlightenment would be removed and one could quickly attain liberation from suffering. More »
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    Green Koans Case 12: The Original Face Paid Member

    BACKGROUND: Original Face/Original Self – The term appears most famously in Case 23 of the koan collection Mumonkan, or “Gateless Gate,” in which the monk Myō, jealous that the Sixth Patriarch Enō has received the robe and bowl of their master, chases him through the mountains and tries to take them by force. Enō places the robe and bowl on the ground and invites Myō to take them. However, Myō finds that they are too heavy to lift. Overwhelmed with shame, he asks to be given the teaching instead, and Enō responds, “Without thinking good or evil, in this very moment, what is your Original Face?” More »