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One-Liners from Lama Surya Das May 16, 2008

Posted by Sarah Todd in 1, Books.

Some pithy Words of Wisdom from Lama Surya Das:

That which we call “I” is just impermanent, ownerless karma rolling along.

Don’t take it personally.


Reality is not all it’s cracked up to be.


I’m enlightened enough for now.


Don’t forget to medicate the ferrets.

Words for Buddhist Livin’ May 13, 2008

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Three quotations from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, from Ocean of Dharma: 365 Teachings on Living Life with Courage and Compassion.

The Lion’s Roar

The lion’s roar is the fearless proclamation that any state of mind, including the emotions, is a workable situation, a reminder in the practice of meditation. We realize that chaotic situations must not be rejected. Nor should we regard them as regressive, as a return to confusion. We must respect whatever happens in our state of mind. Chaos should be regarded as extremely good news.


Lynda Barry in the Times May 12, 2008

Posted by Sarah Todd in Art, Books, News, Random Notes.
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Not to brag or anything, but I think The New York Times may have a bit of a crush on us. Hot on the heels of columnist Wendy Johnson’s profile last week comes an article about artist/author Lynda Barry, whose drawings of meditating monkeys, along with an original essay, are featured in our Summer 2008 issue. Sure, Lynda Barry’s an extremely successful cartoonist with multiple books and an off-Broadway play under her belt, as well as a weekly comic strip, “Ernie Pook’s Comeek.” And it’s true that she’s got a new book on her creative process, What It Is, coming out this month. But still! Did you see the way The Gray Lady was looking at us? It’s flattering, really. I think we may ask them out for a milkshake sometime.

Lynda Barry’s Tricycle profile, “Monkey Business,” is available–for free!–here.

Everybody Loves Wendy May 9, 2008

Posted by Sarah Todd in Books, Environment, Zen.
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Who’s the greenest of them all? Our vote gets cast for Tricycle columnist and Zen gardener Wendy Johnson, the subject of a big splashy ol’ profile in the New York Times Home and Garden section (“Dharma in the Dirt,” May 8, 2008). Wendy’s “On Gardening” column has been a prize rose of the Tricycle garden for over ten years, and with the publication of her new book, Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate, she’s getting a wave of much-deserved attention.

In the Times article, Wendy discusses her lovingly cultivated garden near Green Gulch Farm and the path that led her to appreciate the Buddha-nature of hemlock and lilacs alike. Basically, her life is awesome: meditating with trowel in hand, serving visitors homegrown lemon verbena tea, teaching, composting, writing… We want in! In the meantime, we can always content ourselves with reading about it. Check out one of Wendy’s columns for free here, and learn about upcoming readings and events on her website.

Double Whammy April 24, 2008

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When it rains literary nonfiction, it pours: books by not one but two Tricycle contributing editors hit the stacks this July. Memoirist Mark Matousek’s When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living tracks the sorrows and triumphs of hundreds of survivors, seeking to answer the question: How does a person survive his own life? Mixed with universal stories of illness and loss are profiles of people who have suffered under extraordinary circumstances—a Tibetan nun who was tortured by Chinese soldiers at the age of thirteen; a Sudanese man who was kidnapped as a child and forced into slavery for ten years. Matousek draws from parables, scientific studies, philosophy, and literature in order to create a nuanced portrait of endurance and meaning wrought from adversity.

The Wishing Year, by Noelle Oxenhandler, tells the story of the author’s experiment with the art of wishing. One New Year’s Day, Oxenhandler decides to change her life. Her first step is to admit aloud the three things she wants most: “to heal my soul, buy a house, and find a man.” With her desires finally verbalized (and a personal wishing shrine in her bedroom), Oxenhandler’s adventure begins. The Wishing Year offers insights into the unique role desire plays in Western culture—the contradictions between the American right to the pursuit of happiness and the sense that asking for more marks us as ungrateful; whether it’s better to look for love or wait for it to come. As Oxenhandler’s wishes become surprising realities, she finds that oportunities for happiness have been present all along—all she had to do was learn to spot them.

Pico Iyer on the Dalai Lama and The Open Road April 9, 2008

Posted by Sarah Todd in Books, Dalai Lama, Events, Tibet.
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Attention Gothamites: This Friday at the New York Public Library, Pico Iyer will engage with Paul Holdengraber in an open conversation about the Dalai Lama’s work and ideas. From the NYPL’s event description:

In his new book, The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai
Pico Iyer gives us the first serious consideration of this worldwide
leader’s work and ideas as a politician, scientist, and philosopher. Having
been engaged in conversation with the Dalai Lama for the last three
decades, Iyer captures the paradoxes of the Dalai Lama’s position: though
he has brought the ideas of Tibet to world attention, Tibet itself is being
remade as a Chinese province; though he was born in one of the remotest,
least developed places on earth, he has become a champion of globalism and
technology. Iyer illuminates the hidden life, the transforming ideas, and
the daily challenges of this global icon.

Event info:

Friday, April 11, 2008
at 7:00 PM
Celeste Bartos Forum
Humanities and Social Sciences Library
5th Avenue and 42nd Street

Philip Whalen and the Bhutanese Bob Dylans April 1, 2008

Posted by Philip Ryan in Art, Books, Review, Zen.
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Danny Fisher points us to the Nation‘s review of The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen.

And from the Worst Horse: “a small platoon of Bhutanese Bob Dylans”. Ok, sure.

Sylvia Boorstein Stops By February 15, 2008

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Sylvia BoorsteinSylvia Boorstein, author of the new book Happiness is an Inside Job, dropped by the Tricycle office this afternoon to say hello. Your humble correspondent snapped this pic, and talked her into doing a Q & A on tricycle.com! Look for it next month.

She showed us her cool new website, which has pictures of the author / meditation teacher/ psychotherapist as a young lady in Brooklyn. Her husband Seymour, whose picture is on the site, was with her.

Sylvia is one of the founding teachers at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts.

Two interesting bits… February 14, 2008

Posted by Philip Ryan in Books, General.
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A post on shogi (Japanese chess), which sounds very cool. And a funny Worst Horse piece riffing off one of Brad Warner’s proposed book titles.

Tricycle Q & A: Ask Stephan Bodian February 6, 2008

Posted by Philip Ryan in Books, General, Zen.

Meditation for DummiesZen and Vedanta teacher, psychotherapist, and author of Meditation for Dummies (and co-author of Buddhism for Dummies) Stephan Bodian is taking questions now on Tricycle.com. His newest book is called Wake Up Now: A Guide to the Journy of Spiritual Awakening.

Stephan began practicing Zen in 1970 with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and, after training at Tassajara, was ordained a monk by Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi in 1974. He directed the training program at the Zen Center of Los Angeles and headed an affiliate center in San Diego before setting aside his robes in 1982 to study Western psychology. In 1988 he met Advaita master Jean Klein and studied with him until Klein’s death in 1998. In 1999 he encountered Zen teacher Adyashanti and received Dharma transmission in 2001.

For more information, visit his website at stephanbodian.org.