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Below is a list of our archived Focus articles which discuss a particular aspect of Buddhism whether it be its teachings, its leading exponents both past and present, or the cultural impact it has had on the many places where it has taken root throughout the world.
Answering the CallAn article by Rick Bass, author of 25 books of fiction and non-fiction. This essay appears in the Fall 2013 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Subscriptions to Tricycle for (...read more)
When Your Guru Goes Bad: What to Expect from your Buddhist TeacherAn article in the On the Cushion series by the popular Zen teacher Brad Warner. This essay appears in the Summer 2013 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Subscriptions to (...read more)
Enlightenment PillAn article in the On the Cushion series by the popular Zen teacher Brad Warner. This essay appears in the Spring 2013 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Subscriptions to (...read more)
How Buddhists Can Prepare to DieMary Talbot is a contributing editor at Tricycle. This essay appears in the Winter 2012 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Subscriptions to Tricycle for European customers (...read more)
The Trackless PathKen McLeod is a teacher and translator and director of Unfettered Mind, based in Los Angeles. This essay appears in the Fall 2012 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. (...read more)
How Not to Waste TimeAn article in the On the Cushion series by the popular Zen teacher Brad Warner. This essay appears in the Summer 2012 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Subscriptions to (...read more)
To Live Your Own LifePart of an article, Broken Gold, in which dharma practitioners share their stories of healing after a spiritual crisis. Isan Saccois is a computer support specialist who lives (...read more)
The Joy of GivingGil Fronsdal teaches at the Insight Meditation Center and at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and has pracrtised extensively in the Soto Zen and Theravada Buddhist traditions. (...read more)
Intuitive ActionColin Beavan writes in the Fall 2011 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review that you don't check, just do it. Subscriptions to Tricycle for European customers are available (...read more)
Blinded by ViewsAndrew Olendzki writes in the Summer 2011 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review that viewpoints are best held gently. Subscriptions to Tricycle for European customers are (...read more)
The Weather is Just the WeatherAn article by meditation teacher Larry Rosenberg which appears in the Spring 2011 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Subscriptions to Tricycle for European customers are (...read more)
Visionary Realms: An Interview with Robert BeerTo coincide with the launch of the new Robert Beer website www.tibetanart.com this extensive interview with Robert Beer appears in the (...read more)
Why MeditateOn the eve of the release of his book the French monk Matthieu Ricard spoke about science, meditation, and his title as "the happiest man in the world" in the Fall 2010 edition of (...read more)
A Modest AwakeningThus has Andrew Olendzki heard of an ordinary nirvana as he writes in the Summer 2010 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Subscriptions to Tricycle for European customers (...read more)
What the Buddha TaughtIt depends on who you ask, Andrew Cooper writes in the Spring 2010 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Subscriptions to Tricycle for European customers are available (...read more)
Reflect, Without ThinkingEzra Bayda writes on learning how to enjoy our little human dramas in the Winter 2009 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review subscriptions to which for European customers are (...read more)
Appearance and RealityThis article appears in the Fall 2009 edition of Tricycle : The Buddhist Review, subscriptions to which for European customers are available exclusively through Wisdom (...read more)
Forgiving Our Parentsby Mark Epstein, an article appears in the Summer 2009 issue of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Epstein is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and the author of (...read more)
Three Things We Fear MostThis article appears in the Spring 2009 issue of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Ezra Bayda lives and teaches at Zen Centre San Diego. He is the author of four books including (...read more)
Leaving the Lotus PositionSusan Moon writes on the necessity of alternative meditation postures in the Winter 2008 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review subscriptions to which for European customers are (...read more)
Long Journey to a BowChristina Feldman looks at overcoming the last great obstacle to awakening: the conceit of self in the Fall 2008 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review subscriptions to which (...read more)
What's In a Mantra?Donald S. Lopez takes a close look at the Heart Sutra in the Summer 2008 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Subscriptions to Tricycle for European customers are available (...read more)
Triumph of the HeartJoseph Goldstein teaches that we can improve the way we relate to others - strangers and friends alike, in the Spring 2008 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Subscriptions (...read more)
The Heart-Essence of Buddhist MeditationLama Surya Das explores the common roots of various Buddhist meditative practices in the Winter 2007 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review subscriptions to which for European (...read more)
The Sensualist - Life of Alan WattsMira Tweti recounts the remarkable life of Zen pioneer Alan Watts in the Fall 2007 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Subscriptions to Tricycle for European customers are (...read more)
Trust Through ReasonAn Interview with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche in the Summer 2007 edition of Tricycle : The Buddhist Review, where he discusses with Helen Tworkov the relevance of science as a tool (...read more)
Guhyagarbha Tantra : An Introduction [Part 6]This article is the final part of a six part series which brings you Gyurme Dorje's extensive and remarkable introuduction to the Guhyagarbha Tantra, the flagship tantra of the (...read more)
Found in TranslationThis article first appeared in the Spring 2007 edition of Tricycle : The Buddhist Review, subscriptions to which for European customers are available exclusively through Wisdom (...read more)
Second Buddha : Nagarjuna - Buddhism's Greatest Philosopherby David Loy This article first appeared in the Winter 2006 edition of Tricycle : The Buddhist Review, subscriptions to which for European customers are available exclusively (...read more)
A Greater Awakeningby Jan Nattier This article first appeared in the Spring 2006 edition of Tricycle : The Buddhist Review, subscriptions to which for European customers are available (...read more)
Karma CrossroadsKarma Crossroads A discussion on karma with Matthieu Ricard which appears in the Fall 2006 edition of Tricycle : The Buddhist Review, subscriptions to which for European (...read more)
Too MuchRafi Zabor is the author of The Bear Comes Home, which received the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1998 as the year's best American work of fiction. I, Wabenzi, from which this story is (...read more)
Spinning the Wheel at SarnathA Journey to the Site of the Buddha's First Sermon by Allan Hunt Badiner An article by Allan Hunt Badiner on Sarnath, site of the Buddha's first discourse after his (...read more)
Roadhouse YogiAn Interview with country music trailblazer Jimmie Dale Gilmore in the Summer 2006 edition of Tricycle : The Buddhist Review, subscriptions to which for European customers are (...read more)
Dzogchen in Ordinary Life Evening talk at the Stadtraum in Köln, Germany 27th April 2005 by James Low Hello, welcome. Tonight we don't have a translator so I will speak in a simple way and (...read more)
Guhyagarbha Tantra : An Introduction [Part 5]This article is the fifth of a six part series which brings you Gyurme Dorje's extensive and remarkable introuduction to the Guhyagarbha Tantra, the flagship tantra of the Nyingma (...read more)
Guhyagarbha Tantra : An Introduction [Part 4] This article is the fourth of a six part series which brings you Gyurme Dorje's extensive and remarkable introuduction to the Guhyagarbha Tantra, the flagship tantra of the (...read more)
Guhyagarbha Tantra : An Introduction [Part 3] This article is the third of a six part series which brings you Gyurme Dorje's extensive and remarkable introuduction to the Guhyagarbha Tantra, the flagship tantra of the (...read more)
Guhyagarbha Tantra : An Introduction [Part 2] This article is the second of a six part series which brings you Gyurme Dorje's extensive and remarkable introuduction to the Guhyagarbha Tantra, the flagship tantra of the (...read more)
Guhyagarbha Tantra : An IntroductionGuhyagarbha Tanta : An Introduction This article is the first of a six part series which brings you Gyurme Dorje's extensive and remarkable introuduction to the Guhyagarbha (...read more)
Spiritual PathologySpiritual Pathology In 1985 I returned from a period of five years living in India and began to train to become a psychotherapist. This training gradually confirmed for me that (...read more)
One Moon, Two Moons : Oneness and Mindfulness in the Teachings of Zen Master Dogen by Mike Eido Luetchford Master Ungan Donjo in the Tan district was sweeping the ground one day. Master Dogo Enchi said: You are very diligent in your work. Master Ungan (...read more)
Teaching Fish About Water : An Interview with Shenpen HookhamTeaching Fish About Water : An Interview with Shenpen Hookham DL: You are known as a teacher of Mahamudra. What is Mahamudra, and what characterises its approach to the (...read more)
The Second Arrow : The Practice of Emotional Awarenessby Ken Jones, Secretary of the UK Network of Engaged Buddhists When afflicted with a feeling of pain those who lack inner awareness sorrow, grieve and lament, beating their (...read more)
Self-Development and Self-Transcendence in Theravada Buddhist Thought and Practice By Peter Harvey, Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Sunderland At an intellectual level, Buddhism is known for its critique of any idea of an essential Self: (...read more)
Brief History of the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism The Kagyu School is one of the four mains schools of Tibetan Buddhism: the others being the Nyingma, Gelugpa and Sakya. The Nyingma (ancient) School represents the initial (...read more)
Life of the Buddha : Last Days and Final Teachings This article is a continuation of - Life of the Buddha : Pre-Enlightenment Life of the Buddha : First Sermons Life of the Buddha : First Years of (...read more)
Life of the Buddha : Middle Years Stories & Teachings This article is a continuation of - Life of the Buddha : Pre-Enlightenment Life of the Buddha : First Sermons Life of the Buddha : First Years of Ministry By (...read more)
Life of the Buddha : First Years of Ministry This Focus Article is a continuation of two previous Focus Articles - Life of the Buddha : Pre-Enlightenment Life of the Buddha : First Sermons After his (...read more)
Tibetan Medicine : The Science of HealingTibetan Medicine : The Science of Healing By Dr Tamdin Sither Bradley Tibetan medicine is a complete medical system. It is one of the oldest surviving forms of (...read more)
Samatha and Vipassana By Bhikkhu Pesala It is important to understand the difference between Samatha and Vipassana meditation. Samatha leads to jhana and psychic powers. Vipassana leads to insight (...read more)
Life of the Buddha : First SermonsThis essay is a continuation of Life of the Buddha : Pre-Enlightenment Life of the Buddha : First Sermons The moment the world had been waiting for was at hand. (...read more)
Life of the Buddha : Pre-EnlightenmentLife of the Buddha : Pre-Enlightenment This essay covers several crucial moments in the Buddha's biography : his birth, his renunciation of normal domestic life, and his (...read more)
Tulkus : Masters of ReincarnationIndian Origins of the Tulku Tradition The tradition of tulku or "emanated incarnation" is a term borrowed from basic Mahayana Buddhist doctrine. In Buddhism the doctrine of (...read more)
Chinese Buddhism : A Brief History Early History up to 10th Century Buddhism first began to filter down into China from Central Asia around the turn of the Common Era, brought primarily down the Silk Road by (...read more)
Origins of Western BuddhismEarly Beginnings to 1960 Buddhism is commonly thought of as an eastern religion, but neither it nor the country it rose from can be so easily characterized. India for (...read more)
Texts of the Pali CanonTexts of the Pali Canon The three principal "canons" of Buddhist scriptures survive today corresponding to the three main traditions of living Buddhism : the Pali or Theravada (...read more)
Tantric Buddhism in India Origins and Development Tantric texts began to appear in India by the third century CE and they continue through to Buddhism's effective disappearance from India during the (...read more)
Mahayana Buddhism Originating in India, Mahayana Buddhism spread to Central Asia, Tibet, Mongolia, China, Japan and other countries of East Asia. In Tibet and East Asia Mahayana eventually became (...read more)
Lama Zopa RinpocheLama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche was born in 1946 in the village of Thami in the Solo Khumbu region of Nepal near Mount Everest. At the age of three he was recognised as the (...read more)
BodhichittaBodhichitta is the most altruistic of all minds, the ultimate and most noble quality a human being can aspire to. Literally meaning, the thought, or mind of enlightenment, (...read more)
Japanese Buddhism To some extent Japanese Buddhism can be thought of as a series of imports from China. Over the centuries, starting as early as 500 C.E. both lay devotees and monks traveled to (...read more)

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