Demythologizing Amida

Mahayana scriptures can seem bewildering, garish, even fanciful to modern readers. They seem to be remote from our ultimate concern, from our search for truth, from our longing to see things as they really are. Among such texts are the three Pure Land scriptures, which tell of an ancient Buddha named Amitabha (“Infinite Light,” or Amida in Japan). While we […]

Los componentes básicos de la pertenencia – Lions Roar

Según Willa Blythe Baker, formar una comunidad fuerte y saludable comienza con la comprensión de cómo se construye. “Días de Primavera”, 2021. Pintura de Yeachin Tsai. © Yeachin Tsai La primera práctica que el Buda enseñó a sus discípulos fue la práctica del refugio. Durante dos mil seiscientos años, los budistas han participado en un ritual de confianza en el […]

Práctica: Quitar el dolor del apego

¡Bienvenidos a nuestra nueva sección de Dharma en Español! Aquí en Tricycle reconocemos la importancia de seguir ofreciendo el dharma a los practicantes de una amplia gama de comunidades, y dado el creciente interés en el dharma en español, hemos puesto en marcha una nueva iniciativa para ofrecer enseñanzas originales y traducidas. Profesores de habla hispana de Latinoamérica y Europa […]

Daisaku Ikeda, President of Soka Gakkai International, dies at 95…

Daisaku Ikeda at Soka University, Tokyo, May 2010. Photo by Rukomii. Daisaku Ikeda, the president of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a global Buddhist association originating in Japan that practices the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism, died of natural causes on November 15 at his home in Tokyo, a statement by Soka Gakkai confirms. He was 95. Ikeda was also the honorary […]

A Koan for These Times

Apart from a cry of “Fire!” the shortest human prayer torn from the throat of emergency on a rapidly heating Earth is “Help!” Meanwhile, the everyday common prayer—the only one we ever really need, despite its relative absence from our lips and hearts—is simply “Thank you.”  For it is amazing to be, to be here at all.  But moving beyond […]

Awakening Through Sound – Lions Roar

Guo Gu, contributor to the “Glimpses of Buddhanature” feature in the Fall 2023 issue of Buddhadharma, shares the practice of contemplation of hearing, a practice rooted in a method for awakening attributed to the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Photo by Franco Antonio Giovanella on Unsplash In part of the Shuramgama-sutra, the Buddha invites twenty-five different bodhisattva practitioners to explain to the rest […]

Who Was She?

From 1984 to 2015, Inquiring Mind was a semiannual print journal dedicated to the transmission of Buddhadharma to the West. The archive contains all thirty-one years of Inquiring Mind interviews, essays, poetry, art and more–now hosted by the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies. Please consider a donation to help with the ongoing expenses to keep the site running. In an […]

Venturing Beyond Our Fear of Emptiness – Lions Roar

Paul Condon, author of “Buddhanature Beyond Mere Concept,” from the Fall 2023 issue of Buddhadharma, explores how cognitive science can help us to realize buddhanature and gain more capacity to participate effectively in the world.  Photo by Ben Warren on Unsplash In the 1960s, vision scientists conducted a famous study that would become known as the visual cliff experiment. In the […]

Ask the Teachers: What would the Buddha do? – Lions Roar

Myokei Caine-Barrett, Dave Smith, and Lama Karma Yeshe Chödrön on knowing — or not knowing — what the Buddha would do. From left to right: Myokei Caine-Barrett, Dave Smith and Lama Karma Yeshe Chödrön. Question: I like to ask myself, “What would the Buddha do?” As an exercise, I think it helps me to be more compassionate, but I also know I’m […]