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Tricycle : the Buddhist Review

4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Tricycle: The Buddhist Review is an international quarterly that brings Buddhist perspectives to contemporary life and makes Buddhist teachings and practices accessible to a Western audience. Highly acclaimed since its 1991 launch, Tricycle is America's preeminent Buddhist publication.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Buddhist Ray Inc
  • ASIN: B00006L06M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Motivating and Informative February 25, 2003
Subscription Term Name:1 year
This magazine helps you understand Buddhism a little bit at a time. It, however enormously motivates you to meditate. Especially in the western culture, where materialism is so rampant, there is little to motivate you to sit still and spend time with yourself. This magazine makes me want to meditate, learn more and find answers to some of the difficult question sthat arise. It also helps me select the right books to deepen my practice. There is roughly equal representation of Tibbatan Buddhism, Zen and the Vipassana traditions, and quite often, much to my joy, there is such an amalgamation of these three main divisions. What ever lineage you may belong to, or want to pursue, you would still like the basic oneness of the Buddha's teaching.
Those interested in Buddhism should also look into "The Shambhala Sun" magazine, which comes every 2 months and which, though leans more towards Tibbatan Buddhism, does carry superb articles, book reviews and practical instructions. I think it is every bit as useful as Tricylcle.
Lastly those more inclined towards Zen Buddhism would like "The Mountain record", a quarterly magazine. It seems too abstract to me though, although I appreciate some of the articles and practically all the superb photographs it has in black and white.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book quality magazine January 2, 2004
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Are you a Buddhist, enjoy meditation, or are you interested in learning more about Buddhism? Then this may be the magazine for you.
Tricycle is well written, has great photos, and is a very nice looking magazine. (The quality of the paper, heavy with a glossy coating, gives the magazine a 'coffee table book' feel.)
What I liked most about my subscription to Tricycle was that as a Buddhist in America I felt more of a connection to others who share the same interest. I also enjoyed reading articles on the different schools of Buddhism. Even the advertisements were helpful in learning more about cushions, retreat centers and more.
Of all the Buddhist magazines now entering the market this one seems, to me, to be the best of the group. Enjoy your subscription!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
While I am not a Buddhist,(our son and friends are) I still love, appreciate and gain wisdom from this wonderful publication, which I was exposed to over a decade ago by Zen master Don Gilbert of Tracy, CA. And I was so excited, if that's the right word, when the new issue arrived, because two articles caught my eye.

One is titled (page 39) The Gossip Trap and should be read by most Americans. Page 40 'What are we achieving by holding up a magnifying glass instead of looking in the mirror?' Or page 111 'If speech has five marks, O monastics, it is well spoken, not badly spoken, blameless, and above reproach by the wise. What are the five marks? It is speech that is timely, true, gentle, purposeful, and spoken with a mind of loving kindness. -the Buddha (Auguttara Nikaya).

The second (page 62) is titled Growing Ground and is a serious but also humorous piece about composting toilets at a Zen center in Southern California. All about the process of human waste becoming compostable soil and the funny things that happen when one has to turn the stuff with wood chips, leaving the drop door open so that cold wind and not warm air hits the bottom end of those who sit down to make a deposit. Page 54 'Once they get going, wood chips and waste have the kind of chemistry and connection that puts most human couples to shame'.

Alas, this is a mature, thoughtful publication to be sure. But it also doesn't take itself so seriously that one cannot see the simple joy in ones life, that sadly, to many Americans wont slow down to see.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An American Buddhist Review May 18, 2010
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Tricyle is the oldest American Buddhist periodical, dating from 1991. It is published quarterly on high-quality, glossy paper. According to the publication's website, the name "Tricyle" derives from the Three Treasures (or Triple Jems) of Buddhism: the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sanga. The goal of the magazine, again according to its website is

"to create forums for exploring contemporary and historic Buddhist activity, examine the impact of its new context in the democratic tradtions of the West, and introduce fresh views and attainable methods for enlightened living to the culture at large. At the core of the Foundation's mission is the alleviation of suffering that Buddhist teachings are meant to bring about."

I have been a reader of Tricyle since the late 1990s and the publication has grown on me. The magazine makes a strong effort to live up to its mission and usually succeeds. American Buddhism remains nebulous and diverse. Tricyle has articles which appeal to a variety of readers of different backgrounds, Buddhist interests, and levels of commitment. Many of the articles are specific to Buddhism in the West and to life in the United States. Other articles explore the variety of traditional Buddhisms and schools, from Theravada to Mahayana, Zen, Tibetan, Pure Land, and more. I have found articles with insight into meditation and into Buddhist Scriptures.

There is a considerable topical focus to the magazine with articles on the environment, feminism, abortion, war and peace, American politics, social activism and much more. Political views tend to be on the left side of the American spectrum. This made me wary when I first began with Tricycle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it, and can hardly wait for my subscription ...
I love it , and can hardly wait for my subscription to begin again. I miss it greatly.
Published 4 months ago by Annie
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Editorial Integrity
This magazine is not produced by Buddhists. Unfortunately this means that people like the Executive Editor have little or no understanding of what it takes to produce articles that... Read more
Published on April 6, 2012 by Andy S
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read for Mindful People
I've read a variety of Buddhist and meditation related magazines over the years and they can be hit or miss. Read more
Published on September 18, 2010 by Lisa Shea
5.0 out of 5 stars Great "in-the-middle" Buddhist Magazine
I'm a little "new" to Buddhism. I've been trying to learn more over the past few years. I find that Buddhism is a lot like Christianity for the fact that there are lots of... Read more
Published on October 18, 2008 by G. Hearn
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well written
Hard to compare, since there isn't a lot of competition in the world of spiritual-inspired magazines. Tricycle stands out on it's own as a great publication. Read more
Published on November 25, 2007 by S. Kosloske
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it but . . .
I really liked Tricycle. I enjoyed the articles and poems and found them interesting, and informative. But the magazine really smells. Every issue exudes an unpleasant odor. Read more
Published on January 28, 2007 by lizbethsgarden
4.0 out of 5 stars Great...where is it going?
I've enjoyed Tricycle for many years, but it does contain a lot of advertising, and I'm baffled when the publisher solicits donations to keep the magazine running. Read more
Published on September 13, 2006 by Rob Myers
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