Rick Fields (1942–1999) was an American journalist, author, poet, teacher, and an interpreter of Buddhism for westerners. He was founder and editor-in-chief of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.
This new updated edition of How the Swans Came to the Lake includes much new information about recent events in Buddhist groups in America and discusses such issues as spiritual authority, the role of women, and social action.
Zen is not just about what we do in the meditation hall, but what we do in the home, the workplace, and the community. That’s the premise of this book: how to cook what Zen Buddhists call “the supreme meal”—life. It has to be nourishing, and it has to be shared.
Known to have courted both prostitutes and noblewomen and to have delivered his teachings in public parks instead of monasteries, the sixth Dalai Lama remains a controversial figure in Tibetan history. Presented here are 523 poems accompanied by introductions, commentary and illustrations.
The war on at least one drug—the psychedelic variety—has been won. In place of the alchemicals that reigned supreme for a momentarily eternal moment, young would-be mind explorers now toke their way through a fractled marketplace of pot, coke, weak acid, heroin, cocaine, ludes, Ecstasy, speed, crack.