Description of Organization
Established in 1990 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization, The Tricycle Foundation is dedicated to making Buddhist views, values, and practices broadly available. In 1991 the Foundation launched Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, the first magazine intended to present Buddhist perspectives to a Western readership. Tricycle soon became the leading journal of Buddhism in the West, where it continues to be the most inclusive and widely read vehicle for the dissemination of Buddhist perspectives. Publication of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review remains the Foundation’s chief activity, and our readership includes longtime practitioners, those who are curious about Buddhism or meditation, and those who do not identify as Buddhist but value the teachings of wisdom and compassion Buddhism has to offer.
In 2013, Tricycle Magazine won the Utne Media Award. Here's what the judges had to say:
"After much deliberation, some back-issue rereading, and more than one impassioned speech, we're very pleased to announce Tricycle as the winner of Utne's 2013 Media Award for Body/Spirit Coverage. With a wealth of exceptional titles to choose from, the decision was difficult to make. Tricycle stood out for great writing and presentation—but most important was a noted willingness to surprise, even challenge, readers. Through this atmosphere of lively dialogue, Tricycle offers Western Buddhists (and many more) a point of entry to a community of thoughtful spiritual seekers."
In 2012, the Tricycle Foundation received a Women in Buddhism grant for $2,500 in support of the work of Buddhist feminist writer Rita Gross.
Rita M. Gross is internationally known for her innovative work on gender and religion. She is the author of numerous books and papers on Buddhist feminism and writes regularly for Tricycle Magazine and other Buddhist publications. The Lenz Foundation Women in Buddhism grant of $2,500 allowed Tricycle to assist her in the research and dissemination of a new paper called "Working with Obstacles: Is Female Rebirth an Obstacle?" In that paper, she suggested that instead of simply noting that the traditional teaching that female rebirth is an obstacle makes no sense, which is the usual feminist position, we should acknowledge that Buddhist institutional male dominance is an obstacle for women. She contends that to counter that male dominance, women need to care less about approval from male authority figures in Buddhism and need to learn how to stand up to such authorities. Because of the prestige of teachers in Buddhist cultures, this can be psychologically difficult, but it needs to be done. This paper was a featured presentation at the Thirteenth Sakyadhita Conference. (Sakyadhita—Daughters of the Buddha—is an international organization for Buddhist women.)
The grant also enabled Ms. Gross to adapt her work for social media in order to reach a wider audience.