Sallie Jiko Tisdale

Sallie Jiko Tisdale

Sallie Jiko Tisdale is a lay dharma teacher at Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of several books, including the recent Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them).

Recent Articles

Good, Evil, and Gaza

In a moving personal essay from the December issue of “Wheel of Dharma,” Buddhist Churches of America member Sydney Shiroyama reflects on the horrors of the Gaza war and what Shinran’s teachings about human nature and the deeper causes of good and evil tell us about the path to compassion and peace.

Everything Dies

It’s the Buddha’s basic teaching. It’s life’s universal truth. It’s what we most want to deny. Sallie Jiko Tisdale on how this hard but liberating truth can transform your life.

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Does my transgender identity conflict with Buddhism’s teachings on no-self?

I was born male, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m actually a transgender woman. As a Buddhist, I feel conflicted by the teachings on no-self.

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A Sudden Goodbye

When her teacher Kyogen Carlson died suddenly on September 18, 2014, Sallie Jiko Tisdale reeled from the shock of it. Then she quickly got down to work.