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Rick Fields

Rick Fields

Rick Fields (1942–1999) is the author of several books, including Chop Wood, Carry Water and The Code of the Warrior. He has served as the editor of The Vajradhatu Sun, an international journal of Buddhism (now Shambhala Sun), and as the editor-at-large of Tricycle: A Buddhist Review.

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Rick Fields (1942–1999) was an author and poet and a pivotal figure in the popularization of contemporary Buddhism. His How the Swans Came to the Lake remains the standard reference work on the history of Buddhism in America. He was a founding director and contributing editor of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, served as editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal for several years, and was a contributing editor for New Age Journal. He also served as editor-in-chief of the Vajradhatu Sun (the precursor to the Shambhala Sun) and was the founding editor of Loka Journal.


Born Frederick Douglas Fields in Queens, New York, Fields graduated from Andrew Jackson High School, where he ran track, and attended Harvard University. An early instructor at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, he was an associate and friend of the school's cofounder, poet Allen Ginsberg.

Read his obituary in the New York Times here.