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  • Religion Mixology Paid Member

    Can one person practice both Buddhism and Christianity or Judaism? Many will argue that mixing religions can't be done in good faith. Many will say that these traditions are fundamentally too different to be compatible. However, that argument ignores the fact that there are people who mix these traditions. Whether or not this mixing is philosophically foolproof, there are people who do identify as JuBus and Christian Buddhists. To my mind, a more interesting question than whether this is right or wrong is: How do people mix religions in a way that is meaningful to them? What does their practice look like? These are questions that are being discussed now in the Tricycle Community on the post "JuBus and Christian Buddhists." Commenting on how he's landed upon his particular hybrid practice, Tricycle friend and contributing editor Clark Strand writes: More »
  • Community Discussion: JuBus and Christian Buddhists Paid Member

    In the ongoing Tricycle Community discussion, "What led you to Buddhism?," a number of people mention their Jewish or Christian religious roots. For some, Buddhism has provided the means to get away from a tradition that doesn't resonate with them; for others, Buddhism has enhanced their native religion, which they continue to practice. More »
  • Buddhism and Religious Diversity Paid Member

    In the current issue of Tricycle dharma teacher and scholar Rita Gross—who is leading this month's Tricycle Retreat—argues that instead of desiring answers to unanswerable questions, we should learn how to be helpful in a religiously diverse world. She writes: More »
  • Week 2 Roundup: The Buddha's Original Ideas Paid Member

    We're finishing up week 2 of Rita Gross's Tricycle Retreat, "Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners," today. This week Gross discussed India's spiritual scene at the time of the Buddha. She reminds us that the Buddha didn't come up with his philosophy all on his own, that he made use of many of the ideas popular with his spiritual contemporaries. For example, the Buddha did not invent notions of karma, rebirth, and a vast cosmos.Gross has been wonderful at responding to comments left by retreat participants, especially ones that have to do with history. One participant comments that she thought of the Buddha's leaving home as a metaphor. More »
  • The Fall 2011 issue of Tricycle: Letters and Reviews Paid Member

    We're always pleased to see letters to the editor, and our recent issues have brought us some good one for the Fall 2011 issue of Tricycle. Here's one response to Linda Heuman's "Whose Buddhism is Truest?" from the summer issue: More »
  • 20 Years, 20 Teachings: A Sangha by Another Name by Charles Johnson Paid Member

    If you haven't yet downloaded 20 Years, 20 Teachings: The Tricycle 20th Anniversary E-Book there's still time. It's free for Supporting and Sustaining Members. Already a member? Get your free e-book here. In his contribution to our 20th anniversary e-book, "A Sangha by Another Name," Charles Johnson writes about the religious vision of Martin Luther King Jr.: More »