Contributors Summer 2001

Rob Schultheis, a journalist, painter, and adventurer, covers the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan. He lives in the mountain town of Telluride, Colorado, with his wife-an artist and tour guide whom he married at a monastery at the base of Mt. Everest in a "casual ceremony." His newest book is Fool's Gold: Lives, Loves and Misadventures in Four Corners County (Lyons Press).

© David PattDavid Patt, who contemplates the commodification of Buddhism in the marketplace, writes: "My second daughter, Sophia Tenzin, was born while I was writing this piece. As I held her I was thinking there are transcendent human experiences that the Market simply can't touch. Then I picked up the brochure from the 'cord bank': for $1,500 they will store placental blood in case your child ever needs a stem cell transplant. I realized then that from cradle to grave there is nothing our culture will not package for sale."

© Diana WinstonDiana Winston, writes about her experience as a Buddhist nun in Burma, and tells us, "Most of the year in the monastery I spent in meditation, sitting and walking, usually up to fourteen hours a day. It's an interesting challenge to write about a silent year where nothing actually happened (externally, anyway)." Life after nunhood? "I miss the robes sometimes; today the dharma stays foremost but the form has drastically changed." Winston is the founder of the Buddhist Alliance for Social Engagement (BASE), the nation's first socially-engaged Buddhist training program.

© Rick BassRick Bass, regarding his first essay for Tricycle, "Bonfire," tells us, "I seek in every available way, in every path opening, to discuss the Yaak Valley on both a speCific and abstract level-the specificity of those fourteen tiny gardens, and the abstract question of the right those places have to exist wild in the world. And I ask for readers' help-in this paragraph and in the essay-to help protect the woods, particularly those last roadless wildlands of our national forests."

© Kidder SmithKidder Smith, a professor of Chinese history at Bowdoin College, writes about his stint in Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's unarmed Buddhist military, the Vajra Guard, and says, "I wrote about the Buddhist military because I loved the practice and hoped that other people might also come to enjoy the large view it embodies."

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