Striking a Balance

James Shaheen

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Since its inception, Tricycle’s mission has been to make Buddhist teachings and practices available without expressing a bias for any particular teacher or community. From the outset, this has presented a challenge. As I wrote in a recent blog post on tricycle.com, one of the difficulties of undertaking Buddhist journalism is that we are advocates for the very thing we are writing about. We seek to promote Buddhism even as we try to write discerningly, and sometimes critically, about it. Sometimes it’s as easy as pie; sometimes the contradictions are absolutely maddening. We’re always in the process of evaluating how best to regard those who represent Buddhist traditions both with the respect of religious practitioners and the critical eye of journalists.

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