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AUSPICIOUS BEGINNINGS

The first issue of Tricycle was superb—a most auspicious beginning. I especially enjoyed Joel McCleary's fine tribute to Geshe Wangyal, Dean Rolston's moving "Memento Mori," and the delightfully unorthodox Spalding Gray interview with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The quality of the writing was very high and was matched by a marriage of intelligence, wit, and deep feeling, all qualities much needed in the kind of times we now live in. The time has surely come for the years of practice by American Buddhists to bear fruit in a new activism to begin to create a decent, sane, and just society.

NICK PEARSON
Weston, Massachusetts

Tricycle is wonderful. There was a certain joy for me in the old days, so to speak, when I would open the Whole Earth Review, the feeling that this was, somehow, an in-house magazine but that the "house" was everywhere. Tricycle allows me that same feeling, like the freshness and excitement I feel each spring when plum buds first appear. May it bloom ten thousand years.

PETER LEVITI
Los Angeles, California

Your premier issue is terrific, splendid, beautiful—what a pleasure! I kept reading and reading-almost the whole issue in one sitting. How very satisfying. You deserve tremendous praise, and I hope you're feeling proud and gratified. I feel proud of you and proud of our community, our wonderfully extended community that feels both delineated and inclusive in the variety and scope and depth you managed to present. Hooray for you! Many thanks, many blessings.

LENORE FRIEDMAN
Berkeley, California

As an American teenager disillusioned by many of the values and attitudes of my heritage, I must say that Tricycle has been an inspiration. After reading the fall issue straight through, I wanted so much to give up eating meat and to sell all my leather goods. After re-reading several of the articles, I did this. The spirituality I gained from just reading your magazine made me feel natural about giving up these excesses rather than feeling either charitable or as if I was sacrificing these things to my lifestyle and habits. For years I said to myself that Buddhism was an admirable practice, but I never could do it. Thanks to you, at least I feel prepared to try.

KRISTIE HUMPHRIES
Taylors, South Carolina

I am compelled to write you a note of congratulations. I was so pleased to find Tricycle in my mailbox two days ago, and I was delighted to see that it was so clean, solid, and substantial in style, delivery, and content. There are so many traps one can fall into when embarking on such a project—so many tiny missteps that can be seized by the world to discredit you. When I heard of Tricycle, I worried for it; but you have survived the traps, not so much by avoiding them, but by cutting through with a clear, pure voice. The world has never been more in need of a journal like Tricycle. Good luck to you!

DREW HOPKINS
Managing Editor/Interview
New York, New York

The premier issue of Tricycle is most impressive. I read it from cover to cover the day it arrived, a most unusual occurrence for me. Gary Snyder's article, "Just One Breath: The Practice of Poetry and Meditation," is a meditation in itself. "Authority and Exploitation: Three Voices" is one of the most provocative articles I've read this year. Might I propose that future issues include articles about Thomas Merton and the East-West dialogue that he promoted for so many years? I'm looking forward to your next issue with much anticipation.

MICHAEL W. WAITE
Ypsilanti, Michigan

Wisdom Publications would like to congratulate you on a wonderful and stimulating premier issue. You have our best wishes for every success for your fascinating new dharma publication.

CONSTANCE MILLER
Wisdom Publications

Every time I read the words of the Dalai Lama, I seem to store up encouragement like a rechargeable battery—so I really enjoyed the interview of His Holiness the Dalai Lama by Spalding Gray. Mr. Gray's own words, and those of other contributors throughout the issue, also helped me to remember that I'm not the only non-adept, you might say "homegrown," Buddhist out here. This, too, is encouragement. The only thing I didn't like was the inclusion of "responses" by Siddhartha (Gautama Buddha) and Maitreya in the spread on what it's like to be a Buddhist. This struck me as sophomoric humor. The real responses, on the other hand, are treasures, and I hope this feature continues. May Tricycle help foster compassionate insight in the midst of this sad society.

JON R. RUTHERFORD
Kansas City, Missouri

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