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    Karen Armstrong on 9/11 and the dark side of religion Paid Member

    9/11 caught almost all of us by surprise, and now it may also be surprising that this terrible day happened almost ten years ago. In the month of September on Tricycle.com, we'll be considering 9/11 and the storm of anger and fear it brought into our lives. Visit this Tricycle Community discussion to hear what "Buddhist Atheist" Stephen Batchelor and Acharya Judy Lief of the Shambhala tradition had to say about the events of 9/11 in our November 2001 issue. Then read our 2003 interview with Karen Amrstrong, who, amid the furious buildup to war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, was speaking sensibly about fundamentalism's phony claims to authenticity. More »
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    Buddhism and Religious Diversity Paid Member

    It is a fact that we live in a religiously diverse world. Religious diversity can and often does result in grave misunderstanding, hostility, and, as we know all too well, conflict, with unacceptable costs to human life and well-being. For this reason, among others, it is incumbent on responsible people to know how to think clearly and compassionately about religious diversity. For Buddhists, it is important in thinking about such issues to use Buddhist tools and views, lest our attitudes and actions simply reflect the biases and reactions we have absorbed from the surrounding culture. More »
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    Blinded by Views Paid Member

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    Good Work Paid Member

    Dana (“giving”) is the most fundamental of all Buddhist practices. It is the first topic in the Buddha’s graduated talks, the first step on the bodhisattva’s path to perfection, and the first of the ten paramitas  (perfections) in the Mahayana tradition. It therefore sets the tone for all that follows in the spiritual journey. -Andrew Olendzki, "Dana" Tricycle's "Good Work" section, complete list: More »
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    One Dharma Paid Member

    This is a unique time in the history of Buddhism. Different Buddhist traditions are meeting and interacting with one another here in the West, often for the first time in centuries. Just as the dharma spread from India through many countries in Asia, each one finding its own voice, here, too, we're seeing the emergence of a Western Buddhism, something that is unique to our own time and culture. The defining characteristic of this emerging Western Buddhism is a basic pragmatism, rather than an adherence to some philosophical system or sectarian viewpoint. What most characterizes the One Dharma of the West is an allegiance to a very simple question: What works? What works to free the mind from suffering? What works to accomplish the heart of compassion? What works to awaken us from the dream states of our ignorance? More »