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0 commentsTricycle editor-at-large Joan Duncan Oliver mined her own compulsions for “Drink and a Man” (page 67), a first-person essay in the special section “The Riddle of Desire.” “I wish I’d read Mu Soeng’s new book, Trust in Mind, before I sat down to write,” she says, referring to the Buddhist scholar’s latest title (review in this issue). “He really goes to the heart of the Buddha’s teachings on craving when he describes addiction as 'being willing to defend [our] preferential choices at the cost of our deeper experience.’ Happily, I was able to pursue this topic with Mu Soeng in an interview for this issue.” More »
0 commentsAndrew Cooper [“Modernity’s God-shaped Hole,”] reflects: “Knocking around among various Buddhist schools, I was struck by how each particular story of the path seems to elicit congruent experiences. In other words, Zen folks have Zen experiences, Vajrayanists have Vajrayana experiences. Entering this process entails faith - that is, one allows oneself to be seized by the story. Today, traditional religious narratives bump up against each other, and against competing narratives from the secular world, with a force and frequency that is altogether new. So the religious question of our historical moment, it seems to me, is not what faith one holds but how one holds one’s faith.” More »
0 commentsGary Thorp (Shelter from the Storm) tells us: “I’ve always looked at Buddhism and nature, not as two separate entities, but as two different ways of seeing the same thing. Descriptive writing about the relationship between Buddhism and nature is part of our long heritage, and it is a great challenge to try to do this kind of writing well. More »