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    Letters to the Editor Spring 1995 Paid Member

    Go Bill! I read Tricycle from cover to cover and don't understand ninety percent of what I read; but the ten percent I do understand helps me "deal with life" one day at a time (hopefully with more kindness for others). Perhaps next year I'll understand twelve percent. Bill KrumbeinSanta Rosa, California Food for Thought As a vegetarian for twenty-five years, I would like to say [in response to "Meat: To Eat it or Not: A Debate on Food and Practice," Winter 1994] that Buddhism should not be associated directly with vegetarianism. To make vegetarianism a precondition for practicing the dharma is putting the cart before the bullock. More »
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    Down By Law Regarding the ten-million-dollar lawsuit against Sogyal Rinpoche for sexual abuse [Spring 1995 In the News]: While Sogyal Rinpoche remains innocent until or unless proven guilty, whether or not he is within the ignoble category of teachers who misuse their spiritual authority is a question that has now been overwhelmed by the lawsuit itself. I am sympathetic to the lawsuit for the simple reason that no one seems able to come up with another solution to this regrettable situation and because I share with so many other women the frustration and anger which surfaces in the face of teachers who continue to indulge sexual appetites at the expense of their students. But bringing a lawsuit raises other issues as well. And I wonder if, in the long run, the price might be too high to pay. More »
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    Letters to the Editor Summer 2006 Paid Member

    LETTER OF THE WONDERFUL LAW Kudos to you all for the special section in the Spring 2006 issue, “The Lotus of the Wonderful Law.” The articles are scholarly and have as their basic intention the furthering of understanding of an elusive Buddhist sutra. The true meaning of this sutra has remained veiled to most practitioners for centuries. I always appreciate articles in your publication by authors who don’t portray Buddhism as a commodity. Bradly J. Keller Albuquerque, New Mexico CLARIFYING MIND More »
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    Letters, Spring 2008 Paid Member

    FORGETTING THE FREAKS Andrew Goodwin’s review of Christopher Hitchens’s God Is Not Great (Fall 2007) is slanted and confused. Although Goodwin applauds the book (except where it applies to Buddhism), he uses the review as a podium from which to preach his own hostile view of theism and religion, two separate if overlapping categories he regularly confuses. The theism that Goodwin assaults posits a straw god constructed of crude anthropomorphic parts, an unworthy figure for a� More »
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    Ether/Or“Barbara Roether’s article [“The Heartbeat Sutra: Chaos Theory, Karma, and other Fluctuations,” Summer 1995] is a disservice both to science and to Buddhism. It is part of a long tradition of forced connections between physics and religion. Theosophists in turn-of-the-century America were inspired in part by the recent discovery of radio waves. They drew upon Maxwell’s old picture of electromagnetic waves traveling in a medium, the “aether” (now known as ether), to justify belief in extrasensory… More »