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    Letters to the Editor Summer 2012 Paid Member

    A Binding up “Pursuing an American Buddhism,” Linda Heuman’s interview with Buddhist scholar Charles Prebish (Spring 2012), struck a chord with me. Buddhism has always adapted to, as well as transformed, any culture to which it was transplanted. It is surely one of its strengths that because it makes no claims to speak for revealed truth but invites each person to verify within whatever is being promulgated, it has been able to thrive in very different contexts. More »
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    Letters to the Editor Spring 2012 Paid Member

    A teacher and novelist Dan Zigmond’s review “Finding True Love,” (Fall 2011) seems to have used the vehicle of a book review not to review The Novice but rather to issue a diatribe against the life and teachings of its author, Thich Nhat Hanh. Having read several of Nhat Hanh’s books and having been to many retreats led by Nhat Hanh and by his monks and nuns, I find it incomprehensible that Zigmond has so misunderstood Nhat Hanh’s teachings. It is disappointing that Tricycle chose to publish this piece, both because it is completely inadequate as a book review and because of its thoroughly negative treatment of the book’s author. —Donna Thomas Morongo Valley, CA Dan Zigmond responds: More »
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    Letters to the Editor Fall 2011 Paid Member

    Just Listening I quite enjoyed Tina Fossella’s interview with John Welwood (“Human Nature, Buddha Nature,” Spring 2011). I needed the “small mind work” in order to do some fundamental clearing of the decks, and the meditation practice I started subsequently has been amazing. Ideas and emotions arise while I’m sitting, and I can honor both aspects of them: the small mind aspect and the no-thing aspect. I still get entangled in the thoughts and emotions from time to time, because the mind is a tricky place and I’m a woman of many stories. But sitting has taught me I can embrace these thoughts and emotions freely and with curiosity while also recognizing that I’m not them and that they don’t have substance or meaning other than what I choose to give them. More »
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    Letters to the Editor Summer 2011 Paid Member

    An object for compassion I enjoyed Clark Strand’s article “13 Ways of Looking at a Madman” (Spring 2011). Every single situation presents us with an opportunity. If we were never sick, how could we appreciate our health, or if our body never died, how would we appreciate our limited time here? Perhaps it was his giving of his stones, or maybe it was his giving of his time or his utter sincerity; whatever it was, Mark Rogosin gave people something. He gave them an object for their compassion. More »
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    Letters to the Editor Spring 2011 Paid Member

    A Radical EvolutionI don’t have an answer to the question that Clark Strand asks in “The Path of Recovery” (Winter 2010). I live with these issues as a constant background noise in my mind, an ominous droning that invades every space and experience. The dismal prospects for our species and the lovely green world we live on leave me with a feeling of deep impermanence—on physical, ecological, and spiritual levels. It inspires small good works—attempts to connect people to each other, to the green earth, to the future they and their children will experience. It brings desire to disconnect from popular culture and society, despite the need for “all hands on deck” to deal with myriad issues and crises. There is a push and pull between retreat and re-engagement in politics and discourse. More »