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    GOING GREEN FOR THE GREENThank you for your thoughtful editorial in the Summer 2009 issue. As a member of Green America, I was thrilled to read that Frank Locantore was able to help Tricycle “go green.” The movement to become environmentally responsible is more than “greenwashing.” In my opinion, it indicates a shift in business culture. Companies are beginning to realize that in order to keep customers and attract new ones, they must show their dedication to preserving the natural environment. John MalcomsonSeattle, WA THANK WHO? More »
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    Letters Summer 2009 Paid Member

    NOT SO FASTI would have no beef with Genpo Roshi (“Introducing Big Mind,” Winter 2008) if he presented his Big Mind technique merely as a tool for helping to deal with psychological issues encountered during the course of practice, but he doesn’t. He maintains that by practicing the Big Mind method one can radically speed up the time it takes to attain Buddhist enlightenment. Genpo Roshi’s quick road suggests that we access the mindset of zazen by cultivating a singular perspective of non-seeking, non-grasping awareness. This ignores the deeper implications and true power and purpose of zazen as Zen practice. More »
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    Letters Spring 2009 Paid Member

    SITTING PROUD I was at first a bit dismayed to read that Susan Moon ever felt abashed sitting zazen in a chair (“On the Cushion,” Winter 2008). But then I remembered Zen in the early days at Tassajara and in San Francisco, when some circles and practitioners, in my experience, adopted a macho approach to sitting posture. I also remembered a conversation in the eighties with a Japanese Jungian analyst named Hayao Kawai, who had an interest in Zen practice; he said that by loading Zen on top of our already strict Judeo-Christian culture, American practitioners burden themselves with too much severity. More »
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    Letters Winter 2008 Paid Member

    SCIENCE CATCHES UPIn her article (“Long Journey to a Bow,” Fall 2008), Christina Feldman points out the importance of penetrating the conceit of self, describes its various manifestations, and suggests that liberating ourselves begins with becoming sensitive to those manifestations. As she writes, life is a powerful ally in undermining conceit by providing us with “times when our world crumbles” to the point of realizing that “there is simply no more that ‘I’ can do.” More »
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    Letters to the Editor Fall 2008 Paid Member

    HUMAN NATURE I read the interview with Jack Kornfield in the Summer 2008 edition of Tricycle with an eye toward his new book, The Wise Heart. I have always found attempts to merge Buddhism and Western psychology disappointing. In the same edition of Tricycle, Robert Aitken echoes my suspicions in his response to “The Question”: “As much as I have availed myself of psychological therapy, I can’t get past its purpose to enhance the ego.” 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. More »