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    Letters to the Editor Fall 2007 Paid Member

    Transgender BiasPagan Kennedy’s account of Michael Dillon’s quest to become a Buddhist monk (“Man-Made Monk,” Summer 2007), and the bigotry he encountered, hits a tender spot in me. In 2005, having studied Buddhism for ten years, I cut off my hair and aborted my four-year-long transition from male to female to seek ordination as a Gelug monk. Careful research revealed, though, that as a “eunuch” I was ineligible to become even a novice monk. More »
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    Letters Spring 2010 Paid Member

    I Heart Tomatoes Tomatoes and avocados are my favorite fruit (after mangos, that is). Growing up, it was impossible for me to imagine life without them. In fact, in the diary my mother kept about me for the first two years of my life, tomatoes appear prominently as my favorite food. More »
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    A BEAUTIFUL SPIRIT I was inspired by Tricycle’s interview with Ani Choying Drolma, the “singing nun” from Nepal (“Topping the Charts for Freedom,” Fall 2009). Ani Choying chose to transform her own childhood pain into a quest to bring joy to Nepali street children. One of her favorite ways to bring happiness to these children who “play in the dust” is to walk the streets and hand-deliver stuffed animals she has gathered from friends. Her beautiful spirit moved me. My young daughter and I put together a box of stuffed animals she no longer plays with and shipped the box to Ani Choying’s organization, the Nuns’ Welfare Foundation of Nepal. I want my daughter to know how fortunate she is and not forget those children who have less than she does. Lisa Richardson, Glendale, CA More »
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    Letters to the Editor Paid Member

    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 »