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    Letters to the Editor Spring 2001 Paid Member

    Politics or Polemics I was somewhat distressed at the political nature of both a letter to the editor and a primary article in the Winter 2000 issue of Tricycle. This political material is not what I subscribe to Tricycle for, and although I agree that where politics, religion and philosophy collide, it is perfectly reasonable for Tricycle to address relevant issues, my expectation is that when it comes to politics Tricycle should rise above polemics. More »
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    Will the Real Buddhist Please . . . More »
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    Letters To The Editor Spring 2004 Paid Member

    Chant or Cant?As a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism with the Soka Gakkai, I have certainly come across articles and other writings on our organization. (I used to marvel at the fact that the SGI was rarely, if ever, mentioned in Tricycle and other Buddhist publications, considering its membership size and scope.) As Clark Strand points out in his article “Born in the USA: Racial Diversity in Soka Gakkai International” [Winter 2003], these publications have often maligned SGI. Strand has made an excellent and noteworthy effort in addressing this large oversight. Not only did I find Strand’s writing to be clear and engaging, but his exploration of race within Buddhism, and particularly in the SGI, was rich and informed. More »
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    Letters to the Editor Winter 2003 Paid Member

    A Huxley Hoax?We’ve learned so much about Buddhism since Huxley was alive, I was surprised that Dana Sawyer simply reported Huxley’s judgments about Buddhism without checking to see if they were still valid or not [“Aldous Huxley’s Truth Beyond Tradition,” Fall 2003]. Did Huxley really know enough about Theravada meditation or Pure Land devotionalism to make accurate judgments about them? In The Perennial Philosophy, did he really identify the subtext of all great spiritual traditions? Or did he simply cite writings that coincided with his own personal preferences? A glance at the first chapter of that book is enough to make you wonder if he really understood what the teaching on nonself was all about. It would be useful to have an article that accurately assessed these issues. More »
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    AUSPICIOUS BEGINNINGS The first issue of Tricycle was superb—a most auspicious beginning. I especially enjoyed Joel McCleary's fine tribute to Geshe Wangyal, Dean Rolston's moving "Memento Mori," and the delightfully unorthodox Spalding Gray interview with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The quality of the writing was very high and was matched by a marriage of intelligence, wit, and deep feeling, all qualities much needed in the kind of times we now live in. The time has surely come for the years of practice by American Buddhists to bear fruit in a new activism to begin to create a decent, sane, and just society. NICK PEARSON Weston, Massachusetts More »
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    Letters to the Editor Spring 2002 Paid Member

    Tricycle welcomes letters to the editor. Letters are subject to editing. Please send correspondence to: Tricycle: The Buddhist Review92 Vandam StreetNew York, NY 10013Fax: (212) 645-1493E-mail address: editorial@tricycle.com Absolute Dharma? In his illuminating article “One Dharma” (Winter 2001), Joseph Goldstein rightly points out that non-clinging is fundamental to all Buddhist traditions. However, he misleads when he proposes that we think of Buddhism as a “basic pragmatism, rather than an adherence to some philosophical system,” and Buddhist teachings as “skillful means for liberating the mind, rather than statements of absolute truth.”More »