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    Lama Drama If Thinley Norbu Rinpoche has the severe philosophical and practical problems with Western Buddhist teachers, groups, and students that he claims to have, then it should be plain and clear that factual examples need to be given support to these very serious criticisms. If this chafing indeed exists as he says, then it needs to be openly aired, not further irritated by keeping it under cover (this is mainly the job of the journalist, not the interviewee). I would hope the spirit of open and honest inquiry is present whether you are interviewing a Tulku or a first-year student or a person hostile to the dharma. I find it difficult to believe that the interviewer didn’t ask the obvious “Who?” Is Rinpoche commenting on Ole Nydal or Lama Surya Das or Stephen Batchelor? Friends of the Western Buddhist Order or the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Buddhism or the New Kadampa Movement? More »
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    Talking Heads Congratulations on the Richard Gere interview [Spring 1996]. Once again, Tricycle has played its trickster hand. This time converting a cherished image of Gere as the main representative of designer dharma into a portrait of a guy who is really wrestling with his practice just like the rest of us. He is one wonderful photographer as well. Bob Schumann Madison, Wisconsin More »
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    Letters to the Editor Winter 2005 Paid Member

    View the print version of this article in PDF format The Dispute Of HappinessThe Tricycle Fall 2005 issue was one of the best yet! So many articles on happiness, so much to think about—and like all really good discussions, it left me asking so many questions! Here are two: As a college professor, I sometimes ask my students what they think is the most important thing in life; increasingly, the answer is “happiness.” But I remember asking that question when I was a college student and getting answers like “I want to be rich,” “I want power,” or (since it was the '60s) “I want love.” It seems as if fewer people are making the assumption that happiness comes automatically as part of some external factor. Could this mean that we are beginning to learn something? More »
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    Hop Hop Hooray Thank you so much for the wonderful interview with Jeffrey Hopkins [Summer 1996], reading which I was inspired to consider the implications of imaginary sexual contact with “a man” as some functional identification - in mutuality - with that “generic” image as such. Hal Papps San Francisco, California   More of Tricycle’s supposedly white elite liberal readership speaks out: More »
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    FOOD FOR THOUGHT Let us agree that Buddhism is not vegetarianism. It is not "virtue" either, or "peace," or "gratitude," or any other word or concept. To identify it with anything at all is to reduce what in essence is illimitable. In fact, Buddhism isn't even Buddhism. But now let us leave the pure and safe world of negation and consider living practice. More »
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