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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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    Letters to the Editor Spring 1995 Paid Member

    Go Bill! I read Tricycle from cover to cover and don't understand ninety percent of what I read; but the ten percent I do understand helps me "deal with life" one day at a time (hopefully with more kindness for others). Perhaps next year I'll understand twelve percent. Bill KrumbeinSanta Rosa, California Food for Thought As a vegetarian for twenty-five years, I would like to say [in response to "Meat: To Eat it or Not: A Debate on Food and Practice," Winter 1994] that Buddhism should not be associated directly with vegetarianism. To make vegetarianism a precondition for practicing the dharma is putting the cart before the bullock. More »
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    Down By Law Regarding the ten-million-dollar lawsuit against Sogyal Rinpoche for sexual abuse [Spring 1995 In the News]: While Sogyal Rinpoche remains innocent until or unless proven guilty, whether or not he is within the ignoble category of teachers who misuse their spiritual authority is a question that has now been overwhelmed by the lawsuit itself. I am sympathetic to the lawsuit for the simple reason that no one seems able to come up with another solution to this regrettable situation and because I share with so many other women the frustration and anger which surfaces in the face of teachers who continue to indulge sexual appetites at the expense of their students. But bringing a lawsuit raises other issues as well. And I wonder if, in the long run, the price might be too high to pay. More »