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    Another Brick in the Wall I would like to respond to one point made by Aitkin Roshi in the article “Buddhism Without Walls.” It is the question of what we may wish to retain in the West of Japanese monasticism. More »
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    To the Letter I subscribed to Tricycle because I felt an affinity with a magazine dedicated to a system of thought that appears to transcend dogmatic conflict. However, after reading the Letters section for several months now, I have become dismayed over the constant crabbing, intellectual one-upmanship, and lack of tolerance for others’ viewpoints. I would expect this sort of pedantic behavior from Christian evangelicals, but Buddhists? I can only conclude that too many Americans are bringing their competitive baggage along with their undoubtedly sincere attempt to embrace a system of thought somewhat alien to traditional American religious cultural upbringing. My suggestion would be for these budding Buddhists with inherent combative agendas to return to basics (i.e., the Noble Eightfold Path). And this time, pay attention. Have some compassion. Be nice! Ronald Spatz West Hills, California More »
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    Talking Back to Prozac Thank you so much for printing the article “Prozac & Enlightened Mind.” As a person who has experienced depression and as a physician who treats depression, it is helpful to find that others are asking the questions I’ve asked of myself. Without medication (Prozac in my case), I might well not be here to be trying to walk the eightfold path. It is difficult to practice when one is dead emotionally and impossible if dead physically. More »
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    Letters to the Editor Winter 1999 Paid Member

    I Like Trike I continue to be amazed by Tricycle—its intelligence, its emotional impact, and the thread of compassion that weaves through it. I am impressed, delighted, angered and frustrated by Tricycle—and I learn from it. The articles on Yasutani Roshi’s anti-Semitism are notable in this respect. Chogyam Trungpa, speaking on the need for a teacher, said you can learn from a book but a book can’t teach you, the reason for this being that a book will never tell you what you don’t want to hear. I believe this and I’ve cited it often for my students. Yet Tricycle succeeds in getting me to listen—to what I want to hear and to what I don’t. And I learn. Sydney Musai Walter, SenseiSanta Fe, New Mexico As One of the Contributors More »
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    Letters to the Editor Fall 2002 Paid Member

    Kudos and Condemnation Thank you to Neta Golan (“Peace Warrior in the West Bank”) for shedding light on the reality of the situation in the West Bank. Her immense courage in providing an interview with Tricycle on the nature of the Arab-Israeli crisis is to be commended. As an agency for understanding and for positive change in the world, her work is hugely heroic. Tricycle demonstrated tremendous moral courage, as well, in publishing this piece—particularly in a world where acknowledgment of, and responsibility for, the consequences of our actions is so conspicuously lacking in many of our political leaders. —Brenda Ungerland More »
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    FUNNYBONE DHARMA Not only is the visual design of the Winter 1991 issue of Tricycle very pleasing, but the subject matter is diverse and provocative, a veritable feast of paradox. We are told by Khyentse Rinpoche on page 41 that "To cut through the mind's clinging, it is important to understand that all appearances are void, like the appearance of water in a mirage." And then, in Rick Fields' piece, we are reminded by Bodhidharma that "one who thinks only that everything is void is ignorant of the law of causation." More »