March 05, 2007
There's no shortage of Buddhist websites these days---see our links for evidence---but few are as entertaining and wide-ranging as theworsthorse.net, edited by my friend Rod Meade Sperry. Taking pop-culture and sub-culture as its starting points, TWH covers a lot of ground. The feature articles exhibit the strength of the site: an unfailing ability to get to the salient dharmic core of the many shapes Buddhism is taking in modern culture. Generally, this is accomplished with humor, sensitivity, and intelligence. The reader participation is impressive---don't miss "Body Vows," the collection of tattoos submitted by practitioners, with their stories---and a feeling of community permeates the site, without social networking being the thrust of the whole thing. There's also a massive array of links to a whole lot of creative people out there interpreting the dharma, categorized clearly with capsule descriptions and commentary, a rare joy to browse through. TWH dwells in the joy and pain of the evolving Western dharma, without judgment.
Andrew Merz, Associate Editor