Kim O'Hara wrote:
So what's source of your sudden disenchantment with Tricycle? Is there something more that I should know?
Tricycle's openness to all schools is not a problem. Taking money from the Lenz outfit seems a bit questionable to me.
Here is a fairly neutral accounting of self proclaimed Zen Master Rama aka F. Lenz, who killed himself with an overdose: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Lenz
A bit more info: http://www.skepdic.com/rama.html
A snippet from the second of these two links provides the following bit of "wisdom" from one of Lenz's followers: "Here is what one of his followers said he learned from his master [meaning Zen Master Rama or Lenz]: 'Spiritually advanced people work with computers because it makes a lot of money. The more money you make, the better you meditate.' (Clark and Gallo 1993, 102)"
Of course, we all know the very sutta he is referring to where the Buddha proclaimed that "the more money you make (and presumably donate to me and my organization of bhikkhus), the better you are able to meditate." It all depended upon how much you were willing to pay as to how proficient you become as a meditator on the way to becoming an awakened arahant
. The implication being, apparently, that in the early days one could "buy" the title. Anathapindika would have been a perfect example of this (according to this kind of Lenz influenced
reasoning, that is).
You've got to love sarcasm. Without it we might not ever see (and be able to laugh at) the truth.
While I years ago stopped subscribing to Tricycle
, having become aware of what was presenting itself as its ulterior motives for publishing and influencing its readers, I still appreciate some of the good articles that have appeared there despite the overall publishing organization's shenanigans behind and occasionally in front of the scenes. BTW, I still have all my old copies of Tricycle. Have just never (and do not intend to ever) re-subscribe.
"The gift of truth exceeds all other gifts" — Dhammapada, v. 354 Craving XXIV