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Re: Email from tricycle...

Postby jcsuperstar » Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:55 am

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Re: Email from tricycle...

Postby cooran » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:26 am

Hello Mawkish, all,

There is a very good multi-tradition magazine put out by The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia - which is english language. The April 2009 edition (old copy, I know) has articles by Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo, Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda, Ven. Aggacitta Bhikkhu, among those by Zen, Mahayana and Vajrayana authors.

Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be online. It has three issues per year for USD22.

It is called: Easter Horizon
9,Jalan SS25.24,Taman Mayang,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, MALAYSIA.
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Re: Email from tricycle...

Postby Kim OHara » Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:41 am

tiltbillings wrote:Tricycle's openess 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

Thanks, Tilt.
Lenz himself certainly seems to have been somewhere near the shonky end of the New-Age spectrum. I'm not sure if the Foundation is as bad or if it's sincerely trying to make good use of bad money; their Grants List looks fairly sensible.
I'll leave it at that, I think. I don't know enough to judge these people, nor do I need to, but I do now understand the doubts about them that have been expressed.
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Re: Email from tricycle...

Postby tiltbillings » Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:44 am

Kim O'Hara wrote:Thanks, Tilt.
Lenz himself certainly seems to have been somewhere near the shonky end of the New-Age spectrum. I'm not sure if the Foundation is as bad or if it's sincerely trying to make good use of bad money;
The problem is that the "foundation" is promoting Lenz' teachings and comes across as trying to buy legitimacy with the grants and such to legit Buddhist scholars and organizations. It is not money I would want.
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Re: Email from tricycle...

Postby Ben » Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:05 pm

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings Mawkish,

Mawkish1983 wrote:As it's 'Discovering Theravada', does anyone know of any Tricycle-like magazines that are more applicable to the Theravada?

Not that I'm aware of. Theravada isn't sexy enough to sell magazines.

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No, that's not true Paul.
And they are WAY SEXIER (for a Theravadin) than the pulp that is Tricycle:

They're a bit out of date (dating from the late 1950s), but as we know, the Dhamma is timeless.
http://www.pariyatti.org/ResourcesProje ... fault.aspx

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Re: Email from tricycle...

Postby IanAnd » Sun Jun 27, 2010 6:59 pm

tiltbillings wrote:
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.
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Re: Email from tricycle...

Postby Maitri » Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:31 am

Also to note that it is not only the Lenz Foundation that is supporting Tricycle and other groups, Tricycle is giving tit-for-tat by writing articles on "teachers" who are in the Lenz "tradition". The last one I recall was about a martial arts dojo that worked with young men, two were on the cover actually. Nothing was explicity linked to Lenz, but the article was written with no question as to the authenticity of the previously unknown "Zen Master"'.I think this well not end well for Tricycle.

But like others on here I pick it (and other Western Buddhist magazines) on occasion when the articles may be good. However, I tend to vet them carefully.

As for a Theravadan magazine all by it's lonesome- I can't think of one that is nationally published or widely available that hasn't been listed. Hopefully we will see more growth in this area in the future.

Try http://bhikkhuni.net/present/index.html for an online periodical.
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