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Dharma Magazines

Someone asked me why I wouldn't subscribe to Tricycle magazine. Bottom-line, they are first and foremost journalists, not practitioners. Their refuge is provocative news, not benefit. Sometimes they publish stuff that, on my humble distorted afflictive emotion filtered view, violates precepts. Even so, sometimes there's good things there too.

Dharma Magazines are kind of the core of the Buddhist North-American Spiritual Supermarket. Samsara-dharma, political agitation in a bad sense, some sensationalism. It is both good and bad that it is not connected to any Dharma center, and sometimes the denunciations are valid. But there's also lots of empty polemics, things prepared to stir afflictive emotions, etc. Of course, also lots of good things.

Shambhala Sun would be my choice of "dharma magazine". Even though it is too far from perfect. I would stick with oral teachings, and good well recommended Dharma Books in second place.


The Roots of Buddhist Romanticism

“When Buddhist Romanticism speaks to these needs, it opens the gate to areas of dharma [the Buddha's teachings] that can help many people find the solace they’re looking for. In doing so, it augments the work of psychotherapy [...] However, Buddhist Romanticism also helps close the gate to areas of the dharma that would challenge people in their hope for an ultimate happiness based on interconnectedness. Traditional dharma calls for renunciation and sacrifice, on the grounds that all interconnectedness is essentially unstable, and any happiness based on this instability is an invitation to suffering. True happiness has to go beyond interdependence and interconnectedness to the unconditioned [...] [T]he gate [of Buddhist Romanticism] closes off radical areas of the dharma designed to address levels of suffering remaining even when a sense of wholeness has been mastered.” Thanissaro Bhikkhu on the most common western flavour o Dharma.

Vajrayana-Buddhism in the Modern World:
The Challenges of Maintaining an Authentic Tradition

In March 2018, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche gave teachings to the Rigpa Sangha in Berlin, London and Paris. These teachings are wonderful in any context, explain the Vajrayana practice of guru yoga in depth, and deal directly with the subject at hand.

The Distortions We Bring To The Study of Buddhism

This excellent article was originally published in the September 1997 edition of Shambhala Sun Magazine. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse calls on Westerners to…

What Kind of Buddhist
was Steve Jobs, Really?

One reason I was looking forward to reading Walter Isaacson's new biography of Steve Jobs was my hope that, as a sharp-eyed reporter, Isaacson would probe to… Exaggeration. People would like for someone hyped as Jobs to be on their side: most Buddhists have a sense of fashion towards their faith. So it is kind of a shame.

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