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    Dharma magazines

    Does anyone think it worthwhile to subscribe to one of the dharma magazines out there: Tricycle, Shambhala Sun or Buddadharma?

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    My wife and I enjoy Mountain Record. We used to subscribe to Tricycle but somehow just lost interest in it.

    Gassho,

    Shawn

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirkmc
    Does anyone think it worthwhile to subscribe to one of the dharma magazines out there: Tricycle, Shambhala Sun or Buddadharma?
    I still appreciate Buddhadharma, as always some worthwhile teaching or book review or insight on the many flavors and changes in Buddhist practice in there (especially as it is developing in the west), always something in there. It is good to hear how Buddhism is practiced by a variety of teachers in other traditions too, and that is a good source.

    The other two can be a bit fluffy at times, but they do have something good too.

    As long as one can see through and shining through the words, then words themselves are not the problem. We are a "way beyond words and letters", but that does not mean we do without all "words and letters".

    Gassho, J

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    Whenever I check out Tricycle, this is the impression I get: It's for skinny white, vegetarian hipsters who live in California.

    :mrgreen:

    As someone who has never been skinny, I always feel suspicious when I go to place, and everyone is these Skinny hipsters wearing turtle necks.

    I tried to go to a few Evangelical mega Churches in the last few years - and it was just that!



    And yeah, the articles are very fluffy or overly academic.

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    Re: Dharma magazines

    Yea, I read Tricycle some years ago, and it was a bit fluffy. Or, more exactly, superficial, for those "supermarket spirituality searchers." I haven't seen it since. They do, however, have a subscription with PDFs, which is both cheaper and more tree-friendly.

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    I didn't know Shambhala Sun had articles. I thought it was just a collection of Pema Chodron ads. haahahah

    I did read one of the ZMM's Mountain Records and it's really cool. I like the layout of it.

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    Re: Dharma magazines

    Hi All,

    Don't forget Jundo Sensei has an article due out sometime soon in the Shambhala Sun! Might be worth the subscription just for the article on Treeleaf in my opinion!

    Gassho,
    John

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    No... forgive the expression, but to me these are just "dharma porn." Flashy, full of ads... consumption Buddhism. Yes, I've come across some good articles, but to me they're mostly..bleh.

    Mountain Record is OK, definitely not as commerical. But just wait until you get their 2011 Full Color Catalog of Essential Buddhist Trinkets and Stuff-You-Need[TM]!!!!

    Maybe skim through them in a bookstore, but I wouldn't spend money on them. Better to save money and just sit more.

    -Matt

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    Re: Dharma magazines

    Wouldn't it be fun if Treeleaf had its own magazine or newsletter that everyone can take turns contributing to? That way we can take the teachings with us and share with others along with the use of the computer.

    Jodi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matto
    Mountain Record is OK, definitely not as commerical. But just wait until you get their 2011 Full Color Catalog of Essential Buddhist Trinkets and Stuff-You-Need[TM]!!!!
    -Matt
    True dat, but they have an awesome, wooden sculpture of Bodhidharma!

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    Re: Dharma magazines

    Risho wrote:
    True dat, but they have an awesome, wooden sculpture of Bodhidharma!
    :lol: _/_

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    Re: Dharma magazines

    Quote Originally Posted by Risho

    True dat, but they have an awesome, wooden sculpture of Bodhidharma!
    I just went to look at it, and it is, indeed, quite nice.

    http://www.dharma.net/monstore/product_ ... 97pmo5vin2

    I'd love to have something like that.

    The wooden Buddha is nice too:

    http://www.dharma.net/monstore/product_ ... 97pmo5vin2

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRBrisson
    Hi All,

    Don't forget Jundo Sensei has an article due out sometime soon in the Shambhala Sun! Might be worth the subscription just for the article on Treeleaf in my opinion!

    Gassho,
    John
    Actually, they turned down the article. It was about this place and our experience here, posted awhile back. You can read it here ...

    THE WORLD IS VIRTUAL, THIS SANGHA IS REAL

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    Quote Originally Posted by jodi_heisz
    Wouldn't it be fun if Treeleaf had its own magazine or newsletter that everyone can take turns contributing to? That way we can take the teachings with us and share with others along with the use of the computer.
    Hmmm, perhaps you are describing the role of this Forum, Jodi.

    Gassho, Jundo

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    Newsletters are kind of a thing of the past.

    Blogs are much better.

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    Re: Dharma magazines

    Quote Originally Posted by Tree
    Newsletters are kind of a thing of the past.

    Blogs are much better.
    While I run a number of blogs, I have to disagree. Blogs are for rapid communication, newsletters are more thought out. Newsletters are also a more solid record than blogs, which are, by their very nature, ephemeral (as are all things, of course...). I also create newsletters for some of my clients, and they are a good way to consolidate information. They also represent editorial choice, something that is less prominent on blogs.

    Just sayin'... my 2 cents as a freelance writer.

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    Re: Dharma magazines

    Quote Originally Posted by kirkmc
    Quote Originally Posted by Tree
    Newsletters are kind of a thing of the past.

    Blogs are much better.
    While I run a number of blogs, I have to disagree. Blogs are for rapid communication, newsletters are more thought out. Newsletters are also a more solid record than blogs, which are, by their very nature, ephemeral (as are all things, of course...). I also create newsletters for some of my clients, and they are a good way to consolidate information. They also represent editorial choice, something that is less prominent on blogs.

    Just sayin'... my 2 cents as a freelance writer.
    I'd say the editorial choice thing sorta just depends on the blog. I've seen blogs with better standards than much print and I've seen all-over-the-place unfocused, irrational blogs.

    Usually though, the advertising is less prominent on blogs and is more easily blocked - at least if it's Flash.

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    Re: Dharma magazines

    Jundo wrote:
    Actually, they turned down the article.
    That's Kind of a bummer. Anyway, it's a great article and we have a copy of it here so it's all good

    Gassho,
    John

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    Re: Dharma magazines

    I think most of these magazines are a very good starting place for beginners and the Buddha-curious, but after a while it's best to move on.

    Actually my favorite "Buddhist" magazine is Family Handyman. It teaches you a lot about taking care of your home and using your tools properly and with attention and skill. :wink:

    Gassho

    Jennifer

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