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Spring 2018
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When the Monks Met the Muslims

In the popular imagination, Buddhism is synonymous with introspective peace, Islam with violent blind faith. But both conceptions are nothing more than Western fantasy. Revisiting the centuries of Buddhist-Muslim cooperative interaction forces us to rethink our stereotypes.

By Johan Elverskog
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Democratic from the Start

Western Buddhist groups often assume that hierarchical modes of organization are inherent to Buddhism. But there’s another part of Buddhist tradition—one that embraces political equality.

By James Kierstead


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No Exceptions

Lovingkindness is a powerful practice for developing goodwill toward all—but should we extend it to include the jerks and monsters of our world?

By Andrew Olendzki
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Health Care for All Beings

Like calling upon the Buddha, the dharma, and the sangha for spiritual support, universal health care would create a basis of material and emotional support from which citizens could solve other pressing personal and social problems.

By Elizabeth Zach
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Forest Refuge

In the aftermath of California’s devastating forest fires, Tricycle columnist Wendy Johnson reflects on the link between environmental destruction and regeneration.

By Wendy Johnson