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Diversity, Please
Thank you, thank you. I’ve noticed (and have heard several remarks from friends about) your increasing inclusion of African American faces in Tricycle. We, too, are searching, and we tend to feel isolated along the path when images—and teachings—of only “white” practitioners stare up from every page of Buddhist publications. All of us need to feel united, not separated. Your publication can do its part to create this sense of unity by showing us a mixed America.

Vincent Jubilee
San Juan, PR

Nature-Friendly Dharma
In his article “The Buddha’s Footprint,” Johan Elverskog portrays early Buddhist texts as “openly hostile toward the environment” and talks of the dharma’s “disregard for nature.”

I have to disagree. Although at the time of the Buddha the great forests that covered northern India were a source of fear, in the Bhayabherava Sutta the Buddha describes how he overcame that fear and forged a new relationship with nature, giving us the clear message that to heal our relationship with nature we must heal ourselves. And in theAgganna Sutta, the Buddha tells the story of how beings destroy their relationship with nature through greed, exhausting one foodstuff after another.

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