I would like to thank you for the interesting articles by Clark Strand in the last few issues. I enjoyed his interview with Sensei Ogui (“Ordinary Struggles,” Summer 2006), representing the Buddhist Churches of America. I also enjoyed Strand’s own coming out, so to speak, into the Pure Land (“Born Again Buddhist” Fall 2006). As a Pure Land priest at the Reno Buddhist Church I was pleased with Tricycle’s decision to include what Strand correctly points out to be “over half the world’s Buddhists.”

Strand describes his experience of shinjin (true entrusting) in a poignant way that fits well with the Buddhist understanding of interdependence. The Pure Land surely is the pearl of great price that leads us to wisdom and compassion.

Rev. Bill Bartlett
Reno, Nevada

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