Violence in northern Sri Lanka and southern Thailand continues. . . Isn’t there any cheerful news in the Buddhist world? Well, this self-described “Unitarian Buddhist,” reported about in Northwestern University’s Medill Reports (from their Graduate School of Journalism) apparently gathered enough aluminum cans to start a real live retreat center. There’s something to think about next time you polish off a can of your favorite fizzy. Also, Deepak Chopra, whose new novel was reviewed in the current Tricycle, writes about the Buddha’s take on fear and anxiety for the Huffington Post. Read it before you judge it! I mean the HuffPo article, of course. For the novel just read our review. – Philip Ryan, Webmaster