Karma K Sonam wrote:I used to get Tricycle. Not anymore. It smacked of being full of "beautiful" people (invariably white), adverts for expensive goods and was achingly middle class.
It IS good to see however that the boys have hijacked a thread about Asian woman to thrash out their own disagreements.
Oh the irony....
the orginal post went as follows: "Do you agree with her points that major Buddhist publications like Tricycle, Shambala Sun, and Buddhadharma systematically ignore the Asian-American Buddhist community?"
the thread's actually not about
Asian women, but about the relationship between Asian-American Buddhist community and the Western Buddhist community (as far as the latter is exemplified by Tricycle magazine and its equivalents). i think, if i remember right, there was a loose consensus that Tricycle did not strictly represent Western Buddhism, but was better understood as a commercial enterprise hoping to appeal to a western audience, in the same way that magazines about fly-fishing bias their presentation towards a specific demographic.
along the way, though, a few interesting things were raised about a more fundamental juxtaposition, that perhaps underlay the original discussion, namely that of ethnic Asian institutional Buddhism and the developing Western institutional Buddhism. so the discussion of "relationship" expanded naturally to include Asian Buddhist communities not specifically Asian-American, and from that became a discussion about how Asian and Western Buddhist communities relate to each other in general. in that respect, the relationship between FGS (which is perhaps the most explicitly missionary of the ethnic institutional entities) and it's host countries came up.
hope that helps.