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Lions Roar : November 2010
SHAMBHALA SUN NoveMBer 2010 15 Letters to the Editor Honoring THicH nHaT HanH I bow to you for your excellent biographical piece on Thich Nhat Hanh, “Peace in Every Step,” by Andrea Miller, in the July Shambhala Sun. I feel we should pay any honor we can to Thich Nhat Hanh while he is alive. I had been aware of his aging and recent illness. He is a man beyond belief in his endurance and vision, and a total inspira- tion as a Buddhist. Susan Lundberg Lansing, Michigan Beyond one and Many The Dalai Lama writes about “The Chal- lenge of Other Religions” in your Septem- ber issue. I had to deal with this question many years ago. I wanted to start a Zen service in the Detroit area and my teacher, Kongo Langlois Roshi of the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago, suggested contact- ing a local Unitarian Universalist Church because they would be open to that. My fiancé was already a member and I had at- tended a few Sunday services. I found myself faced with the question of how I live with other religions. Was I exclusive, inclusive, or pluralistic? I was not sure. But I trusted my teacher and respected the UUs who I met. I became a member of the UU Church and held a weekly Thursday night Zen service there for ten years. During that time I worked through any doubt about what I was doing or concern about a conflict between be- ing a Buddhist and a member of the UU Church. I definitely developed a respect for “many truths, many reli- gions,” and a faith in “one truth, one religion.” But what really brought respect and faith together was the transcendent no-mind experience of “no truth, no religion.” Tetshin Liddy Farmington Hills, Michigan aTHeisM noT required In the excellent review by Gaylon Fergu- son of Confession of a Buddhist Atheist by Stephen Batchelor, and Spiritual Atheism by Steve Antinoff, I detect the whiff of possibility that both authors are trying to convince themselves by convincing others that atheism is a good thing on the Bud- dhist path. That’s okay. But in two of his wonderful books, Living Buddha, Living Christ and Going Home: Jesus and Bud- dha As Brothers, Thich Nhat Hanh, in his gentle, inclusive way, makes it abundantly clear that atheism is not required. The Buddha way is a wide path, and there’s room for all of us. Rob Cairns Nevada City, California Loving iT In the July Issue, I was apprehensive in reading the article “I’m Loving It,” espe- cially with the advisory caution. It seemed like it might be a bit too much for my taste, specially in such a magazine, but surprisingly, I appreciated the brilliance of it and the learning. SHAMBHALA SUN FOUNDATION FOURTH ANNUAL ONLINE AUCTION OFFERING A SELECTION OF · original artworks · programs and events · retreats and vacations · books and audio · clothing and jewellry · gifts FEATURING OUTSTANDING ITEMS SUCH AS THIS BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI APPLIQUÉ THANGKA FROM NORBULINGKA INSTITUTE COMING MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2010 The Shambhala Sun Foundation gratefully thanks our auction partners for their generous donations. SHAMBHALA SUN FOUNDATION An independent, nonprofit corporation. Publishers of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. We welcome your letters and comments. Please send them to magazine@ shambhalasun.com.