Between NellaLou over at Enlightenment Ward, Kyle at Reformed Buddhist and James over at the Buddhist Blog. there is really nothing for me to even say about that silly Buddhist Blogger Bashing Article over at the Tricycle. Now, I don’t rant as well as Kyle or write as succinctly as James or express myself in chapters as well as NellalLou (her posts are long – like eons long – but awesomely awsome) so I will just highlight some of my opinions on this thing.
The only real statement that I can make is that this blog as well as most of the blogs that are listed to the right and a bit below the fold are all honest, day-to-day practitioners of a variety of Buddhist schools, sects and viewpoints. Most are respectful but all are respected.
This is one thing that Tricycle is missing for the most point. We engage with each other through different mediums to broaden, expand or focus our practice. By following the pitfalls and triumphs of these everyday peoples we have a more complete practice.
I don’t deny that some of us get argumentative at times but, from what I can gather, most of us practitioners continue to engage in a very mindful and “ego-free” fashion. This is not to say that we aren’t flawed, human and ego-monsters at times but hey, no-one’s perfect.
I tired quickly of Tricycle’s constant attempts at Dharma and advertising because all they do is talk at us (or sell at us). There is no sense of engagement or even respect from that particular magazine. I, for one, prefer to not have my Dharma or practice spoon-fed to me. I out grew that long ago and don’t find much merit in that particular method. With following bloggers, you know that there aren’t advertisers or a marketing department or an editorial board making the decisions on what you hear or see. Its honest and blunt. Not always right or pretty but it is honest.
I will admit, though, that when I want to check out some good-looking white people and a window shop some retreats that I will never able to afford, Tricycle is the first place to go. It is the Cosmo of the Buddhist world. Pretty, glossy with an occasional nice centerfold but, overall, superficial.
Now, before anyone starts in on me with the “Popular media Bad, Bloggers Good” rant and tell me to sleep on it and when I wake up I will have a more “Buddhist” viewpoint, let me mention that Buddhadharma has been engaging with those online practitioners lately in a couple of blog posts. They actually *gasp* ask us about how we practice and engage with each other! Imagine that!
So it does seem that some of The Big Three is getting the bigger picture about this particular issue. Good for them!