I read the Tucson Weekly regularly and was greatly dismayed to see the cover of the most recent issue. There are approximately 400,000,000 Buddhists in the world and 500,000 in the United States. Michael Roach is not accepted by almost ALL of these practitioners as a Buddhist, so this tragedy had NOTHING to do with the future of Buddhism in the United States. As an ordained Buddhist teacher in the tradition of Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Thich Nhat Hanh, I was shocked by the ignorance about Buddhism in this article--you even spelled Buddha (Buddah) wrong on the cover! Buddhists tend to be very tolerant people, but I ask that you please consider an apology to all of the Buddhists in our community that promote peace, compassion and mindful living for errors and insensitivity in this article.
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