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Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly

Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly Spring 2018

Buddhadharma offers in-depth teachings that reflect the wealth and range of Buddhist traditions, expert book reviews, and first-rate reporting on stories of special interest to Buddhists. It’s a precious resource for readers who want to deepen their understanding of Buddhist practice and philosophy.

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SHINSHU ROBERTS is cofounder of Ocean Gate Zen Center in Santa Cruz, California, and holds the appointment of Kokusaifukyoshi (international teacher) with the Soto Zen School in Japan. A student of Sojun Mel Weitsman, she trained at San Francisco Zen Center for seventeen years. Her book Being- Time: A Practitioner’s Guide to Dogen Zenji’s Shobogenzo Uji is forth-coming from Wisdom Publications in March. MATTHIEU RICARD was a close student and attendant of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche until his death in 1991. He has also served as the French translator for the Dalai Lama since 1989. A lama in the Nyingma tradition, he has been living in the Himalayan region for the past forty-five years. He is the founder of the humanitarian association Karuna- Shechen and a member of the Mind and Life…

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about the art

When we first saw Ode de la méditation, by RU XIAO FAN (on this issue’s cover), we were both intrigued and challenged. Some of us found the work beautiful, even comforting, while for others it was unsettling. Ultimately, the work sparked intense discussion around the office—not only about what the artist intended but also what the image speaks to in our own experience of meditation. In his award-winning series La Chute (The Fall), French photographer DENIS DARZACQ captures young dancers in flight as they leap and jump against the backdrop of city spaces (see page 56). The subjects appear to defy gravity and stop time, yet we’re assured by the artist that the images have not been digitally manipulated. Initially inspired by a news report about hip-hop dancers, Darzacq “borrows street…

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the fourfold sangha still matters

Western monastics are an endangered species. At least seventy-five percent of Western monastics in the Tibetan tradition disrobe, and the rates in other traditions appear to be similarly high. In many cases, Western monastics are neither trained and supported in the traditional way by their teachers, nor are they supported by Western Buddhists. They are not fully accepted by the traditional Buddhist institutions in Asia, and at the same time, they are not seen as part of the new lay Buddhism and secular movements taking hold in the West. At best, they can be put on a brochure to vaguely suggest the peace or discipline that popular culture associates with Buddhism. This is the landscape in which Western monastics find themselves. The Buddha chose to be a monk. He could have stayed…

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does buddhism say there’s free will?

THANISSARO BHIKKHU: As with so many other issues, the Buddha took a middle path— in this case, between the two extremes of determinism and total free will. If all your experiences were predetermined from the past—through impersonal fate, the design of a creator god, or your own past actions—the whole idea of a path of practice would be nonsense. If your choices in the present moment were totally free, with no constraints from the past, that would mean that your present actions would in turn have no impact on the future. The Buddha’s alternative was to teach that present experience is a combination of three things: the results of past intentions (your old karma), present intentions, and the results of present intentions. Your present intentions determine whether the mind does or…

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shikantaza is not limited to the mind

CONTRARY TO POPULAR understanding, zazen is not a practice of mind. It is not just a thing you do with your mind, even if the thing you’re doing is attending or concentrating. It includes the mind but is not limited to it. In American culture, people tend to identify themselves with the arisings and goings-on of their minds, but zazen is not overly concerned with such things. Zazen also includes the breath and body; even so, we don’t exactly apply the mind to the breath, nor do we focus specifically on bodily sensations. Rather, zazen is simply sitting in presence to breath, sitting in presence to mind, sitting in presence to body. Zazen is body, breath, and mind harmoniously “zazening.” Body, breath, and mind are in fact one thing. Or, more…

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through the lens of madhyamaka

ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS many of us hear about Buddhism is that nothing exists; everything is shunyata, emptiness, nothingness. This is the ultimate truth, the absolute or final truth expressed in the view of Madhyamaka, the school of Buddhist thought based on the writings of second-century Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna. When we begin traveling along the path of realization, this teaching receives a great deal of emphasis. This truth of shunyata can be difficult to accept because we are completely steeped in the conventional view of reality. We assume without question that everything exists. This more familiar and comfortable way of perceiving our world is known as the relative truth in Buddhist thought. To help us experience the deeper and less apparent ultimate truth, the emptiness of all phenomena, Madhyamaka logic…