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Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly

Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly Summer 2017

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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2 min.
what about the children?

I’ve noticed that you can basically divide North American Buddhist communities into two types: those with children present and those without. Many other things, such as styles of practice, lineages, race, class, institutional size and stability, and so on often fall into place as well along one or the other side of this dividing line. Childless Buddhism is a peculiar phenomenon, unknown in Asia but common here. There are particular reasons why childless Buddhism occurs. Many Western practitioners arrive at dharma centers as adults, without any childhood experience of Buddhism. They engage with the dharma to meet their grown-up concerns, and they shape it to their grown-up needs. Some arrive as university students, without children in tow, while others are older practitioners whose children, if they had any, have moved out…

8 min.
first thoughts

Not a Moment to Lose Andrew Olendzkicounts up the mind– moments in a day—and explains why each one counts. If there were six moments of cognition per second, there would be 360 per minute, 21,600 per hour, and assuming seven and a half hours of sleep each night, about 356,400 mind–moments in a waking day. In a life span of seventy-seven years, one person would experience about ten billion discrete episodes of experience. That’s it. This is the sum total of what is actually you, your world, your life: ten billion mind–moments. Let’s take this a step further and calculate that with about seven billion people in the world today, there are a total of forty-two billion per second, or two and a half trillion mind–moments per minute enacted on the planet as…

8 min.
ask the teachers

QI’m addicted to pornography; I have been for a long time. I have good days in my practice, but often I end up thinking about pornography in my meditation, and once it begins, it’s hard not to get stuck there. Is meditation even a good idea for me? Or am I someone who should spend less time in his own head, away from these kinds of thoughts? BODHIN KJOLHEDE: Indeed, we should all spend less time in our head. And we need meditation to do that. The pivotal issue, always, is attention: how we are using—or misusing—it. From moment to moment, it is our privilege as human beings to have choice in where to direct our attention. It is like holding a flashlight in a dark room—with a flick of the wrist,…

10 min.
destroyed not destroyed

Obliterating all opposites and relativities, cutting off all doubt—what phrase can we use? The Capitol is not an inch of a step away. The greatest mountain only weighs three pounds. But tell me— on what principle do you stand to see it like this? —Translation by Thomas Cleary This is the introduction to Case 30 in the Book of Serenity, a collection of one hundred Zen stories. It tells us that if we can really understand the story that follows, we can be free of our various oppositions and dualities—in other words, free from our normal fearful ways of conceiving ourselves and the world. We think our goals and ideals are far away and we punish ourselves for not having realized them—but they, like the Capitol, are not far away. They…

3 min.
a jewel heart

The first time I met Gelek Rimpoche, he took my head in his hands and headbutted me. I had just asked him this question: “Is it true that on some level, pain and pleasure are the same thing, and we just project these labels onto an otherwise neutral experience?” I can still remember the shock of his forehead tapping mine. Then he said, “Pain is also pain. Pleasure is also pleasure. You have read too many different books. Read one book, do one meditation practice.” Years later I learned that it was an auspicious sign for a Tibetan lama to touch his head to the head of a student. At the time, I was just stunned. I had the great opportunity to spend the next twenty-nine years as Rimpoche’s student. He called…

10 min.
this rare and precious life

All sentient beings, including myself, have gone through continuous ups and downs, life after life, experiencing the sufferings of samsara. The reason we keep having all of these problems is because we haven’t managed to fulfill our life’s mission. What is our mission? In the most basic sense, we all have a desire for peace and happiness, and we all wish to be free from pain and suffering. But though we may experience happiness here and there, it is not the kind of happiness that has never known suffering. In fact, for most of us, it is the kind of happiness that is based on suffering. We put a lot of effort into having material comforts, and on top of that we want mental and spiritual comfort. But even when we think…