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Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly

Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly Summer 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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LAMA TSULT RIM ALLIONE is the founder of Tara Mandala, a Vajrayana retreat center in Colorado, and she was the first American woman to become a Tibetan Buddhist nun, taking vows in 1970 with the Sixteenth Karmapa. She later gave back her monastic vows, married, and raised a family. Her work has been inspired by a deep connection with Machig Labdrön, the eleventh-century yogini who founded the Chöd lineage. Her new book, Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine, was released in May. GAYLON FERGUSON is an acharya in the Shambhala International Buddhist community and an associate professor of religious studies at Naropa University. He teaches in a Peace Warriors/Basic Goodness meditation instructor training program in Chicago, working with community activists to reduce youth violence, and also teaches…

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about the art

Peruvian photographer and performance artist Cecilia Paredes (featured in “Breaking the Silence on Sexual Misconduct”) plays the central role in her series “Landscapes,” where boundaries between her body and backdrops all but disappear: “I wrap, cover, or paint my body with the same pattern of the material and represent myself as part of that landscape,” explains Paredes. Her last name, which means “walls” in Spanish, is fitting for her uncanny ability to camouflage herself in the walls behind her. In her art she communicates a theme of dislocation and the quest to find home. The scene depicted on this issue’s cover represents the annual ceremony of cleaning the Great Buddha of the Todai-ji Temple in Japan. About 230 people, including priests, clean and dust this fifteen-meter statue, the largest and oldest…

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lineage is about more than preservation

SOMETIMES I FEEL overwhelmed. In our climate of unending gun violence, extreme rhetoric in domestic and international politics, and environmental crisis, I find myself needing to lean not only on my practice but also on my lineage for support. After all, lineage gives the dharma the familiar forms we’ve grown accustomed to. Lately, however, my experience of lineage is bittersweet. I’ve grown increasingly aware of my lineage’s slowness to get with the times. Debates around whether it dilutes the Buddha’s teaching to address the real-life needs of those I love and serve through dharma seem hopelessly closed-minded, as does the hesitancy to openly explore how whiteness, colonialism, and patriarchy helped form the structures through which lineage has taken root here in the West. The radical creativity that allowed the buddhadharma to…

6 min.
ask the teachers

CHAGDUD KHADRO: According to the teachings I have heard and the realized masters I have observed, emotions such as grief and sorrow—as well as disappointment, frustration, and fear—do arise. But such masters liberate emotions by recognizing their ephemeral, empty nature. A realization holder can avoid compounding emotions with the thoughts, concepts, words, and actions that produce karmic patterns. They can simply watch and be aware of their emotions arising and subsiding. The Tibetan language has two main words for compassion: nyingje, which refers to heartfelt, empathetic compassion, and thukje, the mind’s nonreferential, all-encompassing compassion. Whoever enters the Mahayana path cultivates nyingje by recognizing and responding to the dissatisfaction and suffering of all sentient beings, caught as they are in endless cycles of conditioned existence. One’s own emotions and experiences of dissatisfaction…

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from effort to effortlessness: the six gates of breath meditation

Playing in a garden among the cherry trees, I stretch out for a nap in my little hut. —Ryokan (1758–1831), translation by John Stevens AS A YOUNG MONK, I loved this poem and the many like it, the images of Ryokan and other great Zen masters of old living out the fulfillment of the Buddha Way by wandering the forests, giggling with children, resting when tired, and eating when hungry. So pure! So free! So refreshing! My teachers and elders appreciated Ryokan’s napping as well, but when I did it, they didn’t appreciate it nearly as much. My naps simply ended in my teachers exhorting me to return to meditation. The message seems to be that there is some big difference between Ryokan’s napping and my own. Of course, the distinction is dubious:…

20 min.
breaking the silence on sexual misconduct

Victim. Survivor. Consort. Partner. One of “those women.” I stare at these identities on the page, and one by one I try them on. The words feel like button-down shirts that are too small. Yet sometimes they seem to fit, depending on the shifting fragments of memory that make up that time in my life. A young woman called me on the phone in October of 2016. We shared the same dharma teacher. We also shared a history, without our knowledge. When she first called, she said it was about graduate school—she was thinking of going and wanted to know what my experience was like. Did I remember her, she asked? In the past, she said, people at the monastery have compared us. Like you, I was completely devoted to the…