Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly

Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly Fall 2017

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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.
we’re just getting started

When the first issue of Buddhadharma went to press fifteen years ago, we had an important and heartfelt goal: to create a journal for committed Buddhists of different traditions who wished to delve deeper into their practice, study the dharma, and engage with the wider mahasangha. As a nonprofit, we didn’t have a lot of resources. We managed with a fulltime staff of two—myself, as editor, and Seth Levinson, the art director— under the direction of Melvin McLeod, the editor-in-chief. We were greatly encouraged by Buddhist teachers, leaders, writers, and book publishers who rallied around the project, generously contributing articles and expertise. We’ve grown over the years but remain a relatively small editorial team intent on serving our committed Buddhist readership. In recent weeks, looking over past issues of Buddhadharma, I’m…

9 min.
best of first thoughts

Just Now Mind Zen teacherDae Kwangsays that right now, in this moment, there’s no way for you to practice Buddhism. And that’s as it should be. Buddhism has a very radical teaching: there’s no process, there’s only this moment. You’re always in the moment, but you think you aren’t. That’s all. Tell me the truth, does anybody ever have the past? If you can bring me even one molecule of it, you’ll win the Nobel Prize in physics. You can think about the past, but you can never get it. The same is true of the future. Buddhism says that the past is dead and the future is just a dream. Maybe it’s a good dream, or maybe it’s a bad dream, but it’s just a kind of dream. If you cut…

7 min.
best of ask the teachers

Q I’ve been a Buddhist for more than twenty years and I’ve done a lot of meditation practice. But I’ve never experienced any real peace or absence of thoughts in my meditation, at least for more than brief moments here and there. I’ve also had the benefit of many wonderful teachings, yet I still succumb to my emotions and old habits. More and more I find myself asking, “What’s the point?” What should I do about this? Tulku Thondup (contributor 2002–2004) Meditation works, even if it is not visible to you. A friend of mine was involved in ritualistic and devotional meditation on the Buddha of Compassion. He never believed it would have much effect on him since he spent so little time and energy on it. But then one day,…

2 min.
my path with arthritis

I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis, a painful and crippling disease, for more than thirty years. Back in the mid-seventies, my rheumatologist recommended I try a number of risky medications to curb my RA, but told me frankly that I would not be able to take any of these drugs for more than ten years because of their impact on the liver and kidneys. I thought, well then, why not strike out on my own right now and find out how to control this disease without medicine? Despite the bravado that decision implied, I often felt afraid and alone, reckless even—as my doctor insisted I was. As I began to feel my way along a dark corridor, I was guided by eight years of Zen meditation training. I had been taught to study…

1 min.
just when you think you’re enlightened

Sooner or later it’s going to happen—it might be the very first time you meditate or only after years of dedicated practice, but someday you’re going to have a spiritual experience. These experiences come in many forms, ranging from simple tranquility to radiant ecstasy. In their fullest expression, they are spiritual earthquakes that can transform your life. At more modest levels, they can manifest as the total cessation of thought, an out-of-body experience, or sensations of bliss and clarity. You might have an experience of profound meditation, or of union with the entire cosmos, and say to yourself, “This is it! This is what I’ve been waiting for.” Like the endorphins released in a runner’s high, these experiences are the meditator’s high. And they are addicting. Spiritual experiences are called nyam in…

3 min.
what do you see?

One of the first years that I was at our Brooklyn Temple, I went out one Sunday morning before sunrise for a run and saw that there was a homeless fellow on the front sidewalk who had bags of gear spread out all around him. In addition, a limb had broken off the tree in front of the temple and fallen on the sidewalk during the previous night’s storm, so the whole sidewalk was a mess. I went over and said good morning and asked what was up. He said he was organizing his stuff. I said, “You know, people are going to be coming soon for our Sunday service, so all your personal things here are going to be a bit of a problem.” He said, “Don’t worry, Reverend,…