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Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly Winter 2020

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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Shambhala Sun Foundation
2 Issues

in this issue

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shambhala publications

Black & Buddhist Edited by Pamela Ayo Yetunde & Cheryl A. Giles Black Buddhist teachers off er lessons on racism, resilience, and achieving a truly representative American Buddhism. China Root David Hinton A compelling and liberating guide to the original nature of Zen in ancient China. The Essence of Chan Guo Gu Clear and illuminating commentary on one of Bodhidharma’s most important texts for both new and experienced Chan practitioners. Hidden Zen Meido Moore The first collection of hidden practices from the Rinzai Zen tradition used to remove obstructions to awakening.…

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new in paperback

The Trilogy of Rest Longchenpa The three volumes of Longchenpa’s Trilogy of Rest is an essential work on Dzogchen, addressing the nature of the mind, meditation, and postmeditation conduct. The Wisdom Chapter Jamgön Mipham The Padmakara Translation Group’s translation of Mipham’s famous commentary on the “wisdom chapter” of Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva. Healing Emotions The Dalai Lama Explore healing approaches to stress, death, meditation, selfcompassion, and working together across scientific and religious aisles. From Here to Enlightenment The Dalai Lama An essential distillation of Tsongkhapa’s classic text, The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. Kindness, Clarity, and Insight The Dalai Lama Learn the core tenants of Tibetan Buddhism, including the Four Noble Truths, karma, compassion, and meditation.…

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timeless • authentic • transformational

Lion of Speech Dilgo Khyentse Recently rediscovered, Lion of Speech is the sweeping biography of Mipham Rinpoche, one of the greatest 19th-century masters. Sarasvati’s Gift Mayumi Oda The memoir of artist, activist, and Buddhist teacher Mayumi Oda told through her words and paintings. In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas Phakchok Rinpoche A complete path of meditation training with a commentary on the King of Samadhi Sutra. The Third Karmapa Ranjung Dorje Ruth Gamble The first comprehensive overview of the life and writings of the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje.…

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the zen of retirement living

HAD SOMEONE TOLD Susan O’Connell, when she started her Zen journey over thirty years ago, that one day the San Francisco Zen Center would be a partner in a retirement community, she would have politely questioned their sanity. And yet today that very same Susan O’Connell is leading the way for one of the most audacious Life Plan Communities ever imagined. Enso Village in Sonoma County will be the first of its kind—an inclusive, retirement community where Zen practice will influence every aspect of living from design and architecture to healthcare, cuisine and community culture. Architectural plans are being developed and approvals from the City of Healdsburg are underway. “Our focus is on mindful aging, experiencing the joys of nature, participating in environmental stewardship, and providing contemplative care for adults over the…

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GINA SHARPE was born in Jamaica and immigrated to New York as a child. After successful careers in government, the motion picture industry, philanthropy, and law, she cofounded New York Insight Meditation Center in 1997, where she led its People of Color sangha and served as its guiding teacher until 2017. A member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, she led, with Larry Yang, Lila Kate Wheeler, and Rachel Bagby, the most diverse dharma teacher training in Spirit Rock’s history, which was completed in September. JODY HOJIN KIMMEL, SENSEI, is codirector of the Zen Center of NYC and the training director for the Mountains and Rivers Order at Zen Mountain Monastery, where she has been in full-time residential training for thirty years. She ordained as a priest with…

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about the art

When Swedish artist and mystic Hilma af Klint died in 1944, her last wish was that her work, more than a thousand paintings and drawings, be kept hidden for twenty years—she didn’t think the world was ready for it. This issue’s cover, “Buddha’s Standpoint in the Earthly Life No. 3,” is representative of her interest in balance and dualism and an example of the kind of inspiration she found through seances she conducted with her coven, a group of women called “The Five,” who would draw and paint as methods of recording their mystical communications. Artist Aaron Johnson works in two modes: reverse-painted acrylic polymer peel (page 82), and “sock paintings”—made of old socks. Whatever the medium, his work uses bright washes of color that bleed into each other to bring…