Browse previous issues of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly.
Cover story: Is Western Psychology Redefining Buddhism? In our forum, three panelists examine the influence of Western psychology on how we understand Buddhism. Also inside: Konrad Ryushin Marchaj reminds us of the price of taking up authentic practice; Mingyur Rinpoche explores the nature of taking refuge; Andrew Holocek examines how temporary experiences can sidetrack or inspire us; and Noah Levine exhorts sanghas to get serious about the fifth precept.
Cover story: Your Teacher and You. Our panel of experts looks at what that relationship means today, how to make the most of it, and what to do when it isn’t working. Norman Fischer takes a look at his own evolution as a teacher, while Sumi Loundon Kim shares how she’s grown to forgive teachers some of their shortcomings. Also inside: Ajahn Jayasaro shows us the right kind of desire to cultivate in practice; Grace Schireson explains how the Women Ancestors Document means for practitioners; and Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen guides us through Milarepa’s “The Eight Bardos.”
Cover story: The Insight Revolution. From its origins in Cambodia to the present, insight meditation has opened the gates of practice to countless lay practitioners. Joseph Goldstein takes a look at the four foundations of mindfulness, while Erik Braun takes us back to Ledi Sayadaw and the movement’s beginning. Also inside: our panel of Buddhist teachers explore the meaning and practice of renunciation; Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche reveals the illusory nature of appearances; and the lives teachings of S.N. Goenka and Toni Packer are remembered by their students.
Cover story: Karma. We talk a lot about it, but how many of us know what it is? Our panel of Buddhist experts tells us what karma is and how it works (It’s really about freedom). Also inside: Traleg Rinpoche explores how the tantric path cuts through our concepts and confusion; Geoffrey Shugen Arnold encourages us to look closer before forming judgments; and Andrew Holocek offers Tibetan Buddhist meditations and teachings to prepare us for the end of life.
Cover story: The Meditation Reality Check— A forum on how to identify obstacles in your practice, apply antidotes that work, and deepen your meditation in the process. Also inside: Contemporary Dzogchen master Tulku Thondup Rinpoche reveals the deep nontheistic essence of Vajrayana practice; Gregory Shepherd looks back on his Zen training in Japan with the late Yamada Roshi and the difficult lessons he learned. Ajahn Viradhammo reflects on self-sacrifice and the importance of cultivating a strong and expansive heart.
Cover story: What Is Enlightenment?— Joan Sutherland explores what it is and why it’s not an unreachable goal. Also inside: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche takes us through Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s presentation of the three-yana journey; a forum on the challenges of growing old and how Buddhist communities can help their aging members meet them; and Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel examines common misconceptions about Buddhist practice that can derail even the most seasoned practitioners.
Cover story: Your Meditation Handbook—Practical teachings on helpful meditation practices from different Buddhist traditions—and how they can change your life.
Also inside: Ajahn Amaro explains how to practice nada yoga and why this simple act of listening to inner sound can help you realize emptiness;Guo Gu, a longtime student of the late Master Sheng Yen, presents an experiential look at the Chan practice of silent illumination; and a forum exploring the centrality of meditation in Western Buddhism and whether or not other practices are necessary.
Cover story: The Heart Sutra Will Change You Forever —Penetrate the true meaning of the Heart Sutra, says Karl Brunnhölzl, and nothing will be the same again. The secret is making it personal.
Also inside: Thich Nhat Hanh explains that emptiness is not something
to be afraid of; Kay Larson explores the Zen-inspired lesson of John Cage's 4'33", known unofficially as "the silent piece"; and we mark the tenth anniversary of Kobun
Chino Roshi’s tragic death with a selection of his teachings.
Cover story: Heal the Self, Free the Self—Bringing together Western psychology and Buddhism to help your practice and your life. John Welwood, Grace Schireson, and Andrew Holecek explain how it’s done.
Also inside: Carolyn Rose Gimian explores modern-day practitioners’ ambivalent commitment to the three jewels and what we might be losing out on, a celebration of the life of Thinley Norbu Rinpoche Kiera, and Tenshin Reb Anderson on the necessity of each of the three turnings of the wheel of dharma.
Cover story: Two Great Paths—Dzogchen and Mahamudra, while their methods may differ, their essence is the same, explains Adeu Rinpoche.
Also inside: Feminist trailblazers Gloria Steinem and Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo discuss patriarchy, Kiera Van Gelder shares her experience with turning to Buddhist practice to manage depression, and a forum on the place of political and social engagement in daily practice.
Cover story: Seeing Ourselves Clearly—The Dalai Lama explains how the key to nirvana is knowing the true nature of the self.
Also inside: Jan Willis examines racism in American Buddhism, Stan Goldberg on being a compassionate caregiver, a panel discussion on the problem "whiteness" in American Buddhism, and Ken McCleod on dealing with energy imbalances.
Cover story: The Real Path—Norman Fischer explains why it’s suffering that gives us the incentive, vision, and strength to transform our lives.
Also inside:Thich Nhat Hanh offers advice for cultivating a relationship that’s loving and strong, a forum discussion on the key challenges that lie ahead for Western Buddhism, and Barry Magid remembers Joko Beck.
Cover story: Finding Freedom From Our Negative Patterns—Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Joan Sutherland, Jan Chozen Bays, and Chonyi Taylor offer teachings on how to liberate the mind from painful habits, addictions, and repetitive thoughts.
Also inside: Chan Master Yen reminds us not to be discourages that we haven't attained enlightenment, Kiley Jon Clark shares his experience of bringing the dharma to the homeless, and a panel discussion on the role of humor in buddhism.
Cover story: Finding Happiness in a World of Wants—What Buddhism teaches us about working with our cravings and money anxieties.
Also inside: Arthur Braverman presents the life and teachings of Kosho Uchiyama Roshi, Janet Gyatso remembers Gene Smith, and a forum on the challenges and benefits of a long-term retreat.
Cover story: Our Way—More and more women are embracing the dharma—and challenging Buddhism's status quo. A look at how women are defining their roles as Buddhist practitioners, teachers, and leaders.
Also inside: A tribute to Robert Aitken Roshi, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche on resting in naked mind, and Charles Johnson explores our obsession with comparing ourselves to others.
Cover story: Buddhism's Pain Relief: New developments in neuroscience validate the Buddhist teachings on pain and suffering, providing further evidence of the many ways that mindfulness practice helps us deal effectively with pain.
Also inside: Anyen Rinpoche on the question all Buddhists should ask themselves, the challenges and rewards of tantra, Ajahn Sucitto on why feeling stuck is a valuable practice opportunity, a review of Buddhist Warfare, Ask the Teachers, and more.
Cover story: Loving Deeply, Loving More. Buddhist practices for cultivating a deeper, fuller experience of love—with teachings by the Dalai Lama, Pema Chodron. Sharon Salzberg, Diana Winston, and others.
Also inside: The Time Has Come: New calls to end the second-class status of Buddhist nuns.
Plus: Shozan Jack Haubner's intimate and humorous look at life inside a Zen monastery, Dzongsar Rinpoche on how to make the most of your pilgrimage to India, The Seventeenth Karmapa, book reviews, Ask the Teachers, and more.
Cover story: Going It Alone: Helpful Advice for Unaffiliated Buddhists—with articles by Norman Fischer, Judy Lief, Barry Magid, Gaylon Ferguson, Sylvia Boorstein, and Lewis Richmond.
Also inside: Why We Need Monasticism, Ajahn Sumedho on Nirvana, a retreat without Thich Nhat Hanh, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso's commentary on a song by the great yogi Milarepa, and more.
Cover story: Thich Nhat Hanh on making this moment the most wonderful experience of your life.
Also inside: Remembering dharma brother Daido, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche on art as a transformative practice, How American practice centers are dealing with the recession, Gautama vs the Buddha, and more.
Cover story: Your Body—Don't judge it, compare it, or fix it. It's where your meditation begins.
Also inside: A new program that helps Zen teachers learn the skills they need to lead modern-day Buddhist communities; The future of Buddhist translation; Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on Mahamudra and its methods for directly pointing out mind's true nature.
Cover story: The Dalai Lama on the profound view of emptiness
Also inside: Facing the financial crisis—How Buddhism can help; Norman Fischer on why we need to be open to new ways of teaching dharma in the West; A tribute to Chan Master Sheng Yen; Rethinking Buddhism and Sex.
Cover story: Medicate or Meditate? A new study says the best way to treat depression is to do both.
Also inside: You Mean I'm Going to Die Too?—How to face aging and death with an open and fearless mind; Dzigar Kongtrulk Rinpoche on how to take charge of your practice; The Magical Illusion of Self: a teaching by Mahasi Sayadaw; and feature reviews of Buddhism and Science by Donald Lopez, and How Zen Became Zen by Morten Schlutter.
Cover story: Can Buddhism Save the Planet?—Buddhism may be our planet's only hope, say David Loy and John Stanley.
Also inside: Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on the teachings of buddhanature; Next-Gen Buddhism: The future of Buddhism in the post-baby boomer world; Nyogen Senzaki on the classic koan collection, The Gateless Gate; a review of Sailing Home by Norman Fischer.
Cover story: Practice Like Your Hair's on Fire—Gelek Rinpoche explains that enlightenment is possible in this lifetime, but only if we make the most of this rare and fleeting opportunity to wake up.
Also inside: Do You Believe in Miracles? A forum exploring the supernatural in Buddhism and the role it plays in our practice; Andrew Olendzki on The Real Practice of Mindfulness; Charles Prebish reports on Buddhism in Mormon Land; John Daido Loori examines Dogen's Mountains and Rivers Sutra.
Cover story: The Karmapa in America, an exclusive interview with this important Tibetan teacher as he makes his historic first visit to the West.
Also inside: Sharon Salzberg, John Tarrant, Judith Simmer-Brown, and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on what Buddhism teachers us about working with out emotions; Ajahn Amaro suggests how we can transcend the debate between Theravadans and Mahayanists over the true ideal of Buddhist practice.
Cover story: Does Buddhism Make Your Happier? Debating what the Buddha really meant when he promised the "end of suffering."
Also inside: Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche clarifies the view and main practices of the Vajrayana path; Joan Sutherland on koans for troubled times; a teaching by Ajahn Chah on training the heart; "Where is God when stick hit floor?"—Rami Shapiro's humorous account of his struggle to answer Sasaki Roshi's question.
Cover story: Psychology and Buddhism—What they share, how they differ, and why they both can help.
Also inside: Are We Equal Yet? Rita Gross discusses the barriers to women's development and recognition as dharma teachers; Endless Moments of Insight by Mahasi Sayadaw; Thich Nhat Hanh explains why we should drop our enlightenment agenda and simply be our true, ordinary selves.
Cover story: Imagine You're Enlightened—how the exotic visualization practices of Tibetan Buddhism really work.
Also inside: Katagiri Roshi explores Dogen's concept of Being-Time and how to work with it in our daily lives; Book Power—how the publishing industry is influencing Buddhism in the West; Archivists race to preserve recordings of the pioneering teachers who brought Buddhism to the West.
Cover story: Are You Ready for Death? Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on the meditation practices we can do now to help us get ready for the moment of our death.
Also inside: Jack Kornfield examines the challenges and tensions surrounding Buddhism's spread to the West; Too Much Meditation?—A discussion on whether Western Buddhists are focusing too much on meditation and ignoring other important practices.
Cover story: Pain not Suffering—Buddhist teachers offer techniques to lessen pain's mental suffering, discover its true nature, and learn its valuable lessons.
Also inside: How Does Karma Really Work? Buddhist teachers tackle the question that baffles so many Westerners; Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche presents the five noble qualities that enable us to experience the natural state of happiness; Full-Stop Mind— Mahasi Sayadaw's simple and direct method for slowing down and halting conceptual thinking.
Cover story: Meet Harada Roshi. This potent and surprising teacher is one of the few Japanese Zen masters focusing on teaching Westerners. Why do his students describe him as a nuclear reactor of Zen?
Also inside: Diversity and divisions in American Buddhism, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso on the eight flashing lances, and Thanissaro Bhikkhu on the integrity of emptiness.
Cover story: Practicing the Great Perfection—A panel of experts discusses the view, teachings, and challenges of Dzogchen.
Also inside: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche on how to bring absolute nature into our path; Ajahn Brahm on the deep stages of letting go, or jhanas; a teaching by Taigen Dan Leighton and Robert Aitken on the Flower Ornament Sutra; and Did Dogen Go to China? Reviewed by Norman Fischer.
Cover story: Reflecting on a Mother's Love—Ajahn Amaro contemplates the relationship between mother and child in light of the teachings on emptiness and impermanence.
Also inside: Englightenment in female form—Gelek Rinpoche on the power of Tara practices; the relationship between social engagement and Buddhist practice; Thich Nhat Hanh on understanding the four layers of consciousness; teachings by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and Master Sheng Yen.
Cover story: The New Panditas—How Jan Willis and other scholar-practitioners deepen our knowledge of Buddhism.
Also inside: Working with kleshas, the uncompromising teachings of Chögyam Trungpa, Ajahn Cah on the real nature of nirvana, Judith Simmer-Brown on the journey from nihilism to celebration.
Cover story: Pema Chödrön and Jack Kornfield on the wondrous path of difficulties.
Also inside: Sharon Salzberg, Norman Fischer and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on how to be a student; John Daido Loori on koans from Dogen's Treasury of the True Dharma Eye; the benefits and pitfalls of solitary retreats; Reggie Ray on defining authentic lineage.
Cover story: Lojong mind training practices—Judith Lief, Ken McLeod, and B. Alan Wallace discuss the seven points of mind training and how they work in our daily lives.
Also inside: The memoirs of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche; Reb Anderson on why we never sit alone; Gil Fronsdal on the inexhaustable Dhammapada; and how American sanghas are embracing conflict.
Cover story: Barriers to the Dharma—A forum discussion that explores race, class, and education, and how they're limiting who becomes interested in Buddhism.
Also Inside: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpche on the haunted dominion of the mind; Ajahn Sumedho on the problem of personality; what does it mean to be ordained?; British nun Tenzin Palmo on rebirth as a woman; and understanding Master Rinzai and his Zen.
Cover story: Theravada Practice off the Cushion—Gil Fronsdal, Michael Liebenson Grady and Marcia Rose consider how teachings and practices of the Theravada tradition are expressed in everyday life.
Also inside: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on the four foundations of mindfulness from the Mahayana perspective; Geoffrey Shugen Arnold on a deceptively simple koan that gets to the heart of the matter; a seminal Dzogchen text by the late Dudjom Rinpoche.
Cover story: Who Am I? The Dalai Lama dismantles the belief in self by examining the true nature of the body, feelings, mind, and phenomena.
Also inside: The benefits of walking meditation; a forum discussion on translating the dharma; a teaching by Zen Master Seung Sahn; the life and poetry of Ikkyu.
Cover story: Is Your Practice Working? Many of us have been meditating for years. But are we actually more decent, patient, kind, and wise as a result? A forum discussion on how we're doing so far.
Also inside: a teaching by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on seeing the guru as the Buddha; Ajahn Brahm describes the route from tranquility to insight; Marshall Glickman on the doubts, traps, and insecurities that come with the title "Buddhist teacher"; a teaching by Eido Roshi and a remembrance of Roshi Philip Kapleau.
Cover story: Understanding Dogen—deciphering one of Buddhism's most difficult yet greatest teachers.
Also inside: Vipassana master U Pandita lays out the key elements on the path to becoming an arahant; Gelek Rinpoche on the practice of tonglen; teachings by Dogen focusing on his advice to practitioners.
Cover story: Buddhahood in Three Dimensions—Thich Nhat Hanh discusses the three dimensions in which all beings and things reside.
Also inside: a forum discussion on formless meditation; remembering Shunryu Suzuki Roshi; a new vision for the San Francisco Zen Center; an interview with Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso; teachings on the four noble truths translated from the Pali Canon by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
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