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FROM OUR Fall 2014 MAGAZINE

 

Two Truths—Indivisible

Softly Goes the Day, 2014, Private Collection. Paintings by Vicki Smith.

When we enter the path, we are working at the level of relative truth, and with practice we may gain insight into the absolute. But we don’t enter the final stage of practice, says Tsoknyi Rinpoche, until we realize these truths were never separate.

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Why Do Buddhists Pray?

A. Jesse Jiryu Davis.

Who are we praying to? What are we asking for? Three Buddhist teachers explore what prayer means in a nontheistic tradition and the best way to approach it in your practice.

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Oh Tara, Protect Us

Green Tara, Tibet, nineteenth century. Collection of Shechen Archives.

Vajrayana practitioners supplicate deities and buddhas to help clear obstacles on the path. In this teaching, Thubten Chodron comments on a prayer to the buddha Tara to protect us from the eight dangers.

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Ask the Teachers: Abortion

Zenkei Blanche Hartman, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, and Narayan Helen Liebenson

Q:A friend of mind is considering getting an abortion. She asked me for advice, but as a Buddhist, I don’t really know what to say. I’m concerned that it violates the first precept and will have negative karmic consequences, but in my heart, it feels more complicated than that. How would you counsel someone in my friend’s situation?

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