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FROM OUR SPRING 2014 MAGAZINE

 

The Hidden Lamp

Female Bodhidharma</i> by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753–1806)

Female Bodhidharma by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753–1806)

Three contemporary women teachers shine new light on centuries-old stories of women and awakening.

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No Teacher of Zen

Illustration by Sydney Smith

From the beginning, Norman Fischer never had much use for Zen teachers—and he still doesn’t. But after years of being one himself, he has a fuller appreciation of the role a teacher plays.

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The Eight Bardos

Milarepa (detail) Courtesy of the Rubin Museum of Art

Milarepa (detail) Courtesy of the Rubin Museum of Art

According to Tibetan Buddhism, all life and death take place in the gap, or bardo, between one state and another. While the most famous bardo is the one between death and rebirth, there are others that also shape our lives. Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen presents a commentary on Milarepa’s song of realization “The Eight Bardos.”

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 It All Depends

Milky Way (installation, detail) by Mihoko Ogaki, 2008

Reality may seem solid, says Bhikkhu Bodhi, but it is merely a reflection of unstable, conditioned processes, or sankharas, coming together with no one in charge.

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE

The Fire This Time: Religious Violence in Burma

Buddhadharma recently asked Hozan Alan Senauke, Soto Zen priest and longtime peace activist, to offer some insight on the current conflict between Buddhist and Muslim ethnic groups in Burma. Below is his response — an excellent explanation not only of the conflict itself but of how we, as Western Buddhists, might try to make a difference.

Read the full report here.