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Wednesday
Mar192014

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.

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Tuesday
Feb182014

Just Do It

Photo by Layla Burford

Whether you’re learning to meditate or ride a bike, says Ajahn Jayasaro, it’s not about how good you are or how far you get. The point is simply to practice with a sincere and consistent effort. The results will take care of themselves.

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Tuesday
Feb182014

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. Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen presents a commentary on Milarepa’s song of realization “The Eight Bardos.”

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Tuesday
Feb182014

Forum: Your Teacher and You

Thank you to our readers for contributing the photos included in this forum.

Thank you to our readers for contributing the photos included in this forum.

Your relationship with your teacher can have a profound and lasting effect on your practice. But it can also be difficult and confusing to navigate. Our panel looks at what it means to have a teacher today, how you can make the most of the relationship, and what you can do when it’s not working out.

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Tuesday
Feb182014

A Meeting of Hearts and Minds

If you want to have a deep teacher-student relationship, says Jakusho Kwong, it’s not enough to know your teacher’s heart and mind. You need to know your own as well.

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Tuesday
Feb182014

Falling in Love with a Buddha

Frank Berliner, a longtime student of the late chögyam trungpa rinpoche, describes the ever-deepening stages of relationship one experiences with their guru.

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Tuesday
Feb182014

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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Tuesday
Feb182014

As Human As You Are

We want our teachers to practice what they preach, but when we look closely, they can seem just as flawed as the rest of us. Sumi Loundon Kim discovers for herself what’s so special—and so ordinary—about being the teacher.

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Tuesday
Feb182014

Chanting Names Once Forgotten

Women Ancestors Document</em>, approved by the Soto Zen Buddhist Association, 2010. Art by Barbara Cooper.

A quiet movement to reshape our understanding of Zen lineage and history is bringing attention to the forgotten names and voices of women in the tradition. Grace Schireson explains how the Women Ancestors Document came into being and what it means for practitioners.

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Tuesday
Feb182014

The Hidden Lamp

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

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

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