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Monday
May202013

Book Briefs

by Michael Sheehy

The Heart is Noble
by The Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje (Shambhala)

Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path
by Takamaro Shigaraki (Wisdom)

The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Awakening Upon Dying
Translated by Elio Guarisco and Nancy Simmons (Shambhala)

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Monday
May202013

Profile: Against the Streama

Photo by Sarit Rogers

Since its founding in 2000, the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society (ATS) has been a hard-to-miss feature of the American Buddhist landscape, frequently noted for its tattoo-covered teachers. In its brief history, however, ATS has quickly distinguished itself for reasons far more substantial than a gritty aesthetic. The community, started as the Dharma Punx in San Francisco by teacher and author Noah Levine, has quickly grown into one of the most well-attended and diverse sang-has in the country.

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Monday
May202013

What a Wall Teaches

By Lin Jensen

Bodhidharma, the Indian monk who is cred­ited with having brought Zen to China, is said to have spent nine years facing a wall in a cave near northern China’s Shaolin Temple. If the story is true, the Zen he introduced was a Zen of wall sitting.

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Friday
May032013

Buddhadharma Book Reviews: From the Editor's Desk

In this installment of From the Editor's Desk, Review Editor Michael Sheehy looks at two pilgrimage travelogues — one modern and one ancient — and a new study of a Nyingma master's work.

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Tuesday
Apr092013

Buddhadharma Book Reviews: From the Editor's Desk


In this installment of From the Editor's Desk, Review Editor Michael Sheehy looks at new books on understandings of tantric Buddhism, a new look at the Linjilu, and the confessions of a wayward Zen monk.

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Monday
Apr012013

Buddhadharma Book Reviews: From the Editor's Desk

In this installment of From the Editor's Desk, Review Editor Michael Sheehy looks at new books on a Vajrayana vision of the human body, voice, and mind; early Korean Seon poetry; and the role of women teachers in shaping Tibetan Buddhism in the West.

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Saturday
Feb162013

What Is Enlightenment?

For many of us, enlightenment is an inspiring but distant goal. Joan Sutherland explores what enlightenment is and isn’t and how we can actually experience it in our everyday lives.

At the very heart of Buddhism is the promise of enlightenment. It’s the bright flame illuminat­ing the dharma, and the rich variety of practices developed in the traditions that make up Bud­dhism are all in some essential way in the service of that promise. For millennia, in response to the struggles and sorrows of life on this planet, and in honor of the breathtaking beauty of life on this planet, people have passed this flame from hand to hand, encouraging one another to take part in the agonizingly slow but impossibly tender awakening of our world as a whole.

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Friday
Feb152013

Confessions of a Zen Novelist

When bestselling author Ruth Ozeki becomes a Zen priest, she finds out Zen and novel writing do not easily go hand in hand.

In 2003, when my second novel was pub­lished, I felt like everything in my life and in the larger world was falling apart. My father had died several years earlier after suffering a series of heart attacks. My coun­try, still reeling from the shock of the attacks on September 11, 2001, had been plunged into war. My mother, who already had Alzheimer’s, was diagnosed with cancer, and my husband and I were trying to care for her in our home on a remote island in Desolation Sound, British Columbia. In addition to all this—or because of it—I found myself unable to write.

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Friday
Feb152013

Guide to the Three-Yana Journey

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s comprehensive presentation of the three-yana journey, taught only to his senior students, is being made public for the first time in The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche takes us through this unique body of teachings.

In the summer of 1980, the Vidya­dhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, invited my father and me for dinner at the Kalapa Court in Boulder, Col­orado. That evening, Rinpoche sur­prised me with an extraordinary gift: a collection of his seminary transcripts along with a roll of Japanese brocade personally designed by him, on a tray. The Vidyadhara looked at me over the rim of his glasses and asked, “Can you read in English?” “Not very well,” I replied. “Perhaps someday you can enjoy these,” he said, motioning to the stack of transcripts.

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Friday
Feb152013

Forum: When I’m Sixty-Four

How Buddhist Communities Can Help Their Aging Members

Introduction By Lewis Richmond

Nowadays one can’t help noticing the sea of gray hairs at dharma programs and centers. The baby boomers who came of age in the 1960s and 1970s, and who often began practicing the dharma then, are growing old—not that they readily acknowl­edge it. Meditators long accustomed to sitting cross-legged are now sitting in chairs; youth­ful dreams of enlightenment have been sup­planted by more immediate concerns about health, loss of vitality, finances, and adult children in crisis.

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