Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly2 min letti
Contributors
STEPHEN BATCHELOR began his Buddhist studies in 1972 in India, received full ordination as a bhikkhu in 1979, and disrobed in 1985, following three years of training in Korean Seon. The author of Buddhism Without Beliefs and cofounder of Bodhi Colleg
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About The Art
THE IMAGE ON this issue’s cover, the head of a Buddha statue at a coal yard near China’s Yellow River, was captured by French photographers Sébastien Tixier (above) and Raphael Bourelly (right). The owner of the coal mine built a golden statue more t
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True Practice Is Never Disengaged
NOWADAYS I WAKE UP even earlier than usual to check the news. It’s an obsession but it feels like a duty; I’m a sentry in a war zone, scanning the horizon for smoke and fire. Threats multiply every day. Environmentally, socially, politically, and tec
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Ask The Teachers
BHANTE SUJATO: In 2014 I coauthored, with Bhikkhu Brahmali, a book called The Authenticity of the Early Buddhist Texts. The “early Buddhist texts” are essentially the main parts of the Pali suttas and vinaya, as well as the cognate texts in Chinese a
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What If Our Ordinary Experience Is All That Matters?
EACH TIME I sit down on a cushion and pay attention to what is happening, I find myself utterly incapable of putting whatever it is I’m experiencing into words. There’s something about the practice of meditation, be it Seon or any exercise in which w
Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly7 min letti
Why Bodhisattvas Need to Disrupt the Status Quo
FOR THE PAST DECADE, I have been researching the climate impacts of different food production practices, which is important because our global food system contributes more than a third of all human-generated climate pollution. Recently I had the oppo
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The Rice Seedling Sutra
The Rice Seedling Sutra is one of the most important Buddhist sutras on the topic of dependent arising, the basic Buddhist doctrine that everything depends on something else for its existence. Spoken by the bodhisattva Maitreya, it recounts a teachin
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Steadfast In The Midst Of Samsara
In 1243, Eihei Dogen, the thirteenth-century founder of Soto Zen in Japan, wrote in his evocative Kuge (“Flowers of Emptiness”) that “the time and place that the blue lotus flowers open and spread are in the midst of fire and in the time of fire” (Gu
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Nothing Solid, Nothing Separate
IN THE MADHYAMAKA, or Middle Way School, a critical element of wisdom is seeing beyond the two extremes of eternalism and nihilism. In transcending eternalism and nihilism, you’re not trying to achieve some half-and-half mix of the two; you’re transc
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Awareness, from the Moment You Wake Up
A MEDITATOR’S JOB is to remember to be aware. Whether you are standing, sitting, lying down, or walking, if you remember that you are aware, then you are meditating, and you are cultivating the positive qualities of the mind. We always start with awa
Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly7 min lettiSociety
When White Buddhists “Don’t See Race”
Buddhism and Whiteness: Critical Reflections edited by George Yancy and Emily McRae Lexington Books, 2019 380 pages; $115 WALKING INTO one of the most prominent Buddhist retreat centers in the United States, I’m struck by how very white the room is.
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The Problem with Calling Buddhism a Science
Why I Am Not a Buddhist by Evan Thompson Yale University Press, January 2020 240 pages; $26 WE COULD easily imagine a book today being titled, Why I Am a Buddhist. Such a hypothetical author could claim that he is not religious, nor does he believe i
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Book Briefs
In The First Free Women: Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns (Shambhala 2020), Matty Weingast reinterprets the Therigatha, a collection of poems by the earliest female students of the Buddha. Taking poetic license from the Pali originals, Weingast trans
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Buddhist Directory
4951 Bodhi Way, Ukiah, CA 95482. (707) 621-7000, info@drbu.edu, www.drbu.edu • Dharma Realm Buddhist University (DRBU) is an accredited university in northern California dedicated to liberal education in the broad Buddhist tradition. 1430 Olympic Blv
Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly2 min letti
Contributors
ZENJU EARTHLYN MANUEL is a Soto Zen priest and founder of Still Breathing Zen Sangha. She is the author of Sanctuary: A Meditation on Home, Homelessness, and Belonging as well as The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender. S
Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly1 min letti
About The Art
THE FIRST TIME Lasha Mutual was introduced to traditional thangka painting, what struck her was “the variety and power of the feminine imagery.” She credits her painting skills with an increasingly richer ability for visualization practices and aspir
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The Enlightenment Project
IN MY EARLY TWENTIES, when I first became involved in the Tibetan tradition, I would often hear fellow practitioners say, “I must achieve enlightenment, for the sake of all sentient beings.” When I think back on this sentiment, I can almost hear Chög
Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly6 min lettiHappiness
Ask The Teachers
Anushka Fernandopulle lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she teaches in the Insight Meditation tradition and works as a leadership coach and consultant ANUSHKA FERNANDOPULLE: The Buddha talked about three different levels of happiness. The fi
Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly2 min letti
Zen-Inspired Senior Living Comes to Sonoma County
SONOMA COUNTY is known for many things — lush landscape, rolling vineyards, and a laidback vibe. Starting in 2023 it can add Zen-inspired senior living community to the list: Enso Village. Architectural plans are being developed and approvals from th
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Free From The Burden Of Holding On
ONE OF AJAHN CHAH’S most well-known teachings is that of letting go. And one of the key phrases that he used to explain what letting go means, and how it is to be developed, is that we should let go “within action.” This immediately reminds us that l
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Amida Buddha Welcomes All Refugees
“WE LIVE IN THE AGE of the refugee,” according to Chilean playwright and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman, and the daily onslaught of news seems to confirm his grim observation. From crises in Europe and Asia to walls along the Mexican border, ref
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Ethical Conduct Is The Essence Of Dharma Practice
BUDDHISTS ACCEPT that human life has a deeper purpose than sensual enjoyments, wealth, power, social status, and praise gained in this life, and that a fortunate rebirth, liberation, and awakening are valuable in the long term. Since afflictions prev
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The Four Immeasurables Leave Nothing Untouched
IN THE Tevijja Sutta (Sutra of the Threefold Knowledges) the Buddha introduces the “four immeasurables” of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity to Vasettha, a young brahmin, saying, “Vasettha, a tathagata arises in the world,
Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly10 min letti
How the Sacred Treasure of Literacy Came to Tibet
TRADITIONAL SOURCES TELL US that the written word first came to Tibet in the form of indecipherable treasures, the material manifestation of a promise that would wait five generations to be fulfilled. In the year 233, as the twenty-eighth Tibetan kin
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If You Could See the Heart Sutra
TSUNEO IWASAKI (1917–2002) was born on July 9, 1917, into a Kyoto family that highly valued education. Along with his six sisters, he, too, became a teacher of biology. He did not start painting until the sixth decade of his life, after retiring from
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Awakening Fueled by Rage
THIS SUMMER, while visiting my friend and close dharma sister, Rev. Dana Takagi, I encountered the teaching of Daikoku. A fellow Soto Zen teacher and emeritus professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Takagi had recently ret
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How to Meet Rage and Race
THE BODHISATTVA VOWS are the path of freedom, in which rage can illuminate our interdependence. When we understand interbeing, we are freed from all that kills, lies, steals, misuses sexuality, and so forth. Our rage, even at its highest intensity, w
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Starting from Enlightenment
Cultivating Original Enlightenment: Wonhyo’s Exposition of the Vajrasamadhi-Sutra (Kumgang Sammaegyong Non) translated by Robert E. Buswell Jr. University of Hawaii Press, 2018 438 pages; $32.00 IMAGINE a world where dictionaries did not exist and bo
Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly5 min letti
Book Briefs
Jamgon Kongtrul (1813–1899), often credited as the founder of Rimé, has made an immeasurable impact on modern Tibetan Buddhism, perhaps especially as it’s understood in the West. In The Life of Jamgom Kongtrul the Great: Tibet’s Great Treasure Holder
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Big Love
THIS BOOK tells the story of Lama Yeshe, how he met Lama Zopa Rinpoche and how they created the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), one of the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist organizations. It begins in Tibet, where Lam
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