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Buddhadharma : Spring 2016
spring 2 0 1 6 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 5 24 meditation only Goes so Far If you want to connect with the open, spacious quality of mind, says Lama Willa Miller, at some point you have to stop trying to meditate. 32 the promise of nibbana According to the Buddha, final liberation is marked by the end of craving and, ultimately, all suffering. What does that look like and how is it achieved? The late Burmese meditation master Mahasi Sayadaw explains. 42 forum: What is enlightenment? Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Ayya Tathaaloka, Setsuan Gaelyn Godwin, and David Matsumoto explore their traditions’ different perspectives on awakening. Introduction by Josh Bartok. Features 52 We’re always meeting buddha When we perform a ritual like offering incense or bowing before an altar, it may seem one-sided. But if we’re receptive, says Kokyo Henkel, we find that our actions are always met with a response. 58 the changing Face of compassion Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compas- sion, has undergone many transformations over the centuries. Kay Larson explores the bodhisattva’s journey through time and culture. 66 touching What’s inside After years of focusing on the forms and protocols of Zen, Edward Espe Brown realized he had overlooked the heart of practice. That changed everything. cover story Buddhadharma The PracTiTioner’s QuarTerly | sPring 2016 photo | cpcmollet / flickr