using the arrow buttons.
by clicking on the page.
the page around when zoomed in by dragging it.
the zoom using the slider when zoomed-in.
by clicking on the zoomed-in page.
by entering text in the search field, and select "This Issue" or "All Issues"
by clicking on thumbnails to select pages, and then press the print button.
displays sections with thumbnails and descriptions.
displays a slider of thumbnails. Click on a page to jump.
allows you to browse the full archive.
about your subscription?
Buddhadharma : Fall 2012
FALL 2 0 1 2 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 15 The servants of the King of Maras became bodhisattvas, entirely restored to their normal forms. They were delighted, thanking Vimala- kirti and expressing their appreciation. They wanted to live near him and continue receiv- ing teachings from him, but he said, “No, go back to your king, but do me one favor. With positive intention and wisdom, turn Mara’s world inside out. Be a lamp in that world so all others who are potential lamps can light themselves. This will be a great service not only to me, but to all the tathagatas of the past. That is how you can express your gratitude.” So they went back and did exactly that, transforming many in the Kingdom of Mara into bodhisattvas. If maras can become bodhisattvas, then we should be able to serve those around us, since we are human beings with a connec- tion to dharma, and with an intention to live positively. We should be able to serve while engaged in our various field trips. This is not a “Mission Impossible,” something that only Tom Cruise can accomplish! It may be impossible for those who lack the intuition, wisdom, or skillful means to work with their minds in modern times, such as those who like to fall asleep on the couch and constantly tune out in front of the TV. But if we intend to wake up and make the best use of our lives, it’s possible to transform our minds and ben- efit others. Starting with our own families and those connected to us, over time, as the karma and connections grow, we can increase our capac- ity. If we can’t even manage to be of help in our immediate situations, we won’t grow in helping others. We can’t start off right away by affecting the whole world—boom!—like an explosion. Having this vision takes the pressure off. Rather than aiming to become a big-time bod- hisattva, we can practice being a lamp on our own small island. Thinking that we have to shine our light over the whole world, like the sun, is actually a large obstacle because that desire comes from ambition and ego. If we can make progress in the context of our own family, we will already affect more than one or two people. We need to work on our minds to reduce the overwhelming presence of me and mine, and the integrity of that work is the same whether we affect a few beings or a huge number. Our capacity doesn’t grow from the outside in, but from the inside out. FROM CRUCIAL POINT, SPRING/SUMMER 2012 TAKE A GOOD LOOK Ajahn Sundara, a senior nun at Amaravati Monastery, says you can’t transform your mind unless you’re willing to take an honest look at yourself. Sometimes we come to a monastery with a real sense of purpose, to later discover some- thing very different. Perhaps we come to the monastery with the idea that we have to become a good Buddhist—someone who is kind or compassionate or loving. We can get into conflict with ourselves when we realize the reality is quite different. In fact, reality can be so different we hardly recognize ourselves. For a long time we may think that “we” are in charge of our life, and as a result we can feel quite guilty or blame ourselves when things don’t work out. For example, how many times do we feel embarrassed about the way we behave, even when nobody sees us? We get embarrassed when this beautiful person that we hoped to become one day is suddenly raging about some silly thing. We think we are in charge, but as we continue to practice we realize it’s really just blind hab- its—blind conditioning, blind responses. They are blind because they are acted upon before our mindfulness can even catch them.