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Buddhadharma : Fall 2015
24 When illness is our path Meditation can help us deal with illness when it strikes, says Norman Fischer. But even more important, practicing with illness reveals what is beyond sick and not sick. 30 the Doors of concentration Entering the jhanas is not easy—the harder you try, the more difficult it is. Instead, as Leigh Brasington explains, you have to let them open up to you. 36 the rise of militant monks Michael Jerryson reports on the growing tension between Buddhists and Muslims in South and Southeast Asia. Senior Buddhist monks there are actively inciting violence and intolerance, despite outcries from the international community. features (top)courtesyofthebancroftlibrary,universityofcalifornia,berkeley(bancpic2003.218–picbox1folDer) fall 2 0 1 5 buDDhaDharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 5 42 forum | how tantra Works Tantra may seem strange to the uninitiated, but it offers a direct path to enlightenment. Lama Palden Drolma, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, and Rob Preece take us inside the world of Vajrayana Buddhism. Introduction by Willa Miller. 52 a sudden good-bye Sallie Jiko Tisdale reeled from the shock when her teacher, Kyogen Carlson, died suddenly a year ago. Then she quickly got down to work. 56 the path to Where you are The path to awakening can seem long and arduous, and sometimes you may feel you’ve lost your way. But the destination, says Guo Gu, is always just beneath your feet. 62 a better self or no-self? The realization of no-self is integral to the Buddhist path, but as Insight teacher Rodney Smith explains, sometimes your practice can pull you in the opposite direction. cover story Buddhadharma The PracTiTioner’s QuarTerly | fall 2015 (Above) Group at Naropa Institute, 1975–76. Standing, from left: an unidentified woman, Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg, Allen DeLoach, Philip Whalen (in robes), Jerome and Diane Rothenberg. Front: Gordon Ball.