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Buddhadharma : Winter 2013
4 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY WINTER 2 0 1 3 features 24 Life, Frame by Frame Much of the time, life is like watching a movie: we suspend disbelief and lose ourselves in the story. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche explains how to see the illusory nature of appearances. 30 The Insight Revolution In an effort to save Buddhism in Burma during colonial rule, Ledi Sayadaw introduced thousands of laypeople to the practice of insight meditation. As Erik Braun tells us, he set in motion a revolution in Buddhist practice still being felt around the globe. 34 The Gift Goenka Gave Us With his famed ten-day vipassana retreats, S.N. Goenka brought the method of insight medi- tation to modern-day people from all walks of life. Sharon Salzberg remembers this remarkable teacher. 38 The Four Foundations of Mindfulness Joseph Goldstein examines a key teaching from the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha’s discourse on the four foundations of mindfulness, which he called the direct path to liberation. Buddhadharma THE PRACTITIONER'S QUARTERLY Volume 12 , Number 2 46 The Miracle of Everyday Mindfulness When we practice mindfulness in our daily lives, says Thich Nhat Hanh, we open to the wonders of life and allow the world to heal and nourish us. 52 A Questioning Life Toni Packer didn’t call herself a Buddhist, but she dedicated her life to exploring the path of awakening. Joan Tollifson remembers her friend and teacher. 56 Forum: The Beauty of Renunciation Ajahn Amaro, Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, and Geoffrey Shugen Arnold explain why renunciation is about more than just doing without things. It’s the beautiful realization that you already have everything you need. Introduction by Koun Franz. 64 Back from the Brink Jim Willems’ chronic pain and illness had become so bad he decided to take his own life. But the dharma kept him going through the darkest moments. COVER PHOTO | TERRY VINE | STONE/GETTY IMAGES