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Buddhadharma : Summer 2015
4 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly summer 2 0 1 5 Features 26 Wake Up from the Dream of a Lifetime Buddhist practitioners have long understood that the illusions we encounter in dreams are the same ones we encounter in waking life. Andrew Holecek shows us how the Vajrayana techniques of dream yoga help us wake up to reality. cover story 34 Don’t Strip It All Away Gesshin Greenwood moved to Japan, shaved her head, and adopted the forms of a Zen nun. Now, five years later, she’s wondering where she— and the tradition—would be without them. 40 Form vs Essence Is ritual a deep practice or merely cultural? Five Buddhist teachers explore the tension many of us feel between ritual and the essence of the dharma. Thanissara: A Fine Line John Daido Loori: The Dharma Must Be Danced Shinshu Roberts: Just Bow Anyway Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Don’t Be Naive Tulku Thondup Rinpoche: Stepping-stones to Wisdom 48 Look Beyond the Lens In this commentary on the classic poem The Song of Awakening, Kodo Sawaki Roshi explains that if we want to see the world of the Buddha, we must learn to see with a buddha’s eyes. plus: Shohaku Okumura recounts Sawaki’s uncompromising approach to the dharma. 54 forum | Koans: How We Work with Them and How They Work on Us Joan Sutherland, Judy Roitman, and Bodhin Kjolhede examine the practice of koan introspection, how different traditions approach it, and how the way we engage with koans is changing. Introduction by Ross Bolleter. 64 The Spirit of Practice If we’re not careful, says Ajahn Munindo, we can get attached to the technique of meditation and lose touch with its spirit. Sometimes we need to take a more creative approach. 71 Ruth’s Uncompromising Way Ruth Denison, a pioneer of vipassana in Europe and the United States, passed away in February at the age of ninety-one. Nina Wise remembers her as a compassionate and fearless innovator.