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Buddhadharma : Summer 2015
summer 2 0 1 5 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 25 practice, I think we need to have a whole new relationship with grief. It allows the emotional brain to process loss. If we try to use Buddhist practice as a way around grieving, not only are we not coming to grips with the loss of others, but when the times comes for our own death, we won’t be able to process it in any meaningful emotional way. Koshin: I think we’re so frightened, especially around sickness and death. Bodies are whisked away, sick people are put in hospitals, dying people are put in hospice. Everything is relegated away, so we don’t have experience. It’s heartbreaking to see the struggle that people have, you know, gripping the foot of the dying person’s bed, terrified to even get close to someone physically. It’s like, if I get close to it, I ’ll catch it. Josh: I think what people need to realize is that that which we repress or avoid doesn’t just go away. People who have an anxiety around groups or speaking in public, if they don’t work on that, then the moment they actu- ally do have to speak in front of other people—which will happen—they have a nervous breakdown, a panic attack. And, if we avoid the recognition, the reflection, the opening to death, then what happens when it does eventually appear? Then our relationship with it will be dysfunctional. We think, I can’t be here; this is not supposed to happen; this should not be happening to me. The entire spiritual practice is founded upon opening to that. The Buddha—his entire journey started with seeing old age, sick- ness, and death. In our own lives, if we don’t allow ourselves to open to the grief of others, to the loss of others, to — Koshin: To the growth of others. Josh: —to the growth of others, then we have no possibility of spiritual growth ourselves. Visit lionsroar.com/bdsummer2015 to view the entire conversation. like us watch us learn with us 866.339.4198 dharmacrafts.com Sign Up online for Emails! New products . Sales . Teachings Request a Catalog Key code BDA DharmaCraf ts Meditation Cushions Buddhist Statues Bells & Gongs Jewelry & Gifts Zen Garden THE CATALOG OF MEDITATION SUPPLIES since 1979