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 : Winter 2015
76 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly winter 2015 little, but on ordinary men and a few women who were followers of Gotama and, despite their flaws, hearkened to his message and “beheld the deathless.” The overall argument of these chapters is that laypeople (“adherents”) were vital parts of the sangha, as capable of attaining nirvana as monastics (“men- dicants”). Conversely, Batchelor insists that Gotama was a teacher firmly situated in the life and politics of his time, who—even while developing and expounding a way for humans to over- come their innate “reactivity” (tanha, usually “craving”)—eschewed miracles, expressed typical human emotions, had both friends and enemies, and faced ostracism, disappointment, and illness at the end of his life. The more philosophical chapters are impossible to summarize adequately in a brief review. Among their major claims about “what the Buddha taught” are the following: • Truth is pragmatic: the four noble truths are not claims about reality but tasks to be undertaken, while the two truths (ultimate and conven- tional) were not taught by Gotama, and their assertion by later Buddhists was “a fatal fork in the road” that led the tradition away from its practical and ethical roots toward ontological, epistemological, and social dualities and hierarchies. • Metaphysics is useless: Gotama refused to answer the major specula- tive questions of his day, never taught the ubiquity of karmic causation, and discussed such notions as samsara and rebirth only as a sop to conven- tion, as symbols of the habitual reac- tive patterns to which humans are prone. • Mental, emotional, and physical suf- fering is part of human existence, but our reactions to it can be con- trolled through understanding our conditionality and selflessness and by undertaking the fourfold task: to comprehend suffering, let go of its arising, behold its ceasing, and cul- tivate the path. • While including both philosophy and meditation, the path is primarily ethical, and ethics are not rule-bound or absolute but instead situational, stressing wise, compassionate, and efficacious responses to the particular people and situations we encounter in life. • Meditation is not about “achieving states of sustained concentration in which the sensory richness of experi- ence is replaced by pure introspective rapture” but, simply, mindfulness of “what is happening to this organism as it touches its environment in this moment.” • Nirvana is not a permanent, transcen- dent, and unchanging state, either during or after life, but merely the revieWs Old Poby Jim Bedard (Author of Lotus in the Fire) One of the most enjoyable and profound books I have ever read. I am gifting copies to my spiritual friends. – Victoria, Insight Meditation Society After a devastating fire tears through their beloved homeland, three young friends set out on a journey to find answers to life’s most compelling questions. With the help of the wise Elders from Old Pond, the trio learn vital lessons that give them the courage to cope with life’s unpredictability. The Teachings of the Elders The teachings of various spiritual traditions are colorfully brought to life in this unusual fable that resonates with a wisdom that is as timeless as it is universal. This book has something for everyone... a book that I can’t wait to inish, but will be sad to read the last page. – Satipañña Insight Meditation Toronto Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course INTERNATIONAL ON-LINE PROGRAM Term: 2-Year Computer-based Course Tuition: $360.00 per year Subjects: • Origin & Development of Buddhism • Shinran Shonin’s Life and His Teaching • Sutras & Masters of the Pure Land Tradition • History of Jodo Shinshu Visit: jscc.cbe-bca.org Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course Office 2140 Durant Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704 USA Phone: (510) 809-1441 Fax: (510) 809-1459 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org CBE_WinterBDH.indd 1 8/7/2015 2:20:32 PM