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Buddhadharma : Summer 2014
40 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY SUMMER 2014 human condition. A wise teacher doesn’t compartmentalize but can meet and respond to students where they are with the medicines of the dharma. JUDY LIEF: As a counterpoint to that, I do think there is a lot of projection onto teachers, an expectation that they know every- thing and can help with everything. The questions brought up during dharma discourses and retreats are sometimes less about the dharma than they are about soliciting psychological advice. It strikes me as odd that someone would ask a monas- tic Tibetan teacher about marital relations, for example, so I wonder about the confluence of these realms. BUDDHADHARMA: Bodhin, do you think that students bring the expectations of therapy into their relationship with a teacher? BODHIN KJOLHEDE: Yes, that’s the water we swim in in this cul- ture. Psychology is all around us; it’s become part of our lan- guage and our expectations. Still, I make clear to my students that if they want therapy, they need to get it elsewhere. As to the question of why students might expect a monk to give advice on marital matters, I think it’s because they tend to idealize teachers, to expect more of a teacher than he or she can reasonably provide. JACK KORNFIELD: I think that degree of expectation is really Bud- dhism’s fault—a lot of texts and teachings portray the enlight- ened person as being free in every respect, without the usual problems. It’s been an education over time in the West for people to realize that teachers are wise in certain dimensions and not in others. I’ve tried to extend those dimensions on our retreats in some ways by having most of the teachers that I’ve trained also get training in the best Western trauma work. Because when people sit in meditation and get quiet, their traumas and other unfinished business naturally come up. It’s enormously helpful to recognize and skillfully respond to trauma with a sophisticated understanding of how to work with it in the body and in the heart. So we’re learning to bring that wisdom of the West into the work of liberation. BUDDHADHARMA: Many Western Buddhist teachers have train- ing and even careers in psychology. Is it safe to say that the transmission of Western Buddhism is to a large extent in the hands of psychology professionals? JACK KORNFIELD: I see it as the opposite. I see transmission hap- pening between people who are deeply devoted to the dharma and who also have additional skills. Almost every dharma teacher I know who has training in psychology sees this train- ing as one dimension of the vastness of dharma. I think it’s an additional intelligence that we need in this culture. When people came to practice Zen, Vipassana, or Vajrayana in the 1960s and seventies and their trauma came up, a lot of the teachers were clueless and didn’t know how to help. I see the dharma as being liberating and robust enough that we can use the skills that fit our culture to enhance the greater task of remembering who we really are, to discover our own buddhanature. (LEFT—RIGHT):UNKNOWN,JUDYLIEF,SASHAPULLEYN JUDY LIEF was a close student of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who authorized her to teach in the Vajrayana and Shambhala traditions. She has served as one of the main editors of his teachings for past the twenty-five years. BODHIN KJOLHEDE is abbot of the Rochester Zen Center in Rochester, New York. He was ordained by Roshi Philip Kapleau in 1976 and installed as his dharma successor in 1986. JACK KORNFIELD is a cofounder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and holds a Ph.D. in clinical psy- chology. He is the author of Bringing Home the Dharma and The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology.