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Buddhadharma : Fall 2011
55 fall 2 01 1 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly uddhadharma: What are the main reasons for Bud- dhist teachers to gather together at this time? pat enKyo o’hara: What is most important is not that we know precisely what is going to happen when we get together. Rather, when we encounter one another and differences arise, it becomes a catalyst for change. In our day-to-day lives we can be so isolated. When we gather together, what is nascent within us, what we know but have not spoken, comes out. I am also glad that there was a lot of discussion about young teachers and new teachers. Just being around so many young people with so much energy was exhilarating. It also asked us to consider how they are doing and how they can continue to be trained. It’s so exciting to have a whole new cohort coming along. Their very presence in such large num- bers was itself a catalyst for change. Gina Sharpe: As Enkyo said, I didn’t know what was going to happen at the Garrison meeting, but I found when I got there that we realized how many projections we have of other people when we don’t take the time to sit and talk and let things arise between us. When we take the time to sit down with each other, we can talk about what’s actually happening rather than our projections about what’s happening. Having a gathering that brings together all traditions is a beautiful way to break down barriers and make bridges across differences. It’s more powerful than each tradition and each generation speaking within itself. When we reach out across boundaries, we see our differences as richness—as something that makes us more vibrant rather than something to be afraid of. Ken mcLeod: From my work in organizational development, in business consulting, one of the things I’ve come to appreciate is that the very sociology of the teaching position is isolating. The position itself tends to isolate a person, and the conse- quence of that is that they only experience themselves as a teacher. When a person is in that position, a predictable set of attitudes and behaviors arise that ironically reinforce the sense of self. Gatherings like the Garrison meeting are particularly important because they give teachers a chance to meet with their peers, to talk about their experience, and listen to the experience of others. This breaks down, as Enkyo and Gina have said, the sense of isolation and leads to a discovery of what we have in common and an appreciation of what is dif- ferent about our situations. As a result, we can take tools and perspectives and ideas that we may not have ever considered and bring them back photos: (top LeFt) Max MaksiMik / Garrison institute; (ALL others) a. jesse jiryu davis