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Buddhadharma : Spring 2010
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly spring 2 0 10 76 him so extraordinary a figure. He writes of people he has met, sights he has seen, ideas he has considered, and pleasures he has enjoyed. It is clear that despite his renunciation of monastic life and his deep enmeshment in the world, he maintained a basic trust in the buddha- dharma and its disillusioning truths: When looked at, the marvels of the world seem pleasing. When attained, each has its own suffering. After moments of brief happiness become but a dream, There is always something that makes me sad. He also expresses faith in the luminous nature of the mind, the compassion of buddhas and bodhisattvas, and the importance of virtue, and he feels that in the end: True, divine dharma, solace of this sadness, At least once, is certain to come to mind. In a longer review, one might explore the ways in which Gendun Chopel fits with and differs from a long line of Indian and Tibetan poets, including Saraha, Milarepa, and Shabkar; or how his modern subject matter and sensibil- ity are framed within traditional Tibetan poetic modes, and what his verse tells us about the Tibetan and Indian world of the first half of the twentieth century. One might, as well, debate particular translation choices and lament the occa- sional appearance of that most persistent of solecisms, the dangling participle. It suffices for now to say that In the For- est of Faded Wisdom makes Gendun Chopel accessible to both Western and Tibetan readers as no book before it has, and that Donald Lopez is to be thanked for the many years of painstaking and fruitful labor that have led to its pub- lication. Reviews dzogchen the natural great perfection DZOGCHEN RETREATS W ITH LAMA SURYA DA S Dzogchen is the consummate practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Considered by many to be "the teaching of our time," Dzogchen is direct, immediate, essentialized, adaptable, and profound: a pure awareness practice applicable to any circumstance and readily integrated into modern life. Dzogchen, often translated as the Natural Great Perfection, directly introduces us to our inner Buddha, the inherent freedom, purity and perfection of being that is our true nature. Dzogchen Center Meditation Retreats are held across the country, throughout the year as shown below: DZOGCHEN MEDITATION RETREATS Joshua Tr e e , CA Spring March 20 – 28, 2010 Garrison, NY Summer July 23 – August 1, 2010 Garrison, NY Winter January 1 – 9, 2011 MULTIPLE TEACHINGS DAILY • NOBLE SILENCE • BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS VEGETARIAN MEALS • PRIVATE, SEMI-PRIVATE, AND DORM ROOMS AVAILABLE For complete information and secure on-line registration for all of these scheduled events, go to www.dzogchen.org/retreats, e-mail email@example.com, or call 617-628 -1702. LAMA SURYA DAS is the author of The Mind is Mightier than the Sword (Doubleday, 2009), Buddha Is As Buddha Does (Harper San Francisco, 2007), as well as a number of other books including Letting Go of the Person You Used To Be and the Awakening Trilogy which includes the classic Awakening the Buddha Within (Broadway). Lama Surya is a Lineage holder of Tibetan Buddhism in the Rimé non-sectarian) tradition. For over thirty years, including more than eight years in secluded retreat, he has studied with the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism. With his open and lively style, he is particularly effective in the transmission of Buddhism in viable Western forms by presenting Buddhist ethics and insight, as well as methods of practice, in a manner accessible to all. DZOGCHEN CENTER BUDDHISM FOR THE WEST