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Buddhadharma : Summer 2008
programs & centers 83 summer 2 00 8 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly •A unique practice opportunity for experienced Dharma students in the exquisite high country of Taos, New Mexico •Grounded in the Theravada-Vipassana lineage, supplemented by other awareness or concentration practices •Offering two-week to one-month retreats with an opportunity for more independent, self-directed practice • Special scholarship rates available for low-income people of color, helping pro- fessionals, lay Dharma teachers, and other Dharma students who could not otherwise attend. No fee for monastics. Guiding Teacher: Marcia Rose P.O. Box 807·Ranchos de Taos, NM·87557 575-758-0633 email@example.com www.mountainhermitage.org The Mountain Hermitage 2009 Retreat Schedule: April 18-25, Vipassana Re treat with Marcia Rose June, One-Month Vipassana Re treat with Sayadaw U Vivekananda Nov. 14-21, Metta Re treat with Marcia Rose It is helpful to supplement the psy- chological approach by pointing out other factors of significance in the role of koans. First, koans are part of a com- prehensive body of Zen literature that incorporates mythical and magical ele- ments influenced by popular religious beliefs, symbols, and rites. According to traditional sources, Zen masters were known for encountering and absorbing the influence of other cultural factors, including folklore and art-of-war dis- course. At the time the literature was created, many brilliant though eccen- tric and unpredictable Chan masters emerged alongside widespread beliefs in the power of supernatural entities, like magical animals and ghosts. This period also saw the proliferation of art- of-war strategies for warriors based on the virtues of attentiveness, alertness, and daring derived from an advanced spiritual awareness. Another perspective of Zen koans that is sometimes overlooked is the significance of koans for understand- ing interpersonal relations. The Zen dialogue is a process of spiritual polish- ing, or of taking a mind that is rough around the edges and making it smooth, attentive, and useful. Koan cases express calm composure, coupled with sponta- neous flexibility attained by Zen real- ization; they were developed to sharpen the mind and bring out its maximum capability and utility. They reflect an orchestration of rituals using symbols, both verbal and physical, interacting with the social order of medieval East Asia, but they can be interpreted and applied to today’s professional environ- ment. Whenever a situation arises that creates an interpersonal challenge or may generate conflict, the case records show that you can control whether you catch a thief through the appropriate strategies or let him get away. In this tiny moment, heaven is won or lost. Let the game begin! steven heine is a professor and director of asian studies at Florida international university. he is the author of Zen Skin, Zen Marrow and co-editor of Zen Ritual: Studies of Zen Buddhist Theory in Practice, both published by oxford university press in 2008. Buddhadharma The PrAcTiTioNer's QuArTerly cenTers anD Programs A section highlighting upcoming programs being offered at various centers. for information about advertising your center’s upcoming programs and events in this section, please call us toll-free at 1-877-786-1950, ext 31.