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Buddhadharma : Spring 2011
9 spring 2 01 1 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly We Would like To Thank the following people and organizations for their assistance with this issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly Laurie Pearce Bauer • Renshin Bunce David Busch • Phil Clevenger A. Jesse Jiryu Davis • Wouter Deruytter Mark Diamond • Kevin Dooley Anne-Sophie Dusselier • Graham Hinds Amy Johnston • Ian Koh • Corey Kohn Stewart Miller • Mlle Sachie Nagasawa John Bigelow Taylor • Anji Tillemans & Mukha Vervoordt Foundation • Hsing Wei Gracing your Winter issue is one of Zen Master Hakuin’s paintings of Bodhidharma. Notice the remarkable position of Daruma’s eyes. Why did Hakuin often choose to show us eyes that were gazing way up? Later Zen paintings (including by Omori Sogen) portray this same exem- plary meditator as one who is gazing up and off into the distance. Two decades ago, I was given a wooden statue of Bodhidharma. A sculp- tor in Nara, Japan had carved it with great skill. He, too, depicted Daruma’s lidless eyes gazing way up. Another wooden statue—this one portraying an ordinary monk—is in the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Carved in China seven centuries ago, this monk is also shown looking far up and off to the left. The title is explicit: “Monk at the Moment of Enlightenment.” Millennia ago, Siddhartha’s legend- ary awakening at Bodhgaya was said to have been triggered when he glanced up at the bright planet Venus in the pre- dawn sky. Why do we continue to meditate so often with down-turned eyes? Have messages over the centuries not been suggesting a loftier perspective? James H. Austin Columbia, Missouri (Austin is the author of Zen-Brain Reflections) 30 CHURCH STREET, BARNET, VERMONT 05821 samadhicushions.com 1.800.331.7751 A COMPLETE ONLINE SOURCE FOR MEDITATORS. SINCE 1975. 000582 582 582 5 00 AAARN RN RN TTT, BA BA BA i 3 VE VE VE 30303030 TRE TRE TREEEE CHU CHU CHURRRCCCHS HS HSTTT NT0 TT0 111 EEETTT MON MON MON Don’t just do somethinngg. Sit there. MEDITATION CUSHIONS MEDITATION BENCHES GONGS INCENSE MALAS MEDITATION TABLES BOOKS AND MEDIA BEGINNER SETS Sales support Karmê Chöling here in Vermont and other Shambhala Buddhist Centers worldwide.