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Buddhadharma : Fall 2016
fall 2 0 1 6 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 23 We know that we do not progress on any healing path in a straight line. You may have a glimpse of openness and natural warmth for a person one day and find the next day that same person annoys you, and you may even speak harshly or think critically of them. Again and again we can turn toward our practice of meditation as support, first to connect with a true resting place within and then to bring up the annoy- ance or irritation we feel. Host this dif- ficulty, and as you continue to be still, silent, and spacious, the annoyance will naturally release, allowing you to look with fresh eyes upon the person. Con- nect with their suffering directly until natural warmth arises within you. In this way, gradually, you will begin to recognize your nature of mind that is freely and spontaneously compassion- ate. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org thank you to our teachers Beginning with the Fall issue, you’ll be seeing different contributors to the Ask the Teachers column. we’d like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks to Narayan Helen Liebenson, Tenzin wangyal Rinpoche, and Sallie Jiko Tisdale. narayan helen liebenson has been an integral part of the Ask the Teachers column since the first issue in 2002. Thank you, Narayan, for faithfully sharing your wisdom and guiding readers in the pages of Bud- dhadharma for so many years. tenzin Wangyal rinpoche joined Ask the Teachers in 2005, impart- ing the teaching of Bön and Tibetan Buddhism. Our thanks to Tenzin Rinpoche and also to Marcy Vaughn for her generous assistance with tran- scribing and editing. sallie Jiko tisdale became a con- tributor to the column in 2014 in the wake of zenkei Blanche Hartman’s failing health. Thank you, Jiko, for stepping in and sharing your knowl- edge and experience of the dharma. like us watch us learn with us dharmacrafts.com 866.339.4198 Key code BDA DharmaC r a f t s Meditation Cushions Buddhist Statues Bells & Gongs Jewelry & Gifts Zen Garden DharmaKids THE CATALOG OF MEDITATION SUPPLIES since 1979 Sign Up for Emails (Teachings, New products, Sales) and Request a Catalog! INSIGHT MEDITATION SOCIETY IMS’s Forest Refuge program is for experienced meditators only. For more information, visit www.dharma.org or call 978-355-2063 Deepen your practice Experience a personal retreat at IMS’s Forest Refuge • Choose the length of your stay – retreat periods range from seven nights to a year or more • Develop an individual program of silent practice – supported by teacher talks and interviews • Balance solititude with community – meditate with others or in your private room • Strengthen practice faith, confidence and self-reliance