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Buddhadharma : Summer 2016
summer 2016 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 73 teachings and to help the ongoing com- munity. Then, in the Mahayana White Lotus Sutra, there is the story of the mythic bodhisattva Bhaishajya Raja, who burned his body as a lamp of offer- ing to the Buddha who was his teacher, an act of pure joy and self-transcendence from which act he gains extraordinary accomplishments. The Tibetan Buddhists, monks, nuns, lay men and women who have offered their bodies to the flames are fully aware of these traditions. From their perspec- tive, they are not committing “suicide” (literally, “self-killing”) because they consider their “selves” to be more than their bodies; by committing such heroic acts of generosity, they are taking a huge evolutionary step of sending their subtle mindstream, samtana, (not their coarse personality mind) into a space of exalted freedom, whence they can assume another, better body. In fact, the Tibetan expression for the act is, literally, “burn- ing one’s body with fire” or “offering one’s body in fire,” not “burning one’s self.” This is of course very hard for materialists, communist or capitalist, to understand; if one is convinced that the “self” is nothing but the body, then vol- untarily giving up the body in extreme pain can only be considered masochistic suicide. Kirti Rinpoche called such immola- tion “the most powerful method of a nonviolent movement.” Woeser’s book calls on us to realize just that and not to hide from its power by clinging to some mental notion that deprecates the cour- age of these yogis and yoginis of fierce freedom. In a world so given over to violence and destructive consumption, these immolators are the heroes and heroines who offer to us all the vision of their determination that no one can conquer others, that harming another is harm- ing oneself, that domination of others is self-enslavement, and that their loving nonviolence is ultimately more powerful than lethal violence. Woeser’s marvelous book honors them beautifully—as does Ai Weiwei’s elegant cover, black with embossed names of the immolators in Tibetan letters and Tibetan thangka- style flames emerging from the word Tibet. The physical book itself imparts a powerful experience. In her conclusion to Tibet on Fire, Woeser leaves us with this: “Memories are intertwined with these flames. The heroes who have sacrificed themselves to the flames will remain with us as long as we cherish their memory. I join my hands in prayer for my compatriots who have committed these painful acts of sac- rifice. I hold them, their memories, and their aspirations in the deepest and most profound respect, now and forever.” while self-immolation is certainly a form of protest against the state, it is more than that—it is also meant to be understood as a religious offering. revieWs ENGAGE: CARE / STUDY / SIT FOUNDATIONS IN CONTEMPLATIVE CARE A comprehensive study providing an introduction to caregiving from a Buddhist perspective. Ideal for professional caregivers- physicians, nurses, social workers, hospice workers and those interested in caregiving. NOW CELEBRATING OUR 10TH YEAR “I had to reflect on what it is that has kept me from engaging. This has proven to be invaluable to my care practice.” — Barbara Ende, Class of 2009 SEPTEMBER 2016-MAY 2017 Fridays and Saturdays, monthly APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED “I learned to be present in the face of fear.” — Jesse Bercowetz, Class of 2015 TO APPLY AND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS, VISIT ZENCARE.ORG 119 W. 23rd Street, #401, New York, NY 10011 NEW YORK ZEN CENTER FOR CONTEMPLATIVE CARE