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Buddhadharma : Spring 2015
spring 2 0 1 5 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 25 em: Over the past four or five years, our community made the conscious decision to leave the Zen center model. We said we don’t want to be a Zen center, we want to be a temple. And we want to be a community temple, a community resource. The challenge and the beauty of that path is that it requires the depth and the breadth to be completely integrated. We can’t have people saying, “I’m just here for zazen practice—I want to go really, really deep.” I mean, that’s a farce. There’s no such thing as really, really deep without really, really broad. And institutionally, we can bring that alive. I feel inspired by that and I see that it does—if we go back to that original question—it does inspire young people who want to give their life to it. But in what way, then, do we create institutions that can support that? We’re going to have many Zen centers without a teacher in short order, and if we’re going to create robust institutions, we need some young people—young in age or young in the path—who are on fire, who feel that inspiration to say, “I want to choose this,” who might actually want to start a temple. Jf: I’m very excited by this prospect, and I believe, frankly, that Zen dharma in the West will profit from the great die- off of my generation. I hope we’re giving enough good stuff among our problems that something rich can flourish. One gift we’ve given is centers where people can get real training. We’ve got work to do, but there is that. The next step is the creation of the temples, and the temples are going to come. At Boundless Way, we’re trying to codify how one becomes a priest. We’re trying to be transparent about the process, that it’s not just the mystical eye that discerns that out of all these clowns, you’re the one. We need to get past this myth we like to propagate that if you breathe even a word that you would like to be a priest, or a teacher, or transmitted, well, that automatically shows not only that you are ineligible but also hopelessly delusional. em: When I returned from Japan, I was so nervous, I mean, completely undertrained. I was twenty-eight or twenty- nine, showing up to start a temple. Something I treasure about Buddhism in the West is the way in which seniors like yourself have a supremely generous and compassionate gaze. I felt support right from the get-go from many people, you being one of the first. I want to rely more on that eye as I grow in the dharma and in how I see people who are twenty years my junior. I think that gaze is what’s going to see us through. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University are seeking individuals with a regular, long-term meditation practice to participate in a research study looking at the combined efects of meditation and psilocybin, a psychoactive substance found in sacramental mushrooms of some cultures. The study will investigate psychological and brain processes underlying such efects. Volunteers must be between the ages of 25 and 80, have no personal or familial history of severe psychiatric illness, or recent history of alcoholism or drug abuse. To discuss the possibility of volunteering or to learn more: Phone: 410–550–2253 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.hopkinsmeditation.com Confdentiality will be maintained for all applicants and participants. Principal Investigator: Roland R. Grifths, Ph.D., Protocol: NA_00047665 Seeking Persons with a Regular Meditation Practice to Participate in a Research Study Approved July 17, 2014 Visit lionsroar.com/bdspring2015 to view the entire conversation.