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Buddhadharma : Winter 2015
winter 2015 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 53 (LeFT—rIgHT):ericacamille,patrickberkeley,rebeccabenoitoFpiXeleGacy,saritroGers “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.” Some- times it has that air to it. If we want to truly embody the dharma, we have to bring it right into the life that we are actually living. The Insight tradition spent a lot of time building rural retreat centers, Spirit Rock and IMS, creating the opportunity for people to leave their life to go out and sit retreats in these quiet, beautiful places. While that’s important and wonderful, Against the Stream has community-based centers in Los Ange- les and one in San Francisco. We try to provide urban dharma for people who don’t have the time or resources to take ten days off to go sit a retreat somewhere. BuDDHADHARMA: What does it mean for the next gen- eration of teachers, though, if we step away from that intensive, retreat-based model? TENKu RuFF: I don’t think there’s a substitute, espe- cially for ordained people, for intensive monastic training. It’s not something that we can replicate with the busyness of our everyday lives surrounding for practitioners to expect dharma teachers to bring that kind of awareness as well. I was on a call with John Welwood the other day, and he was talking about the difference between unpacking versus cut- ting through. Unpacking includes being aware of ourselves and how we are impacted by power struc- tures and institutional oppression. I think the next generation is much more aware of these topics and will expect us to use the dharma to help navigate these challenges that face society and our sanghas as well. BuDDHADHARMA: Do you see yourselves continu- ing your teachers’ work, or is your task something different? ROD OWENS: Right now I see my role as modeling a new way of being in the world as a teacher. espe- cially for my Tibetan lineage, I want to model how we can still embody the core of our tradition while being actively involved in helping with people’s suffering. That’s easier for me to navigate because of the communities I’m a part of. My focus is on trying to be a role model and a mentor for teachers who feel like they don’t fit into the traditional ways of being a teacher. essentially, I’m trying to model authenticity; I have to practice Buddhism where I’m at and where I’ve been put in this life. I’m not a Tibetan—I’m a black man who happens to practice Tibetan Buddhism. That’s a very important distinc- tion for me. DAVE SMITH: I love what Tenku said about the ordi- nariness of the dharma, because a lot of people think of the dharma as something that happened One thing I love about the Gen X community is that when we talk, we don’t focus on our lineages or teachers. I don’t really care what someone’s Buddhist tradition is. I care about who they are. —Dave Smith photo | koshin paley ellison