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Buddhadharma : Summer 2013
4 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY SUMMER 2 0 1 3 features Volume 11, Number 4, Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly (ISSN: 1499-9927, USPS 020-836) is published quarterly for $28 /year US, $36 CDN Canada & $46 USD International, by Shambhala Sun Foundation, 1790 30th St., Suite 280, Boulder, CO 80301. Periodical postage paid at Boulder, CO, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly, PO Box 469103, Escondido, CA 92046-9103. Printed in the United States of America. © 2013 Shambhala Sun Foundation. All rights reserved. Canada Post Publication Mail Agreement #40018157. Canadian Postmaster: Send undeliverable copies to: 1660 Hollis St., Suite 701, Halifax, NS, Canada, B3J 1V7. 26 True Blessings Contemporary Dzogchen master Tulku Thondup Rinpoche reveals the deep nontheistic essence of Vajrayana practice in his commentary on a traditional Guru Rinpoche visualization. 34 A Straight Road with Many Curves Gregory Shepherd looks back on his Zen training in Japan with the late Yamada Roshi and the difficult lessons he learned. 40 The Practical Practitioner If you want to get anywhere with your practice, says Anyen Rinpoche, it must be built on intellectual and experiential certainty. 46 Your Meditation Reality Check Ezra Bayda, Judith Simmer-Brown, and Kamala Masters discuss how to identify obstacles in your practice, apply antidotes that work, and deepen your meditation in the process. Introduction by Frank Berliner. 56 Unlimited Heart After caring for his ailing mother for nine years, Ajahn Viradhammo reflects on self-sacrifice and the importance of cultivating a strong and expansive heart. 60 Awaken with Them? Really? Zen priest and professional facilitator Catherine Toldi examines the painful conflicts that can arise in sanghas and offers practical advice on how to deal with them.