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Buddhadharma : Fall 2005
summer 2005| 70 |buddhadharma but also of someone who has deeply understood the nature and intention of the dhamma and who shares it with us as an expression of his own caring. Anyone who knows Bhikkhu Bodhi will be familiar with his humility, simplicity, dedication, and fortitude. He writes, as he lives, with great transparency, by which I mean an openness and lack of personal agenda that approaches, as closely as one is likely to find in our world, the ethos of the early generation of Buddhists. As he writes in the preface, “Unlike the textual collections of the extinct schools of Early Buddhism, which are purely of academic interest, this collection still brims with life. It inspires the faith of millions of Buddhists from the villages and monas- teries of Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Southeast Asia to the cities and meditation centers of Europe and the Americas. It shapes their understanding, guides them in the face of difficult ethical choices, informs their meditative practices, and offers them the keys to liberating insight.” I am not well situated to comment on how this publication might impact the Buddhist communities in Asia or the Asian communities in America, but I do know that it will be very much welcomed by Western meditators and students of the dhamma. At its most profound, the Buddha’s teaching tells us that a world of meaning is creatively rendered by each of us in every moment of experience. Frame by frame, the data of the senses is taken in by consciousness, shaped by multiple layers of disposi- tion, and mingles with perceptions and feelings to manifest in experience as a view of one’s self in the world. How we respond to this process, each moment, is of immense importance. The intentions we create now will have a transformative effect on who we become, and by means of extensive networks of interre- lationship, will also influence all those we encounter. The world is shaped by our intention, and our intention is itself wrought by our degree of wisdom. Any amount of study or practice that helps to deepen wis- dom and assist us to emerge from layers of delusion is precious. This book, In the Buddha’s Words, could contribute to this enterprise more directly than almost anything else in print. It gives us access to the very texture of the dhamma, the specific words and phrases, the precise verbal progressions, the identi- cal metaphoric images – all of which guided and inspired the Buddha’s original students. And thanks to the editor’s good judgment, it also reveals the comprehensive structure of these teachings. Bhikkhu Bodhi has created a framework upon which he has placed the key elements of dhamma for all to plainly see and investigate for themselves. With a map of such clarity in hand, one may tread the landscape with confidence. Those for whom the Buddha’s teaching is a living tradition, which is to say, those who endeavor to influence their moment- to-moment experience by mindful attention, careful investiga- tion, wise reflection, and skillful response, will find this book to be a dear friend and spiritual companion. Whether at the beginning, the middle, or the end of one’s path of transforma- tion, whether one is immersed in the dusty world or has only a little dust remaining in their eye, there will always be more to find in these pages for one who continues to look. My overall response to the work is one of gratitude – to the author, the translator and editor, the publisher, and all the other helpers and benefactors who have contributed to making this gift to the world. UPAYA ZEN CENTER 2005 July 29-Aug 28: Great Peace Summer Ango Joan Halifax Roshi, Togen Moss Sensei; Anzan Hyde; Kyojo Bakker Daily training, study, practice and deepening of our vows. August 19- 24: Avatamsaka Sutra Sesshin Joan Halifax Roshi, Kazuaki Tanahashi Study of the Avatamsaka Sutra with its vast vision of interconnectedness and compassion. August 26-28: Opening To Big Mind Genpo Merzel Roshi A direct exploration of our true nature October 6-9: Being Fully Awake The Middle Way of Yoga & Zen Joan Halifax Roshi and Richard Fr eeman A revolutionary approach to harmonizing, healing, and lib- erating body and mind October 13-16: On The Death of The Buddha Martine and Stephen Batchelor Exploring the Buddhist tradition as an on-going, creative response to suffering of the world today For information and to register: Upaya Zen Center 1404 Cerro Gordo Road Santa Fe, NM 87501 Tel: (505) 986 8518 Fax: (505) 986 8528 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.upaya.org RoshiJoanHalifax