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Buddhadharma : Spring 2008
buddhadharma| 7 |spring 2008 melvin mcleod EDITOR-IN -CHIEF Tynette Deveaux EDITOR seth levinson ART DIRECTOR Barry campbell Boyce SENIOR EDITOR andrea mcQuillin MAHASANgHA NEwS EDITOR andrea miller ASSOCIATE EDITOR scott armstrong EDITORIAl ASSISTANT jane Doucet PROOFREADER Board of Editorial advisors ajahn amaro ABHAYAgIRI BUDDHIST MONASTERY jeffrey cox SNOw lION PUBlICATIONS Zoketsu norman Fischer EVERYDAY ZEN FOUNDATION, SAN FRANCISCO ZEN CENTER roshi Bernie glassman ZEN PEACEMAkER ORDER jack kornfield SPIRIT ROCk MEDITATION CENTER john Daido loori, roshi ZEN MOUNTAIN MONASTERY Timothy mcneill wISDOM PUBlICATIONS larry mermelstein NAlANDA TRANSlATION COMMITTEE reginald a. ray NAROPA UNIVERSITY Barbara rhodes kwAN UM SCHOOl OF ZEN sharon salzberg INSIgHT MEDITATION SOCIETY robert a.F. 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Please notify us six weeks in advance of your address change. we cannot be responsible for issues that the post office does not forward. reTailers: would you like to carry Buddhadharma ? Call (902) 422-8404, ext. 16. On occasion, we make our subscriber names and addresses available to carefully selected organizations we feel will be of interest to our readers. If you would prefer that your name and mailing address not be used in this way, contact us by e-mail at email@example.com or call us toll-free at (877) 786-1950. www.thebuddhadharma.com send your letters By mail or to letters@theBuddhadharma.com thank you for publishing the article on psychology and Buddhism (Win- ter 2007). the cover illustration of Buddha and freud both thinking “It’s all in the mind” is the perfect summary statement. It should not be difficult to see how urgent it is to get beyond the immature turf squabbles and begin a deep exploration of their complementarities. Gregory Campbell Los Gatos, California I want to thank the winter forum par- ticipants for a thoughtful conversa- tion about Buddhism and psychology. as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist for twenty years and a Buddhist prac- titioner for almost as long, I have come to view methods such as object relations and CBt, Xanax and pro- zac, emdr, and neurobiofeedback to be none other than a few more examples of the Buddha’s ongoing 84,000 teachings. We disheartened Buddhist Western- ers who feel that Buddhism has failed us because of the apparent intractabil- ity of our suffering are getting a price- less education on how to practice and perfect the paramitas and also on the endless variety of tools our own mind can fashion in order to help us. If it’s true that we embody freedom through compassion, it is also true that we embody compassion by mind- ful suffering. Jeff Berger, MD United General Hospital Sedro-Woolley, Washington a friend sent me the link to “a Chal- lenge to Buddhists,” Bhikkhu Bodhi’s commentary in the fall issue, and I just wanted to let you know that it reso- nated with me. I’m drawn to much of what the Buddhist teachings have to offer, but I also tend to associate Bud- dhism with elite intellectuals on a per- sonal journey. nothing at all wrong with that of course, but it seems to me that’s only part of what the teach- ings should be about. the other side of it, as Bhikkhu Bodhi points out, is JONATHANHANlEY/JONATHANHANlEY.COM empathy with those who are suffering from far more than their own “path to inner peace and self-realization”— those suffering from exploitation, starvation, the ravages of war, and environmental destruction. Katherine Paul Portland, Maine Bhikkhu Bodhi stated that “the most effective way we can help protect the world is by purifying our own minds.” But what about those who cannot or will not purify their own minds? What about those who believe that their book (the Gospels, the Koran, the Book of mormon, etc.) is the inerrant word of their god and that its teachings include treating those who do not agree rather badly? I’m not certain that I have an answer, because this is a difficult question, but to simply manifest compassion seems nowhere near enough to cope with the issue. Dan Hettmannsperger III Stockton, California I read with great interest your forum “too much meditation,” which dis- cussed issues around the adaptation of the buddhadharma to Western cul- ture, and whether and how aspects of the tradition need to be changed to suit the Western practitioner. I know a number of lifelong buddhadharma practitioners in Western countries (especially europe), myself included, who feel quite close to the traditional forms of buddhadharma and find its modern adaptations quite alien. therefore, from my point of view, the need to adapt the traditional forms of buddhadharma depends a lot on the individual, regardless of his or her geographical location. In terms of “Western culture,” I have also noticed that the european space, with its rather significant buddhadharma activities, is largely absent from your journal. By “West” you mean mainly the united states and Canada. Razvan Diaconescu Ploiesti, Romania Buddhadharma thE PractitionEr's QuartErly