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Buddhadharma : Summer 2005
buddhadharma| 17 |summer 2005 As a poet, I was particularly interested in “Forum: Translating the Dharma,” and especially in the section dealing with translating individual terms into modern languages. When I was first introduced to the Dhammapada and the various transla- tions of D.T. Suzuki, words like Buddha, dharma, sangha, samsara, and nirvana were full of mystery to me, engaging me in a way that has evolved over time, and perhaps blossoming only when I first read Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism. While the English definitions did give me places to start, it was only their use in contex- tual discourse (such as Trungpa’s) that allowed me to see more deeply into them. I have gone through a long process of exploring how these terms would fit into my life experience, how I could under- stand them and make them useful in my own evolution. While I would not be so presumptuous as to believe I now under- stand them, the journey toward them as original terms (and the experiences they embody) is what matters. I suggest that many of these terms should be left untranslated, though I also agree with Bhikkhu Bodhi that an introduction and endnotes can be helpful. In any case, let the reader coming to these texts for the first time engage the mystery inherent in them – that he or she might work for them, live with them, and make the journey into understanding what each of these terms implies. David Cope Grandville, Mich. AS A PRACTITIOnER of thirty years, I have yet to see any magazines devot- ing an issue to overcoming the attach- ments/addictions and negative emotions that poison one’s life: sex, power, money, envy, jealousy, and so forth. Don’t we all face some, or most, of these issues on a daily basis? To the best of my knowledge, some of these issues (e.g., sex) have never been given full-length magazine discussion. I’d like to see issues of Buddhadharma devoted to overcoming these afflictions. Paul Cohen Bronx, N.Y. Send your letters by mail or to firstname.lastname@example.org CORRECTIOnS In the Spring 2005 issue, the article by Steve Armstrong, entitled “Precepts for the Happiness of All,” contains an error in the opening sentence. The sentence should have read: “When we bring a deeply car- ing and respectful awareness to the way we interact with one another, we change our social relationships from a source of confusion and pain to a vehicle for per- sonal and social transformation.” On page 96 of the Spring 2005 issue, the credit for the artwork was not included. The credit should have read: vajrayogini – vajravarahi, Red, (item no. 65222), 1600 – 1699, Tibet, Buddhist lineage, Metal, Collection of the Rubin Museum of Art. ➤ Letters, continued from page 8