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Buddhadharma : Summer 2007
summer 2007| 2 |buddhadharma Buddhadharma The PracTiTioner's QuarTerly Volume Five, Number 4, Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly (ISSN: 1499-9927, USPS 020-836) is published quarterly for $24/year US, $36 CDN Canada & $36 USD International, by Shambhala Sun, 1345 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302-4886 USA. Periodical postage paid at Boulder, CO and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly, PO Box 3377, Champlain, NY 12919-3377. Printed in Canada. © 2007 Shambhala Sun. 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. features 24 Are You reAdY for deAth? The moment of our death is an opportunity to discover enlightened mind, explains The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. He tells us how to prepare for death now in order to take advantage of this greatest of all gaps. 32 this fAntAstic, unfolding experiment Jack Kornfield talks about the challenges and tensions that have accompanied Buddhism’s spread to the West and the creative solutions that have emerged to meet them. 40 four steps to mAgicAl powers Before embarking on the path of the bodhisattvas and buddhas, says Chan master Sheng Yen, you must first practice the four steps to magical powers. What are the magical powers you need? 46 too much meditAtion? Eido Shimano Roshi, Stephen Batchelor, Joan Sutherland, and The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche discuss whether Western Buddhists are focusing too much on meditation and ignoring other important practices. Also, views on Buddhist practices by John Daido Loori, Tulku Thondup, and Toni Packer. 56 pilgrims’ progress The great pilgrimage sites of the Buddha’s life have gone from ruin to renewal, but problems remain, and their future is still in question. Joseph Szostak reports from India. 46 87