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Buddhadharma : Summer 2007
summer 2007| 6 |buddhadharma tic, individualistic outsider who chal lenges the conventional norm and has somewhat disassociated from it, and the conventionally minded institution builder who skirts dharma’s radical edge in favor of a more popularist interpretation. The first approach could be said to have elitist overtones, and it’s unlikely to appeal to more than a small number of hardcore practitioners. The second approach has broader appeal but takes on the tepid appearance of middleoftheroad prot estant moralism and good works. As Western dharma matures, what once was provocative and woke us up instead may begin to feel familiar and comfort ing and put us back to sleep. It is easy to lose the cutting edge, both personally and organizationally. It is even possible for the dharma establishment itself to become an obstacle for the dharma practitioner. Dharma is a counterforce, like swimming upstream. As soon as you begin to get comfy and float, you are swept away by the force of the current. You become a part of the very power you had been resisting. We need to integrate more fully into the larger society; we need to infiltrate. Other wise, we will not be able to offer the teach ings to a more diverse range of people or apply them in relevant ways to the press ing concerns of modern life. To accomplish big things, we need strong institutions, wide networks, and street savvy. We need to engage beyond the level of the solitary practitioner. However, it is essential that as we establish ourselves in the larger com munity, we do not lose the outsider quality of standing up to hypocrisy and the forces of materialism. We need to dig in our heels and resist. Not just occasionally, but over and over we need to reexamine our own assumptions about who we are, how we operate as a community, how we live our lives, and what we are contributing to the world. wE wOUlD lIkE TO THANk the following people for their assistance with this issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly: Christine Alicino • Cy DeCosse • Richard Friday • Karen Gutowski • Ernest Heau • Dr. Felix Hess • Stephanie Johnston • Jokei Kyodo • Michael David Murphy • Cindy Shelton • Jerry Spagnoli • John Stevenson • Keith Taylor • Jeanny Tsai • Ryan Zoghlin www.festivalmedia.org AVAILABLE AT RETAILERS EVERYWHERE — WATCH ALL THE TRAILERS ONLINE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED BUDDHIST CLASSICS ON DVD His Holiness Menri Trizin 33rd, Lungtok Tenpai Nyima, “throne-holder” and spiritual leader of the Bon religion, will return to the USA to transmit the last of a three-part teaching on the uniquely Bon A-Tri Dzogchen meditation system. This teaching will include the practice of phowa (rainbow transformation) and A-Tri Dzogchen initiation. Students wishing to receive these teachings need not have attended any of the previous retreats. H. H. Menri Trizin 33rd WORLD LEADER OF BON TO GIVE THIRD A-TRI DZOGCHEN TEACHING IN USA October 30 – November 4, 2007 Garrison Institute, Garrison, New York WORLD LEADER OF BON TO GIVE THIRD A-TRI DZOGCHEN TEACHING IN USA October 30 – November 4, 2007 Garrison Institute, Garrison, New York For further information, visit www.bonfoundation.org For further information, visit www.bonfoundation.org H