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Buddhadharma : Summer 2007
buddhadharma| 9 |summer 2007 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 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. thurman COlUMBIA UNIVERSITY, TIBET HOUSE U.S. peter turner SHAMBHAlA PUBlICATIONS taitetsu unno AMERICAN BUDDHIST STUDY CENTER michael wenger SAN FRANCISCO ZEN CENTER (Organizations listed for identification purposes only.) 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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 via one of the following: E-mail: subscriptions@the buddhadharma.com. Mail: PO Box 3377 Champlain, NY 12919-9817 or 1660 Hollis St. #701, Halifax, NS B3J 1V7 Canada. Fax: (902) 423-2701. Toll-free phone: (877) 786-1950. Buddhadharma thE PractitionEr's QuartErly www.thebuddhadharma.com Send your letterS by mail or to letterS@thebuddhadharma.com Thank you for the article by Mark Unno about Jodo Shinshu in the Spring 2007 issue. And a very belated thank you for the inclusion of Socho Koshin Ogui and Ron Kobata in your forum discusson in the Winter 2006 issue. Jodo Shinshu may not be as fashionable as Tibetan and Zen Bud dhism traditions, but it is nice to be recognized. Faith Corlett Albuquerque, New Mexico Notwithstanding the possibility that I am taking his comments out of context, I respectfully disagree with Ponlop Rinpoche’s view that “all of these wonderful things [generosity, virtuous actions] cannot be genuinely put into practice if we do not under stand the view of emptiness and have some real experience of it ... we are often not really helping because we ourselves are so confused.” There is an implication in Rin poche’s comments that to act compas sionately without a fully realized view of emptiness could do more harm than good. But real life is not so lin ear. The need for help, and my ability to be helpful, is more important than any deficiency I may have with regard to my own enlightenment. Indeed, putting compassion into practice in everyday life, I believe, moves me along the path, because it is in the act of giving of myself that ego decreases. So what if I make a mistake along the way? I learn from my mistakes and do better the next time. That’s called being human. Robert Dvorkin Brooklyn, New York The article in the Summer issue titled “Pain Not Suffering” was particu larly helpful. I especially appreciated the contribution from Reginald Ray, who went beyond discussions of kar mic cause and effect to give me a very PHOTO:TADFETTIg,COURTESYOFASIANClASSICSPROJECT immediate, practical method to pen etrate my own experience of physical pain. What choice do any of us have, really, except to “look directly into” our pain and try to rest within it? Janet Carson New York, New York As a regular reader of your magazine, I would like to tell you how much I appreciate the original artwork you present in your magazine. With photo graphs, paintings, and sculpture, you treasure originality and beauty in a way few magazines do. The latest edition showing chlorophyll prints, arresting photographs, and Chinese brushwork blows me away! Thanks for your care in putting together such a beautiful magazine four times a year. Richard Fidler Traverse City, Michigan In regards to the karma of smash ing bugs on your windshield as you drive around (“How Does Karma Really Work,” Spring 2007), the speaker said that you don’t have to worry about it as you didn’t have the intention to kill them and there fore no karmic seeds were planted. Although he based his statement on a dharma teaching, I would still argue that you can’t go around inadver tently causing harm without karmic consequences, as everything we do has a result. Also, if I am aware that creatures are likely to be killed and I decide to drive anyway, then I am not entirely without intention, albeit indirect. Suzi Danbrook Duncan, British Columbia Correction The cover art Ouch on the Spring 2007 issue of Buddhadharma was done by Mike Holmes.