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Buddhadharma : Winter 2005
winter 2005| 6 |buddhadharma letters THANKS for a great issue [Fall 2005]. I was taken, in particular, by the story about Ngaktrin of Argong being told not to let his mind wander when he was a young tulku of eight years. That simple instruction stuck with him his entire life. I received much the same instruc- tion via Jack Kornfield when he first started teaching in the west. This was in 1975, the second summer of the Naropa Institute, and I was part of a practice module living in a fraternity house and studying for five weeks with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. Jack recounted the first instruction he received as a forest monk in Southeast Asia. His teacher told him that if he could be aware for two days straight – or maybe it was two weeks – then he would become enlightened. Jack was elated until ten minutes later, as he was making his way to his hut. He realized that he’d already lost his awareness in planning the things he’d be telling his friends once he became enlightened. That story has stuck with me. Judy Bond Baltimore, Md. I HAve BeeN a subscriber to Buddhadharma for nearly a year, and I will not be renewing my subscription. Your magazine claims to be a “prac- tice-oriented journal for Buddhists of all traditions.” Yet despite this claim you rarely have articles that deal with traditions outside the Tibetan, Zen, or Theravada circles. I practice in the tradition of Nichiren Shu and have never seen an article that has included my own way of Buddhist practice. Admittedly, my tradition is small in the United States, but it doesn’t make it any less important or less notable than any other branch of Buddhism. One of the first issues had an informative article on Jodo Shinshu, which was very interesting. Another article discussed the teachings of the Lotus Sutra. After the initial launch of your magazine, however, articles like these were nowhere to be found. There seems to be an undercurrent of choosing articles that are most popular with the convert community, while neglecting traditions, issues, and perspectives within nonconvert sanghas. The most recent profile on the Buddhist Churches of America is a pleasant exception to this. what I find particularly frus- trating is that in the west many Buddhists are isolated from sanghas and must rely on publications like Buddhadharma to provide a sense of connectedness with their commu- nities. But the direction your maga- zine takes excludes traditions like Jodo Shinshu, Nichiren, Chinese Pure Land, Shingon, Tendai, and other less popular branches. This leaves people like myself even more isolated, as our traditions are never discussed and shared with the wider western Buddhist community. Erin Templeton Largo, Fla. I ReAD each issue of Buddhadharma from cover to cover a number of times and share my copy with the other prisoners who attend the Buddhist services at this facility. I think you do a wonderful job of creating a magazine that one can grow and benefit from – regardless of what particular tradition one may have an affinity for. Two of the articles in the Summer 2005 issue – “Forum: Barriers to the Dharma” and the review of the book Black Buddha: A Diversity Perspective, by Choyin Rangdrol – were particularly relevant for members of our group, as the majority are of African-American descent. Steve Harper New Haven, Mich. I THOROUGHLY enjoyed read- ing and meditating on eido Roshi’s words that were published in the Summer 2005 issue. I was also drawn to several articles that focused on the small number of African-American Buddhists in the United States. melvin mcleod, Editor-in-Chief Tynette deveaux, Editor Barry campbell Boyce, Senior Editor molly de shong, Assistant Editor seth levinson, Art Director liza matthews, Assistant Art Director Katie Zdybel, Editorial Assistant Jeff Pardy, 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. 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