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Buddhadharma : Winter 2005
winter 2005| 16 |buddhadharma ➤ Commentary, continued from page 5 wanting to make people into Buddhists. I used to think he was just being clever, deep down holding such an intention but using indirection to accomplish it. But now I do not think so. I am just beginning to understand him emotionally, still trying not to be too attached to my Buddhism, still catching myself thinking that since it has been bet- ter for me in this life, it would really be better for everyone. But I gave some lec- tures in San Francisco years ago in which I said more than I fully understood, when I said that Buddhism’s greatest contribu- tions to the world would only emerge when it offers its human services without insisting on there being “Buddhism.” we must learn to practice Buddhism without Buddhism, not just Buddhism without beliefs. Like any human being, we can live up to our beliefs. But in this pluralistic world, we must practice our “Buddhism” as the engaged realism it has always been: the pursuit of the deep understanding of reality, from the faith that realism is more salutary than delusion, and the effort to think, feel, and act realistically. we do love Buddhism, and so we should, if it works for us and enables us to work for others more effectively. we have our refuge in it, we relish it, and we thrive in it. But we should never give up trying to see how others find their refuge and relish and sustenance in their own religions, or even in nonreligious ideolo- gies. Manjushri once asked vimalakirti, “where is the enlightenment of the bud- dhas to be found?” The old sage replied, “The enlightenment of the buddhas is to be found in the sixty-two [non-Buddhist] convictions.” In that sutra, it’s called “the reconciliation of dichotomies.” And there’s the challenge for us today! WE WOUlD lIKE TO THANK the following people and organizations for their assis- tance with this issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly: Andrew Bae Gallery • Sylvan Barnet • Carol Bua • Mark esterman • Ahna Fender • Darlene Fung • Gyano Gibson • The Gitter- Yelen Foundation • John Hanhardt • emmett Ho • Michael Newhall • Frank Olinsky • Laurie Pearce Bauer • erik Pema Kunsang • Frank Reynolds • Cindy Shelton • Sonnabend Gallery • Hiroshi Sugimoto • Sandra Sunnyo Lee • Taikyu • Tanya Takacs • Libby vigeon • Hetty wessels A five-day teaching by the spiritual leader of the Tibetan Bon Religion provides a rare opportunity to receive the direct transmission of a powerful, uniquely Bon meditation system from the current lineage holder and Abbot of Menri Monastery. A-Tri has been associated with Menri Monastery since its founding in 1405. For further information: www.bonfoundation.org H. H. Menri Tr izin, 33rd, Lungtok Tenpai Nyima World leader of Bon Religion to give A-Tri Dzogchen teaching in USA May 2-7, 2006, Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY See the trailers at www.festivalmedia.org Available at booksellers everywhere, or visit www.ibff.org FIRST TIME ON DVD From the director of Ram Dass Fierce Grace “Beautifully shot ... His story is inextricably entwined with that of Tibet.” –Tricycle With 90-minute bonus: Touching Peace–An Evening With Thich Nhat Hanh “His words resonate long after the film stops.” –Yoga Journal