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Buddhadharma : Winter 2007
winter 2007| 6 |buddhadharma We Would like to thank the following people and organizations for their assistance with this issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly: The Collection of Sylvan Barnet & William Burto • david Brown • drala Books and Gifts • Adrian fish • Gyano Gibson • Stephanie Joson • Kimsooja • Galerie Lelong • Sumi Loundon • Lynne Macready • pat Masters • Liza Matthews • His Eminence Namkha drimed Rinpoche • Michael Newhall • Marc Olmsted • Jaume plensa • peter Rohowsky • Karen Schoellkopf • Trident publications undertook ordination and many Buddhist temples were built. A year after Zenshin had left for Korea, the Mononobe clan was defeated in battle and subsequently annihilated. Zenshin returned to a country that was ready, with the encouragement of Empress Suiko, to embrace Buddhism. Within four decades there were 569 nuns and 816 monks in Japan. No matter what the reasons for Zen- shin’s ordination—whether she was a reluctant nun, a political pawn, a rebel- lious teen, or a vestal virgin—something happened to transform her. Somehow dur- ing the time the girls were training with the old Korean nun, in those few months that they were able to practice before the tides of public sentiment turned, the practice “took.” It took firmly enough to sustain them through the terror of the destruction of their temple, the humilia- tion of being stripped and flogged, and the misery of their imprisonment. perhaps this is the test of who is a Bud- dhist, a person who practices in the good times so that they can take refuge in the practice in the bad times, when the need is urgent. It is inspiring that a girl, a child, found this fearless center for herself, in an environment steeped in political intrigue and marked by the assassination of entire families. Zenshin’s life also tells us that the effects of one person’s practice should not be underestimated. It can catalyze the transformation of an entire country. It can last for thousands of years, through all the ups and downs of human fortune and whim. I thank this earnest child Zen- shin whose sincere practice has brought the happiest gift—the gift of dharma—to us today. JAMESBURNETT Abbot John Daido Loori ZEN MOUNTA IN MONASTERY ONE MONTH RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM For more information email@example.com or visit our award-winning website www.mro.org Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism Comprehensive introduction to Zen The Eight Gates of training matrix Weekend and week-long retreats and sesshins Monastic and lay residential community Set on 250 acres in the Catskills surrounded by a nature preserve Easily accessible from all northeast cities Konrad Ryushin Marchaj Resident Priest EXPERIENCE A PERSONAL RETREAT AT THE FOREST REFUGE • Come for a week or stay for a year – open all year round • Follow your own schedule – supported by talks, personal teacher interviews and access to a dharma library • Beautiful new facility nestled in secluded woodlands • All private dorm rooms, nourishing meals and tranquil surroundings A self-sustaining practice is necessary to undertake a Forest Refuge retreat. INSIGHT MEDITA TION SOCIETY For application information visit www.dharma.org or call (978) 355-2063 Freedom with Support