using the arrow buttons.
by clicking on the page.
the page around when zoomed in by dragging it.
the zoom using the slider when zoomed-in.
by clicking on the zoomed-in page.
by entering text in the search field, and select "This Issue" or "All Issues"
by clicking on thumbnails to select pages, and then press the print button.
displays sections with thumbnails and descriptions.
displays a slider of thumbnails. Click on a page to jump.
allows you to browse the full archive.
about your subscription?
Buddhadharma : Winter 2009
17 winter 2 00 9 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly illustrations by kim sCafuro inspire those of us who give our bodies and our time to sustain future generations? To think that there are no mothers through- out history who have become enlightened is beyond logic or belief. This concerns almost half the world’s population. Whatever rea- sons may explain why these stories have not been passed down, it is now time to gather stories of mothers’ enlightenment experiences for our daughters and sons. Householders can use the challenges of everyday life to develop loving-kindness, mindfulness, and ethical conduct. What bet- ter circumstance to develop patience, insight into impermanence, and an understanding of unsatisfactoriness than being in the midst of attachment and activity? What better time to release the three poisons of anger, greed, and ignorance? Maybe the many “distractions” we mothers face everyday is our practice. Zen looks at “distractions” as gates to enlighten- ment. Maybe when mothers finally have the opportunity to sit down on the meditation cushion, they will be so developed in their practices of generosity, ethics, and mindfulness that they will easily be able to concentrate their minds. Maybe they will be so openhearted and present in the moment that they will fall gently into enlightenment. From Sakyadhita, the newsletter oF the sakyadhita international association oF Buddhist women, spring 2009 leading a good life Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on the real goal of meditation. The practice of meditation is not so much about a hypothetical attainment of enlighten- ment as about leading a good life. In order to learn how to lead a good life, a spotless life, the motherhood path Jacqueline Kramer, a longtime Buddhist practitioner and author of Buddha Mom, says don’t write off mothers as candidates for enlightenment. The life occupation of mothering and home- making has been both glorified and demeaned, but seldom has it been seen as the valid spiri- tual path it can be. On the one hand, the Bud- dha said that there are two gifts that are so great we can never repay them. One is the gift of birth, given to us by our mother, and the second is the gift of the dhamma. On the other hand, being a mother is seen and felt as a deficit by many Buddhist teachers and students when it comes to deep practice. Yet the practices the mothers engage in, day in and day out—selfless service, generosity, let- ting go, developing a deep love for all beings, patience, faith, and mindfulness—are the way of practice for monks and nuns of all the world’s wisdom traditions. This year, I went on a hunt for stories about women who had become enlightened while engaged in mothering and homemak- ing. I found stories of women who became enlightened after losing their families, or who chose not to have families, but I found no stories of women who found enlightenment while working in the kitchen, nursing their children, or cleaning the floor. The question arose: Where are the stories to nourish and first thoughts