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Buddhadharma : Winter 2009
21 winter 2 00 9 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly Some people have told me that when they have been practicing as we have been doing here on retreat, integrating the self who has real life issues with the practitioner who is doing the practice, they’ve seen how much it has helped them in going back into their life because they feel the connection. So, it takes some mindfulness, but be sure not to fall into the trap of disconnecting your practice from your life. From a transcript oF oral teachings given By geshe tenzin wangyal rinpoche, puBlished in Voice of clear light: newS and inSpiration from ligmincha inStitute, vol. 9, no. 2, 2009 watCh what you say Be careful not to slip into backbiting or slander, says Dr. Noirin Sheahan, who teaches mindfulness to patients and hospital staff in Dublin. Right speech entails speaking truthfully and with the purpose of promoting harmony and wisdom. Even if what we say is true, we can cause problems for ourselves and others by the way we speak. If we speak harshly, we could ignite an angry response and our truth is less likely to be understood. So we find ways of speaking gently, agreeably—especially if we have something difficult to say. When we feel let down by someone, isn’t it tempting to speak ill of them to a third party? This slander or backbiting is a subtle act of revenge for having been let down. But it pro- motes ill will and enmity. So we have to resist all temptations toward backbiting or slander and find some alternative way to cope with our feelings. Ideally, we let go of all the hurt and rage in meditation, and then speak with our adversary directly to clarify the matter. If that’s not possible, perhaps we can find a wise friend who will understand our need to share the burden of our hurt without let- ting this fuel further negativity. This kindly acknowledgement can help us bear the burden of hurt and lift our hearts toward forgiveness. Thus we are letting the lethal fire of enmity burn out. From Satipanya, June 2009, the email newsletter oF satipanya Buddhist retreat in wales support baraCk obama Thich Nhat Hanh asks his sangha to support the American president in his efforts to create the “Beloved Community.” President Barack Obama is surrounded by his sangha—his family, his advisers, his commu- nity of faith, his supporters—and I want to help that sangha. If Barack Obama succeeds it will be thanks to that sangha. His job is very difficult and he needs a strong sangha to nourish and protect him because he’s vul- nerable. There are attacks coming from every direction. In 1965, I wrote a letter to Martin Luther King to tell him about the suffering in Vietnam and the struggle we were leading for human rights and peace. Exactly one year later I met the Rev. King in Chicago, and we talked a lot about the future of the world, of America, Europe, Asia. We were hosted by an organiza- tion called the Fellowship of Reconciliation. We spoke of community and sangha; Rev. King spoke of sangha in terms of a Beloved Com- munity. We discussed how we could spread the ideas of truth and right thinking, how we could practice right speech to educate people about peace, human rights, and social justice. Practicing right speech, right action, and right thinking we worked hard to change the way the world is thinking. About forty years have gone by since we planted seeds that are starting to sprout a little bit everywhere. All over America, Europe, Africa, and Asia we have worked to sow the seeds of broth- erhood and sisterhood and peace, and I feel that Barack Obama is the blossoming of our work. And Obama is not the only flower to blossom; if there is Obama, then there are others like him who also have manifested to realize the Beloved Community. This is a con- sciousness that has been growing for many years, a consciousness and a community that can support Obama’s sangha and Beloved Communities all over the world. From the mindfulneSS Bell, summer 2009 kimscafuro