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Buddhadharma : Fall 2007
fall 2007| 6 |buddhadharma of selflessness or emptiness. There may be some truth in such statements, but I think it is a partial truth. In these critical times, we also have an obligation to aid those immersed in the world who live on the brink of destitution and despair. The Bud- dha’s mission, the reason for his arising in the world, was to free beings from suffer- ing by uprooting the evil roots of greed, hatred, and delusion. These sinister roots don’t exist only in our own minds. Today they have acquired a collective dimension and have spread out over whole countries and continents. To help free beings from suffering today therefore requires that we counter the systemic embodiments of greed, hatred, and delusion. In each historical period, the dharma finds new means to unfold its potential in ways precisely linked to that era’s dis- tinctive historical conditions. I believe that our own era provides the appropri- ate historical stage for the transcendent truth of the dharma to bend back upon the world and engage human suffering at multiple levels – even the lowest, harshest, and most degrading levels – not in mere contemplation but in effective, relief- granting action illuminated by its own world-transcending goal. The special challenge facing Buddhism in our age is to stand up as an advocate for justice in the world, a voice of conscience for those victims of social, economic, and political injustice who cannot stand up and speak for themselves. This, in my view, is a deeply moral challenge marking a watershed in the modern expression of Buddhism. I believe it also points in a direction that Buddhism should take if it is to share in the Buddha’s ongoing mis- sion to humanity. We Would like to thank the following people and organizations for their assistance with this issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly: Helen Abbott • Denis Darzacq Tenzin Dharlo • Andrea Doukas Michael Liebenson Grady • Michael Haederle Gordon Kidd • David Kittelstrom Michelle Laporte • Naoko Matsubara Liza Matthews • Michael David Murphy Elizabeth Namgyel • Judy Phillips The Collection of Shelley & Donald Rubin Roland Schmid • Rod Meade Sperry Kaz Tanahashi • Eric Woudenberg Soon many of the elegant and mind-stopping works of art you’ve enjoyed on the cover and pages of the Shambhala Sun will be available as high- quality, moderately priced archival prints. You’ll be able to brighten and uplift your home, office, or meditation room with inspiring dharma art from a magazine renowned for the beauty of its art and design. FEATURING The Seated Guanyin Bodhisattva from the Nelson-Atkins Museum as it appeared on the cover of our May 2006 issue, one our most popular covers of all time. An inspiration to practice compassion, this thousand- year-old piece is one of the most magnificent sculptures of the Liao Dynasty period. Our collection also includes prints of photographs, drawings, paintings, and calligraphies from a variety of teachers, ar tists, and traditions... Wa tch for the gallery launch in the next issue of Shambhala Sun. All sales benefit the Shambhala Sun Foundation, publisher of Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. Buddha images and sacred ar t from ancient and modern- day ar tists Calligraphies by Thich Nhat Hanh, Chögyam Tr ungpa, Kaz Tanahashi, Hassan Massoudy, and others Paintings and illustrations by Barry Blitt,Tatjana Krizmanic, Bill Gilkerson, Peter DiGesu, and others COMING THIS FALL The Art of the Shambhala Sun From the pages of our magazine into your home SeatedKuanYinBodhisattvafromtheNelson-AtkinsMuseumofArt,KansasCity,Mo.PhotographbyJamisonMiller.Chinese,11th/12thcentury;woodwithpaint.Purchase:NelsonTrust,34-10.