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Buddhadharma : Fall 2007
buddhadharma| 9 |fall 2007 melvin mcLeod editor-in -Chief tynette Deveaux editor seth Levinson art direCtor Barry Campbell Boyce Senior editor andrea mcQuillin mahaSangha newS editor andrea miller aSSoCiate editor scott armstrong editorial aSSiStant Board of editorial advisors ajahn amaro abhayagiri buddhiSt monaStery Jeffrey Cox Snow lion PubliCationS Zoketsu norman Fischer everyday Zen foundation, San franCiSCo Zen Center roshi Bernie glassman Zen PeaCemaker order Jack kornfield SPirit roCk meditation Center John Daido Loori, roshi Zen mountain monaStery timothy mcneill wiSdom PubliCationS Larry mermelstein nalanda tranSlation Committee reginald a. ray naroPa univerSity Barbara rhodes kwan um SChool of Zen sharon salzberg inSight meditation SoCiety robert a.F. thurman Columbia univerSity, tibet houSe u.S. Peter turner Shambhala PubliCationS taitetsu unno ameriCan buddhiSt Study Center michael wenger San franCiSCo Zen Center (organizations listed for identification purposes only.) Buddhadharma: the Practitioner’s Quarterly is a publication of the Shambhala Sun James m. gimian PubliSher molly De shong aSSoCiate PubliSher, CirCulation & aSSiStant editor eric L. ross aSSoCiate PubliSher, advertiSing alan Brush CirCulation direCtor Jessica von handorf ProduCtion Coordinator Debra ross develoPment Coordinator advertising inQuiries steve ritchie, account representative 1 (866) 604-8496, firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Laybolt, account representative 1 (877) 786-1950, ext 31, email@example.com editorial & central Business office 1660 hollis St., Suite 701 halifax, nova Scotia Canada b3J 1v7 tel.: (902) 422-8404; fax: (902) 423-2701 email: firstname.lastname@example.org u.s. suBscriPtion office 1345 Spruce St., boulder, Co 80302-4886 suBsCriBe at www.thebuddhadharma.com or call toll-free (877) 786-1950 moving? Please notify us six weeks in advance of your address change. we cannot be responsible for issues that the post office does not forward. retaiLers: would you like to carry Buddhadharma ? Call (902) 422-8404, ext. 16. on occasion, we make our subscriber names and addresses available to carefully selected organizations we feel will be of interest to our readers. if you would prefer that your name and mailing address not be used in this way, contact us via one of the following: e-mail: subscriptions@the buddhadharma.com. mail: Po box 3377 Champlain, ny 12919-9817 or 1660 hollis St. #701, halifax, nS b3J 1v7 Canada. fax: (902) 423-2701. toll-free phone: (877) 786-1950. Buddhadharma the Practitioner's Quarterly www.thebuddhadharma.com send your letters by mail or to email@example.com Your recent forum, “Too Much Med- itation” (Summer 2007), enlightened but also disturbed me. Near the end, many of the participants spoke of finding the original teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha, with the inten- tion of reconciling historical divi- sions. Yet to find the true teaching of the Buddha is to make these teach- ings static, which will only increase divisions among Buddhist traditions, many of which currently claim pri- macy and disparage the validity of other traditions. I find it ironic that teachers who espouse neither beginning nor end and talk about no static existence and the interrelatedness of all things are so fixed on finding the beginning of Buddhism, the fixed teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha, and the separ- ateness of one historical lineage. Richard C. Stimac St. Louis, Missouri I sincerely appreciate the perspective and diversity of your publication. Reading it reaffirms my dedication to Buddhism in general and to zazen in particular. So imagine my surprise when the recent issue featured a review written with what appeared to be none of the consideration or respect that I have come to see as an integral part of your publication. I do not like to make assumptions, but from the review it would certainly appear that Mr. Bogin didn’t actu- ally read Brad Warner’s Sit Down and Shut Up before sitting down to denigrate it. (“Denigrate” may seem a strong word, but a “critique” implies a certain amount of reflec- tion, which is wholly lacking in Mr. Bogin’s review.) Mr. Bogin seems to assume that the entire book is bereft of actual PeterCunningham Buddhist discourse, while even the most cursory reading reveals some very in-depth examinations of Dogen’s Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye. Warner doesn’t simply appeal to “the small group of readers who already identify as Zen punks.” In fact, Warner’s “adolescent rant” seems to convey the complicated nuances of Dogen’s work with more clarity and with less scholarly pos- turing than any other commentary I’ve run across. The book is at turns amusing and informative and, most of all, engaging. It is a rare thing indeed for a writer discussing Dogen’s difficult writings to still get a laugh out of his or her readers, and such a thing should not be discounted. Jason Lambert Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania My sincere and heartfelt sympathy goes out to Hilda Ryumon Gutierrez Baldoquin after reading her article, “What Would a Zen Priest Do?” (Summer 2007). I would think that having advanced to a Zen priest, she would have been able to abandon some of her prejudices concerning color. Instead, she suggests that she was targeted by the “white police- man”: “Being intuitively aware that he’d approached me because he thought I was a man of color due to my shaved head....” Hilda, the next time you are pulled over by a “tall, white, male police officer,” show the love and compas- sion that Buddhists are famous for (How may I help you?). Remember, you have not always been of color, and the police officer has not always been white. Paul Stavenjord Eloy, Arizona