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Buddhadharma : Fall 2009
11 fall 2 00 9 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly and I don’t know many people who would claim that Buddhism is a first-line treatment for mental illness. Paul Johanson Hove, United Kingdom In the “Medicate or Meditate” article, the authors classified meditation as a spiritual practice, which it is not. It existed in India long before Buddhism, and is simply an exercise of the brain that helps with the focus of the mind, thus enabling advanced practitioners to detect nuances of mind and bodily senses, much the same as muscle tone is helped by exercises in a gym. Buddhists, corporate executives, or psychotherapy patients can all benefit from its practice. It follows that if medication helps, take it; if meditation helps, do it. If both help, do both! Kelvin Chen Hacienda Heights, California After reading Robert Thurman’s com- ments as reported by Tynette Deveaux in her Summer 2009 “Commentary,” my intention is to continue reading Buddhad- harma, even if I might not qualify as a “performer,” but rather only as a “prac- titioner,” in the judgment of Professor Thurman. I hope other readers of your magazine will not become discouraged, or decide to disqualify themselves from continuing their subscription. Junko Davis Arcata, California WE Would likE to thank the following people and organizations for their assistance with this issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly Renshin Bunce • Cangioli Che • Jim Clancy • Linda Coelln • Tashi Ronald Coleman • Tyler Dewar • Pawo Choyning Dorji • Debra Dostal • Anne Elliott-Tomlinson • Andrea Fairclough • Carole Flaxman • Ryzsard Frackiewicz • Andreas Guibert • Claire Heisler • Corey Kohn • Arunas Kulikauskas • Mary Lang • Genine Lentine • Mai Nguyen • Nathalie Rosen • Matthieu Ricard • Grace Schireson • Staff at Deer Park Institute • Marcia Binder Schmidt • Cindy Shelton • John Solomon • Alex Trisoglio • Renée I.A . Mercuri • Marcy Vaughn • Patricia Virasin/ Kimbell Art Museum 30 CHURCH STREET, BARNET, VERMONT 05821 samadhicushions.com 1.800.331.7751 A COMPLETE ONLINE SOURCE FOR MEDITATORS. SINCE 1975. 000582 582 582 5 00 AAARN RN RN TTT, BA BA BA i 3 VE VE VE 30303030 TRE TRE TREEEE CHU CHU CHURRRCCCHS HS HSTTT NT0 TT0 111 EEETTT MON MON MON Don’t just do somethinngg. Sit there. MEDITATION CUSHIONS MEDITATION BENCHES GONGS INCENSE MALAS MEDITATION TABLES BOOKS AND MEDIA BEGINNER SETS Sales support Karmê Chöling here in Vermont and other Shambhala Buddhist Centers worldwide.