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Buddhadharma : Spring 2009
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly spring 2 0 09 2 Volume Seven, Number 3, Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly (ISSN: 1499-9927, USPS 020-836) is published quarterly for $28/year US, $36 CDN Canada & $39 USD International, by Shambhala Sun Foundation, 1345 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302-4886 USA. Periodical postage paid at Boulder, CO and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly, PO Box 3377, Champlain, NY 12919-3377. Printed in the United States of America. © 2009 Shambhala Sun Foundation. All rights reserved. Canada Post Publication Mail Agreement #40018157. Canadian Postmaster: Send undeliverable copies to: 1660 Hollis St., Suite 701, Halifax, NS, Canada, B3J 1V7. 22 Take Charge of Your Practice Years ago Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche realized that if he didn’t take charge of his schedule, it would take charge of him. His advice? Schedule time for meditation, let go of distractions, and make a clear aspiration to practice. 26 Just Say Hai! The essence of Zen practice, says Eido Shimano Roshi, can be condensed into one word: Hai! (Yes!) The difficulty is learning to say Hai! without adding “But, but...” 30 Medicate or Meditate? Trying to heal your depression with spiritual practice alone can make the condition chronic and prone to relapse, according to a new study. Its authors say both antidepressants and meditation have an important role to play in treating depression. 36 You Mean I’m Going to Die Too? Jan Chozen Bays, Ajahn Amaro, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and Frank Ostaseski explore how to face aging and death with an open and fearless mind. Introduction by Judy Lief. 46 The Magical Illusion of Self For the meditator who sees things as they really are, there is no “I” or “being,” says Mahasi Sayadaw, only mental and physical phenomena coming together in the present moment. 54 No Turning Back Seventeen years ago Christine Skarda’s investigations into the nature of perception drew her out of the research laboratory and into a Buddhist retreat. Linda Heuman brings us her story. 59 The Most Important Work You Can Do Going on retreat is the best way to spend your time in this life, says Christine Skarda. She offers practical advice for a successful retreat. (On the cover) Detail of Western Medicine Buddha, 2006 (left) by Zhan Wang Courtesy of the artist and Haines Gallery/San Francisco Features