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Buddhadharma : Spring 2010
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly spring 2 0 10 2 24 Nirvana Now Nirvana, says Ajahn Sumedho, is not some far-off goal. It is a state of being you can realize at any moment once you let go of grasping. 28 Like Oil and Water Pure awareness is not fazed by fleeting thoughts, emotions, or sense impressions, explain Ajahn Amaro and Ajahn Pasanno. Even when they are together, pure awareness and the conditioned realm are always separate. 32 Going It Alone Making It Work as an Unaffiliated Buddhist •Buddhism’s New Pioneers: Norman Fischer •Get Ready to Dive In: Judy Lief •You Can’t Do It Wrong: Barry Magid •Extending the View of Sangha: Gaylon Ferguson •Spiritual Friendships Help Guide the Way: Sylvia Boorstein •What If? Guidelines for Choosing a Teacher: Lewis Richmond 44 Shining in Freedom When you experience the three realms as self-arisen and self-liberated, says Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, you realize their true nature is shining in freedom. 50 Sing It! Ari Goldfield on the practice of singing dohas, or songs of realization, a tradition dating back to the Buddha. 52 Why We Need Monasticism Robert Thurman, Jan Chozen Bays, Bhikkhu Bodhi, and Ayya Tathaaloka discuss why monasticism is critical to the survival of Buddhism in the West. Introduction by Ajahn Amaro. 62 Thich Not Here Phyllis Colletta discovers the power of sangha after arriving for a retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, only to learn he had been hospitalized and was unable to teach. 67 Bringing Buddhism Home Thich Nhat Hanh attracted national attention during his historic visit to India. Features TouDesign,sakrapeeTouMeechukanT