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Buddhadharma : Spring 2010
9 spring 2 01 0 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly sangha with lay leaders has simply gone ahead and had their lay teachers preside at the ceremony. And increasingly these lay leaders are performing weddings and conducting funerals and otherwise acting as ordained ministers. The theoretical justification has tended to follow the need. A few are beginning to assert that dharma transmission con- tains within it the authorization to per- form any ministerial function. This is a reversal of what some Soto clergy have held—that ordination contains within it dharma transmission. Some lay teachers are seeking ordination, after the fact of their transmission. Others are struggling to find new models for ministerial prepa- ration and authorization. So, back to the AZTA. I go to the meetings and I meet these teachers, who are ordained in the Vinaya or as bodhisat- tva priests, or are lay. And we talk. Of course this is another unusual feature of the buddhadharma in the West, how people of differing traditions—and let me assure you there are differing traditions just within the Zen family—nonetheless come together to meet, to talk, to learn from one another. And I wonder. I’ve often wondered if within a differ- ent context, Chairman Mao’s famous call to let a hundred flowers bloom wasn’t the signal feature of modern religion. Even within our small corner, I’m watch- ing this cornucopia of possible expres- sions of the Zen way emerge. And I, for one, am increasingly horrified, intrigued, offended, fascinated, and most of all, hopeful. We Would like to thank the following people and organizations for their assistance with this issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly Helen Abbott • Alfredo Chizzoni Thubten Chonyi • Cunda Bhikkhu Vitali Pozdniakov • Gonçalo Oliveira Liz Franko • Frank Grisdale • Daitetsu Hull Sandy Mansfield • Michele McCormick Sister Dang Nghiem • Gonzalo Quinteros Rubin Museum of Art • Myoshin Julie Sprott Ayya Tathaaloka • Ganden Thurman Tibet House US • Börje Tobiasson Marcy Vaughn • Zopa • Vanessa Zuisei Goddard Pagosa Springs, CO | (970) 731-3711 www.taramandala.org | firstname.lastname@example.org Tulku Sang-ngag Dzinpa Rangdröl: Natural Liberation of Attachment APRIL 17 - 25 White Dakini Drubchen AUGUST 20 - 30 Shiva Rea Awakened Sensuality: Moving Through the Mandala with Lama Tsultrim SEPTEMBER 17 - 22 Lama Tsultrim Allione Kapala Training Level II APRIL 28 - MAY 4 Kapala Training Level I JUNE 13 - 19 Chöd JUNE 22 - 26 Green Tara JULY 17 - 20 Family Retreat JULY 24 - AUGUST 1 Three Yana Retreat AUGUST 4 - 30 Dakini Mandala SEPTEMBER 8 - 14 Group Practice Period OCT. 16 - NOV. 14 photobyLauriePearceBauer,baylaurelphoto.com 2010 Retreats Scott Blossom & Chandra Easton Shadow Yoga & Shamatha Meditation: The Pranic Pathway to Stillness with Lama Tsultrim JUNE30-JULY7