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Buddhadharma : Spring 2010
36 Thanks to the efforts of translators, practitioners, and scholars, we have access to an abundance of magazines, journals, books, articles, videos, pod- casts, and websites about Buddhism in all its diverse forms. Different Buddhist schools emphasize different aspects of the tradition and have varying guide- lines regarding the proper balance of study and practice. And when it comes to study, different schools of Buddhism focus on completely different primary texts and commentaries. Practitioners studying within a par- ticular sangha may follow a customary curriculum, and be guided in their stud- ies by teachers within their community. But for the independent practitioner, there is no clear roadmap. The sheer volume of material to study can be over- whelming, and so can figuring out where There is a long history in Buddhism of hermit monks, which has been lost a bit but can perhaps be seen rising again with the many lone-wolf practitioners around the world. The hermits still studied with others from time to time but knew that it comes down to the individual practicing. after all, the Buddha was just one person meditating off in the woods; he didn’t mean to set up a formal religion. Who knows what he’d think of our sanghas today, especially how they are structured in the West. I think monaster- ies and temples are important to maintain and keep, as they train the next generation of teachers and students looking for more instruction and structure. However, I think one can still fulfill taking refuge in the sangha without having to physically take up space. James R. Ure Loveland, Colorado I live in the Great Plains. In my town we are lucky enough to have two very small Bud- dhists groups. For a Midwestern town, this is practically a smorgasbord. We are a loose group of learning, struggling, and eager Buddhists. I prefer this situation to that of a large zendo or temple. It affords me the free- dom to practice from each of the vehicles as I see fit, and to study Buddhism without the constraints of a hierarchy or institutional dogma. While I sometimes wish I were involved with a larger group or a more experienced teacher, I think my sangha is just fine the way it is. and when all else fails, I check my isangha. John Pappas Rapid City, South Dakota to start. So it is probably best to begin at the beginning—with yourself. Some people love to practice and hate to study, and other people love to study and hate to practice. Which type of per- son are you? If studying comes easy for you, it is possible to confuse intellectual understanding with real understanding. If studying is more difficult for you and practice is easier, it is possible to hide out in a vague understanding of meditative experience and fail to challenge yourself intellectually or to develop a sophisti- cated understanding of the dharma. So before you launch into further study, study yourself. If you are more scholarly you could balance that by more practice, and if you are more prac- tice-oriented, you could balance that with more study and analysis. Bring- ing together study and practice so that Teachings: Get Ready to Dive in By Judy Lief lIzaMattheWsChUCKlIeF