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Buddhadharma : Summer 2009
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly summer 20 0 9 2 Volume Seven, Number 4, 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 469103, Escondido, CA 92046-9103. 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. 30 Beyond No-Self Insight into the truth of personal selflessness, or no-self, is an important step on the path to liberation, says the Dalai Lama, but it doesn’t go far enough. 36WhyWeNeedaPlanB Soto Zen priest Norman Fischer says we need to be open to new and less traditional ways of teaching the dharma in the West if we want it to be meaningful to more people’s lives. 40 Facing the Financial Crisis John Tarrant, Sharon Salzberg, and David Loy discuss how Buddhism can help us deal with the challenges of the current economic crisis. Introduction by Michael Carroll. Features 50 Living and Dying With Dignity A tribute to Master Sheng Yen, a great teacher of Chan Buddhism and its most prominent voice in the West. And a teaching in which he reminds us to approach life—and death—with a clear mind, without regret, anger or pride. 56 Nothing Left to Cling To Narayan Liebenson Grady reports on Chan Master Sheng Yen’s final days as well as the ceremonies following his death that attracted tens of thousands of people, yet in keeping with his wishes, left no traces of him behind. 62 Rethinking Buddhism and Sex When it comes to sex, says scholar José Cabezón, Buddhist tradition takes a very conservative approach, prohibiting, among other things, male homosexuality. He challenges us to critically examine such views, beginning with the study of sexual ethics in Buddhist texts. Bari Kumar Acceptance of Denial, 1998 Oil on canvas 24 x 683⁄4 inches COURTESyOFTHEARTISTANDBOSEPACIAGAllERy,Ny