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Buddhadharma : Summer 2009
11 summer 2 00 9 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly I was astounded by some of the com- ments made by the contributors to the Forum article “Next-Gen Buddhism” in the Winter 2008 issue. Many com- ments spoke of the supposedly difficult barriers presented by the fact that so many practitioners are older, white, and middle-class. I think these “barriers” are almost entirely self-created. The dharma is probably more accessible today, to more people and in more places, than at any time in history. To propose that the skin color or the age of fellow community members is a barrier to your own practice is to miss the point entirely: suffering and the desire to relieve that suffering is what unites every- one at a retreat as well as everyone in the sangha. We all suffer because of our attachments, delusion, and entrenched bad habits—and we suffer no matter our age, skin color, or cultural background. It is a great waste of energy to get hung up on such minor differences when the prob- lems we are facing are so fundamentally similar. To not have what we want, to be sick, to be frustrated with conditions— these are universal. The demographics of the sangha are no more or less a barrier to practice than knee pain or anything else—it is whatever you make of it. It seems that the future of Buddhism in this country will be determined in the same way as it is in any time or place: by whether enough people find the determi- nation to make the effort for meditation practice—at home, at retreats, and as an integral part of everyday living. Allen Broadman Montvale, New Jersey We Would like to thank the following people and organizations for their assistance with this issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly Rikki Asher • Benjamin Bogin • Bose Pacia Gallery, NY • Richard Boswell • Doug Chermak • Peter Cunningham • Chang Wu Fashi • Lisa Foster • Joshua Grant • Guogu (Jimmy Yu) • Ernie Heau • David Kozlowski • Bari Kumar • Jussi Mononen • Trace Murphy • Luke Olsen • Walt Opie • Lori Parsons • Pam Reitman • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum • Catherine Schuetze • Kathrin Smith • Rob Taylor • Laura Trippi • Robert Wenger • EXPERIENCE A PERSONAL RETREAT AT THE FOREST REFUGE • Come for a week or stay for a year – open all year round • Follow your own schedule – supported by talks, personal teacher interviews and access to a dharma library • Beautiful new facility nestled in secluded woodlands • All private dorm rooms, nourishing meals and tranquil surroundings A self-sustaining practice is necessary to undertake a Forest Refuge retreat. INSIGHT MEDITATION SOCIETY For application information visit www.dharma.org or call (978) 355-2063 Freedom with Support five new teachings on dvd BY FIRST GENERATION AMERICAN ZEN MASTER john daido loori John Daido Loori, known for his unique adaptation of traditional Buddhism into an American context, is founder of the Mountains and Rivers Order and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. These five new DVDs bring to life the heart of Daido Roshi’s teachings on creative expression, the environment, the subtle and profound teachings of Master Dogen, as well as the mind of practice. THE ART OF SEEING ONE BRIGHT PEARL THE FIRE KEEPER THE GREAT EARTH’S EDICT ENLARGING THE UNIVERSE DHARMA COMMUNICATIONS Support for your spiritual practice at home THE MONASTERY STORE 845.688 .7993 www.dharma.net/monstore