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Buddhadharma : Summer 2008
7 melvin mcleod EDITOR-IN -CHIEF tynette Deveaux EDITOR seth levinson ART DIRECTOR barry campbell boyce SENIOR EDITOR andrea mcquillin MAHASANgHA NEwS EDITOR andrea miller ASSOCIATE EDITOR scott armstrong EDITORIAl ASSISTANT Jane Doucet PROOFREADER Board of ediTorial advisors ajahn amaro ABHAYAgIRI BUDDHIST MONASTERY Jeffrey cox SNOw lION PUBlICATIONS zoketsu norman Fischer EVERYDAY ZEN FOUNDATION, SAN FRANCISCO ZEN CENTER roshi bernie glassman ZEN PEACEMAKER ORDER Jack Kornfield SPIRIT ROCK MEDITATION CENTER John Daido loori, roshi ZEN MOUNTAIN MONASTERY timothy mcneill wISDOM PUBlICATIONS larry mermelstein NAlANDA TRANSlATION COMMITTEE reginald a. ray NAROPA UNIVERSITY barbara rhodes KwAN UM SCHOOl OF ZEN sharon salzberg INSIgHT MEDITATION SOCIETY robert a.F. thurman COlUMBIA UNIVERSITY, TIBET HOUSE U.S . peter turner SHAMBHAlA PUBlICATIONS taitetsu unno AMERICAN BUDDHIST STUDY CENTER michael Wenger SAN FRANCISCO ZEN CENTER (Organizations listed for identification purposes only) James m. gimian PUBlISHER molly De shong ASSOCIATE PUBlISHER, CIRCUlATION & ASSISTANT EDITOR eric l. ross ASSOCIATE PUBlISHER, ADVERTISINg alan brush CIRCUlATION DIRECTOR Jessica von handorf PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Debra ross DEVElOPMENT COORDINATOR adverTising inQuiries steve ritchie, account representative 1 (877) 786-1950, ext 22, email@example.com paul laybolt, account representative 1 (877) 786-1950, ext 31, firstname.lastname@example.org cecelia Driscoll, advertising assistant 1 (877) 786-1950, ext 38, email@example.com ediTorial & cenTral Business office 1660 Hollis St., Suite 701, Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada B3J 1V7 Tel.: (902) 422-8404; Fax: (902) 423-2701 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org u.s. suBscriPTion office 1345 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302-4886 subscribe at www.thebuddhadharma.com or call toll-free (877) 786-1950 moVing? Please notify us six weeks in advance of your address change. we cannot be responsible for issues that the post office does not forward. retailers: would you like to carry Buddhadharma ? Call (902) 422-8404, ext. 16. On occasion, we make our subscriber names and addresses available to carefully selected organizations we feel will be of interest to our readers. If you would prefer that your name and mailing address not be used in this way, contact us by e-mail at email@example.com or call us toll-free at (877) 786-1950. letters PHOTO:STEPHANIEDODSON Thank you, thank you, thank you to Buddhadharma and Joan Suther- land for the great article on Chan masters Shitou Xiqian and Ma Daoyi. What wonderful lessons for our (or any) tumultuous times: don’t let the conflicts of the day impede your prac- tice; let them be your practice. As Shi- tou said, “What is the true meaning of the dharma? The Sky does not obstruct the path of the White Cloud.” Bill Hirsch White Cloud Buddhist Society Seattle, Washington i’d like to point out a misrepresen- tation of my position in a Letter to the Editor in the Spring issue of Bud- dhadharma. The letter from Dan Hett- mannsperger begins, “Bhikkhu Bodhi stated that ‘the most effective way we can help protect the world is by purify- ing our own minds.’ ” The writer then went on to discuss cases where this prescription is ineffective. I’m quite sure that Mr. Hettmannsperger had no intention to misrepresent me, but someone reading his letter would come away with the impression that what he states in quotation marks is my per- sonal position. However, if you look at my commentary you will see that I actually say, “Buddhist teachers often say that the most effective way we can help protect the world is by purifying our own minds. ... There may be some truth in such statements, but I think it is a partial truth.” That is, the position Mr. Hettmannsperger ascribes to me is not my own, but one often taken up by Buddhist teachers, and it is one with which I only partly agree. For in the commentary I then go on to explain other, more directly pragmatic ways in which we as Buddhists can “help pro- tect the world.” Bhikkhu Bodhi Carmel, New York Alexander Gardner’s review of The Karmapa’s Middle Way (Book Briefs, Spring 2008) bewails the tech- nical nature of the book and says that the absence of an index will make it difficult for readers to find portions of the book they might find useful. How- ever, the completed book will have an index, as the table of contents in the galley proof made clear. The complaint about the complexity of the outline is also puzzling; outlines like this one are a standard feature of Tibetan Buddhist text-and-commentary translations. Also, the reviewer seems to have missed the significance of this publication: this is this first major commentary on Chan- drakirti’s Madhyamakavatara from the Karma Kagyu perspective to appear in an English translation. Steven Rhodes Associate Managing Editor Snow Lion Publications Ithaca, New York As a new mother of a seven-month- old boy, I can only seem to find what I would call droplets of time for myself throughout the day. In one of those moments, I read and thor- oughly enjoyed the Spring issue’s First Thoughts section, and in particular the piece titled “Negotiating Karma,” with its analogy of karma as a dog. I felt a sense of warmth from the lighthearted SHAMBHALA SUN FOUNDATION Buddhadharma The PracTiTioner's QuarTerly An independent, nonprofit corporation. Publishers of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. www.thebuddhadharma.com