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Buddhadharma : Summer 2008
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly summer 20 0 8 2 Volume Six, 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 3377, Champlain, NY 12919-3377. Printed in the United States of America. © 2008 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. Features 20 Finding the Perfect Balance Arhat vs Bodhisattva: Ajahn Amaro suggests how we can transcend the debate between Theravadans and Mahayanists over the true ideal of Buddhist practice. 28 The Karmapa in America The Seventeenth Karmapa, one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhism, is making his historic first visit to the United States. Barry Boyce reports on the young lama’s dramatic life and his responsibilities as holder of the Karmapa Lineage. 32 On Becoming Karmapa An exclusive interview with the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, by Melvin McLeod. 34 The Power of Unbearable Compassion When we can no longer bear the suffering of sentient beings, says the Seventeenth Karmapa, we unleash our full potential to help others and ourselves.