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Buddhadharma : Summer 2008
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly summer 20 0 8 6 PHOTO:STEPHANIEDODSON language. Does the challenge of mo- dernity require anything less from us? Buddhism can provide what the modern world most needs: the spiritual message that may yet awaken us to who we are and why we as a species have such a penchant for making ourselves unhappy. For that message to have its full impact, however, the dharma must find new modes of expression that speak more directly to us, including those who may not be much interested in Asian cultures. When transplanting an exotic species into a new environ- ment, it may be helpful to bring some of the original soil entwined with the roots. Eventually, however, the plant must become able to root itself in new ground. The problem for Western Buddhism is that it’s not easy to distinguish the root from the soil, the essential from the superfluous. Obviously, whatever continues to encourage genuine awak- ening (enlightenment, liberation, etc.) is something to retain and build upon. Yet what criteria should we use to evaluate a genuine awakening? Within every Buddhist tradition, the real test is how it transforms us. What kind of people do its practitio- ners become? How wisely and compas- sionately do they live? Do its students realize that-which-is-beyond-ego or develop new forms of “spiritual ego”? How successfully do its teachers pro- mote wisdom and compassion in new generations? The answers will take time, but the experiments have begun. Many Ameri- can groups are divesting Zen of most of its Asian religious trimmings. American Vipassana distinguishes itself in various ways from the Theravada tradition. How Tibetan will Tibetan Buddhism be, after it becomes American? More generally, what new forms does a pre- dominantly lay Buddhism require? Stay tuned. DaviD Loy is a professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati, where he holds the Besl Family Chair for Ethics, Religion, and Society. His latest book is Money, Sex, War, and Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution (Wisdom Publications, 2008). GesheTenzin Wangyal Rinpoche,the spiritual director of Ligmincha Institute, will present the practice of tummo during all three weeks of oursummer retreat.This will be the third andfinal annual summer retreatimparting these teachings on the Fireballof Primordial Wisdom,a practice that cultivates blisswhile burningawaysubtleobscurationsto abidingin the naturalstate of mind. Tu mmo refers to innerfire, inner heat, or wisdom.The teachingsincludebothtantric anddzogchensupport practicestoachieve liberation. All arewelcome to attend this retreatregardlessofpreviousparticipation.The retreatwill be heldat Serenity Ridge, ourhilltop retreatcenter near Charlottesville,Va. Each week is designed to be adirect andpowerful healing experience. Mayall beings benefit! As always,you may comefor one, two, or all three weeksofthe retreat. Week One: July 6–12; Week Two:July13–19;Week Three: July 20–26 JULY 6–26, 2008 TheFireballof Primordial Wisdom Part III of theTummo Practice From TheBon tradition of Tibet With Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche Ligmincha Institute, Charlottesville, Va. firstname.lastname@example.org; 434.977.6161 www. ligmincha.org ligmincha BD spring 08:ligmincha BD mar_07 1/31/08 2:18 PM Page 1 Residential Zen Arts Intensive June 24 –July 27, 2008 Led by John Daido Loori, Roshi, this is a one-of-a-kind program in the “artless arts”of Zen. The following retreats offer an in-depth study of the creative process as a mirror for self-investigation: Introduction to Zen Training Retreat with ZMM staff A Watercolor Retreat with Jon J Muth The Art of Zen Gardens with Stephen Morrell Clay with Mn. Jody Hojin Kimmel One-Week Photography Intensive with John Daido Loori, Roshi Haiku and Haiku-Painting with Stephen Addiss Poetry in Motion with Ed Sanders Interdependence Sesshin One-week meditation intensive Lectures and discussions with John Daido Loori, Roshi Individual art projects and studio space Ideal for those who wish to learn more about the Zen aesthetic and its relationship to spiritual inquiry. Zen Mountain Monastery po box 197 mt tremper ny 12457 845-688-2228 www.mro.org email@example.com