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Buddhadharma : Winter 2008
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly winter 2 0 08 10 my screaming two-year-old instead of ir- ritation and overwhelm. I began to ques- tion my black-or-white approach to the world and to experience the world with a sense of open curiosity and wonder. I don’t see visions or auras and I have never experienced a “supernatural” event, but I am now open to their possi- bility, and I’m inspired by the miraculous stories of the Buddhist saints. I practice with the aspiration that I may open to a reality not bound by the concepts I now cling to. Maybe I’m deluding myself and just fixating on the possibility of miracles. But my experience is that I’m more in- terested in and less fearful of the people and world around me, and I’m more open to treating every encounter with another sentient being as an opportu- nity for something wonderful to happen. Isn’t that a miracle? Sheila Craig Ottawa, Ontario I was encouraged to read in Daigaku Rummé’s “Sutra” article that “It is only when we in the West realize [the dharma for ourselves] that we can begin to compose original sutras in our own languages...” However, I want to point out that humility is an essential part of enlightenment, so the Chinese Bud- dhists reserved the word “sutra” solely for recordings of the Buddha’s words, with only one exception in 2,000 years since Buddhism’s introduction to China, which was the Platform Sutra by the Sixth Patriarch of Zen. This of course was a tribute to his unparalleled achieve- ments, not only in dissemination of Zen Buddhism in China, but also in his depth of enlightenment. His body, without using any preservation techniques, re- mains intact in a meditating pose after 1,300 years and can still be viewed in a temple in southern China. To avoid confusion, and to be respectful, uses of the word “sutra” in English need to be gingerly guarded. Kelvin Chen Hacienda Heights, California 30 CHURCH STREET, BARNET, VERMONT 05821 samadhicushions.com 1.800.331.7751 A COMPLETE ONLINE SOURCE FOR MEDITATORS. SINCE 1975. 000582 582 582 5 00 AAARN RN RN TTT, BA BA BA i 3 VE VE VE 30303030 TRE TRE TREEEE CHU CHU CHURRRCCCHS HS HSTTT NT0 TT0 111 EEETTT MON MON MON Don’t just do somethinngg. Sit there. MEDITATION CUSHIONS MEDITATION BENCHES GONGS INCENSE MALAS MEDITATION TABLES BOOKS AND MEDIA BEGINNER SETS Sales support Karmê Chöling here in Vermont and other Shambhala Buddhist Centers worldwide. dzogchen thenatural greatperfection DZOGCHEN RETREATS WITH LAMA SURYADAS Dzogchen is the consummate practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Consideredby manytobe "theteaching of our time," Dzogchen is direct, immediate,essentialized, adaptable, and profound: apure awareness practice applicable to any circumstance andreadily integrated into modern life. Dzogchen,often translated as the Natural Great Perfection, directly introduces us to our inner Buddha, the inherent freedom, purity and perfection of being that is our true nature. Dzogchen Center Meditation Retreats areheldacross the country, throughout theyear as shownbelow: DZOGCHEN M EDITAT IONRETREATS Garrison, NY Winter January3– 11, 2009 Joshua Tr ee,CA Spring March 21 –March 29, 2009 Garrison, NY Summer July 24 –August 2, 2009 MULT IPLE TEACHINGSDAILY•NOBLESILENCE • BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS VEGETARIAN MEALS•PRIVATE, SEMI-PRIVAT E, AND DORMROOMS AVAILABLE For complete information and secure on-line registration forall of these scheduled events, go to www.dzogchen.org/retreats, e-mail email@example.com, or call 617-628-1702. LAMA SURYA DASisthe author of The Big Questions (Rodale, 2007) and BuddhaIsAs Buddha Does, (HarperSanFrancisco, 2007). He is also theauthor of NaturalRadiance (SoundsTrue),aswellasanumberof otherbooks including Letting Go of thePersonYou Used to Be and the Awakeningtrilogy, which includes theclassic Awakeningthe Buddha Within (Broadway). Lama SuryaisaLineage holder of TibetanBuddhisminthe Rime (non-sectarian)tradition. Forover thirty years, includingmorethan eightyears in secludedretreat,he hasstudied with thegreat masters of TibetanBuddhism.With his open andlivelystyle, he is particularly effectiveinthe transmission of Buddhism in viable We sternforms by presenting Buddhistethics and insight,aswellasmethods of practice,inamanner accessible to all. DZOGCHEN CENTER BUDDHISM FOR THE WEST shamb6-08:shamb2-07c 6/3/08 11:28 AM Page 1