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Buddhadharma : Winter 2008
77 winter 2 00 8 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly was the first institu- tion in what came to be known as the Sec- ond Propagation of Buddhism to Tibet. The book, the major part of which is in the form of dialogues between Atisha and Dromton, offers a rare glimpse into the Kadam teachings and practices of the stages of the path (lamrim) and mind training (lojong) as they existed before their absorption and alteration by later Tibetan Buddhist schools. Its teachings on visualization practice also provide a fascinating corrective to the long-held view that Atisha and the Kadampa downplayed Tantra. One of the most popular legends about the bodhisattva Guanyin (the female version of Avalokitesvara) is the story of Princess Miaoshan. Wilt Idema’s Personal Salvation and Filial Piety (Uni- versity of Hawaii, 2008) offers a fascinat- ing analysis of the legend, along with a well-annotated translation of one of its most popular tellings, The Precious Scroll of Incense Mountain. The Miaoshan leg- end tells the story of a young girl who refuses her father’s command to marry and escapes his punishment in order to live her desired life as a religious renun- ciate. When her father becomes ill, she offers him flesh from her limbs and her eyes, which leads him to repent his cru- elty. She then reveals herself to be the bodhisattva of com- passion, Avalokites- vara/Guanyin, and later takes rebirth as a famous statue of Avalokitesvara at Incense Mountain. The legend’s emphasis on the bodhisattva’s selfless service, embodied so movingly by Miaoshan, offered a solu- tion to one of Chinese Buddhism’s most difficult conflicts: the tension between sal- vation-seeking renunciation and the duty children have to their parents. Idema also addresses the issue of gender, reading the legend through some fairly provocative feminist theory. was the first institu- tion in what came to be known as the Sec- ond Propagation of Buddhism to Tibet. The book part of which is in the form of dialogues between Atisha and offers him flesh from her limbs and her eyes, which leads him to repent his cru- elty. She then reveals herself to be the bodhisattva of com- passion, Avalokites- vara/Guanyin, and later takes rebirth as a Our Daily (Rain or Shine) We bcast Zazen is meant for those who cannot easily commute to a sitting—perhaps due to health concerns, living in remote areas, taking care of kids and work—or anyone who might benefit. Now, by ‘tuning in’ to our 30 minute ‘Daily Zazen’ broadcast, all can join a Soto Zen ‘just sitting’ and Sangha. treeleafzen.blogspot.com Jundo Cohen, teacher