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Buddhadharma : Winter 2010
91 winter 2 01 0 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly into our relationships at last. It follows that Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Moslem, and other faiths must be sprung from their molds also. Traditional studies, a field pioneered by A. K. Coomaraswamy, Frithjof Schuon, and others, which sets forth perennial metaphysics using meta- phors from all world religions, deserves our careful research. There is no such thing as Zen, as we are always being told. That is, there is nothing fixed to be called Zen Buddhism. If so, then there is nothing fixed to be called any particular religion, and we can all learn from each other. Likewise, there is no closed system to be called psychology, and we can use such psychological devices as sharing meetings and counseling as our own upaya. Western cultural values, such as human equality and reverence for all life, can also be brought into play. We must save the world, but we can only save it by saving little pieces of it, each of us using his or her own small, partial ability. The task is clear, and very difficult. First we must set about chang- ing our self-centered attitudes as indi- viduals and search out our self-nature under the guidance of a good teacher. Next (the day after we begin to practice, that is) we must set about applying our understanding in the world. This can be overtly a life of service, such as teach- ing or social work, and it can be service with no tag on it, parenting and work- ing in a store. Finally (on the second day of practice), we need to put our heads and hearts together in synergistic energy to apply the dharma as a sangha. I am tired of hearing people say that the application of the teaching is an indi- vidual matter. This is the lazy position of someone who does not really take the bodhisattva vows seriously. If we want to save all beings we can do it efficiently and effectively together, step by step, networking, Indra Networking. From The Mind of Clover, by Robert Aitken, published by North Point Press. Reprinted with permission from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ➤ continued from page 31 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.