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Buddhadharma : Spring 2011
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly spring 2 0 11 20 sEnd your quEstions By mail or to tEachErs@thEBuddhadharma.com narayan liebenson grady: I don’t think it’s a ques- tion of missing something, unless you feel it would be beneficial to have a community to practice with that’s geographically closer so you are not so alone. I see this more as an affinity based on one’s karma, and the inclination to practice in one tradition over another to be an alignment with a particular vocabulary, set of rituals, and atmosphere. Often it is our connection to a teacher that draws us into a particular tradition. Your affinity with the Zen tradition may not be an attachment, but rather a family feeling that should be respected. When we go to certain centers we feel at home, and if this feeling is strong, it feels like our long lost home. This helps us find home within ourselves. When we go to other centers and traditions, we may appreciate and respect what we see happening there, but we may not feel as comfortable and at ease. Twenty-five years ago, when opening the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, Larry Rosenberg, the center’s founder, met with the Dalai Lama for advice. His Holiness reminded him that all Buddhist traditions are based on the four noble truths, and are fundamentally the same. He said the most important thing was to keep the four noble truths in mind. I have been to many Buddhist cen- ters and have felt profoundly at home in every one of them, regardless of the tradition. The feeling of family is always present. In the world of Buddhism, I feel that the Theravadan tradition is my immediate family ask The Teachers Zenkei blanche hartman is former abbot of the san Francisco zen Center Geshe tenZin WanGyal rinpoche is a lineage holder of the Bön Dzogchen tradition of tibet narayan liebenson Grady is a guiding teacher at Cambridge insight meditation Center QuesTion: I am a Zen Buddhist practitioner, and I live many states away from the order with which I practice, so most of the time I practice alone even though there is a large community of Tibetan Buddhists and teachers nearby. I feel an affinity with Zen Buddhism, and I wonder about that attachment. Am I missing something by not opening myself to the teachings of those where I live? (lEFT-RIGHT):barbaraWenger,maryellenmccourT,marylang