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Buddhadharma : Summer 2010
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly summer 20 1 0 8 We Would like to thank the following people and organizations for their assistance with this issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly Joanne Bethell • Virginia Bettoja • Sarah Biggart Sarah Cox • Josh Haroldson • Bo Jayatilaka Stephen R. Lasky • Tim Lowly • Susan Myrland Louise Musset • Elliot Musset • Pedro Balbis Pinto Marc Poljak • James Ratcliffe • Yesche Udo Regel Wiriya Sati • B. Srikanth Massimo Strazzeri • Gary Taxali teaching, he told the donor to throw it away. He also established the precedent that the rewards of generosity be taught after a gift had been given, not before, so the message wouldn’t be tainted. So if we’re serious about introducing the dharma to the West, we need to con- vey the Buddha’s culture of dana in clear and unambiguous terms. This means, first of all, offering dharma teachings without even a suggested donation, for that would carry the hint of payment for services rendered. Even priding our- selves on not turning away people who can’t afford to pay misses the point, for it assumes payment as the norm. When raising funds for Buddhist charities, the true culture of dana would avoid the language of moral obligation—that good Buddhists should give—for that muddies the message that gifts are an expression of freedom. The culture of dana also requires rethinking the dana talk sometimes given at the end of retreats, which— because of its timing—inevitably sounds like an appeal for payment, regardless of how tastefully worded. Instead, dana could be discussed on retreats in a general way, in the context of how best to integrate dharma practice into daily life. At the end of the retreat, a basket could be left out for donations, with a note that the teacher hadn’t been paid to teach the retreat. That’s all. No appeals for mercy. No flashcards. Sensi- tive retreatants would put two and two together, glad that they were trusted to do the math for themselves. The Very Venerable 9th Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche will be teaching “The Jewel Ornament of Liberation”, composed by Gampopa. This is the root text detailing the stages of the path in which the unified view of Mahayana and Vajrayana is presented. In addition, Rinpoche will confer the empowerment of Gampopa, the guru yoga which brings the blessings of Gampopa into one’s very being. Thrangu Monastery Canada Gampopa Retreat Program Please visit: www.thrangumonastery.org Please visit: www.thrangumonastery.org Opening Ceremony on Saturday, July 25, 2010 The 5 days of teachings on Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation will be given July 27, 2010 – July 31, 2010. Great Empowerment of Gampopa on August 1, 2010. The Very Venerable 9th Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is pleased to announce the establishment of the first traditionally designed Kagyu lineage monastery, the only of its kind in Canada. Adorned with intricate Tibetan Buddhist art and architectural features, it is situated in the Vancouver-Richmond metropolitan area of British Columbia. Thrangu Monastery Canada offers guided dharma instructions by in-house retreat masters, lamas and Khenpos on meditation and ritual practices as well as Tibetan art and language classes. C M Y CM MY CY CMY K Buddhadharma 2-3 page.pdf 4/14/10 10:15:37 AM