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Buddhadharma : Summer 2010
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly summer 20 1 0 10 than five years. We have continuing grati- tude to our preceptors for the opportu- nity to have been guided in the Vinaya, and for the opportunity to practice the dharma within the context of the monas- tic community. It has been through our temporary ordinations that we have come to abandon naive, romantic illu- sions about monastic life, and to know experientially the meaning and value of ordination and the extraordinary dedi- cation required to practice such renun- ciation, as Bhikkhu Bodhi pointed out. However, rather than trivializing tem- porary ordination as “collecting merit badges,” we understand that powerful acts of renunciation plant karmic seeds within the mindstream that will sprout when supportive conditions permit. For each of us the parami of renunciation was strengthened through ordination. For this reason we encourage students to nurture any sincere interest to ordain and take the opportunity when condi- tions are ripe for them. It is our experience that the unfolding of liberating wisdom occurs through a dedicated commitment to deeply expe- rience the dharma, not through adopt- ing any particular lifestyle. We know that from the Buddha’s time until now, sincere lay practitioners have attained transforming states of liberation. While we wholeheartedly support and highly value the enduring monastic commu- nity for offering a visible and inspiring representation of the Buddha’s teaching, it is also wonderful that the dharma is available and touching the hearts of oth- ers through lay Buddhist teachers in the West. It is fair to say that the promise of the Buddha’s teaching, the transcendent goal of “the sure heart’s release” from suffering, has become a deeply held aspiration for many laypeople as well as for dedicated monastics. And it is our heartfelt wish that all beings fulfill their highest aspirations. Joseph Goldstein, Steve Armstrong, Kamala Masters, Guy Armstrong, and Carol Wilson Senior teachers, Insight Meditation Society 1230 Pleasant Street, Barre MA 01005 • 978.355.4378 • www.dharma.org • firstname.lastname@example.org VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR RETREAT CENTER AND FOREST REFUGE SCHEDULES INSIGHT MEDITATION SOCIETY ENTER THE REFUGE OF AN IMS RETREAT Experience silence and simplicity Strengthen awareness and kindness Build a foundation for wise and compassionate action