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Buddhadharma : Summer 2010
77 summer 2 01 0 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly was going on last night? I thought I heard noisy young boys yelling.” When told that they were newly ordained monks, the Buddha says, “How stupid can you be to ordain young boys less than twenty years of age? Such youngsters cannot endure coldness and heat, hunger and thirst.” A rule was then made to confer ordination only on young men who were twenty or older. While the material is true to its Vinaya source, its rendering here compels the reader to experience the event as an eyewitness might. Penner succeeds in presenting the Buddha’s story in a way that involves the reader viscerally. We are outraged at Devadatta’s attempts on the Buddha’s life, and doubly so at his behind-the-scenes efforts to get Prince Ajatasattu to kill his father King Bimbisara. We are filled with the tension as Anathapindika looks for the perfect land to buy for a Bud- dhist retreat, only to find its owner, Prince Jetu, unwilling to sell. And we grieve with Ananda at the imminent demise of Gotama, and with the dilemma of Gotama himself who must find an empathic way to turn Ananda’s great sadness into constructive work for the continuation of the sangha. The narrative also comes alive through the broad range of human qualities attributed to Gotama. Penner’s Buddha has favorite places (the garden of Jetavana and the city of Vesali) and gets tired from his continuous wandering. He is weary of having to answer the same old questions, and would rather not have to experience the pains of illness. Moreover, Gotama is shown as a strong-minded teacher, willing to entertain dis- agreements, to correct followers, to defend his own positions, and to point out the failure of his disciples. Finally, Gotama is moved to gentleness by contact with his wife, Yasodhara, upon his “return home,” just as his father, Suddhodana, is moved to great sadness when he hears of his grandson Rahula’s decision to “go forth into the homeless life.” In addition to the narrative’s lively engagement with people and events, it gives significance to the role of the householder in the early Buddhist enterprise, and in particular to house- holders who become donors. Penner illustrates, rightly, that while the development of doctrine and discipline and the growth of the sangha were critical processes in this young religion, the expansion of a supportive lay householder base was crucial for its survival. The act of giving mediates the relationship between donor and renunciant, such that food, robes, lodging, and medicine are given in return for hearing the dharma and the promise of merit. This, Penner notes, is the exchange process that binds all parts of the larger Bud- dhist community together and, to the extent that each side gives in order to receive, it is a clear contract that benefits the whole community. In highlighting the role of the householder, especially her or his role as a donor to the monastic sangha, Penner’s book contributes to our continued revaluation of the Buddhist layperson. Reviews Clean Detox Retreat Dr. Alejandro Junger June 17-20, 2010 Jivamukti Yoga Vacation Dechen Thurman and Shyam Dass June 25-27, 2010 Hiking in the Catskills Robert Thurman & Friends July 2-4, 2010 Healing Chod Retreat Rigdzin Dorje Rinpoche July 16-18, 2010 Integrating Buddhism & Psychotherapy Mark Epstein and Robert Thurman August 13-15, 2010 Working with Your Enemies Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman Sept 3-5, 2010 Catskill Mountains Phoenicia, New York www.menla.org & www.tibethouse.org For more information or to register, please visit www.menla.org • 845.688.6897 We also welcome outside rentals Menla Mountain RetRe at Summer 2010 Programs 800-731-5061 lostcoinzen.com Deepen Your Understanding. Deepen Your Practice. Deepen Your Life. Daniel Doen Silberberg, Sensei Author of Wonderland - The Zen of Alice Northern California Retreat: Shin Jo Sui (Mind Like Water) August 13, 2010 - August 18, 2010 This 5-day retreat will be an opportunity to slow the relentless pace at which our minds usually move, and appreciate our true existence, our selves, and each other in a beautiful setting in Northern California. The mind of water is buoyant and free. Its potential is unlimited. Please join us in practicing the freedom of the deep water of the way. Everyone is welcome. llostcoinzen.com/retreat Saratoga Springs Retreat Center Upper Lake, CA