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Buddhadharma : Fall 2006
buddhadharma| 7 |fall 2006 Send your letterS by mail or to letterS@thebuddhadharma.com Please pass on compliments to two authors in your Summer issue, namely Ajahn Amaro and Kobai Scott Whit- ney. Ajahn Amaro’s gentle and reas- suring words were welcome and inspiring, and they came at a special time for me, since two dear ones passed away earlier this year. I am sure Mr. Whitney’s article, “The Upper Middle Way,” may be considered controversial and “against the grain,” so I’d like to pass on thanks and encouragement to the author for his wisdom and his cour- age in raising this issue and present- ing it so succinctly. Awareness of such issues is more useful than taking the path of denial or thinking we can eas- ily deal with them superficially, and it’s good to squirm now and then. Even those in the West who live sim- ple lives, and I daresay even those who are ordained, now access things like travel, health care, heating and lighting, rapid communications, jour- nals, and continuing education, etc., which have been beyond the reach of those in less prosperous countries or times. Abundance may be useful or harmful or neutral, but managing it can be embarrassing and difficult to do skillfully. I hope your magazine will provide such authors a forum to raise and discuss similarly hidden but challeng- ing issues before these issues become “bad habits” for Western Buddhism. Raising them may be controversial (should I say “dharmically incor- rect”?) but has considerable value in making us question our assumptions and hidden dogmas. Victor P. Bradford Colorado Springs, Colorado I very much enjoyed Kobai Scott Whitney’s article, “The Upper Middle Way.” At first I thought this would be another article about how West- ern Buddhists have watered down the tradition to make it meaning- less. Although this article is about that, Whitney’s focus on the practice of renunciation and Western Bud- dhism’s lack of this teaching made it compelling. Most articles and books about this topic are very general, but Whitney’s focus on one practice that Western Buddhists could do better makes it easier to assimilate into the Buddhist landscape. There are many ways that Americans are watering down the tradition, but maybe we should pick out the most important ones and work on them one at a time. Brooke Schedneck Allston, Massachusetts This letter concerns the review of Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Con- temporary Guide to Awakening in the Summer 2006 issue. In it, the reviewer says that “Batchelor looks to the Buddha as a man of his time and place, working within the pre- vailing Indian view,” which is fol- lowed by a critical outlook on the teaching of rebirth. Implied in this is the idea that the Buddha accepted the notion of rebirth as a reflection of the ideologies of his time. I find Batchelor’s view on this hard to sup- port for various reasons. First, the Buddha expresses many times in the Pali suttas that his teach- ing on rebirth is based on his own insight-knowledge. In Itivuttaka 3.22, he even states that when he mentions beings that take rebirth in other realms after physical death, he does so not because he heard it from other ascetics and brahmins, but because he has known, seen, and realized it himself. This is in line with the Bud- dhist preference of direct knowledge over beliefs. The Buddha of the Pali canon certainly shows that matters of afterlife are knowledge for him, not something he accepts from a pre- melvin mcleod, Editor-in-Chief Tynette deveaux, Editor seth levinson, Art Director barry Campbell boyce, Senior Editor molly de shong, Assistant Editor liza matthews, Assistant Art Director scott armstrong, Editorial Assistant board of ediTorial advisors ajahn amaro, Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery Jeffrey Cox, Snow Lion Publications Zoketsu norman fischer, Everyday Zen Foundation, San Francisco Zen Center roshi bernie glassman, Zen Peacemaker Order Jack Kornfield, Spirit Rock Meditation Center John daido loori, roshi, Zen Mountain Monastery Timothy mcneill, Wisdom Publications larry mermelstein, Nalanda Translation Committee reginald a. ray, Naropa University barbara rhodes, Kwan Um School of Zen sharon salzberg, Insight Meditation Society robert a.f. Thurman, Columbia University, Tibet House U.S . 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