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Buddhadharma : Fall 2006
fall 2006| 8 |buddhadharma vailing tradition. In the Kalama Sutta, the Buddha rejects the authority of tradition as criteria to accept a teaching. Although one may say that these sut- tas were not written by the Buddha, what needs to be explored is the method used in deciding what counts as the Buddha’s teaching and what counts as cultural accretion. To take rebirth as cultural accretion just because one is culturally uncomfortable with it is not a convincing method. This doesn’t mean one can’t benefit from Buddhist practices without believing in rebirth. It simply means that the literal meaning of rebirth was part of the Bud- dha’s insight, not a dogma he accepted by tradition. Benoit Santerre Laval, Canada I was very much surprised by Robert Ait- ken Roshi’s comment about “the decency of our Chinese ancestors as compared to the inhumanity of our times.” I have great respect for Aitken Roshi as a dharma teacher. I have found his previous work his ability to convey complicated Bud- dhist concepts in down-to-earth, practical language that is readily accessible to the practitioner is unparalleled, in my experi- ence. Andy clearly deserves to be included in the panoply of those who are deeply committed to explicating Buddhism in the West and allowing the theory to become praxis in their life. Sandi Peters Berkeley, California both clear and direct. But in this essay he seems to be saying that the world and/or the teaching has grown more ill from some more golden time of the past. And that is nonsense. We have much to take pride in: the growth of a rule of law, a more liberal and equitable society, and the breadth and depth of scientific understanding. The dharma grows ever deeper and richer with each generation of practitioners, each adding their measure to it with their efforts, examples, and teachings. It is a joy to see that and to play one’s part as best as one can, with courage, wisdom, and compassion. Bruce Whitney Montgomery, Alabama I would like to point out someone who was absent in the recent (Spring 2006) line-up of “The New Panditas.” Andy Olendzki, who codirects the Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, Massachusetts, is both a Buddhist scholar and a practi- tioner. He has not only translated innu- merable Buddhist suttas from Pali, but WE WOuld lIkE TO THaNk the following people and organizations for their assistance with this issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly: Ajahn Amaro • Josh Baran • Elizabeth Cerejido • Robert Del Tredici • The M.C. Escher Company • Rachael Harp • Patrick Jacobs • Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche • Kathleen Kornell • Marianne Marstrand • Tim Olmstead • Pierogi (Brooklyn) • Sidney Piburn • Erwin Redl • The Collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin • Brian Ruhe • Ward Schumaker • Nicola Woods Sixth Annual Big Mind/Big Heart International Intensive October 21 to November 19, 2006 Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel has developed a remarkably accessible way of transmitting the authentic teachings that emerged from Buddha’s enlightenment. This annual event attended by people from all over the world is a rare opportunity to experience this exciting and evolving practice under the direction of Genpo Roshi himself. Daily activities include: Morning and afternoon Big Mind sessions Facilitation skills training and practice Meditation Evening classes Upcoming Big Mind workshops The Crossings (Texas) September 4 to 8, 2006 Kripalu (Massachusetts) September 15 to 22, 2006 For information about these and other events at Kanzeon Zen Center in Salt Lake City, and workshops nationwide: www.bigmind.org • www.kzci.org • 801.328.8414 is a rare opportunity to experience this exciting and evolving practice under the direction of Genpo Roshi himself. Kanzeon Zen Center in Salt Lake City, and workshops nationwide: Genpo Merzel Roshi