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Buddhadharma : Fall 2006
fall 2006| 70 |buddhadharma opened to this disposition in his own psyche, and is now the perfect vehicle for its expression in the world.” The compelling thing about the tan- tric path, as Preece describes it, is that it makes direct use of the very instinctual and emotional energies that the conven- tional self − so often ignored or derided in Buddhist circles − is built upon. By situat- ing the meditative vehicle of the deity at the threshold between conventional and ultimate realities, the tantric path endeav- ors to transform emotional energies, not by acting them out or by repressing them, but by recruiting them into the subjective expanse of meditative awareness. In his beautiful descriptions of the psy- chology of Buddhist tantra, Preece lays out how comprehensively the tantric path seeks to remember the vital point that Philip Kapleau was brave enough to artic- ulate: “Continuous training after enlight- enment is required to purify the emotions so that our behavior corresponds with our understanding.” Both Preece’s work and Mark Unno’s collection point toward a real integration of Buddhist thought into our culture, our lives, and our worlds. By showing us what Buddhism is not, they reveal not just what it has become, but also what it can be, as perfected by each of us in our own way. OTHER NEW TITLES on BUDDHISM and PSYCHOLOgY: • Nothing to Lose: Psychotherapy, Buddhism, and Living Life, by Nigel Wellings and Elizabeth Wilde McCormick (Continuum) • Buddhist Psychology: The Foundation of Buddhist Thought, by geshe Tashi Tsering (Wisdom Publications) • Minding What Matters: Psychotherapy and the Buddha Within, by Robert Langdon (Wisdom Publications) • The Wisdom of Imperfection: The Challenge of Individuation in Buddhist Life, by Rob Preece (Snow Lion Publications) • Mindful Therapy: A Guide for Therapists and Helping Professions, by Thomas Bien (Wisdom Publications) DZOGCHEN CENTER BUDDHISM FOR THE WEST dzogchen the natural great perfection DZOGCHEN RETREATS WITH LAMA SURYA DAS Dzogchen is the consummate practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Considered by many to be "the teaching of our time," Dzogchen is direct, immediate, essentialized, adaptable, and profound: a pure awareness practice applicable to any circumstance and readily integrated into modern life. Dzogchen, often translated as the Natural Great Perfection, directly introduces us to our inner Buddha, the inherent freedom, purity and perfection of being that is our true nature. Dzogchen Center Meditation Retreats are held across the country, throughout the year as shown below: DZOGCHEN MEDITATION RETREATS Santa Rosa, CA Fall October 7 – 15, 2006 Garrison, NY Winter December 29, 2006 – January 7, 2007 Joshua Tree, CA Spring March 24 – April 1, 2007 Garrison, NY Summer July 14 – 29, 2007 MULTIPLE TEACHINGS DAILY • NOBLE SILENCE • BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS VEGETARIAN MEALS • PRIVATE, SEMI-PRIVATE, AND DORM ROOMS AVAILABLE For complete information and secure on-line registration for all of these scheduled events, go to www.dzogchen.org/retreats, e-mail email@example.com, or call 617-628 -1702. LAMA SURYA DAS is the author of the recently released Natural Radiance: Awakening to Your Great Perfection (Sounds True) and Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be (Broadway Books). He is also the noted author of the Awakening Trilogy: Awakening the Buddha Within, Awakening to the Sacred, and Awakening the Buddhist Heart. Lama Surya Das is a Lineage Holder of the Dzogchen Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the Rimé (non-sectarian) tradition. For over thirty years, including more than eight years in secluded retreat, he has studied with the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism. With his open and lively style, he is particularly effective in the transmission of Buddhism by presenting Buddhist ethics and insight, as well as methods of practice, in a manner accessible to all. Zen Center of New York City Fire Lotus Temple A Lay-Practice Community Offering: Daily meditation schedule Saturday retreats Sunday beginner’s program and Dharma talk Meditation intensives and sesshin Resident Zen Teacher and senior staff Residential training For more information: www.mro.org/firelotus firstname.lastname@example.org (718) 875-8229