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Buddhadharma : Spri 2013
SPRING 2 0 1 3 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 73 scope of a caregiver’s Buddhist practice. Wakoh Shannon Hickey, who works as a hospital chaplain, aptly titles her chapter “Meditation is Not Enough.” She shares the painful story of praying with the wife of a Jehovah’s Witness who, because of the church doctrine prohibiting blood transfusions, is dying on the emergency room table in front of them, a moment that called on all her resources, profes- sionally and spiritually. Certain domains of chaplaincy require still more than additional inter- religious or psychological study. Thomas Dyer, another contributor, was the first Buddhist chaplain in U.S. Army history, and he served alongside soldiers in Iraq. He explains that his skill set as a chap- lain includes, among other things, know- ing how to use a gas mask in a chemical attack. In “Compassion Radiates through Rock,” Margot Neuman and Gary Allen, both longtime Shambhala practitioners, describe navigating the labyrinthine intricacies of a maximum- security prison and the overwhelming chaos of offering meditation instruction in semi-lockdown conditions. And a chaplain serving in the midst of a natu- ral disaster faces unending needs and personal exhaustion, even while train- ing others and learning to work hand in hand with a complex system of relief agencies. In each case, the context dic- tates the tools required to respond—not only with compassion but also with skill. An important inclusion in The Arts of Contemplative Care is a discussion of the need for such vocational train- ing within our own Buddhist sanghas. We have witnessed the controversy and harm caused when our teachers’ (or students’) emotional needs and psycho- logical development are overlooked, or when abuses of power are condoned. Many communities now recognize the importance of training future spiritual teachers not only in the buddhadharma but also in the skills necessary to address issues of transference, appropriate sex- ual boundaries, and group dynamics. REVIEWS SHAMBHALA SUN FOUNDATION An independent, nonprofit corporation. Publishers of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. HELP US BUILD the SHAMBHALA SUN FOUNDATION We are an independent nonprofit dedicated to fostering the growth of genuine buddhadharma, meditation, and mindfulness in the West. We publish the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. And we’re more than just magazines— through our websites, sponsorships, conferences, and programs we serve Buddhist communities of all traditions. Help us build a strong Shambhala Sun Foundation so that we can, together, build a strong foundation for the dharma to flourish. To donate online, go to www.shambhalasun.com/donate or call toll-free at 877-422-8404 ext. 36 or mail your contribution to Shambhala Sun Foundation 1660 Hollis St., Ste. 701, Halifax NS, Canada B3J 1V7 BUILD BUILD SHAMBHALA SUN FOUNDATION FOUNDATION FOUNDATION