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Buddhadharma : Summer 2017
summer 2 0 1 7 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 5 cover story Features Buddhadharma The PracTiTioner’s QuarTerly | summer 2017 shi zhongying 22 destroyed not destroyed In his commentary on the koan “Dasui’s Aeonic Fire,” Norman Fischer takes on the end of the world. It’s happening right now, he says, but probably not in the way that you think. 28 a Jewel heart Gelek Rimpoche passed away in February at the age of seventy-seven. Dimitri Ehrlich remembers his teacher’s generosity. 30 this rare and precious life We have been given an incredible opportunity for enlightenment, says Gelek Rimpoche. We should practice as if we believe it. 36 there, there, it’s all empty Dismissing someone’s suffering as relative truth, says Gesshin Greenwood, isn’t imparting the wisdom of emptiness. It’s using the dharma to silence them. 40 Forum: exploring emptiness The teachings on shunyata, or emptiness, are a cornerstone of Buddhism. Ari Goldfield, Daijaku Kinst, and Guy Armstrong discuss what emptiness is, what it isn’t, and why it ultimately points to an experience that is dynamic, intimate, and workable. 52 the clarity aspect When the Buddha taught that all beings have buddhanature, says Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, he wasn’t contradicting the teachings on emptiness—he was clarifying them. 58 We Walk the path together The Buddha never intended awakening to be a solitary pursuit, says Larry Yang, so why do many Western practitioners resist spiritual community? He invites us to explore the value of sangha—and our cultural biases around it. 64 What meditation can’t cure Meditation wasn’t designed to heal early psychological wounds, explains Debra Flics. She cautions us not to look to it as a replacement for psychotherapy. courtesyoFredgategallery,beiJing