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Buddhadharma : Summer 2017
summer 2017 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 73 When we cannot cope with life as it is, and when we cannot function enough to provide basic care for ourselves, it would be a great comfort to know that our sanghas are communities we can rely on for guidance, help, and referrals. By engaging in right knowledge, wise understanding, and skillful responses, we can become communities of integrity—places of genuine, skillful care. A Thousand Hands: A Guidebook to Caring for Your Buddhist Community will challenge those who distrust the growing overlap between Bud- dhism and Western psychology and psychiatric medicine. But for the rest of us, this book can be a salve of cohesion, slowing the rotation of our sangha doors— doors that revolve due to people’s disappointments when their need for more sophisticated spiritual care goes unmet. As Buddhist practitioners, we are invited to directly confront our own suffer- ing and the existential crises of sickness, old age, and death. There’s no guaran- tee, however, that our practices, philosophy, or even Buddhist psychology will give us all the tools we need to meet the sufferings of others. But over the last couple of decades, as the Buddhist chaplaincy profession has grown in hospitals, reviews review by pamela ayo yetunde PAMelA AYo YeTUnDe, ThD, is a pastoral counselor and community dharma leader in the insight Meditation community. buddhists helping buddhists Thousands Arms Thousands Eyes Guan Yin by Loretta H. Yang, 2011 FoguangshanbuddhamuseumintaiWan|liulitmskmagazine