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Buddhadharma : Summer 2012
10 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY SUMMER 2 0 1 2 for any of us. We must take responsibil- ity for our own actions, but the dharma is good in the beginning, good in the middle, and good in the end. Linda Yellin Lyons, Colorado In your Forum “I Vow to Be Political” (Spring 2012) you declaim “the two largest political issues of our time are socioeconomic inequality and war.” As to the first, calling this an issue requires as a postulate, which I do not find anywhere in Buddhism, that there is some wrong in having people with disparate skills and disparate work habits experiencing different outcomes. Indeed, the very meme of “socioeco- nomic inequality” can exist only in a mind removed from the world as it is, a mind attached to the notion that it has a better idea than physical reality. This self-absorbed arrogance lifts its leg on the noble truth that suffering is part of our existence. David Altschul Nashville, Tennessee It was suggested in “I Vow to Be Politi- cal” that the two largest political issues of our time are probably socio- economic inequality and war. I believe that the most important issue is global warming. As NASA scientist James Hansen warns, “We are on the precipice of climate system tipping points beyond which there is no redemption.” The often-quoted Shambhala warrior prophecy describes enlightened individ- uals rising up when all life on earth is in danger. I believe that all Buddhists, but especially those in the northern indus- trialized nations, have an ethical obliga- tion to take social and political action against this intergenerational crime. The excellent book A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency (edited by David R. Loy, John Stan- ley, and Gyurme Dorje) and the web- site ecobuddhism.org are invaluable resources to introduce sangha members to this political issue, which towers above all others. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” Don Zedde Calgary, Alberta It was good to see Gloria Steinem and Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo featured and the gender dimension addressed in the Spring 2012 issue. However, I would like to point out that as in many other West- ern critiques of patriarchy in Buddhism, some important elements are underval- ued or overlooked. Buddha’s action of making the dhammic path and ordina- tion available to women (and all social strata) was a revolutionary one. Not all Buddhist societies or all sectors of those societies were patriarchal. While the bhikkhuni order was wiped out in many places and the monastic order became patriarchal, the day-to-day life of ordi- nary people in most Buddhist societies remained relatively open and egalitarian. Many of these societies evolved patriar- chal institutions during the course of colonialism and globalization. Asoka Bandarage Author of Women, Population, and Global Crisis Washington, D.C. In memory of Raymond Taavel (1962–2012), our dear friend and colleague who died tragically in April. MARVINMOORE T T T W R A With the clarity of a scholar and the insight of a practitioner, Zen master Reb Anderson draws on his forty years of meditation experience and study of Buddhist psychology to illuminate the second-century Samdhinirmocana Sutra, a long-neglected but semi- nal work that attempts to reconcile Shakyamuni Buddha’s early teaching with later Mahayana thought. $18.95•256pp•6x9 Paper 978-1 -930485-31-0 E-book 978-1-930485-79-2 (800) 841-3123 • (510) 841-3123 www.rodmellpress.com Distributed by PGW At bookstores & online booksellers New from Rodmell Press WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK the following people and organizations for their assistance with this issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly Craig J. Barber • Faryn Davis • Paul Furman Steven Goodman • Paul Hackett • Todd Hido Petra Patitucci • Avijit Patra • Carsten Ranke Tanya Reihill • Martin Reis Andra Samelson • Richard Thompson