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Fall 2004

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Politics: The Practice of Citizenship

With the world spinning from crisis to crisis—and election season fast approaching—many American Buddhists are asking: What can we do to make a difference? How do we work in a flawed but functioning democracy to create a society that reflects our deepest values of compassion and wisdom? And how do we do so without drowning […]

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In Action

Dolma Choephel: Tibetan Hunger Striker; David Kaczyski: Death-Penalty Opponent; Mariane Pearl: Journalist; James Baraz: Teacher & Activist

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                  A dark elephantLiving in a dark forestCame to sip from a pondAs the Buddha watched A dark elephantFrom a dark forestHas come to the pondAnd sippedThe trembling visionOf the moon A dark deerFrom a dark forestAlso came to sip from the pond The deer has also […]

By Tada Chimako


A Flock of Fools

Two ancient Buddhist tales from the One Hundred Parable Sutra, a Chinese Buddhist scripture from the sixth century C.E., known as the most humorous sutra in all of Buddhist literature. Translated, retold, and illustrated by Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt, each tale is followed by a simple lesson for everyday living

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Books in Brief Fall 2004

Zen lore is rife with tales of unconventional masters, idiosyncratic, non-verbal teachings, and disregard for traditional Buddhist scripture. The Zen Canon: Understanding the Classic Texts (Oxford University Press, 2004, $60 cloth, $22.50 paper, 336 pp.), an absorbing collection edited by Steven Heine and Dale S. Wright, redeems the written word. Nine previously unpublished essays explore […]

By Joan Duncan Oliver


Buddha Buzz Fall 2004

Victoria’s Dirty Little SecretVictoria’s Secret got in hot water with Buddhists around the world in May, when the lingerie retailer offered the “Asian Floral Bikini” in its spring catalog. The skimpy two-piece ladies’ bathing suit featured brightly colored flowers . . . and pictures of the Buddha and the bodhisattva Kwan-yin yanked from the catalog, […]

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Letters to the Editor Fall 2004

Karmic GraceThe riddle of desire was poignantly unraveled in Joan Duncan Oliver’s essay, “A Drink and a Man” {Summer 2004}. The way she expressed herself brought me right into the experience of her “karmic grace”—when the excruciating pain of addiction and potential for liberation came together. Her essay revealed the essence of the dharma, and […]

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It’s Not Buddhism, It’s Buddhisms

Since 1970, The Buddhist Religion has introduced countless students and practitioners to the history of Buddhism. Readers of the fifth edition, published in July, are in for some surprises: juicy new material on early Indian Buddhism and on the development of the Mahayana tradition, plus a new title, Buddhist Religions, which expresses the notion that […]

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Editors View

Practicing Politics

Whenever we’ve gone political, a good number of our readers have gone ballistic. Letters pour in exhorting us to stay above the fray. Politics, some would have us think, is off-limits to Buddhists. Just the same, when West Coast Editor Anne Cushman proposed a special section on politics this election year, I braced myself for […]

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Contributors Fall 2004

Amy Schmidt’s article on practicing with trauma, coauthored with Dr. John J. Miller, appears here. She tells us, “Like many trauma survivors, I spent lots of time believing that I was a hopeless yogi because I couldn’t get beyond the emotional turmoil. When I became the resident teacher at Insight Meditation Society, I was able […]

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