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Revealing a World of Bliss

Feature History & Philosophy

Revealing a World of Bliss

Norman Fischer explains how the Buddha was able to transmit the heart of his teaching simply by twirling a flower. When Buddha was on Vulture Peak he twirled a flower before the assembly. Everyone was silent. Only Mahakashyapa smiled. Buddha said: “I have the eye treasury of the true teaching, the heart of nirvana, the […]

By Norman Fischer

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Books in Brief

THE WISDOM OF IMPERFECTION by Rob Preece; THE STORY OF TIBET by Thomas Laird; ZEN PIONEER: THE LIFE AND WORKS OF RUTH FULLER SASAKI by Isabel Stirling; A CASCADING WATERFALL OF NECTAR by Thinley Norbu THE WISDOM OF IMPERFECTION: THE CHALLENGE OF INDIVIDUATION IN BUDDHIST LIFE ROB PREECE Snow Lion Publications, 2006 335 pp.; $16.95 […]

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Dharma Talk Teachings

How Long Is A Moment

IN THE PRACTICE OF VIPASSANA we try to stay in “the present moment.” Everyone knows what the “present” means: Now. But what, precisely, is a “moment”? How long does it last? And when does the present moment become the past? In Vipassana the word “moment” has two definitions. The first could be called the “practice-moment.” […]

By Cynthia Thatcher

Letters

Letters to the Editor Winter 2006

I’M COMING OUT!I would like to thank you for the interesting articles by Clark Strand in the last few issues. I enjoyed his interview with Sensei Ogui (“Ordinary Struggles,” Summer 2006), representing the Buddhist Churches of America. I also enjoyed Strand’s own coming out, so to speak, into the Pure Land (“Born Again Buddhist” Fall […]

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Practical Pilgrim History & Philosophy

The Roots of Enlightenment

A traveller’s guide to Bodh Gaya, the site of the Buddha’s Awakening BODH GAYA IS Buddhism’s Mecca, Vatican, and Wailing Wall. Among the eight great Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India, Bodh Gaya is the most visited. But unlike the holy places of those other faiths, the great center of the Buddhist world revolves around not […]

By Allan Hunt Badiner

Editors View

No Time For Anger

NOT LONG AFTER 9/11, actor Richard Gere stood before a crowd at Madison Square Garden and spoke of compassion and understanding. When I read about it, I remember thinking that it was far too early for forgiveness. Who was ready to hear it? The crowd didn’t take it well; they booed. At the time it […]

By James Shaheen

Insights Arts & Culture

The Quiet Life

SOKEI-AN SHIGETSU SASAKI, a Japanese Zen pioneer in the West, describes some of the many differences between his American lay followers and the monks back home. From a lecture given on February 21, 1942, as published in issue #1 of Zen Notes, January 1954. Peaceful in body, peaceful in speech,The bhikkhu peaceful and well-concentratedWho has […]

By Sokei-An Shigetsu Sasaki
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