“The path is easy”, it is said of Shin Buddhism, “but few are those who take it.” The late Taitetsu Unno explores the history of Jodo Shinshu and its core practice of reciting the Name of Amida Buddha.
Norman Fischer looks at the koan “Dasui’s Aeonic Fire” and takes on the end of the world. It’s happening right now, he says, but probably not in the way that you think.
Gesshin Greenwood offers an alternative to the “male fantasy” of striving for enlightenment. From the Winter 2018 issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly
Abhidharma, Buddhism’s map of the mind, is sometimes treated as a topic of merely intellectual interest. In fact, says Thich Nhat Hanh, identifying the different elements of consciousness, and understanding how they interact, is essential to our practice of meditation.
Meditation wasn’t designed to heal psychological wounds, explains Debra Flics. She cautions not to see it as a replacement for psychotherapy.
When Jan Chozen Bays noticed purveyors of commercial products appropriating the word “Zen,” she responded with an open letter published in the Fall 2002 Buddhadharma.
Reginald A. Ray argues that far from being a “lesser” practice, giving is central to all schools of Buddhism and essential to the relinquishment of ego.
Kokoro as defined by Shohaku Okumura, a Soto Zen priest.
When Judy Roitman learned her favorite dharma text was actually a patchwork of phrases and poems lifted from other sources, she started looking into the authorship of Buddhist texts. What she found surprised her.
“What if our deluded minds aren’t a barrier to enlightenment at all?,” asks Zenju Earthlyn Manuel. “What if they are the very path to it?”