Buddhadharma, Enlightenment, Magazine, Lion's Roar

Inside the Spring 2016 Buddhadharma magazine

This issue explores enlightenment, dharma accessibility, and the many faces of Avalokiteshvara.

By Lion’s Roar

Buddhadharma, Enlightenment, Magazine, Lion's Roar


Meditation Only Goes So Far

If you want to connect with the open, spacious quality of mind, says Lama Willa Miller, at some point you have to stop trying to meditate.

Online: Read our Q&A with Miller.

The Promise of Nibbana

According to the Buddha, final liberation is marked by the end of craving and, ultimately, all suffering. What does that look like and how is it achieved? The late Burmese meditation master Mahasi Sayadaw explains.

Forum: What Is Enlightenment?

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Ayya Tathaaloka, Setsuan Gaelyn Godwin, and David Matsumoto explore their traditions’ different perspectives on awakening. Introduction by Josh Bartok.

We’re Always Meeting Buddha

When we perform a ritual like offering incense or bowing before an altar, it may seem one-sided. But if we’re receptive, says Kokyo Henkel, we find that our actions are always met with a response.

The Changing Face of Compassion

Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, has undergone many transformations over the centuries. Kay Larson explores the bodhisattva’s journey through time and culture.

Touching What’s Inside

After years of focusing on the forms and protocols of Zen, Edward Espe Brown realized he had overlooked the heart of practice. That changed everything.



Make the Dharma Accessible, by Vidyamala Burch

First Thoughts

Stop Worrying about Your Self, by Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

Jedi Mindfulness, by Matthew Bortolin

Honing Our Craft, by Ajahn Viradhammo

Good Intentions Can Be Like Stinky Fruit, by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Internet of the Mind, by Guo Gu

Dharma’s Balancing Act, by Bhikkhu Analayo

In Focus

A New Way to Find a Center, by Sam Littlefair Wallace

Ask the Teachers

Why don’t I find joy in being a caregiver?

Feature Review

Tibetan Zen by Sam van Schaik, reviewed by Annabella Pitkin

Book Briefs

The Holy Madmen of Tibet by David M. DiValerio

Awake at the Bedside by Koshin Paley Ellison and Matt Weingast

Echoes: The Boudhanath Teachings by Thinley Norbu

The Life of the Buddha by Tenzin Chogyel

In Search of Buddha’s Daughters by Christine Toomey

Compassion and emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation by Analayo

The Science of Chinese Buddhism by Erik J. Hammerstrom


My Driving Mantra, by Arunlikhati

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