Buddhadharma, Buddha, Winter, 2015, Lion's Roar

Inside the Winter 2015 Buddhadharma magazine

In this Buddhadharma, we look at the Buddha’s life story, Buddhist-Catholic dialogues at the Vatican, and how Gen X teachers are changing Buddhism.

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Buddhadharma, Buddha, Winter, 2015, Lion's Roar


It Will Never Add Up

Nagarjuna’s four propositions prove that our ordinary calculations will always fall short. Judy Roitman explains the math of the Middle Way.

In Search of the Real Buddha

Buddhist scholar Peter Harvey examines the facts, myths, and deeper truths of the Buddha’s life story.

The Three Bodies of the Buddha

Shakyamuni Buddha was much more than an ordinary being who attained enlightenment, says Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche. He explains how to view the Buddha through the lens of the three kayas.

Forum: The Road Ahead

Gen X teachers from across traditions are changing the vision and landscape of American Buddhism—Rod Owens, Tenku Ruff, Nina la Rosa, and Dave Smith discuss how. Introduction by Sumi Loundon Kim.

Can We Awaken to the Ecological Crisis?

Buddhists have often been slow to open their eyes to the problem of climate change, says David Loy. He examines key Buddhist teachings to try to understand why.

Common Ground

Following his recent trip to the Vatican, where he took part in Buddhist–Catholic dialogues, Hozan Alan Senauke shares a vision for how Buddhists might come together to establish their own equivalent of the Social Gospel.



Many Buddhists, One Buddhadharma? by Melissa Myozen Blacker

First Thoughts

The Dharma Should Disturb You, John Peacock

Press Pause, Thich Nhat Hanh

A Seamless Heart, Thanissara

Wouldn’t You Rather Stay Home? Zen Master Soeng Hyang (Barbara Rhodes)

A Most Amazing Purification, Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The Form Police, Zenkei Blanche Hartman

Ask the Teachers

Is enlightenment off limits to laypeople? Narayan Helen Liebenson, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, and Sallie Jiko Tisdale respond.

In Focus

Bamiyan’s Buddhas Rise Again

Pictures and videos online: “Afghanistan’s giant Buddhas rise again with 3D light projection

Feature Reviews

After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age by Stephen Batchelor, reviewed by Roger Jackson

 Love and Liberation by Sarah Jacoby, reviewed by Rita M. Gross

Book Briefs

A Historical Atlas of Tibet, by Karl E. Ryavec

Greek Buddha: Pyrrho’s Encounter with Early Buddhism in Central Asia, by Christopher Beckwith

The Buddha on Wall Street, by Vaddhaka Linn

The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat, by Ra Yeshe Senge

Buddhisms: An Introduction, by John S. Strong

The Chan Whip Anthology, by Jeffrey L. Broughton

Strand of Jewels, by Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche


I Am the Snake, Too, Lawrence Souder

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