Inside the Winter 2019 issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly

The Winter 2019 issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly is available now. Inside, you’ll find teachings, book reivews, and more. 

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The Winter 2019 issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly features in-depth teachings for cultivating your Buddhist practice and manifesting those teachings meaningfully in everyday life. Inside, you’ll find thoughtful commentaries, reviews of the latest Buddhist books, Ask the Teachers, and more.


Free from the Burden of Holding On

What do you cling to? Let it go, says Ajahn Jayasaro, and you’ll discover something profound.

Amida Buddha Welcomes All Refugees

Jeff Wilson explains how the Jodo Shinshu school of Pure Land Buddhism emerged from the refugee experiences of its two Japanese founders, Shinran and Rennyo. He tells us why that history is particularly relevant to the refugee and migrant crises today.

Ethical Conduct is the Essence of Dharma Practice

The Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron outline three levels of Buddhist ethical codes, how we can follow them, and what it looks like when we miss the mark.

The Four Immeasurables Leave Nothing Untouched

If you don’t want your happiness to impede that of someone else, says Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, practice the four immeasurables. It will help you make space for others in your mind and to see others as yourself.

How the Sacred Treasure of Literacy Came to Tibet

When written language arrived in Tibet, says Patrick Dowd, it brought the dharma with it.

If You Could See the Heart Sutra

Paula Arai introduces us to the world of Tsuneo Iwasaki, who discovered a world of practice in giving (actual) shape to the Heart Sutra.

Awakening Fueled by Rage

As a dharma teacher, says Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, she’s told she shouldn’t feel or express rage. She disagrees and reveals how rage can be “life-giving and illuminating” and help “fuel a transformation toward awakening.”



The Enlightenment Project, by Rob Preece

Ask the Teachers

Is happiness really the central goal of Buddhist practice?
Anushka Fernandopulle, Ven. Thubten Chodron, and Kaira Jewel Lingo respond.


Cultivating Original Enlightenment by Robert E. Buswell Jr.; Reviewed by Juhn Ahn

Book Briefs

Reviews by Daigengna Duoer

The Life of Jamgom Kongtrul the Great: Tibet’s Great Treasure Holder by Alexander Gardner

The Circle of the Way: A Concise History of Zen from the Buddha to the Modern World by Barbara O’Brien

Enlightenment and the Gasping City: Mongolian Buddhism at a Time of Environmental Disarray by Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko

Mind Seeing Mind: Mahamudra and the Geluk Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism by Roger R. Jackson

American JewBu: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change by Emily Sigalow

The Theravada Abhidhamma: Inquiry into the Nature of Conditioned Reality by Y. Karunadasa

Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices from North Atlantic Books

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