Sangha, or community is one of Buddhism’s Three Jewels — along with the Buddha and the dharma — and much of the current issue of Buddhadharma deals with just that.
- Judith Simmer-Brown kicks off the issue by inviting us to consider that “the only true enlightenment comes from the enlightenment of societies.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh encourages communities to take up activism. “There’s a revolution that needs to happen,” he writes. “And it starts from inside each one of us.”
- James Myoun Ford and Ejo McMullen discuss the challenges of finding and cultivating aspiring priests in a world where fewer and fewer young people seek ordination (watch the full video of that conversation, here.)
Our cover story on the Mindfulness Movement examines the questions around mindfulness and what its popularity might mean for Buddhism: does mindfulness offer Buddhism without ethics? Is it “stealth Buddhism”? Is its efficacy overstated? Four experts offer their insight.
Also in this issue:
- Zenju Earthlyn Manuel grew up wrestling with racism and discrimination. In her article, “The Wisdom in My Bones,” Manuel describes the realization that accepting her body is central to realization. Read an excerpt from Manuel’s new book, The Way of Tenderness, on Lion’s Roar.
- Pema Khandro Rinpoche on the four essential points of letting go
- Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche on the illusion of the present moment, and
- Geoffrey Shugen Arnold on experiencing our original nature—three distinct instructions on how to experience the present moment completely.