The Best Buddhist Writing 2012

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 1611800110

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A treasury of the most notable, profound, and thought-provoking Buddhist-inspired writing published in the last year.

The Best Buddhist Writing 2012 includes:

   • His Holiness the Dalai Lama on cultivating a universal ethic of kindness
   • Sharon Salzberg on getting your meditation practice started
   • Pema Chödrön on how to smile at fear
   • The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi on analyzing global problems through the lens of traditional Buddhist teachings
   • Bruce Rich on the enlightened model of government of the Buddhist monarch King Ashoka
   • Thich Nhat Hanh on fidelity in loving relationships
   • Michael A. Stusser’s determined—and hilarious—effort to speak—and tweet—no evil
   • Norman Fischer on a new and more open understanding of language
   • Barry Boyce’s fascinating survey of the life and teachings of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
   • Michael Stone and David Loy on the basic questions raised by the Occupy Wall Street movement
   • Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s explanation of the meditation practice of kusulu, the pinnacle of simplicity and relaxation
   • Nancy Baker on the powerful and useful energy behind anger
   • Diane Ackerman on living with her beloved husband’s Alzheimer’s disease
   • Yangzom Brauen’s moving account of her grandmother and mother’s escape from Tibet following the Chinese invasion
   • And much more

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can’t communicate this feeling, which is so unlike our previous life, our familiar construction of reality, that we may liken it to dreaming. But we have actually woken up to our true life, and we are struck dumb, wordless, in an experience that can’t be described by the ordinary words we have used all our lives. It feels impossible to talk about this new, freshly felt life of realization, which is so amazing in its simplicity and ordinariness. The subtlety of this part of the path is misleading

impermanence allow. In that sense we are dependent on our base cravings to survive. They are not the enemy; they are a necessary function of life. But that’s all they are: as we know all too well, a life lived chasing pleasure and running from pain leads only to more and more suffering and confusion. Our survival instinct does not grant us happiness, only temporary survival. A life based on craving and aversion is a miserable existence at best; at times it becomes downright unbearable. INSTINCT

they were doing. Otherwise, they couldn’t possibly do it.” From early on, he played in many realms: film, theater, song, photography, painting, calligraphy, flower arranging. In 1974, he founded the Naropa Institute (now Naropa University) as a place where an artistic sensibility could be an integral part of higher education. Education at Naropa, he said, would marry intellect and intuition. As Gimian points out, in the Japanese notion of do, or way—as in chado, the way of tea, or kado, the way

need to think about anything at all. So we do not think about either the past or the future. We just simply look at the mind as it is right now and rest naturally in the naked, ordinary mind. When we say “ordinary mind,” that means resting in the immediate present without trying to alter the mind in any way. Ordinary mind is not something bad that we need to make into something good. Nor is it something that is not empty that we need to make empty. That is not how it is. We do not need to take

is complete because it contains our utmost statement. It is our own array, our own pageant, and procession, and display. THE FAITH OF THE COLORADO RIVER Zen questioning is a very gentle questioning. It is the kind of questioning that the Colorado River asks the Grand Canyon over centuries and centuries. It is gentle but persistent. Can we stop all the wars our country wages? That is one question, but there are so many other questions behind that. How do we live together with peace and justice?

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