Summer 2017

Vol. 35 No. 4 Summer 2017
Discernment

In the drifting, wandering world
it is very difficult to cut off our human ties.
Now, we cast them away and enter true activity—
It is in this way that we express our gratitude.

—Gatha on Shaving the Head

TABLE OF CONTENTS

This is the Way I Express My Gratitude, Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei
An ancient form of Buddhist practice, monasticism is alive and well

A True Life, Suzanne Taikyo Gilman
 
Editorial

Fundamentally PerfectJetsün Khandro Rinpoche
Wisdom is the expression of our innate perfection, but how do we come to know that?

Practicing With Demons and Dragons, Hakuin Zenji
Sometimes a fiery motivation for realization becomes a barrier to practice

You Can Change the Story, My Spirit Said to Me as I Sat Near the Sea 
P
oem by Joy Harjo

The Path of Love, Belden C. Lane
Traveling with the Sufi mystic poet Jelaluddin Rumi

The Interior Castle, Teresa of Avila
The diamond realm of one’s true humanity through a lens of faith

The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
Finding words and expression in the midst of the mystery

Giving Rise to Discernment, Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Buddhist teachings on wisdom and the power of intention

 To the Monastery, Thomas Merton
‘Before’ and ‘after’ abandoned, there is still the question of acceptance.

Sangha Reflections on Discernment

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