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Hate, Love, and Perfect Wisdom

· Beyond Fear of Differences, Essays · ,

by Edward Conze

Though the teachings of the Prajnaparamita have on the whole been set out quite clearly, this has been done in a terminology which one has slowly to get used to. Psychological considerations may, however, give some assistance in leading on to a better understanding of these texts. This is no mere concession to the interests of the present day. Centuries ago already has the metaphysics of the Prajnaparamita been rounded off by a profound psychological system, known as the Tantra. In this article I offer two brief psychological observations.

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from An Animal of the Sixth Day

· Creative Expression, Essays · ,

by Laura Fargas

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From In Search of Buddha’s Daughters

· Beyond Fear of Differences, Essays · ,

by Christine Toomey

I know already from her biography that Tenzin Palmo was born Diane Perry, the daughter of a fishmonger in London’s East End; as a teenager she had long blonde curly hair, wore stilettos, loved jazz clubs, dancing and Elvis Presley; she had boyfriends, several marriage proposals and a personality described as ‘bubbly’.

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Facets of the Jewel

· Beyond Fear of Differences, Essays · ,

A Conversation with Women Teachers in the Mountains & Rivers Order

Jody Hojin Kimmel, Osho, and Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, with Danica Shoan Ankele

Shoan: I wanted to speak to you as women teachers within what has historically been a very patriarchal tradition. As you know, some spiritual paths speak about spiritual development in terms of balancing “the masculine” and “the feminine” within us. I’d like to begin with a question I heard recently that has been nagging at me: “Where is the feminine in Zen?”

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Welcoming All of Our Ancestors

· Beyond Fear of Differences, Essays · ,

by Shannon Shinko Hayes, MRO

The Mountains and Rivers Order sangha has recently been formally introduced to our women ancestors. For several years our Sunday morning program has included a service at the Mahapajapati altar during which we chant a short list of names. We now begin a new tradition, chanting a long list of the names of women ancestors, at the Monastery and Temple every other Sunday, alternating with chanting the list of our lineage—all male ancestors—that has been part of the Sunday service for the past 35 years.

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Receiving the Marrow by Bowing

· Teachings · ,

by Eihei Dogen

In the practice of unsurpassable, complete enlightenment, what is most difficult is to find a guiding teacher. The guiding teacher should be a strong person, regardless of being a male or female. The teacher should be a person of thusness, with excellent knowledge and wild fox [transformative] spirit, whether living in the past or present. This is the face [essence] of attaining the marrow, the guiding virtue. This is “not ignoring cause and effect,” and “You and I are just this.”

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In Memoriam: John Shido MacKenzie

· Sangha News · ,

July 22, 1946 – August 4, 2016

A large circle of mourners stood around the fresh grave and a neat, wooden marker. Shido, whose dharma name means “Way of the Poet,” was laid to rest at ZMM’s cemetery, not far from his mother’s grave and surrounded by pine trees.

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Good Karma

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Media Review
How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering

By Thubton Chodron
Shambhala Publications, 2016fall16-good-karma

Despite the “how-to” title, this is not a conventional “build it yourself” manual for constructing a problem-free life starting with the usual messy ingredients like divorce, illness, or bankruptcy. Rather it is a penetrating meditation on an epic poem, The Wheel of Weapons Striking at Vital Points of the Enemy by the 9th century Indian scholar Dharmarakshita. It is hereafter titled (in the Tibetan style) The Wheel of Sharp Weapons.

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Sangha Reflections: On Mother of All Buddhas

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The changes in the liturgy—reciting the names of realized women and the switching of the word “patriarchs” to “ancestors”—have been gentle and welcome reminders to me of the role of women in the preservation of the Buddha Way and of the debt we owe to them. But what has affected me most profoundly has been attending the sesshins for women.

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Biographies of Zen Women

Brief Biographies of Women Zen Ancestors

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Many of these short bios are drawn from the work of Sallie Jiko Tisdale and were included as a postscript in her essay “The Mothers: Discovering a Lineage of Women.”

Prajna Paramita

The Mother of the Buddhas; the Womb of the Buddhas. Wisdom is often presented as a female principle; this goddess represents both the great Wisdom Goddess as a deity and the Prajnaparamita Sutra itself.

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