Category: Winter/Spring 2016

The Many Lives of Insight

Tracing the spread of insight meditation from Burma to the United States reveals how relationships between the secular and spiritual are reconfigured. By Erik Braun

Nurturing Necessary Conversations

Interwoven themes of voice and expression, close relationship, conversation, and community run through this issue. By Julie Barker Gillette

The Death of The Buddha’s Mother

The lore around Maya, who died soon after giving birth to the Buddha, illuminates the untold, uncounted stories of women who die in childbirth today. By Kim Gutschow

Giving the Ghost a Voice

Buddhist practice has enabled this Filipino/Asian American to grapple with painful experiences around race that include feeling unseen and silenced. By Bryan Mendiola

Mistaking a Stick for a Snake

The Buddha’s teachings about distortions of perception anticipated current research on “inherent bias.” By Bonnie Duran

‘Woman Hold My Hand’

Tara (the female Buddha), Sweet Honey and the Rock, and womanist theologians offer fiercely loving examples of what it means to be free and to free others. By Rod Owens

Chaplaincy on the Bodhisattva Path

Chaplaincy based on the Bodhisattva vow stresses the kind of wisdom that can only be gained through the bodily practice of precepts and the correct understanding of Buddhist scriptures. By Ven. Myeongbeop Sunim

Mantra Chanting Heals and Connects

The many benefits of chanting mantras include healing the body, protecting the mind, and connecting the chanter with the divine. By Annemarie Mal

Between the Breaths

Teaching meditation skills to prisoners can help them to shift unhelpful thought patterns and better manage their emotions. By Kate Crisp

Buddhist Nuns, Past and Present

Therigatha: Poems of the First Buddhist Women, translated by Charles Hallisey, and Christine Toomey’s In Search of Buddha’s Daughters: A Modern Journey Down Ancient Roads. By Martine Batchelor