Winter/Spring 2016 (Vol. 44, Nos. 1 & 2)

Harvard Divinity Bulletin Winter Spring 2016


Nurturing Necessary Conversations by Julie Barker Gillette


Between the Breaths by Kate Crisp
Teaching meditation skills to prisoners can help them to shift unhelpful thought patterns and better manage their emotions.
It’s Time to Restore Bhikṣuṇī Ordination by Ogyen Drodul Trinley Dorje
Given the clear historical evidence, it is time to restore full bhikṣuṇī ordination in Tibet.
Mantra Chanting Heals and Connects by Annemarie Mal
The many benefits of chanting mantras include healing the body, protecting the mind, and connecting the chanter with the divine.
What Is Buddhist Ministry by Cheryl A. Giles
We bring our own histories and experiences to Buddhist ministry.
Chaplaincy on the Bodhisattva Path by Ven. Myeongbeop Sunim
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.


‘Woman Hold My Hand’ by Rod Owens
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.
Mistaking a Stick for a Snake by Bonnie Duran
The Buddha’s teachings about distortions of perception anticipated current research on “inherent bias.”
Giving the Ghost a Voice by Bryan Mendiola
Buddhist practice has enabled this Filipino/Asian American to grapple with painful experiences around race that include feeling unseen and silenced.
#BlackLivesMatter and Living the Bodhisattva Vow by Christopher Raiche
Convert sanghas in the United States need to be mindful of the potential for reducing Buddhism to a bourgeois “spirituality” that avoids addressing racial wounds.

The Death of The Buddha’s Mother by Kim Gutschow
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.
The Many Lives of Insight by Erik Braun
Tracing the spread of insight meditation from Burma to the United States reveals how relationships between the secular and spiritual are reconfigured.

In Review

Hungry Ghosts and the Work of Peter Matthiessen by Ingrid Norton
Peter Matthiesen’s last novel, In Paradise, and earlier works explore Buddhist practice, human atrocity, and social engagement.
Medicine’s Unique Ways of Knowing by Wendy McDowell
A Q&A with Janet Gyatso on Being Human in a Buddhist World: An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet.
Buddhist Nuns, Past and Present by Martine Batchelor
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.
The Mogao Caves as Cultural Embassies by Marcia Reed
Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road, an exhibition at the Getty Center, Los Angeles.
Three Films Depict Sinhalese Buddhism by Chipamong Chowdhury
In three Sinhalese Buddhist movies, Theravada religion and culture is vividly narrated, interpreted, and reimagined.


Two Poems from the Abbey by Miranda Arocha Smith
Three T’ang Dynasty Poems translated by Mike O’Connor

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