‘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

Buddhism Engaged Winter/Spring 2016


Buddhism and Race

Mistaking a Stick for a Snake

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

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

Buddhism and Race

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

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

Buddhism and Race

#BlackLivesMatter and Living the Bodhisattva Vow

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. By Christopher Raiche


Between the Breaths

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

It’s Time to Restore Bhikṣuṇī Ordination

Given the clear historical evidence, it is time to restore full bhikṣuṇī ordination in Tibet. By Ogyen Drodul Trinley Dorje

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

What Is Buddhist Ministry

We bring our own histories and experiences to Buddhist ministry. By Cheryl A. Giles

In Review


Hungry Ghosts and the Work of Peter Matthiessen

Peter Matthiesen’s last novel, In Paradise, and earlier works explore Buddhist practice, human atrocity, and social engagement. By Ingrid Norton

Required Reading

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


Medicine’s Unique Ways of Knowing

A Q&A with Janet Gyatso on Being Human in a Buddhist World: An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet. By Wendy McDowell


The Mogao Caves as Cultural Embassies

Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road, an exhibition at the Getty Center, Los Angeles. By Marcia Reed


Three Films Depict Sinhalese Buddhism

In three Sinhalese Buddhist movies, Theravada religion and culture is vividly narrated, interpreted, and reimagined. By Chipamong Chowdhury


Two Poems from the Abbey

By Miranda Arocha Smith

Three T’ang Dynasty Poems

Translated by Mike O’Connor


Cover of the Winter/Spring 2016 issue

Nurturing Necessary Conversations

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


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