Ajahn Sumedho introduces our theme in a dharma talk affirming the power of mindfulness to transform our habitual reactivity to violence into a compassionate response.
Interview with Kiran Bedi and Lucia Meijer: Living Time, Not Doing Time
Kiran Bedi, former warden of New Delhi’s Tijar Central Jail, and Lucia Meijer, administrator of the North Rehabilitation Facility in Washington State, are forerunners in a worldwide movement introducing meditation retreats into prisons, as seen in the film Doing Time, Doing Vipassana.
Rain forest activist John Seed brings our attention to the environmental crisis, suggesting techniques for remembering our identity with nature and the cosmos and offering ways to understand our own violence and self-destruction.
Australian Zen teacher and filmmaker Susan Murphy urges us to bring our awareness to unloved urban environments, to counter “the terrorism of indifference.”
Jerry Brown, mayor of Oakland, California, describes the challenges of bringing a social and spiritual vision to governing a major metropolis.
Zen and vipassana teacher Gil Fronsdal and his dharma student Nancy Van House challenge us with some crucial questions about ethics for teachers of Buddhism.
The Pilgrim Kamanita: A Legendary Romance by Karl Gjellerup. Edited by Amaro Bhikkhu, translated by John Logie
Reviewed By Peter Dale Scott, Ronna Kabatznick
(542 pp., Abhayagiri Forest Monastery, 1999, Free)
Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai, by Shunryu Suzuki. Edited by Mel Weitsman and Michael Wenger
Reviewed By Alan Senauke
(191 pp., University of California Press, 1999)