Is the artistic impulse identical with the religious impulse? Are all expressions of pure mind art? Is all good art in essence “Buddhist”? . . . At a time when we are all so aware of violence, this issue explores ways to “unmake” the world and be liberated by art.
Zen priest and poet Norman Fischer suggests that we grow tired of the “madeness” of the world and that “art-making is an anti-making.”
Interview with Buddhist Film Society Founders Gaetano Maida and Steven Goodman: Projecting a New Reality
Gaetano Maida and Steven Goodman describe the early days of the International Buddhist Film Festival, and the potential for film—including commercial, secular productions—to be a “dharma door.”
A Mindreader’s Briefing
Reviewed By Dennis Crean, Guy Armstrong, Peter Dale Scott, Ronna Kabatznick, Wes Nisker
Short reviews of The Buddhist Path to Simplicity, by Christina Feldman • Zig Zag Zen, edited by Allan Hunt Badiner & Alex Grey • Shoes Outside the Door, by Michael Downing • Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience, by Donald W. Mitchell • The Issue at Hand, by Gil Fronsdal • Good Life, Good Death, by Rimpoche Nawang Gehlek • How to Practice, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Interview with Joseph Goldstein: One Dharma, The Emerging Western Buddhism
Joseph Goldstein talks about how fortunate we are to have all different streams of Buddhadharma; the abundance of methods enables us to find a way that fits our temperament and propensities.