In this issue we explore the many Bodhisattvas that inhabit our world, teasing out the essence of what it means to offer effort and energy for others, and how such commitment and activity can awaken us to our own enlightened nature.
While some contrast the bodhisattva path with that of the arhat, Gil Fronsdal challenges this separation; he walks both paths and shows us how to do the same.
Interview with Geshe Thupten Jinpa: Compassion Curriculum
In the ivied halls of Stanford University, Geshe Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama’s main translator, develops a curriculum to teach compassion.
Dan Leighton evokes the “bodhisattva archetype” and suggests its multitude of manifestations, from Rachel Carson to Cassius Clay.
Can we find the bodhisattva in the Theravada? Is the bodhisattva ideal implicit in early Buddhist teachings? Monk and scholar Bhikkhu Bodhi considers these questions.
Does eating meat align with practice of the Dharma? Bob Isaacson and Norm Phelps reference texts and teachings of the Buddha to argue a powerful “No.”
Endless Path: Awakening Within the Buddhist Imagination, by Rafe Martin + The Stories of the Lotus Sutra, by Gene Reeves
Reviewed By Zenshin Florence Caplow
(288 pp., North Atlantic Books, 2010)
(352 pp., Wisdom Publications, 2010)