07 Aug 2010 |
Posted by Lama Surya Das | 10 Comments.
“I just came back from conducting our annual summer Dzogchen Center ten day intensive meditation retreat in Garrison, NY, on the banks of the Hudson River. During that time, I thought a lot, with my friends students and colleagues there, about the future of Buddhist wisdom and practice, and where it’s coming from and going; preservation and adaptation, opportunities and challenges; commercialization and communication, both outreach and in-reach; sectarianism and ecumenicism; psychotherapy, meditation and neuroscientific research; the overlap of prayer, meditation, and mindfulness in action (such as through yoga and tai chi); Buddhism, the arts and creativity, social and spiritual activism, human rights and the global environment; and so forth.
What do ya’all think about this? How to adapt without throwing Buddha out with the bathwater? What would a truly transformative and genuinely effective personal spiritual practice look like today, in this new era?
Upcoming conferences related to relevant such issues of Dharma in the modern world that I’m participating in this year will be at Emory University in Atlanta (with the Dalai Lama) on “Tibetan Buddhism in the West”, October 16-19,2010 and our next large international Buddhist Teachers’ Conference & Council on the subject of “Towards A Mindful Society”, June 6-11,2011.