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    Contributors Summer 2003 Paid Member

    David R. Loy [“What Are You Really Afraid Of?” and “Why We Love War”] reflects on the interface between traditional Buddhist teachings and contemporary issues: “Buddhist insights must inform, and be informed by, what the modern social sciences have discovered about human motivation and interaction. That dialogue is still in its infancy, but it is essential to clarify what Buddhism has to offer at this crucial moment in history. I believe that Buddhism today shouldn’t focus only on personal transformation. Buddhist teachings also have important implications for the way we understand institutions. The world needs its insights, but in a modern vocabulary.” More »
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    Contributors Fall 2002 Paid Member

    Donald Lopez is Carl W. Belser Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan. Author or editor of some twenty books, including Curators of the Buddha: The Study of Buddhism Under Colonialism and Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000. More »
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    Contributors Winter 2002 Paid Member

    Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., is a meditation teacher, writer, and scientist. He recently retired from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was founding executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society; founder and former director of its world-renowned Stress Reduction Clinic; and a professor of medicine. An early student of Korean Zen master Seung Sahn, he was a founder of the Cambridge Zen Center. Author of Full Catastrophe Living and Wherever You Go, There You Are, Dr. Kabat-Zinn is at work on a new book, Coming to Our Senses: Mindfulness, Dharma, and Living Life As If It Mattered, to be published by Hyperion in 2004. An interview with Dr. Kabat-Zinn about pain management appears here. More »
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    Contributors - Summer 2008 Paid Member

    TSULTRIM ALLIONE has been inspired by the teachings of the 11th-century female Tibetan teacher Machig Labdrön since the early seventies, when she was living as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in India. Her new book—Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict, from which her article “Feeding Your Demons” has been adapted—presents Machig’s teachings in a form accessible to Westerners. Allione says, “Machig presented a method that was quite extraordinary: feeding the enemy instead of attacking it.” More »
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    Contributors Spring 2007 Paid Member

    Pankaj Mishra, whose essay "The Disappearance of the Spiritual Thinker" appears in this issue, tells us, "I grew up in India reading Western literature and philosophy, and nothing seemed to me to be more attractive than the life of the intellectual. I have lost that reverence and now wonder how intellectuals could have lent their services to violent ideological ventures. More »
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    Contributors Summer 2007 Paid Member

    PAGAN KENNEDY, whose article "Man-Made Monk" is in this issue, tells us : "Three years ago, I learned that a British aristocrat named Laura Dillon, who become Michael Dillon in 1943, was the first to undergo a female-to-male sex change. After he'd refashioned his body, Michael Dillon fled the West for India, where he became one of the first Westerners to practice Buddhism according to Tibetan traditions. My book The First Man-Made Man (Bloomsbury) tells about Dillon's adventures on the path to authenticity. ‘The conquest of the body proved relatively easy,' Dillon observed at the end of this life. ‘But the conquest of the mind is a never-ending struggle.'" More »