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KJ 20
published April 22, 1992
74 pages

Cover Image by Takeda Yoshifumi

How would Dogen respond to the nuclear wastes accumulating in his backyard? East Asian Buddhism historically has survived by staying somewhat aloof from direct involvement in social policy conflicts, instead offering an example of a counter¬culture in its monastic communities. After only a few decades of development, Western Buddhist communities, on the other hand, are already displaying a strong tendency toward “socially-engaged” Buddhism, as exemplified by Joanna Macy’s work.

Dogen’s sense of connection and responsibility to the ecology might be inferred from another passage in “Being Time,” in which Buddha’s enlightenment is equated with the maintenance of our environment’s being time:

Mountains are time. Oceans are time. If they were not time, there would be no mountains or oceans. Do not think that mountains and oceans here and now are not time. If time is annihilated, mountains and oceans are annihilated. As time is not annihilated, mountains and oceans are not annihilated. This being so the morning star [at the time of Shakyamuni’s enlightenment] appears. (Tanahashi trans.)
— Taigen Dan Leighton, Being Time Through Deep Time

Contents:

Being Time Through Deep Time – Taigen Dan Leighton

Voices from Moscow – John Einarsen and Robert Kowalczyk

Mystical Poverty & the Rewards of Loss – Nancy Ries

Rakan – Clark Lunberry and Robert Brady

Going Global: Japan and the Environment – Marco Masoni

In Plight: Inside Ban Vinai Refugee Camp – Moua Bee

Poems – Omitsu

Fist of Tofu – F. J. Logan

Kyoto: a Post-Modern Post-Mortem – Tsuzuki Kyoichi

Guilty Until Proven Innocent – Ken Rodgers, illustrations by Alan Wilson

Tracks – Robert Brady

Reviews:


The Lady and the Monk: Four seasons in Kyoto, by Pico Iyer — Paul Wadden


 

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