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Lions Roar : January 2009
67 SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2009 A New and Different Buddhism by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche BUDDHISM IN THE WEST has already undergone profound change and evolution, from the early missionaries’ interpretations of Buddhism as a foreign religion focused on suffering and on a mystical “lamaism,” to today’s more perceptive understanding of Buddhism as a science of mind. We can infer from this that the Buddhist teachings will take yet another leap in the next thirty years, bringing about a greater spiritual maturity and understanding of the authentic teachings. As a result, we’ll see Buddhist practitioners embracing more wholly American forms. This adaptability is shown again and again throughout Buddhist history and is an important reminder to us that the es- sence of Buddha’s teachings is formless. It is simply naked awareness—pure, unadulterated wisdom. Traditionally, we say that this wisdom is like pure water, which, having no inherent shape of its own, assumes the shape of any container into which it is poured. The container of the teachings is composed of the relative, cultural forms that naturally exist around it and make possible its expression in the world. Just like pouring water from one container into another, this formless wisdom may be transmitted from one country, culture, and language to another by way of the cultural forms and conventions that contain it. As this wisdom mixes with the culture, psychology, and language of a different country, new forms of expressing that same wisdom naturally come into being. When this occurs perfectly, without error, the original wisdom remains intact, yet it manifests in the unique shape of its new container. As the history of Buddhism shows, Buddhism in the West, in general, and specifically in America, will take a form altogether different from its originating Asian sources. Left: “Buddha Shakeymuny,” by Gonkar Gyatso Celebrating Buddhism in America What’s Next? After its extraordinary evolution over the last three decades, what surprising forms and turns will Buddhism take in the next thirty years? Nine prominent Buddhists offer their predictions.