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Lions Roar : January 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2009 114 Practice techniques will broaden in each lineage from what contemporary teachers received from their own lineag- es to include techniques they learn from studying with teachers in other lineages. My own “home” lineage is Theravada, and it is the idiom in which I teach. But I also hear the insights and practice suggestions of my Mahayana and Vajrayana colleagues and teachers emerging naturally as part of my teaching and understanding. At the same time, lineages will not lose their dis- tinctions and disappear into each other, but rather continue to enrich each other. Ways of practicing meditation intensive- ly other than going away on long retreats will emerge, as the community of medita- tors spreads beyond people with disposable income and disposable time. Although al- ternative forms will not replace long resi- dential retreats or hermitage practice, no single form will be presented as necessarily more conducive to transformation. The relationship of Buddhist psychol- ogy to Western psychology will continue to be an area of intense study, particularly the enthusiastic interest in neuroscience research as a way of validating that the habits of the mind can be changed through practice. Buddhist psychology and tech- niques of meditation will continue to be interpolated, in a secular way, into educa- tion and health care in the mainstream culture. Dharma will continue to influence Western religious communities, by provid- ing secular tools for reinspiring contem- plative practices that have become less ac- cessible in those traditions. And devotion to Buddhism for those who choose it will increase. Personal experience of the truth that peace is possible will lead people to want to create practice communities, to in- clude their partners and parents and chil- dren in revering the Buddha, to celebrate lineage elders, to make festival practices for special calendar days, to think of their practice with gratitude as providing them with a connection to what is truly sacred. SYLVIA BOORSTEIN, Ph.D., is a co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She is the author of many best-selling books and a regu- lar contributor to the Shambhala Sun. ♦