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Lions Roar : May 2016
At InsightLA, we have a people of color group, a dharma alli- ance group (which is LGBTQ) a sitting group of elderlies, young people, an eco-dharma group, and more. These are all things that I couldn’t have imagined early in my practice of the dharma. Jack Kornfield: In the 1960s, our generation of Insight teachers learned remarkable practices in Asia. One of the most important things that happened when we returned to America was that our Burmese and Thai teachers went home again after they visited us. They came, taught with us, saw what we were doing, and said, “This is good. You do it the American way.” Then they went home. That was different than a Japanese Zen teacher or Tibetan lama who came to America to stay and establish their own center. You go to those places and they can feel, culturally, like you’re still in Japan or Tibet. In the Insight Meditation tradi- tion, our teachers said, “You do it your American way.” That meant we were free to have people sit in chairs if they needed to, and not wear robes, and chant in English. More importantly, we were free to bring Buddhism into the twentieth century. The essence remains emptiness and compas- sion, but in certain cultural forms Buddhism hadn’t changed since the Middle Ages. It was patriarchal and in some ways could be life-denying. The practices were often divided, where the monastics were the meditators and the lay community’s role was primarily support and devotion. In our community it changed from being focused on monas- teries—although now there are several fine ones in the West—to something that was very unusual in Asia: a Buddhist community that is predominantly lay teachers and lay practitioners who are committed to dharma practice and transforming their lives. We have many fine women teachers. We have included rela- tionship, emotion, and interpersonal understanding in the dharma. We have changed from a patriarchy to something much more democratic, in which teachers and other members of the community collectively hold the responsibility and wisdom. The generation that Trudy and I represent has let go of some of the old cultural biases of Buddhism and brought it into twentieth-century forms. Now it’s the job of new generations of Buddhists to take it into the twenty-first century, in terms of greater technology, diversity, justice, social action, and so forth. Sandra Oh: Where do you think dharma practitioners today should be concentrating their efforts? Trudy Goodman: There’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all answer. Every dharma practitioner needs to know their strengths and vulnerabilities, which areas of their own lives need attention, which need more cultivation or develop- ment. And we teachers often teach what we ourselves need to learn how to embody more fully! Overall, I think that in the future, meditators will be more aware of how they can integrate their contemplative lives— through getting to know themselves deeply—in ways that embody the full spectrum of their humanity. Then they can radiate a peaceful presence to all those whose lives they touch. L-R: JACK KORNFIELD is a bestselling author, psychologist, and cofounder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. SANDRA OH is an actor best known for her role in Grey’s Anatomy and is a dedicated mindfulness practitioner. TRUDY GOODMAN is the founder/guiding teacher of InsightLA who was a practicing psychotherapist for twenty-five years. LION’S ROAR | MAY 2016 40