The editors tell how this issue came about, with its focus on the teaching of, and awakening to, dharma in our smaller and/or larger families—our blood families, our classrooms, our communities, our country, our planet.
Jack Kornfield sees a loss of connectedness as the source of many problems in the world today, from the depleted ozone layer to dysfunctional families. To reconnect, he looks to the Buddha’s discourses on mindfulness as a guide to conscious childrearing.
John Seed gave up practicing insight meditation after the rainforest suddenly took over as his teacher. He says that the natural world will reveal all the dharma we need to know, if we listen deeply enough.
With guidance from generations of grandmothers, Barbara Gates and her three-year-old experience the teachings of the natural world.
States of Grace: The Recovery of Meaning in the Postmodern Age, by Charlene Spretnak (377 pp., Harper San Francisco, 1993)
In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nation, by Jerry Mander (466 pp., Sierra Club Books, 1991)
Wes Nisker joins the families of the counterculture—the beatniks and the hippies—as they introduce the teachings of the East to balloon-filled auditoriums and Human Be-Ins.