This one was in response to an article by Adam Gopnik published in the New Yorker magazine:

Adam Gopnik’s recent article, “What Meditation Can Do for Us, and What It Can’t,” reveals how our modern Western cultural attitudes tend to reduce Buddhism to a weak parody of itself. Rather than seeing the Buddha Way as an ancient wisdom tradition–rooted in direct, personal experience and offering access to the deepest levels of the human mind and heart–many now seem to need to downplay or discount its transformative power and mystery, wanly promoting it as a ten-minute-a-day exercise that can help us become “less irritable.” Authentic Buddhism offers a teaching and practices that can wake us up to our highest potential, reconnecting us to the sacred nature of all life, and to our own inborn capacity for caring and compassion. Over its 2500-year history, this very practical path has evolved many different forms in accord with the needs and psyches of people in various cultures and times, a dynamic process now underway in the West. We need to be vigilant not to allow this, too, to be steamrolled by our culture’s fierce drive to commodify and trivialize whatever appears in its way. The Buddha Way is neither a superstitious religion, nor is it just another therapy to help us be a bit happier and more congenial. Rather, real Buddhist practice offers a powerful antidote to the hatred, violence and profound sense of separation and isolation that is destroying lives and consuming the planet. Respectfully, Sunya Kjolhede and Lawson Sachter Co-abbots of Windhorse Zen Community