Are you struggling with your meditation practice? You’ll find your meditation reality check inside the Summer Buddhadharma magazine, on newsstands now. It features a forum discussion on the obstacles to meditation — including laziness, forgetting the instructions, wildness, drowsiness, carelessness, and “an inability to coordinate the whole thing” — and how we can work with them. You can read the introduction to the forum here, and you’ll find the whole discussion inside the magazine.
There’s lots more inside, too: Zen practitioner Gregory Shepherd looks back at his time in a monastery and the nagging question of whether he ever experienced enlightenment, Anyen Rinpoche discusses developing certainty in the path, and Zen priest Catherine Toldi addresses the painful conflicts that can arise in sanghas and how to handle them. Plus: Tulku Thondup shares a meditation on Guru Rinpoche and his pure land. Plus: Sumi Loundon Kim on creating dharma programs that meet the needs of children and their parents, a profile of Noah Levine‘s Against the Stream sangha, and much more.