Lion's Roar

January 2022

The Lion's Roar celebrates the spirit of wakefulness wherever it appears - in the arts, relationships, politics, livelihood, popular culture, and all the challenges of modern life. It offers a Buddhist view for people of all spiritual traditions who are open, inquisitive, passionate and committed.

Shambhala Sun Foundation
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the ordinary, extraordinary teacher

THE FIRST TIME I met my teacher, he was in overalls, a baseball cap on his head, working in his garden. I had just moved with two enormous suitcases to a small village in Japan; I stumbled upon his temple on my second day there. I wasn’t even sure if he was a priest. I asked if I could do zazen there, and he said yes. The next morning, he greeted me in purple and brocade robes. He spoke less casually, and it was like incense followed him around the room. It was great. Over the weeks and months that followed, I went there every day. At the end of the first week, the robes got simpler, and after a few more weeks, sometimes he showed up in work clothes. Eventually his…

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show up in a good way

“I HOPE YOU WILL show up in a good way,” said Ojibwe great-grandmother Mary Lyons. Resplendent in a brightly colored long skirt, she was flanked by her daughters and granddaughters. Behind them lay a glittering lake, towering trees, and representatives of a half dozen religious traditions bearing signs that read “Stop Line 3.” Lyons dropped laughs about herself and her family into breaks in her unflinching talk on the living legacy of violence that the land and her people had suffered at the hands of settlers and their descendants, white folks like me. Standing behind her in the robes of a Zen priest, I felt both the warmth of her heart and her fierce challenge to my place in ongoing oppression. As the prayer circle concluded, an Indigenous woman all in red grabbed…

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she who hears the cries of marines

IN 2010, I LED a Marine fire team in Afghanistan. The men and women I served with were smart, strong, and capable in ways I’ll never measure up to. They endured cold, hunger, and the threat of death because they felt they were making the world a better place. I believed that too, with every fiber of my being. Every time I took charge of a Humvee, every time I stood post, every time I called into the command operations center for a radio check, I believed that my actions were bringing light to a dark corner of the world. I had to believe it. There’s no way I could have survived over there if I didn’t. Now American troops have been withdrawn from Afghanistan, the war is over, and the belief I’ve…

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is ritual an important part of your buddhist practice?

Ritual helps me stop, pay attention, settle, and sink down. It brings me back to my breath, to now. —Dawn Smart, Union, Washington Ritual is not part of my practice. I found Buddhism in a round-about way through Mary Oliver’s poem “The Summer Day.” Being aware, opening my heart to everything, reading Pema Chödrön’s books have been my Buddhist education. I am free of ritual. I’ve taken the lighter path, and that works for me. —Lyn Joyce, La Crescenta, California Every day, before I sit down for a session of meditation or sadhana practice, I fill seven small bowls with water, light three candles, offer a stick of incense, and recite some prayers. These rituals keep me grounded. They are also a way for me to enter the gates of dharma, like a passcode…

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physician, heal thine own poisons

AS THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC puts enormous pressure on health care systems in the U.S. and globally, often overwhelming local systems, all of us in the medical field have been forced to take a hard look at how we care for our patients, our colleagues, and ourselves. We are asking ourselves, how do we find the capacity to endure? How do we mitigate moral distress and compassion fatigue? How do we prevent burnout? How do we respond to stressful encounters with patients and their families? As a student of Zen, I approach these questions through my practice. I come back to my breath, to my vows, and to the wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings. My practice shows up for me in every patient encounter. Let’s take an example from a few weeks ago. I…