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Lion's Roar

Lion's Roar May 2019

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.

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6 Issues

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3 min.
more from lion’s roar

NEW FINE ART FOR YOUR HOME Just added to the Lion’s Roar online store: stunning new dharma art pieces to beautify your home or sacred space. Inspired by the art direction of Lion’s Roar magazine and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly, our store’s art is selected to encourage awakening in every moment. (You can bet you’ll find plenty of it in our offices!) Each purchase supports both the Buddhist artists who’ve created these pieces, and Lion’s Roar’s non-profit mission. Whatever your tastes, you’ll find something to fall in love with in our new collection. store.lionsroar.com LION’S ROAR + NAROPA UNIVERSITY: THE THREE TURNINGS OF THE WHEEL New at Lion’s Roar Online Learning: a fascinating new series of classes about Buddhism’s Indo-Tibetan roots, produced in collaboration with Naropa University. Led by distinguished Naropa faculty members Judith…

2 min.
when all our voices are heard

I THINK A LOT ABOUT VOICES. Outside of my work as associate editor of Lion’s Roar, I am a playwright and an actor/singer. When I create characters in writing my own plays, I pay close attention to their distinct ways of expressing themselves—do they have lots of vocal pauses? Do they have colorful expressions? Do they use short or long sentences, generally? I was recently emailing with Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein about her trip to Puerto Rico with Sharon Salzberg, where they saw Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton. Sylvia said that although other cast members had more technically proficient voices, there was something magic about Miranda. “His presence fills up and charges up every scene he is in,” Sylvia said. It got me thinking about singers I love who don’t have conventional voices—Joni…

6 min.
friends, not food

IF YOU STOPPED PEOPLE on the streets of Chicago or London and ask them if Buddhists are vegetarian, the most likely response you’d get is “yes.” The public perception, at least in the West, is that since Buddhism is based on reverence for life, followers of the path don’t eat animals. And while it is true that Mahayana schools often recommend a vegetarian diet, the fact is that the majority of Buddhists do eat meat. The Buddha, however, did not turn a blind eye to the suffering of animals, as many would have us believe. The first precept he taught was “Abstain from taking life.” Within this, the Buddha didn’t limit his teachings on compassion to only humans, but instead included all sentient beings—all those that can feel pain. In the Mahayana…

3 min.
do you practice buddhism together with another faith?

Buddhism dovetails beautifully with my Catholic upbringing, as the practice of meditation is akin to prayer. It’s a daily habit to find stillness in my heart and the peaceful place where I believe God and my basic goodness inhabit. The mala beads I hold are similar to the rosary beads I received at confirmation. When I pass one bead over another, I feel nostalgia for my grandmother, who has always been a devout Catholic with rosaries in every room of her home. Most importantly, the four noble truths remind me to surrender, in my case, to God. —Kema McIntosh Lee, Atlanta Although I was raised Presbyterian, I see all the major traditions as sharing a heart with very similar principles. I’ve been cobbling together a path with practices from Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism,…

4 min.
5 ways to make the world better through facebook

THERE’S A QUESTION that’s being debated a lot these days—do we as Buddhists have a moral duty to quit Facebook or is it possible to practice right conduct in the middle of a fake news feed? Two years ago, I thought I knew the answer. Blindsided by the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, I suddenly saw this once mundane timewaster as an evil menace. Facebook magnified our delusions, I thought indignantly, while propagating the lies and hate that eroded our social fabric and threatened democracy. The stakes were high and my verdict was swift. “Get off Facebook. Permanently,” I wrote on Facebook before sanctimoniously shutting down my account. The world was aflame in a digital war, and I believed that the only conscientious thing to do was object. It didn’t…

6 min.
monks have it easy

ACCORDING TO DOGEN, the thirteenth-century Buddhist master who founded the Soto Zen school in Japan, the position of tenzo, or monastery cook, is only suitable for someone who’s highly realized. My condo is no monastery, so hopefully that means only a little bit of realization is required for me to do the family cooking. A little is all I have. With two children under three and a full-time job, another thing I have little of is time and energy. As a result, my dinner solution is frequently to order pizza or Chinese food. Dogen would not approve. He was very clear: “Do not just leave washing the rice or preparing the vegetables to others but use your own hands, your own eyes, your own sincerity.” As all Zen teachers agree, Dogen’s classic…