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Lion's RoarLion's Roar

Lion's Roar July 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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lion's roar

EDITORIAL MELVIN MCLEOD Editor-in-Chief ANDREA MILLER Deputy Editor LINDSAY KYTE Associate Editor ROD MEADE SPERRY Editorial Director, Special Projects & MEGUMI YOSHIDA Art Director LIZA MATTHEWS Senior Designer ANDREW GLENCROSS Associate Art Director HALEIGH ATWOOD Editorial Assistant LIONSROAR.COM SAM LITTLEFAIR Editor LILLY GREENBLATT Associate Editor PUBLISHING BEN MOORE Publisher DAN SCOTT Associate Publisher, Consumer Marketing BETH WALLACE Finance & Operations Manager CINDY LITTLEFAIR Operations & Human Resources IAIN MCGLASHAN Marketing Manager BAKES MITCHELL Development & Partnerships ALICIA BROWNE E-Commerce Manager PAMELA BOYCE Digital Designer REBECCA PEARSON Circulation Associate KENNETH SWICK Controller CONNIE JONES Administrative Assistant Founder CHÖGYAM TRUNGPA RINPOCHE (1940–1987) ADVERTISING INQUIRIES SHARON DAVIS Account Representative Toll-free: 1-877-422-8404, ext. 327 PAUL LAYBOLT Advertising Administration Toll-free: 1-877-422-8404, ext. 323 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Charles G. Lief, Chair (Naropa University); Mirabai Bush (The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society); Eric Colombel (Tsadra Foundation); Ken Einhorn; James Gimian (Foundation for a Mindful Society); Trudy Goodman (InsightLA); Melvin McLeod; Ben Moore; Roshi…

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more from lion’s roar

LION’S ROAR + NAROPA UNIVERSITY: THE THREE TURNINGS OF THE WHEEL Our fascinating new series of online courses about Buddhism’s Indo-Tibetan roots, produced in collaboration with Naropa University, launched in April and is already the biggest hit yet among our online course offerings. Led by distinguished Naropa faculty member Phil Stanley, the next installment, The Second Turning of the Wheel, is now open for registration. You can purchase registration for each course individually, or buy the complete series at a special rate. Learn more at LION’S ROAR AT THE RUBIN The Rubin Museum, NY | July 24 What are the unique insights of Black American Buddhists? Do Black American Buddhists have particular experiences that they’re bringing to bear on the practice and understanding of the dharma? How are they participating in and…

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on the side of our better angels

IT’S A JOY TO CELEBRATE His Holiness the Dalai Lama in this issue of Lion’s Roar. It also makes me sad. Reading about the Dalai Lama—his openness, humbleness, and authenticity—and his message of compassion and human fellowship only highlights how bereft our world is today of true moral leadership, at a time when we need it most. The great moral and spiritual leaders, like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, bring out the best of who we are as people. They inspire us to trust and express our human goodness, which they also reveal to us through their own being. They are on the side of what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.” But around the world today there are powerful people doing just the opposite—they are encouraging and manipulating the…

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never forget is now

ON MARCH 26, JOHN SATO, a ninety-five-year-old half Japanese and half Scottish veteran who had served in the New Zealand military during World War II, marched in a “Love Not Hate” protest in Auckland. The march was in response to the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15. They were carried out by an Australian man who had written a lengthy xenophobic and Islamophobic manifesto. The elderly Mr. Sato rode four city buses to get to the rally. He was determined to make a statement that New Zealand was an open and welcoming nation, including for those who were not white or Christian. On March 30, a group of Japanese Americans marched to the South Texas Family Residential Center to protest against the U.S. administration’s “zero tolerance…

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the handprint left behind

IT WAS THE WINTER of 2015, and I was in the Langtang region of Nepal. “Big Sister?” The old woman of the house was nudging my elbow to get my attention. “Yes, Mother?” “We have a cave just over our village where monks do retreats.” That’s true of many villages. Caves dot the landscape of the Himalayas. “You must be proud,” I replied. “Is it far?” “Not so much,” was her evasive answer. In Himalayan terms, that could mean anything from a few minutes’ walk to a few days. Since I had students with me, there wasn’t much opportunity for a side trip. We were scheduled to return to Kathmandu in the morning. “Thank you for telling me. On my next visit, I will be sure to go see.” But then she leaned in closer. “It’s not far,” she…

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he’s playing his cards right

AS THE STAKES GREW at the 2019 PokerStars tournament in the Bahamas, Scott Wellenbach mentally repeated to himself, “If it will be of most benefit to the world that I win, then let me win.” After placing third at the international tournament and walking away with $671,240, the sixty-six-year-old Buddhist didn’t think twice before dedicating all his winnings to charity. While poker is a game where players compete to come out on top, Buddhism counsels that practitioners should put others before themselves. Wellenbach acknowledges the tension between these two areas of his life and says he rationalizes the competitiveness of his poker playing by giving what he wins to good causes. “I hope Buddhism informs everything I do,” Wellenbach says. “And I hope poker isn’t exempt from that.” Wellenbach has been fascinated with…