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Lion's Roar

Lion's Roar September 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.

United States
Shambhala Sun Foundation
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6 Issues

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1 min.
lion's roar

EDITORIAL MELVIN MCLEOD Editor-in-Chief ANDREA MILLER Deputy Editor LINDSAY KYTE Associate Editor MEGUMI YOSHIDA Art Director ANDREW GLENCROSS Deputy Art Director LIZA MATTHEWS Senior Designer LIONSROAR.COM & SPECIAL PROJECTS ROD MEADE SPERRY Editorial Director SAM LITTLEFAIR Editor, lionsroar.com LILLY GREENBLATT Associate Editor, lionsroar.com SANDRA HANNEBOHM Editorial Assistant, Special Projects PUBL ISHING 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 INQUI RIES SHARON DAVIS Account Representative Toll-free: 1-877-422-8404, ext. 327 sharon.davis@lionsroar.com EDITORIAL & CENTRAL BUSI NESS OFFICE 1660 Hollis St., Suite 205, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1V7 Canada Tel: (902) 422-8404 | Fax: (902) 423-2701 | Editorial inquiries: magazine@lionsroar.com U.S. OFFICE 1790 30th St., Suite 280, Boulder, CO 80301 USA SUBSCRIPTIONS Toll-free customer service: 1-877-786-1950 |…

2 min.
more from lion’s roar

FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE BUDDHA We’re delighted to share a wonderful opportunity with our readers: to participate in a pilgrimage to the sacred sites of India, led by our friend, Dharmacharya Shantum Seth. Highly regarded as one of the top guides to these beautiful and potent places—where the buddhadharma was first presented, and its depth expounded over the Buddha’s life (and beyond)—Shantum Seth offers a studied, intimate experience not easily found. Our first trip to India with Shantum is this November. If you act decisively, there’s still time to join in this special opportunity. Read more at lionsroar.com/pilgrimage. SEEKING 108 NEW MONTHLY DONORS Reader donations are the foundation of the annual giving campaigns upon which Lion’s Roar depends (and we’re depending on them now, perhaps, more than ever). While every single donation…

3 min.
the ultimate self-help

HERE IS A HERESY: Buddhism is not only self-help, it’s the ultimate self-help. Many people would consider this a heresy because it appears to violate one of Buddhism’s central principles—nonself. If there’s no self, how can there be self-help? But nonself doesn’t mean there’s no self. We exist, obviously. What nonself really means is non mistaken self. The “mistaken self”—sometimes called “ego”—is a single, separate, unchanging entity. It doesn’t exist. But because we believe it does, we generate anger, greed, and indifference to protect it, and cause ourselves and others endless suffering. That’s why the truth of nonself is the best self-help of all. It stops the suffering we cause because of our belief in the mistaken self and helps us discover our true self, the ultimate cause of happiness and joy. What is…

5 min.
how ai really threatens us

FOR MANY PEOPLE, artificial intelligence is the Wizard of Oz of our time—a mysterious and threatening power behind the curtain, ominous and seemingly omnipotent. The entertainment industry has done more than its fair share to feed us horrific futuristic scenarios about AI: HAL in 2001, Ava in Ex Machina, humans used as batteries in The Matrix. Our primal fears have been manipulated and magnified by the big screen. Should we be so afraid of AI? Buddhist teachings offer many sophisticated tools and strategies to work with fear. One is wisdom and understanding. So let’s start with answering the question: what is AI anyway? There are two types of AI: weak and strong. In weak AI, a computer simulates the mental states and behavior of sentient beings like us. A weak AI program is at…

5 min.
we can do this!

“Monks, the All is aflame… Aflame, I tell you, with birth, aging, and death, with sorrows, lamentations, pains, distresses, and despairs.” —Adittapariyaya Sutta: The Fire Sermon ALL IS AFLAME. The scale at which hatred and despair are spreading feels exponential to me these days. There is fear that democracy, never a perfect system, is being eclipsed by totalitarianism and fascism. Whether you identify as a social justice activist or not, if you’re alive, you’re acting in the world, and your thoughts and actions have consequences. How can we act in alignment with our spiritual values for the long haul? If we’re feeling anxious, angry and fearful, we need to take good care of ourselves, so rest up and gear up, bodhisattvas, because this time of trouble won’t be over anytime soon. We…

5 min.
how to draw a dragon

I DON’T KNOW WHEN my ten-year-old son’s obsession with dragons began, or why. What I do know is that I will encounter those fierce and powerful beasts at some point every day—be it an in-progress drawing tucked between the pages of a book, or an epic battle written out in harrowing detail along the lines of semi-mangled notebook paper, or an intricate Lego creation winging its way across the house, body held aloft by my son’s small, steady hands. Each time I discover another one of these creations, I’m reminded that dragons can have profound significance. While living in Japan, I learned that dragons symbolize clarity, truth, and enlightenment, and that gives me pause every time my son’s favorite mythical creature appears. It’s like a bell ringing in a quiet room—it…