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Lion's Roar March 2020

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
$5.29(Incl. tax)
$26.47(Incl. tax)
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
big love

THIS BOOK tells the story of Lama Yeshe, how he met Lama Zopa Rinpoche and how they created the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), one of the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist organizations. It begins in Tibet, where Lama was born, and moves to the Buxaduar refugee camp in West Bengal, where Rinpoche became his student, to other parts of India and Nepal, and finally to the entire world. The author, Australian columnist Adele Hulse, one of Lama’s earliest students, high-lights his special connection with early Western Dharma seekers and skillfully weaves their intimate stories with details of where Lama went, the teachings he gave and the centers he started. It brings to life how special he was and how he connected with people from all over the…

2 min
how to befriend yourself

THIS YEAR, MAKE YOUR PILGRIMAGE DREAM A REALITY Lion’s Roar is delighted to bring you two fantastic opportunities for pilgrimage and adventure in 2020. First is an epic, overland, 18-day May/June Tibetan pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash and sacred sites in Tibet, led by our friends at Himalayan Hermitage. You’ll experience the living wisdom traditions first-hand at ancient monasteries and sacred sites along the route. The second is In the Footsteps of the Buddha, a November exploration of the Buddha’s life, where you’ll travel through India in comfort and security and with the guidance of one of the world’s leading experts on the life of the Buddha, Dharmacharya Shantum Seth. Expect the incredible! Learn more and sign up at lionsroar.com/pilgrimage NEW COURSE! “HOW TO BEFRIEND YOURSELF” Last year we produced two online “Buddhist Wisdom…

2 min
the simplest meditation

How can everything be perfect if it’s so screwed up? That question goes to the heart of the situation we find ourselves in, which Buddhists call samsara. That’s the endless cycle driven by our struggle to try to fix what’s broken—in ourselves, in our lives, in our world. But what if nothing really is broken? What if our problem is that there is no problem, but we don’t know it? What if all our efforts to solve our problems are what’s creating the problems in the first place? Who knows when and how this trap was sprung, but we’re in it. How do we get out? We just stop. We do nothing at all, and see what we see. That’s what the four profound meditation practices taught in this issue help us do—stop and…

8 min
the final truth

I had seen dead mice, dead raccoons, swallows and starlings bonked against glass windows and fallen in the garden. I saw the decapitated head of a cow, once. A prop for a horror movie. One of the guys on set said, Pssst. Heh heh. Check this out, grasping the cow’s head by the scruff between its ears and lifting it up, still dripping, from a five-gallon bucket. Having gone west through my twenties, I had been informed of faraway deaths by phone. Grandma Joe had died; Grampa Paterson had died; Grampa Joe had died. My Grandma Paterson was the last to go. My mother dropped her phone on the hospital bed without hanging up. Mom? Mom, I’d heard her say. Mom, I love you…I’m here…get the doctor… Mom… I knew death was Out…

5 min
when blackness and buddhadharma come together

Lion’s Roar: The first Gathering, which was hosted by Lion’s Roar and the Union Theological Seminary, brought together 28 black teachers for two days, followed by a pubic panel discussion. This time you had 70 teachers meeting for five days, followed by a public weekend attended by 300 African America practitioners. How did it feel to see so much growth and energy? Konda Mason: It was crazy. It was amazing. Everybody was just completely blown away at the amount of interest and the number of people who came. We were at capacity. What was the experience like of coming together as black Buddhists? There are really no words. How do you describe the absolute beauty of blackness and the absolute beauty of the dharma coming together? The feeling of “We found each other”?…

6 min
sew contemplative

Five years ago I began preparations to receive jukai. This is a Zen ritual in which I would commit to live by the Buddhist precepts and formally step into the lineage that I’d been part of at Upaya Zen Center, under the guidance of Roshi Joan Halifax. Most people who enter this path take a year to complete all the prerequisites, but because of the scheduling of my request and the date set for the jukai service, I had only one month to complete everything. This included hand-sewing my rakusu, a small bib-like garment that represents the robe of the Buddha. This task elicited no small amount of dread and drama in many of my cohort. But I wasn’t nervous at all. I’d been sewing my whole life, and just thinking about…