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Lion's Roar November 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.

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Shambhala Sun Foundation
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
more from lion’s roar

NEW ONLINE EVENT: THE DALAI LAMA GLOBAL VISION SUMMIT Our March online summit, In the Footsteps of Thich Nhat Hanh drew nearly 100,000 viewers. And now we're thrilled to invite you all to our next summit, from October 22 to 28. This historic global event celebrates the life and teachings of one of the world’s most beloved spiritual leaders. Renowned Buddhist teachers, experts, interfaith leaders, and activists will explore important themes in the Dalai Lama’s message to the world, from the keys to personal happiness to a vision for a better future. Guided meditations will help us put his teachings into practice in our own lives. Well-known figures and friends of the Dalai Lama, including Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Richard Davidson, Thubten Chodron, and many more, will share their personal stories…

3 min
heartfelt thanks

BECAUSE MY ROLE at Lion’s Roar Foundation is connected to managing finances and general operations, I wasn’t able to adhere to a total “stay at home” life in the early days of the pandemic. Carefully, with a bit of trepidation, I would head into the office weekly. A bright spot arising from these treks was the warmth and appreciation I felt as I scanned the incoming mail. Whether a card from a reader in Ireland, a note jotted on the back of an envelope from a subscriber in New York, or a letter from a podcast listener in San Diego, these expressions of generosity and goodwill touched the hearts of Lion’s Roar staff. I know many of you are on the receiving end of numerous requests for help during this difficult…

6 min
healing america’s racial karma

IT STARTED BEFORE I was born. It began before you were born, too, this turning wheel of racialized consciousness. Its tracks are evident across the face of time and the threads of human connection. Let us propose this is not an intractable condition but a legacy of human thought, speech, and physical behaviors. Our racialized consciousness and the suffering and confusion associated with it need not continue. This moment in our social history compels us to invite ourselves into a path of discoveries, learning, and practices to transform our karma. I ponder the wheel, an ancient invention of great practicality. Its shape appears throughout human history in art, culture, science, and spiritual traditions. It has provided a powerful image and metaphor for the spiritual journey of humanity. In the Buddhist tradition, the wheel…

2 min
big love

This book reminds me of the early times… Somehow this book really connects the early 1970’s and the 21st century, and shows us how, due to this dedication and devotion to the spiritual path, to the lineage, to Lama Yeshe and to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, one is able to look beyond the material world to something powerful and profound. —YANGSI RINPOCHE I love Big Love. It’s a fantastic piece of work. —STEPHEN BATCHELOR The publication is an indispensable addition to any substantial library of Tibetan Buddhism…. Lama was a gift to the world who just keeps on giving, a wish-fulling tree that continues to fulfill the wishes of thousands of enlightenment trainees around the world. —GLENN MULLIN Big Love just arrived and it’s fantastic. So many color pics! It really tells the story…

6 min
heart emoji

I WAS SITTING AT the cluttered desk in my home office teaching an online class on my laptop when a text from my friend Annie popped up on my phone. “Can you give me a call this morning? It’s important,” it said. Annie was a longtime friend, and I expected to hear from her daily. For the past couple of years, she and I—and our friend Kalen—had been sending each other a text whenever we meditated. Even though we lived hundreds of miles away from each other, we were close companions. Knowing that Annie and Kalen cared about my meditation efforts helped me stick to my practice, even when I was feeling uninspired. Seconds after I saw Annie’s text, my mind darted back to the task at hand. I was answering university…

6 min
life lessons from the poker table

ANDREA MILLER: In your new book, The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win, you share lessons from high level poker about luck and decision making. Why don’t more people embrace the idea that our lives are greatly determined by luck—be it good or bad? MARIA KONNIKOVA: More people don’t embrace it because it’s embracing uncertainty, the unknown. The fact that there’s randomness—people don’t like that. They like to have agency. They like to feel they’re the authors of their own page. Why is it helpful to understand the role that luck plays in life? There are many things we do control, but you can’t have the attitude of, “It’s all me,” because that’s a limiting, ungenerous mindset. It says, “Everyone who’s not successful, well, that’s just them. They…