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Lion's Roar March 2021

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
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6 Issues

in this issue

3 min
the ultimate healing

I CONFESS: I am a Buddhist chauvinist. That’s because I believe the Buddha discovered an eternal and universal truth. We suffer. There is a reason we suffer. We can end suffering, and there is a way to do it. If there is a deep mystical secret to the universe, this is it. And unlike many deep religious truths, this one is practical and in plain sight. We can discover it through simple observation of our own life and the lives of others. In this issue, we unpack this, the Buddha’s basic teaching (although every issue of Lion’s Roar is really about these four noble truths). In Buddhism, the human dilemma is known as samsara. In Explore Buddhism, we learn how it works. We suffer (the first noble truth) because we are ignorant about…

1 min
celebrate thich nhat hanh’s life and wisdom

In recognition of his coming 95th birthday-or “Continuation Day," as he and his community call it-we’re re-issuing our special Commemorative Edition, Thich Nhat Hanh. Along with some of his finest teachings, it features wonderful images of Thich Nhot Honh’s calligraphies, poems and photobiography. Also included are Lion’s Roar readers’ stories of appreciation and Thich Nhot Honh’s “Answers to Children" with colorful illustrations. Look for it on newsstonds or order directly from www.store.lionsroar.com…

1 min
take a deep dive into “zen mind"

For fifty years, Suzuki Roshi’s classic Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind has been essential reading for anyone wanting to better understand their mind. This special online series takes you deep into its teachings, and features a diverse roster of presenters affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center-the community Suzuki Roshi founded. You’ll hear stories of Suzuki’s life and impact on American Buddhism while learning from, and meditating with, those who’ve shepherded his legacy into the 21st century, including Peter Coyote, Rev. angel Kyodo willioms, Sojun Mel Weitsmon, Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Norman Fischer, and more. Visit learn.llonsroar.com to register, and to learn about other online learning offerings, including How to Befriend Yourself and A Buddhist Course in Mindfulness.…

1 min
and while we’re on the subject of gratitude

We at Lion’s Roar wont to thank all those who participated, donors and bidders alike, to make our latest Annual Auction a smashing success-the best ever, as a matter of fact! The Lion’s Roar Auction is a great way for fans of the dharma to support one another, while also benefiting our nonprofit mission. To contribute to the catalog of the 2021 auction, get in touch with Cindy Littlefair, our enthusiastic auction wrangler, at clndy.littlefalr@lionsroar.com Get the best of Buddhist wisdom delivered to your inbox. LionsRoar.com/newsletters…

5 min
cooking and being cooked

A FELLOW DHARMA student bowed her head while reaching for the paprika. “What is it?” I asked her. “Nothing” she said, sniffling subtly, but then she turned around. “I just got emotional about some strawberries,” she confessed. No further explanation was needed. Being moved is commonplace in a Zen kitchen. For the past fifty years, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in Carmel Valley, California, has been a pilgrimage destination for Zen students. In the summer of 2018, I found myself there, cooking. At Tassajara, we aspire to cook Zen, to cook mindfully. We fail. We succeed. We burn things. Our egos are tested. Attractions wax and wane. Fiascos unfold. We fall in love. We do not measure up. We triumph in the most unexpected ways. We are clumsy and pristine. Ephemeral moments…

5 min
how old is this moment?

THERE IS A CLASSIC KOAN in the Zen tradition, called “Sun Faced Buddha, Moon Faced Buddha.” In this koan story, Zen master Baso is dying. The head monk comes to visit him and asks Baso, “How are you doing?” Baso replies, “Sun Faced Buddha, Moon Faced Buddha.” In the Buddhist sutras, it is said that Sun Faced Buddha lives for a thousand years, while Moon Faced Buddha lives for a single day. What Baso is saying is that though he has lived for a long time, still his whole life has been nothing more than a succession of days, or moments, or breaths. Today he is dying, but it is really just like any other day, one breath at a time. He is ready for whatever happens because on each breath…