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Lion's Roar May 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

2 min
thanks to guanyin

IN 2019, I VISITED the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the home of a larger-than-life sculpture of Guanyin, the bodhisattva of compassion. The statue, carved from paulownia wood and dating back to twelfth-century China, came to the museum in 1920. It was moved to a storage room in 1999, where it sat deteriorating for fifteen years until a donor offered to sponsor its conservation. It took conservators eighteen months to restore the statue. Layer by layer, they carefully removed paint that had been added over centuries, uncovering beautiful gold, green, and red adornments. They employed UV imaging and x-radiography to uncover the statue’s history. A plastic jewel on her forehead, placed between her glass eyes in 1950 for a television segment, was removed. Finally, nearly seventeen years after her last public…

2 min
more from lion’s roar

THE CONTEMPLATIVE CARE SUMMIT Health practitioners and end-of-life care partners, parents, educators, and anyone who works with others—all of us can benefit greatly from the Contemplative Care approach to life. Bring gentleness and wisdom into all the ways you’re responsible for the care of others—and, yourself!—with Love & Resilience: The Contemplative Care Summit from Lion’s Roar and the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. This online event features Trudy Goodman, Koshin Paley Ellison, V (formerly Eve Ensler), ABC News’ Dan Harris, Pamela Ayo Yetunde, Jack Kornfield, Seth Godin and more, sharing helpful guidance and joyful appreciation of all those who give of themselves to others. Learn more at lionsroar.com/care SEE THE GOOD YOUR LION’S ROAR DONATIONS DO Lion’s Roar depends on a delicate balance of income from the sale of products (like…

7 min
the intimacy of covid

Dizang asked Fayan, “Where are you going?”Fayan said, “Around on pilgrimage.”Dizang said, “What is the purpose of pilgrimage?”Fayan said, “I don’t know.”Dizang said, “Not knowing is most intimate.”—Zen koan MY INTIMACY WITH COVID-19 began in my own body. I got sick the first week of March 2020 after traveling from New York to a meeting in Los Angeles. As soon as I returned and got off the plane and into the car to drive home, I knew I didn’t feel well. We didn’t know much of anything about Covid then. I moved my bed into my office, tried, and failed, to get help from my doctor’s office. Eventually I gave up and hunkered down. My husband, George, got sick a week later. We were very sick, but had no plans to drive ourselves…

4 min
simply satisfying

I WAS THE SORT OF child who had a meltdown when her peas touched her chicken or her ketchup slid over to her potatoes. Family meals were frequently lost under my wails. Any attempt at explaining to me that everything was going to wind up in the same place was for naught. I did not want anything on my plate to touch anything else, which meant that big holidays were a problem. They invariably involved massive plates of food, all of which intermingled, as though their contents resembled the middle of a Venn diagram: individual flavors, textures, colors, went by the wayside in favor of volume. I am the granddaughter of people who lived through the Great Depression, and before that the Great War, and the memory of hunger and loss…

6 min
4 better ways to relate to money

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME you had a positive attitude toward money? For millions of Americans, financial troubles are real and difficult. Particularly in this time of pandemic and economic contraction, many people are struggling with job loss, reduced income, fear of eviction, loss of business, and health care worries. For them, money is a painful topic because of the very real suffering it is causing them. But even for those of us who are doing well, or who are not struggling, money is a challenging topic often relegated to a dark, hushed corner of our life. It’s something we don’t want to, don’t know how to, or are unwilling to discuss—it’s as taboo to ask friends how much money they earn or how much debt they have as it is…

5 min
finding myself in the garden

“Tell me the landscape in which you live, and I will tell you who you are.—José Ortega y Gasset GROWING A GARDEN is an act of love and hope. A garden cannot be planted without them. They are as essential as soil, air, and water for the garden to grow. My love for growing things began decades ago in northern New Mexico, when I was working as a farm hand at a high desert research farm. There I planted forty pounds of garlic, one clove at a time, surrounded by mesas, pastelcolored canyons, cliffs, grasslands, and streams. I fell deeply in love with soil, air, water, and sky. It was there that I began to realize that to grow a garden, to plant a clove of garlic or a seed, or a…