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Lion's Roar November 2018

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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OCT. 19-21 2018 EVENT Facing Life’s Challenges: A Lion’s Roar Buddhist Retreat | Garrison Institute, Garrison NY Now in its 11th year, the annual Lion’s Roar readers’ retreat brings great teachers from different Buddhist traditions together to explore themes relevant to all of us. Join Mushim Patricia Ikeda, Lama Justin von Bujdoss, and Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi (all of whom have excellent teachings in this issue). They’re joined by Lion’s Roar magazine and Buddhadharma editors—and dozens of your fellow travelers on the path—for practice, teachings, and community. Hosted by our partners at the Garrison Institute, you’ll experience all this, along with the splendor of fall in the Hudson River valley, in the contemplative embrace of their 95-acre grounds overlooking the Hudson. Visit lionsroar.com/retreats. ANNOUNCEMENT The Gathering: Buddhist Teachers of Black African Descent Meet | Union Theological Seminary…

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whatever party is happening

MY DAD ALWAYS TOLD US growing up, “Be at the party that’s happening right now.” This is as true in meditation as it is in life. We’re a very social family who make up reasons to throw parties so we can wear funny hats. “The dog is having a half-birthday! Someone order an ice cream cake!” Dad always said our job as party hosts was to have plenty of food and drink, play good music (you can’t fail with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson), and then let whatever happens—be. “Some nights people will dance on chairs, so dance on chairs! Sometimes, everyone will just sit and talk. So just sit and talk. Don’t try to force it into a party that it’s not. Be at the party that’s happening right now,” Dad…

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sweeping my heart

ZEN PRACTICE IS A RETURN to the ordinary. It is only in the secular world that Zen is perceived by some as a high and holy practice. The robes are seen as holy, but there is no holiness in Zen. Everything that is done in the temple is of an ordinary nature, including washing dishes, cleaning toilets, mopping floors, cooking, and doing laundry. The teacher is also ordinary. There is nothing for the teacher to be or show other than the ordinariness of life and how to embrace it. If there is any status thinking and being, that is an inevitable tangling of our worldly views and the path of enlightenment. For me, a dark-skinned person of African descent, cleaning the temple as Zen practice felt inappropriate and uncomfortable when I was at…

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a new kind of leader

MARTY KRASNEY BELIEVES the world has a habit of gravitating toward polarizing leaders. “Look at our world,” he says. “We have the worst divides we’ve seen in a long time. This is far from the ideal of what leaders can be and do.” Krasney is the executive director of Dalai Lama Fellows, a fellowship program that cultivates a different kind of leader—one who works across differences to solve global challenges. Since its authorization by the 14th Dalai Lama in 2010, the fellowship has grown to include more than 150 fellows from 41 nations around the world. Each fellow works on a field project that addresses either poverty, violence, gender equity, cross cultural issues, or environmental issues. The curriculum of the program targets five core values: integrity, interdependence, resilience, courage, and humbition (ambition…

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the emptiness of the empty nest

Question: Ever since my youngest child left home to go to college, I’ve felt lonely and like life doesn’t have much purpose. How can I come to peace with having an empty nest? Answer: When a child comes into our lives, we devote so much of our energy to their care and well-being. We transform into a family, a place for shared love, learning, joy, and sorrow. Then, one day, this fledgling bird we have raised finds its wings strong enough to fly away, leaving its parents in a place that now feels much too big. The “empty nest” metaphor is so apt for this normal and often painful stage in the lives of parents and children. It can feel lonely, and the sense of purpose connected with parenting can disappear. How…

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dad is dying

AT 3:20 AM, I WAKE UP and amble into Dad’s room. He’s pretty wheezy and raspy. I go to the kitchen and grind up some Ativan between two spoons to dissolve into the morphine I will give him. He lies on the pillow, allowing the putrid liquid to drain down his throat, but with no distaste visible on his face. Then he props himself up on his elbows to stare at something that is so compelling he stays there for almost a minute. I’m amazed he has the upper body strength for this. Then he lies back down, his face drawn but calm. My father seems to be moving between worlds, back and forth and back again. There is something so unstoppable about this that it can’t help but pull forth…

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