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Lion's Roar September 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.

United States
Shambhala Sun Foundation
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6 Números


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say yes to the rest

A FEW MONTHS AGO, I had my first hospital stay. While I was hooked up to an IV, I was making plans for all the things I was going to do the next day, even though I couldn’t stand up without falling down from weakness. Those with me rolled their eyes and spent the next weeks trying to prevent me from “doing.” Turns out I am really, really bad at resting. My loved ones had to be on twenty-four-hour Lindsay Watch. They caught me trying to write articles, putting dishes away while dizzily swaying on a tall chair, and attempting to coordinate an event for charity instead of healing. At one point, I even signed up for a drum circle on Facebook, causing my best friend to write “REST, LINDSAY!!”…

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the tragedy and shame of buddhist terror

THE MEDITATION PRACTICE of zazen is sometimes called “being upright.” Being upright includes every posture, every activity, and every person. It means close encounters with the pervasive realities of human suffering. This is my understanding of the Buddhist principle of right view. Whether near or far, right view reflects the Buddha’s understanding of suffering and the end of suffering. Sometimes I face the wall in front of me; sometimes I go a great distance to witness the lives of “others” who are really no other than myself. In late March, I participated in a small interfaith delegation to the sprawling, dusty Rohingya refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh. The Rohingyas are a Muslim ethnic minority, who have lived in western Rakhine State of Myanmar/Burma for many generations. Over the last…

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guns to shovels

REV. MARTIN LUTHER King dreamed that people would “beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” He dreamed of weapons transformed into tools. On the fiftieth anniversary of King’s death, Kyle Lemle and Brontë Velez realized his dream. Their organization, Lead to Life, collected fifty guns, repurposed them into fifty shovels, and then used those shovels to plant fifty trees in honor of lives and land lost to violence in Atlanta, Georgia. Lemle is a Zen Buddhist from Green Gulch Farm and Velez is a Southern Baptist with a penchant for meditation. As 2016 recipients of the Spiritual Ecology Fellowship, they decided to create Lead to Life to combine ceremony and spirituality with ecology and action. “I think the earth is really asking us to pray while working,” said…

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zen mind, knitting mind

I STARTED KNITTING WELL BEFORE I found a steady Zen practice. In fact, I feel that knitting set me up well for Zen. Well, maybe not for studying the philosophy of Dogen, but for zazen meditation anyway. Knitting is slow art. Zen is slow training. In Zen, emphasis is placed on the act of sitting rather than enlightenment, the end goal. In knitting, I can also place emphasis on the activity rather than the final product. While a finished knitted object is often (though not always!) something that brings a lot of joy, when my attention is placed on the process of creation rather than the final sweater or scarf, the experience is that much richer. Here are five ways that I’ve found my knitting practice—or any creative process—to be an extension…

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no one like me

Question: I recently moved to a Buddhist retreat center where I am pretty much the only person of color. I knew that going in, but it’s been more difficult than I expected. I love the practice and don’t want to leave, but I feel uncomfortable and miss my own people and culture. What do I do? Answer: I have one question: what do you need? It sounds like this space may be psychically violent for you. To be marginalized in spaces like these means you are doing much more emotional labor than others simply to stay in the space. Then, your main practice becomes negotiating the centering of whiteness and trying to survive that so you can then do the actual dharma practice you came to do. So in connecting with what…

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force for good

AT ONE TIME I DIRECTED crisis response in the emergency room and psychiatric ward of a major hospital. I was the first responder in any situation involving a disruptive or violent person, and I employed tactics ranging from verbally defusing a potential altercation to physically restraining someone. Not a day went by that I wasn’t dealing with a patient who was physically acting out and needed to be restrained for their own safety, as well as the safety of those around them. The Buddha taught “cause no harm.” But this teaching is often, in my opinion, wrongly interpreted as “use no force.” What’s the difference? Violence, which is rooted in ignorance and aggression, is fueled by harmful intention to victimize another. Force, when rooted in wisdom and compassionate intention, can be used…