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.
THE BUDDHIST GUIDE TO MINDFULNESS
THE LR COMMUNITY REPORT
WHAT IS THE SOUND OF LION’S ROAR MAGAZINE?
AFTER THE FIRE
WHO ARE YOU, REALLY? • You don’t have a surface public self and a private inner self, nor do you have one true, unchanging self. What you have, says BARRY MAGID, is multiple shifting self-states—and they can get along just fine.
RING THE BELL AGAINST HATE • Buddhists must take a stand against the wave of racism and violence against Asian Americans. One way to do that, says Zen priest CRISTINA MOON, is to support Asian American spiritual institutions.
THE GOLDEN BUDDHA INSIDE YOU • The gold of your true nature can get buried beneath fear and confusion, but it can never be tarnished. TARA BRACH on how to trust your basic goodness.
GRANDMOTHER’S WISDOM • STEPHEN MURPHY-SHIGEMATSU’s grandmother taught him that it’s the human condition to be lonely. Being mindful of our loneliness connects us to all others who are feeling the same way.
RUNNING INTO JOY • Sometimes sitting with her sadness becomes too difficult. But VANESSA ZUISEI GODDARD has learned she can run with it—and through it.
WHAT IS THE MAIN CHARACTERISTIC OF AMERICAN BUDDHISM?
FAITH FOR TROUBLED TIMES • Anne Lamott, Joko Beck, the mindful family, Black liberation—TRACY FRANZ looks at new books offering the spiritual wisdom we need today.
SONIC SATORI • Music as a contemplative practice requires both the performer and the listener to pay close attention. Culture critic DONALD BRACKETT offers suggestions for meditative albums.
The Zen of Retirement Living
Richard Gere on TIBET’S GIFT OF LOVE • Actor and activist RICHARD GERE talks about his teacher the Dalai Lama, the warm heart of the Tibetan people, and how humanity can benefifit from the values of Tibetan culture.
Open, Awake & TRULY SAFE
STREAM OF TEARS • Grief offers a unique opportunity, says bereaved mother CECILIA MITRA, but only if we’re not afraid to discover its primal source.
JOLLY RANCHERS FOR BUDDHA • In the wake of divorce, IRA SUKRUNGRUANG needs his Buddha to smile more—and candy makes everyone smile.
BETTER WITH BUTTER • Laid off, GENINE LENTINE finds solace in an exquisitely buttery meditation practice.
MARRIED WITH CHILDREN—AND CANCER • In the face of a terrifying diagnosis, SETH GREENLAND learns that the only moment that truly exists is the one he’s currently living.
A DRAGON AT EACH BREAST • BONNIE NADZAM was warned, “When you’re holding that baby, you’re holding the dragon.” Even so, she had no idea how hard it would be.
SMILE AT FEAR • If you can smile at your fear, says PEMA CHÖDRÖN, the things that make you feel anxious and inadequate lose their power over you.
DISCOVER THE JOY OF DOING NOTHING • Zen teacher PAT ENKYO O’HARA teaches us the practice of Shikantaza. Doing nothing but sitting and breathing, we rest in flowing awareness beyond the ups and downs of life.
HEAL IN COMMUNITY • Come together with others, says ARISIKA RAZAK, to grieve, heal, and fight for a better world.
REST IN YOUR BUDDHANATURE • Your true nature is like the sky, says MINGYUR RINPOCHE, its love and wisdom unaffected by the clouds of life. You can access it with this awareness meditation.
PRACTICE SELF-CARING • Caring for yourself isn’t a one-shot deal, says CYNDI LEE. Here’s how you can make it a lifelong...