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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THE ULTIMATE GIFT • MUSHIM PATRICIA IKEDA’s parents gave her baby sister to an aunt living an ocean away. This act of generosity changed the way she thinks about giving.
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THE QUICKEST WAY TO CLEAN POTATOES • When you stir dirty potatoes in a pot, they clean each other. JANE MCLAUGHLIN-DOBISZ on the bumps and benefits of being with others.
HOW FREEDOM FEELS • When we see ourselves as separate, we’re limited, says REBECCA BRADSHAW. In experiencing the truth of nonself, we free our hearts and minds.
REFUGE IN THE STORM • BONNIE NADZAM surveys new books on crisis care, climate change, and deep dharma.
A ROSARY IN MY POCKET • In both Catholicism and Zen, says RUBEN HABITO, there’s a stillness where no words are needed.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE + THE DHARMA • AI can articulate the sum total of human knowledge, but can it help us cultivate wisdom and compassion—or is it a danger on the spiritual path? ROSS NERVIG investigates.
CLICK TO LEARN MORE • Author Iain Thomas trained the AI platform GPT-3 on the world’s wisdom texts. Ross Nervig asked this spiritually trained GPT-3 some questions.
THE GARDEN PATH • Gardening is more than weeding and watering—it’s a spiritual practice. To celebrate this growing season, here are three evergreen teachings for gardeners.
THE TRUE NATURE OF A FLOWER • For VALERIE BROWN, her garden is a teacher of the dharma. In every bloom she sees impermanence, nonself, and nirvana.
INSTRUCTIONS TO THE GARDENER • KAREN MAEZEN MILLER on cultivating the three minds—joyful mind, kind mind, and great mind.
GROW YOUR MINDFULNESS • CHERYL WILFONG on how to practice the four foundations of mindfulness in the garden.
The Awakened One • The Buddha discovered a path to liberation, and more than two thousand years later people are still following in his footsteps. HEATHER SANCHE unpacks his life, legacy, and essential teachings.
You & Shakyamuni • How does the Buddha nourish your life and practice? Five Buddhists contemplate this question.
Free Yourself • Buddha is the great liberator, says ZENJU EARTHLYN MANUEL. He taught that freedom comes from freeing your mind.
In His Image • In drawing the Buddha’s curved hands and gentle smile, IRA SUKRUNGRUANG finds peace.
The Buddha’s Greatest Teaching • You’d be amazed how much your spiritual journey parallels the Buddha’s, says MELVIN MCLEOD. But he took the big step that woke him up. You can take it too.
An Enlightened Community • Laywomen and men, monks and nuns—all were held in equal regard. WENDY GARLING on the Buddha’s fourfold sangha.
Siddhartha’s Son • Siddhartha gave up everything to seek enlightenment. That story, says JOHN TARRANT, is a linear depiction of a nonlinear event.
This Is the Practice • When the Buddha tended to a dying monk, he demonstrated how to live, how to die, how to care for others. VANESSA SASSON offers her retelling of that poignant story.
EXPLORE BUDDHISM NOTHING TO TEACH • It’s a paradox, says HOKUTO DANIEL DIFFIN. No one can teach you Zen, but you need a teacher to understand that.