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Lions Roar : May 2010
SHAMBHALA SUN MAy 2010 72 throughout. Video links include Pema Chödrön teaching, birth- day greetings to the Dalai Lama, and an examination of the Ten Worst Buddhist Movie Characters. The site receives 69,000 unique visitors a month. Lewis, thirty-five, says Buddhism is “the root inspiration of everything I do,” and he’s concerned that it is perceived as be- ing “for really well-off white people.” Too many Buddhist com- munities, he believes, are missing a golden opportunity to reach out to young people, by ignoring Twitter and other new media. “If we want to cut through samsara and offer something valu- able to people—like meditating for a few minutes morning and evening—we need to be in the world.” The ecological crisis, he says, gives Buddhists a huge opportunity to express the principle of karma, and seizing this opening could lead to a more widespread practice of mindful behavior. Elephant’s mission “is to bring people working and playing to create enlight- ened society... Riding a mountain bike can bring people to the present moment, because otherwise they could run into a tree.” Noah LEVINE MakEs PaRT of his living from teaching and writing, and part from practicing psychotherapy. he holds a mas- ters degree in psychology and has fulfilled the internships required to be licenced, but feels no need to be certified. The rebel instinct holding true, the question becomes: should I turn away from helping people merely because of a lack of official sanction? With a baby at home he is traveling less than he used to, but the pace is still daunting. his recent schedule included talks in New York, Massachusetts, Idaho, Colorado, California, oregon, British Columbia, Quebec, and ontario. he also talks to some media, but does not particularly like doing so, having been “burned” in the past. I hope he doesn’t feel burned this time, but suspect he might. The first time we talked, Levine became angry. he wanted to know the plan for this article, and when told that it would men- tion other up-and-coming Buddhists, he strongly objected. That would be lumping them all together, he said. “You wouldn’t do that to women Buddhists.” When I pointed out that the maga- zine had indeed published articles about “women Buddhists” he held to his view: his movement deserved its own story, one that did not mention other leaders of his generation. In his memoir Dharma Punx, anger, the blaming of others, is almost constant. Readers of the online forum goodreads.com tend to like the book enormously or not at all. one offered this assessment: “his message is great—he transformed his life and began to help others... he got sober, got a teacher, and is now himself teaching Buddhism. But he’s still kind of a dick.” asked if anger is an issue for him today, Levine said no. his biggest issue, he said, is balance. he also said that “we need to change our relationship to anger, even if it’s justified.” he does sound at peace when considering his old crew and Dharma Punx continued from page 43 LIVING FULLY Finding Joy i n EvE ry MoMEnt His Eminence Shyalpa rinpoche’s inspiring and profound teachings prompt us to return home to the simplicity and freshness of our innate nature. resting there with ease, we can enjoy our lives in a natural and straightforward way. two-day retreat at Buddhafield with Shyalpa rinpoche Millerton, new york, July 24 and 25, 2010 Buddhafield is a pristine sanctuary with breathtaking views in the foothills of the Berkshires, two hours north of new york City. For more information and to register, call: 315-449-2305 or email: