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Lions Roar : March 2012
Taking the Measure of Mind At the newly created Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, prominent neuroscientist Richie Davidson and his team try to see how far our minds can go and how many ways meditation can help us. Barry Boyce reports. Scientific Minds Want to Know What scientists are asking about meditation, and the surprising answers they’re finding. Living Proof Does meditation work? The first place to look is our own lives. Margot Sammurtok talks to four people who say it’s made all the difference. The New Science of Mind Scientists study phenomena. Meditators study experience. And never the twain shall meet. Until now. Jill Suttie reports on the growing field of contemplative science. 42 Contents 54 ON THE COVER Photo © iStockphoto.com/LiseGagne 32 28 The Wanderer Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche was a bestselling author and rising star of the Buddhist world, but one day he walked out and left it all behind. Andrea Miller has the fascinating story of a modern lama braving the ancient path of the wandering yogi. Lasting Happiness It’s surprisingly easy to achieve lasting happiness, says Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. We just have to understand our own basic nature. The hard part is getting over our bad habit of seeking happiness in transient experiences. Twelve Kinds of Yogic Joy Milarepa describes the happy life of the wandering yogi. Kamadhatu A reclusive Zen priest. A beautiful American academic. Illusion falls away and original mind is revealed. A short story by Charles Johnson. FEATURES 34 36 47 50 42 28 SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2012 4