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Lions Roar : May 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2012 15 Letters to the Editor A MODERN SUTRA Charles Johnson’s “Kamadhatu” (March 2012) is as near perfection as any short story I’ve ever read. The entire March issue is one I shall keep to read again and again from cover to cover. Warren Raymond Seattle, Washington RIGHT SPEECH I read Michael Stusser’s article “Speak No Evil” (January 2012) after a bicker with my spouse, and it was just what I needed to read at that time. A big thank you to Stus- ser for so honestly sharing his struggles with one of the deepest and most difficult practices of a mindful life—and for stick- ing with it! I found in Stusser’s story some helpful tools to use in my own life. Please pass along my gratitude to him, and to all of you at the Sun for what you bring to my life and the lives of those around me. Shirley Farrow Comox, British Columbia THE VIDYADHARA I want to thank Barry Boyce for the excel- lent article “Ocean of Dharma” (January 2012). The way Boyce writes about Chö- gyam Trungpa Rinpoche makes readers see Rinpoche as Boyce has “seen” him and clinches our understanding of the dharma according to Rinpoche because Boyce himself has grasped the teachings at their core. The article presents Trungpa Rinpoche’s teachings in an elucidating and empowering down-to-earth way that for me was transformative. It’s definitely a treat to be kept for future reference. Lamees Mansur San Diego, California A CONSERVATIVE VIEW I think you have a great magazine and I love the articles on practice and mindfulness, but it’s difficult to swallow other articles, whose authors assume the readership is liberal or “progressive.” Can someone not be both Buddhist and conservative? Is that not allowed? Why do you assume that your readership will simply follow along the lib- eral way of thinking about more govern- ment handouts and spreading the wealth around? I think it’s wrong to wait for some entity to save you. Where is the self-reliance and resourcefulness in that? Please consider the groupthink you are displaying. I hope you can take this into consideration for future issues and include more diversity. Jen Evans San Francisco, California MOVED TO TEARS I have never before cried reading a maga- zine article of any type, but I found Ellen Graf ’s article “Failure Is the Name of a Song” (November 2011) so beautiful and kind and moving that I broke into tears reading it—much to my surprise! I just wanted to say thank you for bringing me this portrait of “the Arthurs of the world.” I’ve made several copies of the article avail- able to my psychotherapy clients, many of whom have profound issues with failure. Martin Meyler Galway, Ireland MODERN MYSTIC I read with great pleasure Andrea Miller’s wonderful Thich Nhat Hanh interview and article in the January 2012 issue. She is obviously a gifted interviewer, as there were many new insights which came out of that interview, even though Nhat Hanh has