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Lions Roar : July 2012
you and so will the grass for that matter, never mind the roses. And by the way, they need pruning. Perhaps you can relate. Oh the fences we build, the gates and trellises even, in order to not sit in the field. In order to say no. A few weeks ago, my best friend of twenty-three years died. Interesting how easy it is to sit in the field now. In fact, I have been doing practically nothing else but sitting in the field. I’ve been choosing deer beds, places where the grass is flat not from ice and snow, but from creatures of prey finding warmth and cover before hunting season, before rut. Everything is so vivid. The squirrels chattering in the trees, the magpies coming in like caped crusaders, the turkeys waddling and flocking like they know what’s coming at the end of November, the logging trucks downshifting fast for something—likely a deer or a dog. I find myself praying and yes, sometimes begging, for us all to be protected. But I find myself more willing to die, the grass so wet with my tears. And suddenly, with all this sitting, I find myself cleaning out closets and put- ting baby blankets into plastic storage bins marked in Sharpie “For grandchil- dren.” I haven’t had a baby for years—my youngest is in sixth grade. I find myself getting rid of sippy cups that have lurked in kitchen drawers. Vacuuming up that mouse shit in the basement. Putting up a white sheet and buying a projector and blowing up air mattresses—we will have those movie night parties with the kids’ friends. We’ll watch Funny Face and An American in Paris and make popcorn and ice-cream sundaes. No will become yes. And sitting helps. Do souls sleep? Do they laugh? Do they cry? Do they remember who they left behind? Do they make agreements to heal in ways they couldn’t before? Do they have agendas? Do they sit and say yes, or are they restless? Is it all field where they live? In the world of soul without flesh is there ever garden and fence and gate and the heat of the sun on the house and the yoga mat promising safety? Are there bears in heaven? ♦ SHAMBHALA MOUNTAIN CENTER RETREAT. EXPLORE. ENGAGE. Over 100 spring and summer programs. Inquire about financial aid. Running with the Mind of Meditation Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Jon Pratt, Tarah Cech & Marty Kibiloski June30-July3 Being Brave: a Shambhala Sangha Retreat Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche July 3-8 Pedagogy, Neuroscience and Awareness for Education Professionals Peter Grossenbacher & Andra Brill July 27-29 Summer Dathün Meditation Retreat Acharya Gaylon Ferguson & Shastri Ethan Nichtern July 27 - August 24 Heart of the Healer Foundation Gathering: Keepers of the Flame August 2-5 Qigong and Meditation Retreat Eva Wong & Acharya Dale Asrael August 5-10 Brush Mind: Zen Calligraphy and Brushwork Kazuaki Tanahashi August 10-12 Courageous Women: A Retreat for Women Touched by Cancer Acharya Judith Lief, Victoria Maizes & Linda Sparrowe August 21-26 Red Feather Lakes | Colorado PROGRAMHIGHLIGHTS|SHAMBHALAMOUNTAIN.ORG|888.788.7221 SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2012 19