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Lions Roar : September 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2012 14 He’s your guru—you put a little something in his bowl. community at all levels—working together with the common good as a primary goal. No one makes it entirely on their own—no one. I do know conservatives who embrace Buddhist principles, but my consistent observation is that they shift their political outlook toward the center in the process. Is this because “real- ity has a well-known liberal bias”? I believe Ms. Evans has much joy to look forward to as she begins to see herself in everyone she encounters, inspiring the compassionate generosity that is the cornerstone of all lasting spiritual orientations, regardless of political leaning. Malcolm Clark Occidental, California THE REAL SNAKE STORY While I enjoyed the article “Snakes on the Brain” (January 2012), it has a rather glaring absence. As The Serpent and the Goddess by Mary Condren points out, the serpent or snake is a goddess symbol. When you read about a hero killing snakes or dragons, that tale represents the beginning of patriarchy and the rejection of female-centered religion. I have no doubt that this is the ori- gin of the snake getting a bad rap in the Old Testament and the consequent hostility toward snakes that most Westerners have. I happen to really like snakes and purchased a Naga statue in Kathmandu. Susan E. Wigget Portland, Oregon FROM CELL TO FOREST In several weeks, I will be released from prison. The Shambhala Sun has made a genuine, positive difference in my life during these past years. I want to thank you for each and every quality issue I have received. I will soon be furthering my meditation skills as I enter the monastic life as a Thai Forest monk. James Davie Harvest, Alabama