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Lions Roar : September 2014
Fortunately there are also abbots, activists, and Muslim leaders across Burma who embody the Buddha’s admo- nition to “hold all beings with boundless loving-kindness.” I was inspired by the courage of those who are trying to defuse this deplorable situation. Some work publicly, others behind the scenes, to edu- cate monks and communities in Buddhist teachings about respect, nonviolence, and conflict resolution. But the hate speech has created a dangerous situation, and those who speak out publicly against prejudice are targeted and harassed by the anti-Muslim goons. In spite of this, leaders like Zin Mar Aung, who won the International Woman of Courage Award, and Ven. U Nayaka Sayadaw, abbot of a Mandalay monastery with seven thou- sand monks, hold aloft the dharma ban- ner of respect for all. While the solution lies with the Bur- mese themselves, there are many outside groups trying to encourage the best of the Burmese Buddhist tradition of tolerance, such as Partners Asia, the Catholic Peace- building Network, Hope International, United to End Genocide, and the Inter- national Network of Engaged Buddhists. Unfortunately, Médecins Sans Frontières and the UN have now been banned from Rakhine because the government doesn’t want honest reports on the situation to reach the outside world. Aung San Suu Kyi, who holds a long-term vision of development for Burma with immense dignity, grace, and courage, encouraged those of us who met with her to engage with all parties in the conflict. Unfortu- nately, the military-imposed constitution still hasn’t been changed to allow her full political rights and she is limited in her own ability to respond. In past months, I organized a group of concerned Buddhist elders, including the Dalai lama and Thich Nhat Hanh, to pub- lish a full-page letter in Burmese newspa- pers encouraging the Burmese to stand up for their noble tradition of respect and nonviolence. Go to www.shambhalasun. com to read the full text of that letter and to learn how you can add your voice to the call for peace in Burma. ♦ Because not all bodies are created equal... Different cushions.* Different needs. dharma.net/monstore • 845.688.7993 Supporting your spiritual practice The Monastery Store tm Donate your old meditation cushions *Made in the US exclusively for the Monastery Store Ligmincha Institute at Serenity Ridge Nelson County, Virginia SEPT. 6–7, 2014 The Nine Ways of Bön with John Jackson OCT. 7–9, 2014 Annual Buddhism & Science Conference: Pathways to a Healthy Mind with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche & Renowned Researchers OCT. 10–12, 2014 The Healing Power of Primordial Awareness with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche OCT. 31–NOV. 2, 2014 The Sacred Body in the Bön Tradition with H.E. Menri Lopon Trinley Nyima Rinpoche DEC. 27, 2014–JAN. 1, 2015 Winter Retreat: The Experiential Transmission of Zhang Zhung, Part 1: Ngondro with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche The first in a five-part series—held over the next five years —of Tibetan Bön Buddhist dzogchen teachings. This is a prerequisite for Parts 2–5. FREE LIVE WEBCASTS (Eastern/New York time) with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche Aug. 30, 2–3 p.m. Sept. 27, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 3–4:30 p.m. Visit our website for future dates. photo by Janine Guldener www.SerenityRidge.Ligmincha.org / 434-263-6304 Subscribe to our free e-newsletter at www.VoiceOfClearLight.org TENZIN WANGYAL RINPOCHE, founding director of Ligmincha Institute, is renowned for his ability to convey the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Bön Buddhism in a way that is highly relevant to Western students. He is the author of numerous books, including his most recent, Awakening the Luminous Mind. SHAMBHALA SUN SepteMBer 2014 24