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Lions Roar : November 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2008 21 have projected their deepest and most vis- ceral social and cultural longings. For black people, the promise of his becoming president is the “impossible dream” their ancestors nurtured since the era of slavery. For whites, a presidential candidate of color—especially one who in his speeches transcends decades of Bal- kanization along the lines of race, class, and gender—means that the ideals of equality and opportunity enshrined in the nation’s most sacred documents are not just fine- sounding words but a tangible possibility that might take place in our lifetime. And across the planet (in a Muslim nation, a man told reporters the freshman sena- tor looked like people he saw every day), Obama’s seemingly exotic but in fact very common background is inspirational be- cause, as he told an audience of 200,000 in Germany, he is an American who views himself as “a fellow citizen of the world.” At a time when the prestige of the United States has been badly damaged abroad, Obama’s approach has not been the dis- junctive, polarizing “either/or” style of the past eight years, but instead is conjunc- tive, in the spirit of “both/and,” which is far more compatible with the dharma. Predictably, Obama’s universality has triggered both confusion and criticism. As David Brooks said in the New York Times, “There is a sense that because of his unique background and tempera- ment, Obama lives apart. He put one foot in the institutions he rose through on his journey but never fully engaged ... This ability to stand apart accounts for his fan- tastic powers of observation, and his skills as a writer and thinker. It means that peo- ple on almost all sides of an issue can see parts of themselves reflected in Obama’s eyes. But it does make him hard to place.” Eloquent and elegant, charismatic and holding a degree from Harvard Law, always comfortable in his skin, he and Michelle are also avatars of a new black America of the post-civil rights period; namely, two gener- ations of high-achieving, disciplined black professionals—historically transitional gen- erations—whose accomplishments are everywhere evident in fields as diverse as business, the sciences, education, law, and Stunningly beautiful archival quality giclée prints of dharma art such as this Kuan Yin from the cover of the Shambhala Sun. At the Shambhala Sun Online Gallery, you’ll find artwork by renowned artists such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Kaz Tanahashi, Barry Blitt, Tatjana Krizmanic, John Bigelow Taylor, and Chögyam Trungpa. SEATED KUAN YIN BODHISATTVA FROM THE NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART, KANSAS CITY, MO. PHOTOGRAPH BY JAMISON MILLER. CHINESE, 11TH/12TH CENTURY; WOOD WITH PAINT. PURCHASE: NELSON TRUST, 34-10 . Bring Home the Art You Love from the pages of the Shambhala Sun Enrich your world with art that expresses the dharma. Available now from the Shambhala Sun Online Gallery www.shambhalasun.com MU VISIT THE SHAMBHALA SUN ONLINE GALLERY www.shambhalasun.com ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORT OUR MOVE TO ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE PAPER SHAMBHALA SUN FOUNDATION An independent, nonprofit corporation. Publishers of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. NOV 18-39.indd 21 NOV 18-39.indd 21 9/1/08 12:18:10 PM 9/1/08 12:18:10 PM