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Lions Roar : July 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2009 68 lesson of this dramatic, unprecedented campaign. And whether he wins or not in November, the truth that excellence is color- blind, and that broad service to others has no tribal affiliation, will live on in our memories long after the election is over. © — NOveMBer, 2008 Toward a Worldwide Culture of love BY Bell hooks Fundamentally, to begin the practice of love we must slow down and be still enough to bear witness in the present moment. If we accept that love is a combination of care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, respect, and trust, we can then be guided by this understanding. We can use these skillful means as a map in our daily life to determine right action. When we cultivate the mind of love, we are, as Sharon Salzberg says, “cultivating the good,” and that means “recovering the incandescent power of love that is present as a potential in all of us” and using “the tools of spiritual practice to sustain our real, moment-to-moment experience of that vision.” To be transformed by the practice of love is to be born again, to experience spiritual renewal. What I witness daily is the longing for that renewal and the fear that our lives will be changed utterly if we choose love. That fear paralyzes. It leaves us stuck in the place of suffering. When we commit to love in our daily life, habits are shattered. We are necessarily working to end domination. Because we no longer are playing by the safe rules of the status quo, rules that if we obey guarantee us a specific outcome, love moves us to a new ground of being. This movement is what most people fear. If we are to galvanize the collective longing for spiritual well-being that is found in the practice of love, we must be more willing to identify the forms that longing will take in daily life. Folks need to know the ways we change and are changed when we love. It is only by bearing concrete witness to love’s transformative power in our daily lives that we can assure those who are fearful that commitment to love will be redemptive, a way to experience salvation. —JUly, 2006 yo Boomers! Get Outta tha Funk By rOd MeAde SPerry you taught America about equal rights and civil rights. you fought an unjust war and, in ways, won. And you were part of one of the ultimate happenings: you tilled the soil so that dharma might take root in the West. you populated our first practice centers, you welcomed Buddhist teachers from Asia, you translated their words, and you made those words your own as practitioners and even teachers yourselves. you changed the world. Perhaps it’s these successes, ironically or not, that have given you the wealth, opportunity, and demographic appeal you collectively enjoy today. let’s face it: boomers have clearly proven themselves forces to be reckoned with. So it might be worth considering that the thirty-year-old marketing brainiacs of today might not be merely trying to manipulate you, but are instead trying to speak your language. After all, to address you in the same way they address us half the time would almost certainly be insulting. There’s no doubt it would be bad business. But whatever their motivations, remember: falling for a well-crafted pitch doesn’t make you a sellout; it makes you human. Maybe you should even feel a little flattered that your values have made such an impression. If you’re reading this now, odds are you’re still engaged TAPeSTryBySqUeAKCArNWATH