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Lions Roar : November 2009
shaMBhaLa suN NoveMBer 2009 15 I’m the center of a universe. not help myself from laughing out loud. i am sure people on the bus would have liked to know what made me laugh so heartily. i felt bad about the ending, though. it was almost unbearable to imagine. i think that an important lesson to learn in life is to include one’s own well-being in the equation—not, of course, in a self- centered way, but with respect and loving- kindness to the being within. lamees mansur san diego, California For YeArS oF imPermAnenCe to Come “Between the lines of the red leather diary” (may 2009) by lily Koppel is the finest story i’ve read in years. i hope Ko- ppel will be privileged to suffer many, many more years of impermanence and that she’ll continue to write and spread Please send your comments to magazine@ shambhalasun.com, or to Letters, Shambhala Sun, 1660 Hollis St., Suite 701, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1V7 Canada. contemporary dharma to the world. also, thank you, florence Wolfson howitt, for your diary and courage. steve Johnsrud Vacaville, California beAutiFul loSerS? once when i was in art school and a na- ïve youth, i commented to a fellow student that an art piece was beautiful. he replied that beauty had nothing to do with art and walked away. for years, i hid my belief that, yes, it did, even if to think this was uncool. this was what i remembered when i read the interview with leonard Cohen in your may 2009 issue. his answers to all the interviewer’s questions emphasized suffering as the basic point of Buddhism. suffering alone. no beauty. this is sad. i hope nobody new to Buddhism paid much attention to this lopsided message. it might have sounded cool to somebody, but Buddhism isn’t just for cool people. it’s for ordinary people too. and it’s beautiful. martha speer albuquerque, new mexico Each Torma is hand painted and filled with precious blessed substances. They are made according to the definitive instructions given personally to Lama Tharchin Rinpoche by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. Tormas may be used as practice support or displayed as sacred art in the home. Visit us at www.rinchenbarwa.com Or call us at 415-456-3452 Wholesale Inquiries Invited The Tormas of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche