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Lions Roar : July 2015
EDITORIAL Working Well FOR A SHORT TIME twenty years ago, I was an editorial assistant at the Shambhala Sun. Fresh from college and without much of a bench- mark for workplace experi- ence, I could nonetheless see something notable in the dedication, vitality, intellect, and good humor of the small team there. It was from these practitioner-workers that I learned how to work, and how to work well—not exactly the same thing as how to work hard, though of course we did that, too. We were (and still are) a small non-profit working to make a big impact on a small budget. What I experienced was a workplace that placed value on the quality of workers’ experi- ence, as well as on their output, not choosing one over the other. I’m now experiencing that again, having returned to the Shambhala Sun Foundation this year as its publisher. Faces have changed, but the kind, uplifted workplace remains. People work hard without threat. Lunch-hour meditation, impromptu social gather- ings, discussions of dharma—all fit into the days here. Managers understand the need for reflection and big-picture thinking and encourage their teams to take time for it. After years in a hard-driving corporate environment, I’m pleased and amazed to enjoy an actual work-life balance. Credit for all this doesn’t belong to any one per- son, but I do want to specifically thank our editor- in-chief, Melvin McLeod, and our publisher—for sixteen years—Jim Gimian. Jim remains a trusted advisor, friend, and contributor to our collective efforts. He has always encouraged the staff to grow toward their unique strengths and interests, and his sense of openness and appreciation for individual potential has clearly helped the Foundation attract such a capable and committed staff. No organization perfectly embodies its values, but the staff of the Shambhala Sun Foundation is admirably adept at joining practice and the central principles of Buddhism with work. In some ways, even more encouraging than the way things are is the commitment to the way things will be. Despite a challenging business environment, the Shambhala Sun Foundation seems to have found an equilibrium. But to face the realities of the twenty- first-century publishing world, and still achieve the potential to which we aspire, we can’t simply stay the course. We’re having good, challenging conver- sations about our future; knowing that the staff is committed and engaged gives me a great deal of confidence about the outcomes. There is much more we can do to foster wisdom and compassion in our society. As we think bigger about our potential as an organization, we return again and again to the question of how to engage our audi- ence. The articles in this issue will be read by 100,000 people in print, and content on LionsRoar.com will go much further. Readers engage with the content, and each other, on Facebook and Twitter. We receive many emails, and—still—a steady stream of letters from our readers. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, which enrich the conversation and our own understanding. In late August, we’re bringing the conversation to our read- ers: Waking up in Every Moment, our community retreat at Omega Institute, will bring teachers Sylvia Boorstein, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Melissa Myozen Blacker together with the editors of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma for practice, renewal, and discussion. Like everything we do, it will be made bet- ter by your participation, so we hope to see you there. —B EN MOORE, PUBLISHER MEGUMIYOSHIDA SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2015 10