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Lions Roar : July 2015
SHARE YOUR WISDOM Someone asks you why you’re a Buddhist. What’s your elevator speech? I live with chronic illness. Whether I am in remission or experiencing a relapse, I remember the words of the Buddha: “Everything arises and passes away. When you see this you are above sorrow. This is the shining way.” Buddhism has shown me that my illness is my greatest teacher. —Fran Henig, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey The Buddhist path brings me peace, clarity, and happiness. And it is open to anyone, no matter your religious tradition. —Sarah Vance, Fairfield, Iowa I don’t like to think of myself as Buddhist, as if it’s something I’ve picked up. I believe in the truth, and it just so happens that Buddhism is based on the truth. —Sasha White, South Africa I’ve looked for fulfillment in my achievements; in others’ approval; in doing what I could to avoid the dark places. It almost never worked—and when it did, it was never enough. The dharma has helped me stop this futile chase. —Lisa Zimmerman, Washington, D.C. “Here, let me get that door for you. What floor?” (Might come in a shade under thirty seconds.) —Tom Eunsahn Citta Gartland, West Hatfield, Massachusetts Because dukkha is a universal truth and I learned how to deal with it from Buddha’s wisdom and words. — Akira Otani, Silver Spring, Maryland Next issue: How does Buddhism affect your consumer choices? Send your answer and photo to