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Lions Roar : November 2015
CONTENTS COVER STORY: HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOURSELF 46 DROP YOUR MASK Buddhist teacher Judy Lief describes the three steps of making friends with yourself. It’s the ground, path, and goal of Buddhist meditation. 52 WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE YOU? When you make friends with yourself, says Zen teacher John Tarrant, Roshi, you make friends with reality. All you have to do is be you. 58 WHY SELF-COMPASSION MAKES US HAPPIER, MORE RESILENT, AND KINDER TO OTHERS Research proves that trading self-criticism for self-compassion is one of the best things we can do for ourselves, says self-compassion pioneer Kristin Neff. 61 MEDITATION: BE KIND TO YOURSELF A three-step contemplation to give yourself the compassion you need (and deserve). 64 YOU CAN TRUST IN YOUR GOODNESS Instead of trying to promote or defend ourselves, says Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, we can base our lives on something more powerful and trustworthy—our basic goodness. PLUS 36 RAINBOW DHARMA In this time of openness and diversity, we are all con- templating the meaning of sexual and gender identity— and the suffering that intolerance causes. Meet LGBTIQ Buddhist teachers, practitioners, and communities who offer wisdom and inspiration to us all. • Our Moment of Possibility & Joy Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara shares three teachings that have given her solace and strength. • Queer Eye, Right View Minal Hajratwala on seeing suffering clearly. • How Far We’ve Come George Takei tells how Arnold Schwarzenegger’s hypocrisy compelled him to come out. • Getting to Ellen For Ellen Krug, a dharma teacher’s encourage- ment helped change everything. PHOTOBYLIZAMATTHEWS • Counting to One Steve Silberman recalls early and lasting loves. • The LGBTIQ Gift Caroline Contillo asks: Is my original face gay? • Switched-on Compassion David Schneider remembers gay Zen pioneer Issan Dorsey. 70 NATIONAL TREASURE: AN INTERVIEW WITH GARY SNYDER Beat hero, steward of the earth, Zen Buddhist—at eighty- five, poet Gary Snyder looks back on an honorable life at the leading edge. Cover illustration: “Love” by Serge Bloch / Marlena Agency