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Lions Roar : January 2016
EDITORIAL We’re Changing Our Name OVER THE PAST THREE DECADES, the Shambhala Sun has evolved from a community newspaper, to a small young magazine, to the largest-circulation Buddhist magazine in the English language. Much has changed within the pages of the magazine and on our website as we’ve worked to reflect the full range of Buddhist traditions and the diversity of practition- ers today. As Buddhism in the West has grown, matured, and diversified, we have too. So I’m thrilled to be sharing some exciting news with you that is a natural reflection of this evolution. As of the February–March 2016 issue, the new title of this magazine will be Lion’s Roar. This name, recognized by Bud- dhists of all traditions, expresses our long-standing mission to support genuine Buddhism in the West in all its forms and to offer the dharma to everyone who would benefit from it. The lion’s roar was the Buddha’s own metaphor for the fear- less proclamation of the truth of the dharma. It reflects our aspiration to be a fearless and powerful voice for Buddhism in our society. The mission of Lion’s Roar is to offer, as our slogan says, Buddhist Wisdom for our Time: to bring genuine dharma in all its forms to everyone who may find value in it, in a voice that speaks to all, in the best medium for each individual need. The Sun was launched by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche as an internal publication of the Shambhala community, but it was always intended to speak more broadly. This is not the end of the Shambhala Sun you love—you’ll find that its heart and voice will carry on in Lion’s Roar. At the same time, the new name and the intention behind it are already opening us up to fresh thinking, more possibilities, and new ways to offer the dharma. We’re very pleased to be making this change with Shambhala International’s full support and encouragement. You’ll notice another change on the masthead of this issue. The not-for-profit foundation that publishes Lion’s Roar magazine, Buddhadharma: The Practioner’s Quarterly, and LionsRoar.com is now called The Lion’s Roar Foundation. Although we have existed as our own nonprofit since 2006, this new name makes clear our truly independent nature. This transition comes at the end of a pivotal period for the foundation, as the board of directors has grown and become much more diverse. I remarked to my colleagues during our spring board meeting that it truly feels like the foundation now belongs to the Buddhist world, rather than to a small group of stakeholders. With this larger and more representative board, the foundation feels invigorated and more expansive than ever before. We’ve added all of the board members to our masthead. We’re very grateful for their valuable contributions to the foun- dation’s mission. Finally, we’re delighted and honored to welcome Chuck Lief, president of Naropa University, as the first chair of the Lion’s Roar Foundation. Chuck replaces Andy Karr, who served with unwavering dedication for nearly eight years and played a pivotal role in the foundation’s development. Chuck’s wealth of high-level experience in the nonprofit sector and his deep knowledge of the Buddhist world are joined with enthusiasm for the mission and potential of the Lion’s Roar Foundation. We hope you share our enthusiasm for these exciting develop- ments and that you will join us in making Lion’s Roar all it can be. Your support—as a subscriber, newsstand buyer, advertiser, or donor—is what makes that possible. Thank you. —B EN MOORE, PUBLISHER MEGUMIYOSHIDA “The proclamation of the truth is as fearless as a lion’s roar.” —The Buddha SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2016 11