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Lions Roar : January 2016
• All that is dear to me and everything I have and everything I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape from losing them. • My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand. These Five Daily Recollections seemed to be, for me, some clue to how to live if you know you’re going to die. Pay attention to how you live. Pay attention to your actions. Are your actions kind? Are your actions honest? Are your actions supported by the desire to help beings, to benefit beings? Are your actions selfish or generous? How are you living this life? Peaceful Repose I chant every morning a sutra to the bodhisattva of compassion for the well-being of people in the sangha who are sick or peo- ple I know who are sick, and also for, as I say, the calm crossing over and peaceful repose of those who have recently died. Yet I found that when I was chanting just for Lou, my late husband, I was torn about calm crossing over and peaceful repose or many rebirths in which to continue your life, your bodhisattva vow. I wasn’t sure of such things. But his death caused me to pay more attention to those words. When I’m chanting for him, that’s what comes up for me: the questions of calm, peaceful repose and rebirth. He was quite sincere in his bodhisattva vow to practice for the benefit of all beings, so I imagine that he may experience calm, peaceful repose and rebirth. Lou and I once rode together with a Tibetan teacher who was giving a workshop on dreams. Lou was very aware of his dreams and felt there was great sig- nificance in them. And in the course of driving down to the workshop and back, somewhere in the conversation Lou said something about himself, and Tarab Tulku Rinpoche said, “Oh, well, that’s because you were a monk in a previous life.” Now, Lou was so focused on being a monk—not a teacher, not a scholar, not a priest—just a monk. Perhaps he wanted to go on having many lives being a monk until the bodhisattva vow, of ending HOT OFF THE PRESS I used to be quite opinionated and critical. Now I recognize that my life depends on all the people around me. As you begin to realize that, you can’t help but be grateful. 1119 SE Market Street | Portland, Oregon 97214 telephone: 503-235-2477 | email: