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Lions Roar : November 2016
CONTENTS PHOTOBYTRAVISHODGES/MILLENNIUMIMAGES,UK Cover photo: © Dmitri Souharevsky / iStock FEATURES 36 THE MAN WHO TOLD THE FUTURE In the back streets of Kathmandu, Pico Iyer and his friend Kristin hear a prophecy that shatters their youthful dreams. The Royal Astrologer knows them better than they know themselves. 42 WE THE PEOPLE Nine Buddhist teachers and writers offer their thoughts on how to be a good citizen in these troubled political times. • Believe in Possibility: Ira Sukrungruang • Be a Citizen–Bodhisattva: Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara • Strangers Become Kin: Karen Connelly • Let’s Be Civil: Charles Johnson • You Make All the Difference: Karen Maezen Miller • Do Your Little Bit of Good: Toni Bernhard • The Kitchen Sermons: Shinso Ito • Citizenship Is a Practice: Mitchell Ratner • Only Love Dispels Hate: Larry Yang 48 HOW NOT TO FREAK OUT Feeling overwhelmed by all the bad news? Buddhist teacher Judy Lief has some meditations to work with your fear and despair over the state of the world. 52 HOW TO WELCOME THE END OF THE WORLD Zen teacher John Tarrant offers 10 Zen pointers on the practice of welcoming, which transforms even the most difficult and uncertain times. 54 LOVE EVERYONE: A GUIDE FOR SPIRITUAL ACTIVISTS Real political change must be spiritual. Real spiritual practice has to be political. Sharon Salzberg and Re v. angel Kyodo williams on how we can bring the two worlds together to build a more just and compassionate society. 60 GOOD OR BAD? How we see human nature, says Sakyong Mipham, is the most important political question of all. 64 CHANGING THE WORLD—ONE LIFE AT A TIME Helping others is the ultimate political act. Lindsay Kyte profiles five people who are changing society from the ground up. • Rights for Domestic Workers: Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance • Growing Food, Growing Community: Doria Robinson of Urban Tilth • From the Streets to College: Taz Tagore, cofounder of the Reciprocity Foundation • Helping Hawaii’s Elderly: Rose Nakamura, cofounder of Project Dana • Everyone Is Changed: Prison volunteer Tyger Blair of the Buddhadharma Sangha