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Lions Roar : January 2018
CONTENTS PHOTOBYLIZAMATTHEWS FEATURES 34 DISRUPTING SUFFERING AT RIKERS ISLAND No one escapes suffering in America’s most notorious jail. Jennifer Keishin Armstrong profiles Justin von Bujdoss, the first-ever Buddhist chaplain at Rikers Island. 40 SHIT HAPPENS IN FOLSOM PRISON Tony Bernhard isn’t afraid to get real when he teaches in Folsom Prison’s Psychiatric Services Unit, where men inside cages learn to meditate. 45 BUDDHISM BEHIND BARS Many dedicated volunteers offer Buddhist teachings and practices in prisons across the U.S. 46 LOVE AND JUSTICE “I just want people to be liberated”: John DeMont on the radical Buddhism of Rev. angel Kyodo williams. 68 WHY AMERICA NEEDS LOVE Love doesn’t mean we have to agree, but we don’t have to be enemies. CNN’s Van Jones and Buddhist teacher Lama Tsomo on how love lays the ground for real dialogue and change. SPECIAL SECTION TRAIN YOUR MIND, TRANSFORM YOUR BRAIN: THE SCIENCE OF BUDDHIST MEDITATION 52 HOW MEDITATION CHANGES YOUR BRAIN— AND YOUR LIFE When neuroscientists tested expert meditators, they discovered Buddhist meditation can alter deep-seated traits in our brain patterns and character. Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson tell the story of this revolutionary breakthrough in our understanding of how meditation works. 58 MIND & BRAIN: THE TWO SCIENCES The Dalai Lama explains why conventional science isn’t enough—we also need the inner science of mind that Buddhist meditators specialize in. 62 WHAT WE KNOW AND WHAT WE DON’T While people have believed for thousands of years that meditation works, the search for scientific proof is just beginning. The team at Greater Good Science Center assesses the current state of the science— what we do, don’t, and might know.