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Lions Roar : November 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2011 13 Letters to the Editor TALKIN’ BOUT A REVOLUTION I was delighted to read the July 2011 edi- torial by James Gimian, which is about his view of the emerging mindfulness revolu- tion. Because I was reading his editorial in a crowded airport, I had to use my inside voice to scream, “It’s true! It’s true!” I am the director of a meditation center in Mis- sissauga, Canada. Although our center has existed for less than five years, we are in the process of supporting eight new medi- tation groups in surrounding areas. This is not about us. People are yearning to find tools to help them live better, more fulfilling lives. When you bring people together with this common aspiration, powerful energy is created. It is amazing and humbling to be part of. Thank you for your work and dedica- tion to making something happen. Let’s bring on this mindfulness revolution! Trish Barbato Mississauga, Canada HOME BOYS The September 2011 issue on love brings up a major point. In prison, where I am, it is very easy to show love/compassion to the “home boys,” i.e. those in your circle. But when you show that same love/compassion to anyone outside that group, you are con- sidered weak. People don’t know what to make of it when you show the true strength behind love/compassion, but it can lead to an appreciation for your beliefs. Ralph Kantola Ione, California ENJOY YOURSELF This letter is in response to “Let Me Count the Ways” by John Tarrant (September 2011). Being in love stimulates countless poetic sensibilities at any age. Yet dangers lurk on the authentic spiritual path for those who would expand selfless joy into that unalloyed phrase, “enjoy yourself.” Restraint and renunciation remain our essential foundation for Buddhist rela- tionships in daily life practice. James H. Austin Columbia, Missouri MIND THE GAP Regarding the article “Wisdom 2.0: The Digital World Connects” (July 2011), it is good to see American companies think- ing of mindfulness and incorporating it into their corporate ethics. However, as an American living in England for the last eleven years, and after working for an American corporation in the U.S. for twenty-three years, I think the best thing that could happen in the U.S. is for com- panies to recognize that employees need a minimum of four weeks off a year. People need time away from the office, time to be with their families properly, time to travel, time to reflect. I would be quite happy if I saw these newer corporations truly recog- nizing a person’s need. Two weeks off in a whole year is not compassionate. Another helpful thing I have experienced is the school setup in England. Children go to school for six weeks and then have a week off. This is repeated until the latter part of July (with healthy time off around Christ- mas and Easter). Then August is off. These short, frequent breaks are a real de-stressor. Rethink the puritanical work ethic. P. Harrison Fetcham, Surrey, England ANOTHER WAY OF SEEING Thank you for your beautiful article on contemplative photography by Andy Karr and Michael Wood (“A Way of Seeing,” May 2011). I am particularly interested in