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Lions Roar : September 2013
46 40 A Beautiful Wish Our deepest and most beautiful wish is to become a better person. Just follow the wanting itself, says Zen teacher John Tarrant. That is the gate. Plus leading Buddhist teachers and writers offer concrete practices for being better people— happier, calmer, and kinder to ourselves and others. Unscrunch Your Mind Sylvia Boorstein The Remedy for Self-Cherishing Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche Time to Make Your Bed Karen Maezen Miller Here’s the Good News Tyler Dewar Put Down that Burden Mary Pipher Goodness Nose Elaine Smookler Good, Bad, or Blank? Josh Korda Does the Buddha Change? Carolyn Rose Gimian You Are the Sun Not the Clouds: A special section on the Buddhist approach to becoming a better person. Special Section CALLIGRAPHYBYSARAHCOX Contents FEATURES At Home with the Dalai Lama Victor Chan had a unique opportunity to spend some private time with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Here’s what he learned that special morning. 5 Reasons to Meditate Yes, it’s a strange thing to do—just sit there and do basically nothing. Yet the simple act of stopping, says Pema Chödrön, is the best way to cultivate our good qualities. Here are five ways it makes us better people. 30 52 Steel, Roses & Slave Ships Andrea Miller talks with artists Miya Ando, Sanford Biggers, and Chrysanne Stathacos about the Buddhist inspiration behind their work. In a Room Beside the Sea Outside there’s a radiant Greek sun, but inside there’s work to do. What happens when Bonnie Friedman opens the shutters. 58 69 SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2013 4