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Lions Roar : May 2014
VOLUME TWENTY TWO, NUMBER 5 • Shambhala Sun (ISSN: 1190-7886, USPS 009-651) is published bimonthly for $29.95 year USA, $39 Canada & $49 (US) International, by Shambhala Sun Foundation, 1790 30th St, Suite 280, Boulder, CO 80301 USA. Periodicals postage paid at Boulder, CO and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Shambhala Sun, PO Box 469095, Escondido, CA 92046-9095. Printed in U.S.A. © 2014 Shambhala Sun Foundation. All rights reserved. Canada Post Publication Mail Agreement #40018157. Canadian Postmaster: Send undeliverable copies to: 1660 Hollis St., Suite 701, Halifax, NS B3J 1V7 Canada. DEPARTMENTS This Issue’s Contributors Editorial The Practicality of the Profound Melvin McLeod Review Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery, Blu-ray set reviewed by Rod Meade Sperry Books in Brief This issue’s roundup features books by Shamar Rinpoche, Ava Chin, Leza Lowitz, and more. Marketplace Practice, supplies, books, art, travel, & more Network Directory Find a meditation, yoga, or retreat center near you About a Poem Pat Enkyo O’Hara on an anonymous poem by a Sung Dynasty nun OTHER VOICES Who Are We, Really? Believing in humanity’s basic goodness, says Sakyong Mipham, is our hope for the future. Going Full Superman We overlook the Man of Steel’s greatest power, his selflessness. Koun Franz on why he and his son aspire to be superheroes. Model Buddhist For Naima Mora, being a model goes beyond striking a pose. As she tells Andrea Miller, it’s about making the world a better place. It’s for You Sometimes after a phone call, nothing is ever the same. But if you let it, says Douglas Penick, the bad news can come to feel a little like falling in love. Taken at the Nam June Paik Art Center, Gyeonggi-do, Seoul, South Korea. PHOTO BY ANA NANCE / REDUX ON THE COVER SPECIAL SECTION The Real Problem with Distraction Buddhism’s deeper take on a modern obsession The Dharma of Distraction What is it we’re working so hard to distract our- selves from? It’s enlightenment, says Buddhist teacher Judy Lief. She explains why letting go of all our distractions and entertainments is the path to awakening. The World Catches Us Every Time It can be hard to tell what’s distraction and what could have real meaning for our life. But either way, says Zen teacher John Tarrant, there’s no going back. The Doors of Liberation No self, no form, no goal—the worst possible news from ego’s point of view. Thich Nhat Hanh on the deep truths we’re distracting ourselves from. The Myth of Multitasking We have the illusion that multitasking makes us more efficient, but that’s not true. Sharon Salzberg offers tips for getting work done well without get- ting worked up. SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2014 3