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Lions Roar : January 2015
Contents Open Hearts, Open Doors Buddhist centers cannot be separate from the communities around them. Rod Meade Sperry takes us to Brooklyn Zen Center, a model of urban dharma and love in action. Connecting with Your Community BZC executive director Greg Snyder shares four tips for a real relationship with the people in your neighborhood. Beyond Privilege To make diversity real, says Zen teacher angel Kyodo williams, Buddhists must look deep into their own hearts. How to Be a Bodhisattva Start right now as a bodhisattva-in-training. All you need is the aspiration to put others first and some helpful guides like these: Chögyam Trungpa Everyone Is Your Guest Judy Lief 5 Baby Steps to Kindness Christina Feldman You Deserve Compassion Too Thich Nhat Hanh The Buddha’s Love The 17th Karmapa Unbearable Compassion bell hooks Toward a Culture of Love Radical Compassion We profile four spiritually inspired activists dedicated to helping people and making the world a better place. Adam Bucko To Break Is Part of the Path Vandana Shiva Saving Sacred Seeds Joanna Macy The Work That Reconnects Bernie Glassman Facing the Ultimate Challenge Love + Wisdom = Buddha Zen teacher Norman Fischer explains why compassion and emptiness go hand in hand. Plus, Thich Nhat Hanh offers his new translation of the famed Heart Sutra. 36 40 Features Left: Statue of Kwan Yin at the Brooklyn Zen Center. Photo by Jesse Jiryu Davis 43 46 52 58