using the arrow buttons.
by clicking on the page.
the page around when zoomed in by dragging it.
the zoom using the slider when zoomed-in.
by clicking on the zoomed-in page.
by entering text in the search field, and select "This Issue" or "All Issues"
by clicking on thumbnails to select pages, and then press the print button.
displays sections with thumbnails and descriptions.
displays a slider of thumbnails. Click on a page to jump.
allows you to browse the full archive.
about your subscription?
Lions Roar : January 2015
“How many people here have completed an undergraduate degree?” Everybody raised a hand. “How many people have a graduate degree?” Half the group, maybe more, raised their hands. “How many went to an Ivy League or comparable school?” Again, half the room. If you think that’s a neutral environment, you’re out of your mind. The way people talked, their expectations, the con- versations they had over lunch—these things don’t add up to a neutral environment. Many of us take entitlement and privilege as “neutral.” So the first thing that we need to do is become aware of that. We might not see that it’s actually not neutral because entitlement and privilege are what we’re accustomed to. It’s the water we swim in. So start seeing the environment you’re actually creating. See the way people are communicating, how they lean, what their assumptions are. Don’t take for granted that the environment in your center is neutral. It’s not. 4. Stop expecting people to come to you! Why should they come to us? Just because we want a more diverse sangha? Who cares if we want a more diverse sangha? So that we can feel good? No! If communities matter to you, then serve those communities and don’t serve them as other communities. Understand that they are you. Our liberation is completely entwined with everyone else’s liberation. Everybody needs to be in the room for all of us to wake up together. It’s not about helping anybody. It’s about us waking up together. ♦ If the inclusion of someone so young on the BZC board seems like an unusual move, well, that’s the point. As Greg Snyder puts it: “A community is as strong as the voices that are heard in it. We wanted to have a young person’s voice on the board, to hear questions they would ask, like ‘Why would you make this fee policy? Nobody my age is going to come near that.’ “After all, when you have a board made of professionals, all at a certain level, guess who the policies are going to lean toward? I came from a pretty poor family, and that was painful for me—it’s very lonesome, no feeling of community. But I’ve been middle-class for a while now, and it’s easy to forget how I grew up, and what it’s like to really struggle, not to have the money for the subway to get to this place. Now, we have a voice on the board of somebody who’s intimately familiar with the struggle of nineteen-year-olds and others around that age.” The Awake Youth Project at BZC has been a gift for everyone involved. It started with a phone call, Snyder remembers: “After maybe two months in this new space, I heard from Denise Page at Brooklyn College Community Partnership: ‘We’re work- ing with some great teens coming from tough circumstances. They’re having a lot of anger issues that we don’t know how to deal with. Do you think meditation would help?’ “I had to smile, because the whole reason I came to medita- tion was an uncontrollable rage that I could not get a hold on.” Snyder remembers what he calls “the garbage bag incident” as his own turning moment. “I used to explode and throw fur- niture. I was twenty-seven or so, taking the garbage out. The At February 2014’s panel on gun violence (left to right): angel Kyodo williams, Greg Snyder, Clarisa James, Stefani Zinerman, Shaina Harrison, Mike Tucker, Chris Foye, Suicide RU, and Marlon Peterson. SHAMBHALA SUN jANUAry 2015 41