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Lions Roar : September 2006
Contents 81 60 75 FEATURES Dharma for a Dangerous Time Today’s world may seem particularly dangerous and uncertain, says the novelist and essayist Charles Johnson, but it’s wise to remember that the ways of history—and the dharma’s response—haven’t changed since the time of the Buddha. Bob Thurman’s Cool Revolution Michael Valpy profiles American Buddhism’s most prominent voice, Professor Robert Thurman, who calls Buddhism “the first humanism” and says it might be just the right thing for a country that’s tired of theistic religion and searching for an ethical compass. 60 40 Who Does God Vote For? What’s the answer to the religious Right? Barry Boyce reports on the movement to develop a political platform that is both progressive and spiritual. He Had Me at Hello Full of preconceptions about what interviewing the Dalai Lama would be like, journalist Perry Garfinkel found himself unexpectedly—and delightfully—disarmed. All in the Family Katie Zdybel grew up on the music of James Taylor and Carly Simon. Now she meets their musician son Ben Taylor and discovers that in his family, as hers, love of music brings the generations together. 75 66 48 Return to the (Political) World The messy, neurotic, imperfect world of politics, says Zen teacher John Tarrant, is exactly the place where the bodhisattva way is practiced and our realization is put on the line. 56 PHOTOS:P.CUNNINGHAM,K.ZDYBEL 4 SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2006