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Lions Roar : September 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2006 101 “To meditate is to be innocent of time.” ~ J. Krishnamurti, Meditations For info on Krishnamurti Foundation and free catalogue,email firstname.lastname@example.org or write: KRISHNAMURTI FOUNDATION P. O. BOX 1560-S, OJAI, CA 93024 www.kfa.org K RISHNAMURTI FOUNDATION • RETREATS • EDUCATION • DIALOGUES Learn Thai Yoga Massage extending the touch of Metta www.lotuspalm.com Main House at Zen Mountain Monastery in New York’s Catskill Mountains “Home of the Eight Gates Training Matrix.” Abbot: John Daido Loori, Roshi Fire Lotus City Temple – Zen Center of New York City “Because the fire burns, the lotus blooms.” The still center of urban life Dharma Communications “Support for your spiritual practice at home.” Buddhist information, communication and education Society of Mountains and Rivers “ World-wide spiritual community.” Network of affiliate groups from New Jersey to New Zealand National Buddhist Prison Sangha “Finding the freedom within.” Director: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei Zen Environmental Studies Institute “On behalf of wilderness.” Retreat sites in the Catskills and Adirondack Mountains For information, contact us at Zen Mountain Monastery P.O. Box 197SS • Mt Tremper, NY 12457 • (845) 688-2228 • email@example.com See our award-winning web site at www.mro.org for a comprehensive overview of the MRO Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism to live our lives and conduct all of our affairs from this vantage point.” In the book, God speaks through her and tells her that “prayer is action,” which is dif- ferent from “mere activity” because one can “engage in many activities that produce no action. Activity for the sake of activity gets you nowhere.” Activity must be combined with deep intent, a “determination beyond all reason and understanding for your desire to mani- fest.” Once that happens, one gives up the sense of being solely responsible for bringing about whatever needs to happen, and one experiences God’s “inexhaustible supply” of means and possibilities, and “no is simply not an option.” The attitude of saying yes is behind Johnson’s concern that the spiritual pro- gressive movement not be engulfed by an “anti-” orientation. When we talked, she cautioned that the “push that comes from pain, from being hurt or excluded, will burn out.” What’s needed in greater measure is “the pull of vision.” She says, “Movements like antiwar and environ- ment are so often expressed in response to what others are doing, whereas the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, the gay and lesbian move- ment, are about being empowered to re- alize who you are.” She’s looking for the kind of spiritual power Chittister talked about. In her closing remarks to the con- ference, she challenged people to go beyond their preconceived ideas about who belongs and who doesn’t, to “be big enough to embrace all of the nation,” to ask why there were raucous rounds of applause for “anything that had to do with the Right being awful people,” but “when we were being asked to consider how we need to change, what we need to become, there was silence. We need to go back to the places where we were deeply silent.” The country didn’t just suddenly end up in the condition it’s in, she told the audience, and “we’re being extremely naive if we think we can just get away