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Lions Roar : January 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2007 4 Contents 33 FEATURES Educating the Heart Teaching young people about compassion is one of the most important things we can do for the future of humanity, says the Dalai Lama. Melvin McLeod reports from Vancouver, where His Holiness talked with students and education experts about schooling for the heart as well as the mind. The Zen of Joan Didion In The Year of Magical Thinking that followed her husband’s death, Joan Didion learned in her bones the basic truths we so often deny—death, impermanence, and aloneness. David Swick profiles a great American journalist observing her own mind and experience. Please Help Me Learn Who I Am Barry Boyce talks to teachers about how contemplative practice is transforming the meaning of education. Promoting Human Values Robert Martin on the new Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education Rejoining the River Zen wisdom on the nature of life and death, from the classic work by Suzuki Roshi that Didion has turned to over the years. What Makes You a Buddhist? It’s not the clothes you wear, the rules you follow, or the meditation you practice, says Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse. What makes you a Buddhist is whether you agree with the four fundamental discoveries the Buddha made under the Bodhi tree. Stumbling on Happiness Are we just too stupid to be happy? Psychologist Daniel Gilbert reveals some of the common mental mistakes that defeat our search for happiness. Jamil’s Heart Rosalind Harris transformed the grief of her son’s murder into solidarity with young African-Americans, whose lives marked by violence and oppression are a national tragedy and shame. 42 74 66 91 Best Buddhist Writing A survey of the the year’s best Buddhist writing, selected by the editors of the Shambhala Sun. 42 48 50 58 64 66 74 83 91