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Lions Roar : January 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2007 40 I’m not disputing that there is valid wis- dom in the words of spiritual masters. There was also wisdom in the classic po- etry we learned to recite in grade school. The fact that we had no clue what the words meant was incidental. Even if we did have a teacher who explained what the poem was saying, we didn’t under- stand that it was merely an opinion. Baby boomers were never the “me” generation, as some have said, but the “we” generation that has always sought sanctuary in groups or organizations that provided a ready-made identity. Few of us were authentic activists when we picked up placards at a rally, but we looked the part and we could repeat the words that represented the manifesto. No matter how wise, words without experience are just words. Decades after our “revolution” died, the only thing left is the soundtrack we can still lip-synch. It’s worth noting that the lovely meta- phors of spiritual awakening, whether in the desert, on a mountain, or under a tree, are all done solo. Today, most of us get panicky when our reception fades on our mobile phone. When we were young, we preferred to get high with friends, in part because we knew that we would be taken care of if we got freaked. We still are drawn to the notion of a group high, albeit a mostly holistic one. I know I’m not alone in my nostra culpa state of mind. Becoming a has- been doesn’t really bother me. I see it as just part of life’s natural cycle. It’s being a might-have-been that bugs me, and so far, at least, that’s the truth about my genera- tion. Bummer. ♦ No matter how wise, words without experience are just words. Decades after our “revolution” died, the only thing left is the soundtrack we can still lip-synch. See the trailers at www.festivalmedia.org Available at booksellers or visit www.ibff.org Rare footage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche “Compelling . . . ”–Hollywood Reporter Trulshik Rinpoche leads the secret Mani Rimdu festival, filmed on location in the Everest region of Nepal “Enriches our knowledge.”–SF Chronicle FIRST TIME ON DVD TWO CLASSIC BUDDHIST FILMS Compassion In Exile Peace Is Every Step ★ RECENT TITLES ★