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Lions Roar : May 2007
Contents FEATURES Transforming Adversity into Awakening Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche explains how Buddhism’s mind-training slogans help us work with all the chal- lenges of life, transforming obstacles into opportunities for awakening. Mind Training 101 Andrea Miller on the history and practice of 59 simple slogans that can change your life. We Live in the Best of All Times This is the best time to be alive, says Alice Walker, because there is so much work to do—so many poor to house and feed, so much opportunity for self-realization, the earth itself to be saved. In an exclusive interview, she talks about her spiritual practice, the importance of resolve, and the charming perfection of her imperfect cat. Suffering Too Insignificant for the Majority to See Alice Walker describes the great toll, both personal and societal, of racism in America, and how Buddhism has helped her to heal its wounds. 44 79 70 40 58 62 36 50 Turn Your Thinking Upside Down We base our lives on seeking happiness and avoiding suffering, but the best thing we can do for ourselves— and for the planet—is to turn this whole way of think- ing upside down. Pema Chödrön shows us Buddhism’s radical side. Local Heroes Portraits and stories by Phil Borges of courageous women fighting the good fight and making a differ- ence in communities around the world. Out of Fear Meditation wasn’t the great panacea Susan Piver had hoped for, because fear and other negative emotions didn’t just go away. But it did lead her to a surprising discovery—to fear less you’ve got to open more. The Dharma of Barbie Like any progressive mother, Karen Miller was torn when her daughter entered the Barbie stage. But what was worse—Barbie’s commercialism and hypersexuality or Mom’s grown-up judgments and concepts? 62 29 4 SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2007