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Lions Roar : May 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2007 17 about the age of 27 and had bad teeth. What we have now is marvelous.” In contrast, in the second-to-last para- graph of Dzongsar Khyentse’s article, “What Makes You a Buddhist,” he states, “What is it that the modern world has made better? One of the main effects of science and technology has been to de- stroy the world more quickly.” I’m inclined to agree with Daniel Gil- bert. The modern world has raised living standards incredibly high for many and has enabled those who are still poor to live a longer and probably materially bet- ter life. The unprecedented population of the earth due to these advances in science and technology is the leading cause of the destruction of the world. John Strauss New York, New York AGENYCALLTOARMS In his short piece on the thriving yoga scene in Boulder, Colorado, and beyond, Waylon Lewis poses a question that yields some disconcerting answers and implica- tions for the future. He asks himself whether yoga or Bud- dhism is “more important” in this coun- try. It seems he is really asking which tra- dition is more important to our economy rather than to our desperate need for so- cial change on every level. Lewis asserts with enthusiasm that the practice of yoga elicits the right kind of consumerism, the green kind. While I support the principles of buying organic, locally, etc., it worries me that in my generation, activism would be limited to where we buy our yoga mats or zafus. I found it further upsetting that Lewis would compare Buddhism’s influ- ence on social activism to the purchase of hybrid cars—a nice idea but not enough to stop climate change. It’s irrelevant which is “more impor- tant.” I would like to remind Lewis and other readers that there is a socially en- gaged tradition in Buddhism, which pro- duced teachers like Thich Nhat Hanh. I recommend Donald Rothberg’s Engaged Spiritual Life to anyone who wants to change themselves and the world. We who meditate and/or practice yoga can do more than just buy organic food and congratulate ourselves for being ac- tivists. Together, we can help change the social and political climate of this materi- alistic nation! Elizabeth Booth Madison, Wisconsin DON’T THROW THE BOOMERS OUT WITH THE BATHWATER I found the article “Are the Boomers a Bust?” (January 2007) one sided. The ma- jority of people in most cultures, if given the financial opportunity, waste their time in frivolous pursuits. We have taken birth in the desire realm, after all. That the baby boomers are included on a worldwide tsu- nami of materialism bound for its inevi- table, very ugly culmination is also true. However, a substantial number of baby boomers have devoted considerable time, money, and sweat into building quite a large network of meditation centers that provide training in developing compas- sion and true wisdom. While I’m willing to shoulder the karmic blame for being in the desire realm, as a boomer I also take credit for helping to provide the antidote. Sasha Loring THE REAL PALO ALTO As a Palo Alto resident, I read with great interest Natalie Goldberg’s account of her descent into emptiness a few years ago (“A Time of No Place,” March 2007). She sees our off-kilter town as a sort of blighted path to a very precarious enlightenment. I rec- ognize the path she walks but not the place where she walks it, even though I live here. Although Palo Alto does bear a groan- ing superstructure of anxious overachiev- ers, just as Goldberg describes, its deeper substructure is slow-paced, meditative, and suffused with sunlight. This substruc- ture is not hidden. As she senses but some- how couldn’t express, the whole landscape of Palo Alto is overloaded with a spiritual shimmer, untouched by all the entrepre- neurial craziness. Why did this shimmer elude her? Was it a significant part of her ➢ page 112