using the arrow buttons.
by clicking on the page.
the page around when zoomed in by dragging it.
the zoom using the slider when zoomed-in.
by clicking on the zoomed-in page.
by entering text in the search field, and select "This Issue" or "All Issues"
by clicking on thumbnails to select pages, and then press the print button.
displays sections with thumbnails and descriptions.
displays a slider of thumbnails. Click on a page to jump.
allows you to browse the full archive.
about your subscription?
Lions Roar : May 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2007 45 ALICE WALKER IS A WRITER and activist, medita- tor, and mother. The youngest of eight children born to a farm family in rural Georgia, Walker grew up to become one of the best-loved writers in America. Now 63, she continues to see life as a holy adventure packed with exploration and learning. The major themes of her writing remain unchanged. Walker is fascinated by community: its integral place in our lives, how it can be destroyed and achieved. She continues to contemplate suffering, especially among black women facing both sexism and racism. She calls her Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple “my Bud- dha novel without Buddhism.” Now Walker has written what may be her most re- vealing book, We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For. Subtitled Inner Light in a Time of Darkness and Meditations, it offers heartfelt considerations of the worst troubles of our time—environmental crisis, sex- ual abuse, poverty, injustice, war, despair, racism. While her writing often deals with horrifying sub- jects, Walker manages to accentuate the positive. Casual, precise, and fiercely honest, her contemplations read like letters to a friend. The word “love” comes up re- peatedly. So do the compassionate Buddhist practices of metta and tonglen. Meditation is especially praised, and called a “loyal friend.” We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For is rife with grave concerns, yet when I spoke with Alice Walk- er, it was clear that she remains full of hope. She be- lieves that with greater awareness than our ancestors possessed, and thanks to our tremendous capacity for insight, knowledge, and empathy, we can create posi- tive change—in ourselves and the world. —DAVID SWICK While your new book has a lot of pain in it, you work through the pain and come to a place of hope and peace. Is pain an important teacher for you? ALICE WALKER: Pain is a great teacher. You can work through pain and come to a place of peace when you accept that you will need to work as hard as you can. 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. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, poet, and essayist talks about her spiritual practice, the importance of resolve, and the charming perfection of her imperfect cat. PHOTOS BY ANDREA ROTH We Live in the Best of All Times