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Lions Roar : July 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2007 15 YOUR FEMININE SIDE I just wanted to take the time to let you know how much I enjoyed the May 2007 issue. Something about it made it stand out above the rest. Most en- joyable were the Alice Walker pieces, “Suffering Too Insignificant for the Majority to See” and “We Live in the Best of All Times.” After read- ing them, I went out and got her new book, We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For, and it’s well worth the read. I very much felt at home with the focus on women in this issue. Thanks for the article by Pema Chödrön (“Turn Your Thinking Upside Down”) as well as Phil Borges’ fantastic photos of courageous women (“Lo- cal Heroes”). There was something special about this issue that I can’t put my finger on, but I know I could hardly put it down and carried it with me wherever I went for a whole week. What did you do differently? Mary M. Foster Denver, Colorado Thank you so much for the May edition of Shambhala Sun. With each issue I receive, I find new inspiration for my practice and new sources of enlightenment. I particularly want to thank you for continuing to expose us to Alice Walker. Her article, “Suffering Too Insignificant for the Majority to See,” is a mixture of history, heartbreak, hope, and outstanding insight. Alice Walker’s thoughts about feminine wisdom made me realize how much Pema Chödrön’s practi- cal teachings have meant to me, in contrast to some of the teachings by men. When Walker tells us about how the Buddha’s wife and son eventually joined him in the wilderness and how she wishes we had a record of his wife’s thoughts, it makes me want to hear from the other male teachers’ wives. Thank you also for the Phil Borges (“Local He- roes”) pictures and biographies. They are both inspi- rational and heartbreaking. Steve Citron Lake County, California It seems the Shambhala Sun is doing its best to be politically correct. Your May issue reflects the politically correct view in the U.S. today—be nice to all women, especially women of color. Harold W. Edmonson Roswell, New Mexico I wanted to thank you for introducing me and all of your readers to the wis- dom of Alice Walker in your May issue. After reading the works of hundreds of spiritual teachers in dozens of disciplines in my own quest for truth and meaning, I was almost moved to tears by the simplicity of her message and the strength of her convictions. I will search no lon- ger for the right teacher. I will teach myself by be- coming a better student and by taking action. Alice Walker strikes me as an example of one who has at- tained enlightenment, yet has retained humility and sincerity—a true role model. Chris Kirkwood Middletown, New Jersey A BARBIE BY ANY OTHER NAME “The Dharma of Barbie” (May 2007) by Karen Miller gave me pause. True, there is a lesson to be found in observing a child’s innocent play with what we per- ceive as a commercialized and controversial icon. But I would hardly ascribe the word “dharma” to this les- son. The meaning of dharma is vast, and it certainly can be studied and practiced in daily life, but let’s not water down its meaning with careless usage. Sylvia La Oakland, California Karen Maezen Miller responds: Isn’t this what we do? Presume to elevate the dharma as being altogether different from the life that lies before us? From life as it is? Yes, it is vast and inconceivable, but it is never inaccessible. The lesson I describe is not found in observing child’s play; it is found in observ- Letters to the Editor