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Lions Roar : July 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2008 17 Too much yoga. title only to give voice to a heartfelt call to her fellow human beings to awaken to their horrible political situation. I don’t believe she meant to make use of the par- able of the virgins. Ms. Levertov’s “we” are “hoping / the rhyme’s promise was true.” I think this certainly refers to the nursery rhyme’s promise that we can get to Baby- lon and back again if our heels are nimble and light, i.e. that our political efforts can (with luck) be effective. MayIaddthatI’mafanofSamHa- mill’s work, both his poems and his trans- lations. I buy his books gratefully. I also agree with him that “Candles in Babylon” applies with eerie exactitude to the place where we now find ourselves. Kate Barnes, Appleton, Maine HEARD IT ALL BEFORE Please forgive me if I come across as jaded. I have been subscribing to the Shambhala Sun for several years and, although I don’t want to be harsh or critical, I notice that each and every article recycles the same tired “teachings” over and over. Every author heralds the virtues of “practice,” which purportedly leads straightaway to insight, ease, patience, happiness, com- passion, and letting go. Loving-kindness is the all-purpose antidote to so-called hin- drances like fear and anger. Meditation is the cure for suffering, if not pain itself. Wow. Sounds so original, so deep, so profound. The only problem is: these realizations were made by one person named Sid- dhartha several thousand years ago. Why is everyone trying to sound like the Buddha or, rather, the Buddha’s parrot? The Buddha was not a Buddhist, anymore than Christ was Christian. These holy men ventured out on their own. If one wants to taste true liberation or enlightenment, that person needs to be willing to step off the beaten path beyond the field of what is known, well-worn, and echoed. That’s where you’ll find the waterfall of true understanding. Robert Epstein El Cerrito, California ♦ A remarkable DVD! and the Child Honouring Compassion Revolution Rare footage of Raffi’s talk with the Dalai Lama, his performance for Mandela, his honorary degree speech, new music videos and much more. “Beautiful. I love it!” — Riane Eisler RAFFI RENAISSANCE CHILD HONORING How to Turn This World Around Raffi Cavoukian, Sharna Olfman Editors Also available: www.raffinews.com Anthology and companion CD Foreword by the Dalai Lama JULY 1-17.indd 17 JULY 1-17.indd 17 4/25/08 11:37:56 AM 4/25/08 11:37:56 AM