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Lions Roar : January 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2009 10 IT IS INDEED MY PLEASURE and honor to take part in celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of the Shambhala Sun. Although the Shambhala Sun rose from Tibetan roots, much to its credit, it and sister magazine Buddhadharma today give equal credence to all traditions of Buddhism. From their articles, we can experience the various Buddhist traditions co-existing harmoniously, without criticism or discrimina- tion. This attitude reflects the basic tenet of Buddhism from Shakyamuni Buddha’s time: that Buddhism should respond to the needs of different people, that it manifests in the context of their needs. It follows, therefore, that there need be no single tradition of Buddhism that supersedes any other. I firmly believe that Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma have a very special role in presenting Buddhism in America in its various flavors, and in showing that though the dharma may have many flavors, it ultimately has but one taste. In the future, hopefully there will be no need to ask about the differences between Tibetan, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Theravada, and Chinese Buddhism. At that point, when we refer to American Buddhism, it will simply mean Buddhism. CHAN MASTER SHENG YEN The most heartfelt congratulations on the thirtieth anniversary of these wonderful, useful, insightful, and above all spiritually strengthening publications, the Shambhala Sun and Buddha- dharma. At times I have felt it is miraculous that they exist. Know- ing as I do that the foundation of most miracles is sometimes life- times of hard work, I am even more thankful to editors and staff of these offerings of light in a world that needs urgently to grasp the implications of where it is going. ALICE WALKER Over these thirty years the Shambhala Sun has been a blessing to Buddhism in the West. Your publications have gone from strength to strength in service to the dharma. I rejoice in the wisdom, clar- ity, and respect for truth that I find in each issue of Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma. JOANNA MACY A joy to celebrate the thirtieth year of the Shambhala Sun! It has made an extraordinary contribution to Buddhism in the Americas. May its manifold activities flourish. JEFFREY HOPKINS The Shambhala Sun and now Buddhadharma have been of enor- mous importance in thinking through Buddhism for the West. Whenever a religion enters a new cultural context, there is always a lot of excitement, a lot of possibility, a lot of confusion, and many, many questions. It’s to the credit of your wonderful magazines that you have been willing to publish material that expresses not only the excitement and the possibility but also the confusion and the questioning. May the Shambhala Sun Foundation and the ever- growing community of support that surrounds it long continue with its honest, in-depth approach to the dharma. ZOKETSU NORMAN FISCHER Since my father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founded the Sun thirty years ago, it has grown from a community newspaper to the beautiful, award-winning bimonthly magazine we see on news- stands today. Throughout this growth—an expression of devotion to the genuine dharma combined with skillful means in commu- nicating it—the staff of the Shambhala Sun and its sister publica- tion, Buddhadharma, have played a pivotal role in introducing the Buddhist teachings and teachers into the West. Countless sentient beings have benefited from their activity. May we all encourage and support the Shambhala Sun as it continues to plant the victory banner of dharma in the fruitful ground of North America. THE SAKYONG, JAMGÖN MIPHAM RINPOCHE I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations to the en- tire staff at the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma magazines for helping to bring the dharma to countless practitioners in the West. Through broadening people’s perspectives, sustaining them through their difficulties, and encouraging them in their endeavor to follow the Buddha’s Way, both magazines are invaluable partners in practice to students who walk this path, transcending all denom- inations, cultures, and traditions. EIDO SHIMANO ROSHI Congratulations and thanks and bows for your enlightening work. MAXINE HONG KINGSTON In the words of the Dhammapada, in which the Buddha describes how wisdom “like the full moon comes out from behind the clouds and shines brightly over the world,” so the Shambhala Sun has been shining both the sun and the moon of the Buddha’s teach- ings beautifully for thirty years. It has blessed us with the words of the wisest teachers, the flowering of creative art, and the spirit of dharma in its ancient depths and new Western forms. JACK KORNFIELD The services that the Shambhala Sun has offered to Buddhism and its readers are a source of rejoicing and inspiration. Every issue is full of quality material drawn from scholarship and the facts of life. I admire and am thankful to this esteemed magazine for keeping its standards high and for being authentic, insightful, and beautiful to the eye. TULKU THONDUP RINPOCHE Messages of Congratulation on the Shambhala Sun’s 30th Anniversary