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Lions Roar : May 2009
64 SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2009 For 30 Years the Best of Buddhism in America: In Conversation Buddhism, culture, meditation, life— they’ve all been the topic of fascinating discussions hosted by the Shambhala Sun. Continuing our celebration of the Sun’s 30th anniversary, we offer some highlights from our conversa- tions with important writers, artists, political leaders, and spiritual teachers. Leonard Cohen What strikes me in your prose poem “What is a Saint?” is the sense of balance and of acceptance of the chaos. You’re saying that it’s arrogant to think that you can change the chaos. The first reality is that there is a wound and there is suffer- ing, a deep sense of unsatisfactoriness with life. There is no question about it. The Buddhist theology presents it as the first noble truth. We live in a world that is not perfectible, a world that always presents you with a sense of something undone, something missing, something hurting, something irritating. From that minor sense of discomfort to torture phOTOBYDONFARBeR