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Lions Roar : May 2015
CONTENTS 50 BUDDHANATURE: THE GOOD NEWS OF MAHAYANA BUDDHISM Zen teacher Melissa Blacker reveals how nondual practice frees us from our temporary obscurations and reveals our true, awakened nature. 53 TAKE THE BACKWARD STEP Meditation instruction from Eihei Dogen, one of Buddhism’s greatest teachers and philosophers. DISCOVER YOUR BASIC GOODNESS How to recognize, cultivate, and celebrate your basic goodness. Always shining, it is your true nature. 46 BASIC GOODNESS & HUMANITY’S FUTURE If we doubt humanity’s goodness, asks Sakyong Mipham, what future do we have? 47 PRACTICE: RELAX INTO YOUR BASIC GOODNESS Calming our discursive thoughts, we connect directly with our true nature. 49 SIMPLE MOMENTS You can discover goodness, says Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in the ordinary experiences of being alive. ANDREAROTH 54 THE PROBLEM OF EVIL Absolute reality may be beyond good and evil but in the relative world people do terrible things. How do we reconcile our hope that people are basically good, asks Zen teacher Norman Fischer, with all the evil in the world? 58 YOU CAN COUNT ON GOODNESS Jeremy Adam Smith introduces us to the new science of human good- ness. Scientists are counting up acts of goodness—and you can too. It will change the way you see life. Plus: 3 Practices to Cultivate Goodness • Write a Self-Compassionate Letter • Encourage Altruism in Your Children • List Three Good Things That Happened Today PLUS 38 FOR THE CHILDREN WE’VE LOST Wounded by her work with abused children, pediatrician and Zen teacher Jan Chozen Bays found healing in a special cermony invok- ing Jizo Bodhisattva. As Andrea Miller reports, Bays now offers this healing ceremony to all parents who’ve lost children through mis- carriage, abortion, or death. 64 IT! IT! IT! Eeek! Eeek! Eeek! the bird cried. It! It! It! And the world as Peter Coyote had experienced it ended. Forty years after his first sesshin, the actor and writer finally gets the point of Zen. Peter Coyote (page 64)