using the arrow buttons.
by clicking on the page.
the page around when zoomed in by dragging it.
the zoom using the slider when zoomed-in.
by clicking on the zoomed-in page.
by entering text in the search field, and select "This Issue" or "All Issues"
by clicking on thumbnails to select pages, and then press the print button.
displays sections with thumbnails and descriptions.
displays a slider of thumbnails. Click on a page to jump.
allows you to browse the full archive.
about your subscription?
Lions Roar : May 2015
Are human beings basically good or basically evil? This isn’t a sensible question. Human beings are buddha, because life is buddha, all-inclusive. Understanding this, you know you have to forgive, although not forget. You know that you can’t go forth with vengeance and hatred, or with a sense of moral superiority. Because you are you and not someone else, you know that there will always be foul water in your mouth—that the evil deeds of others are yours as well, that they are ours col- lectively. So you protect and defend as you can, but you don’t condemn. Evil is part of all of us—and part of buddha too, according to the Zen teachings. There’s a line about this story of dying the great death that appears in The Blue Cliff Record, a Zen koan collection: “Where right and wrong are mixed, even the sages cannot know.... She walks on thin ice, runs on a sword’s edge....” Moral choice is fraught. The more you know and the more you appreciate about a given situation, the more fraught it is. At the beginning of this piece I mentioned drone attacks. Are they good or evil? Do they kill innocent civilians? Yes they do. But even when they don’t, are they targeting the right people? Who are the “right people”? If someone is forced, by social pressure and the threat of murder, to harbor a so-called terrorist, or even to commit so-called terrorist acts, is such a person worthy of being targeted? Is anyone? And who decides? On what basis? Can anyone, in this corrupt, unjust, unfair, confused world, claim a position of moral superiority? Is there anyone who can sit on a pristine throne of moral rectitude from which to proclaim the judgment of who shall live and who shall die? According to this commentary, not even the sages can say. They, like us, are walking on thin ice that might break through at any moment. Yet we must walk and run; we must make ethical choices based on our best understanding of and firm commit- ment to precepts and the goodness they represent. A verse on this story says: Even the ancient Buddhas, they say, have never arrived / I don’t know who can scatter dust and sand. In Zen, teaching is a dubious proposition. That’s why it’s called “scattering dust and sand.” Like Cuiwei, with his “ladleful of foul water,” Zen ancients recognized that all religious and moral systems, however necessary, must be taken lightly. They will always be partial and therefore potentially destructive in this checkered world. Even the buddhas, as Zen sees them, are still working on being able to understand their own lives, and ours, well enough even to be able to spread the half-truths that constitute Buddhist teaching. The three pure precepts of Zen come from the earliest Buddhism, long before Zen. They are: “To avoid evil, To do good, To benefit all beings.” We may not really know what this means. We may not know how to do it. But it is our commit- ment, the effort of our lifetime, to be carried out with energy, appreciation, forgiveness, non-condemnation, understanding, and grief. ♦ The Problem of Evil continued from page 81 house. 4836 Ellsworth Ave. Pittsburgh. A Kwan Um School Zen Center. ZEN MOUNTAIN MONASTERY PO Box 197, 871 Plank Rd, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457. (845) 688-2228, firstname.lastname@example.org, zmm.mro.org. Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Abbot. One-month to one-year residential training programs, monthly sesshin, and weekend retreats in the Catskill Mountains. alaska COLD MOUNTAIN ZEN CENTER c/o Cary de Wit, PO Box 82109, Fairbanks, AK 99708. (907) 378-6657, dewit@fast- mail.net, www.coldmountainzencenter.org • Weekly meditation & instruction, month- ly, half-day retreats, bi-annual intensive 3-day retreats. A Kwan Um School Zen Center. hawaii OM ORCHARD SANCTUARY PO Box 1190, Kilauea, HI 96754. (808) 822-9300, Fax: (808) 822-9322, admin@jew- elofthelotus.com, www.facebook.com/omorchard • A Buddhist vacation retreat cen- ter on the beautiful island paradise of Kauai is waiting to enlighten you. canada DORJE DENMA LING SHAMBHALA MEDITATION AND RETREAT CENTER 2280 Balmoral Rd, Tatamagouche, NS B0K1V0. (902) 657-9085, info@dorjedenmal- ing.com, www.dorjedenmaling.com • A relaxing, spacious, natural environment hosting a diverse range of programs, group retreats, and workshops. Cultivating awake and caring society. KUNZANG DECHEN OSEL LING RETREAT CENTRE 268 Mount Tuam Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2W9. (250) 380-8610, kdol268@ gmail.com, www.kkc-kdol.org • KDOL accommodates both group programs and personal retreats for people practicing Tibetan Buddhism. And we welcome inquiries for individual and group retreats from other spiritual traditions. TORONTO ZEN CENTRE 33 High Park Gardens, Toronto, ON M6R 1S8. (416) 766-3400, info@torontozen. org, www.torontozen.org • Lay zen training. Daily zazen, sesshin, dokusan, mettab- havana courses. Roshi Taigen Henderson, Dharma Heir of Sunyana Graef, Roshi: Roshi Kapleau lineage. TRUE NORTH INSIGHT MEDITATION CENTRE (450) 458-5321, email@example.com, www.truenorthinsight.org. • Insight meditation weekly sittings, residential/non-residential retreats (Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston & Toronto). Guiding teachers include Pascal Auclair and Michael Stone. Diversity of background and experience welcome. French & English. ZEN CENTRE OF OTTAWA 240 Daly Ave, Ottawa, ON K1N 6G2. (613) 562-1568, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wwzc. org • Main monastery (Dainen-ji) of the White Wind Zen Community. Subscribe to our free weekly email illustrated newsletter—www.wwzc.org/emirror. international BUENOS AIRES KWAN UM GROUP Av. Caseros 490 4H C115 2AAN Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Argentina. +54 11 43 07 26 80, email@example.com • Clear teaching, clear mind. Please join us for regularly scheduled practice and retreats. A Kwan Um School Zen Center. MEXICO CITY ZEN CENTER Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas #521 dep. 11 tel. 55193969. firstname.lastname@example.org. kwanumzendf.blogspot.mx • Enseñanza clara, mente clara. Por favor únete a nosotros en las prácticas de miércoles a las 19 hrs y domingo a las 10 am. A Kwan Um School Zen Center. TSEGYALGAR WEST/LOS NARANJOS (INTERNATIONAL DZOGCHEN COMMUNITY) Plaza Tamarindo, Valerio Gonzalez St, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. 011-52-1-612-119- 6446, (U.S.) 510-919-2892, email@example.com, www.tsegyalgarwest. org • A natural spiritual park on 3,000 ecologically-spectacular acres, offering Dzogchen retreats, retreat facility rentals, camping, and casita rentals. YOGA CENTERS ROLLING MEADOWS RETREAT 83 Sullivan Rd, Brooks, ME 04921. (888) 666-6412, info@rollingmeadowsretreat. com, www.rollingmeadowsretreat.com • Silent Retreats offering unique, embodied inquiries into meditation, movement meditation, and yoga at a 100-acre sanctuary of natural beauty and silence in mid-coast Maine. 3–7 day scheduled retreats led by resident teachers Patricia Brown and Surya Chandra Das. Also offering silent retreats during winter months in India, Italy, and Costa Rica. canada ESTHER MYERS YOGA STUDIO 390 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1V9. (416) 944-0838, Fax: (416) 944-9151, info@ estheryoga.com, www.estheryoga.com • Offering an internationally recognized Teacher Training program; workshops, meditative retreats in Canada, Mexico, Tobago, Costa Rica, UK, Europe, India. SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2015 87