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Lions Roar : November 2015
HOW TO PRACTICE Bowing to Each Other When we bow to another person, says BROTHER PHAP HAI, we honor both their goodness and our own. IN THE FAMED LOTUS SUTRA, there is a wonderful chapter in which we meet a bodhisattva named Never Despising. His practice was not doing long hours of sitting meditation, chanting the sutras, or reciting mantras. Upon seeing another person, he would put his palms together, bow, and say, “You will become a buddha one day!” This was bodhisattva Never Despising’s only practice. One of the first things that made an impression on me when I visited a traditional Buddhist temple was seeing practitioners join their palms in front of BROTHER PHAP HAI is a senior monastic disciple of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. He is the author of the forthcoming book Nothing to It: Ten Ways to Be at Home with Yourself (Parallax Press). their heart when they met each other. I immediately felt a sense of respect and sacredness, not only toward the shrine but toward each other. The practice of bowing, whether as a physical or mental practice, helps us connect with others as human beings who are just like us in their search for happiness and peace. For me, bowing to another person is a practice of touching what is real and alive—within me and within them. Doesn’t that sound like the heart of meditation? Recently, a practitioner asked me about the benefits of meditation. I knew that she was hoping I would talk about dazzling lights, profound insights, or psychic powers. Perhaps to her disap- pointment, I shared with her my growing sense of appreciation for the ordinary moments of my life—a cup of tea in the morning, warm sunshine, laughter. Before, I had taken these things as a given rather than a gift. Now as I practice more, my experience of them has become richer, deeper, and more meaningful. When I reflect in this way, even inani- mate objects become dear, dear friends on the path. Whenever I sit down in the med- itation hall, I bow to my cushion because it is a very kind friend to my buttocks and lower back. Practicing in this way, I expe- rience a lot of joy and gratitude. Within the confines of a monastery or practice center, I will physically bow to others, but sometimes I find myself in situations where that might be thought strange. In that case, rather than focusing on the physical act of joining my palms, I do a mental bowing practice. I simply ILLUSTRATIONSBYTOMIUM SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2015 29 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE