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 : November 2015
BEGINNER’S MIND I’m in psychotherapy and it’s been very helpful to me. Now that I’ve started doing Buddhist meditation, I’m wondering if I should I give up therapy. Is meditation all I need to deal with my issues? This is something that’s hotly debated in the Buddhist world. Purists say that the wisdom and compassion we develop in meditation is all we need because it addresses our suffering at the deepest and most effective level. But many Western practitioners—perhaps most—find that Buddhist meditation com- bined with Western psychology is the best way to free themselves from past trauma, habitual patterns, and negative emotions. In general, Buddhist medi- tation reveals the basic nature of thoughts and emotions, while psychotherapy deals with their content. The fact is, some of today’s best-known Buddhist teachers are also psychologists or psychotherapists. So meditation, psycho- therapy, or both—the choice is yours. Are there differences in the roles teachers play in different Buddhist schools and how their students relate to them? One important way teachers differ is how much authority we give them over our practice and life. In the Theravada tradition, the teacher is an elder who guides us, trains us, and inspires us by their example of following the DHARMA FAQS We answer your questions about Buddhism & meditation. BUDDHISM BY THE NUMBERS FRANK AND PITHY, these five reminders about the reality of impermanence and karma are attributed to the Buddha himself, as taught in the Upajjhatthana Sutta. Though they start with what is plainly “bad news,” contemplating the Five Recollections helps us accept life’s difficulties, motivating us to practice and be kind to ourselves and others. 1. I am of the nature to grow old; there is no way to escape growing old. 2. I am of the nature to have ill health; there is no way to escape having ill health. 3.Iamofthenaturetodie;thereisnowayto escape death. 4. All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them. 5. My deeds are my closest companions. I am the beneficiary of my deeds. My deeds are the ground on which I stand. These traditional statements of foundational Buddhist thought have been embraced by dharma communi- ties across traditions, many of which recite them daily. Try reciting them three times over and notice how your feelings about them do or do not change in the process. RAYFENWICKILLUSTRATIONSBYNOLANPELLETIER SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2015 32