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Lions Roar : March 2016
CONTENTS FEATURES 38 HEAR THE LIONS ROAR “The proclamation of the dharma,” the Buddha said, “is as fearless as a lion’s roar.” We ask the 14 teachers on our cover: What is the most important truth to proclaim in today’s troubled world? Hear them roar! • Kate Johnson: Freedom Is Possible • Norman Fischer: Compassion Is Our Only Choice • Sharon Salzberg: Attention Sets Us Free • Anam Thubten: Practice Bodhichitta • Reverend angel Kyodo williams: The Great Awakening Beckons • Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara: See the Truth Beyond Words • Lama Rod Owens: We Are Tara • Sylvia Boorstein: Practice As If the World Is on Fire • Rebecca Li: Everything Is Interdependent • Geoffrey Shugen Arnold: We Are Responsible • Gina Sharpe: The Heart Is Tender • Ethan Nichtern: Embrace Your Goodness • Larry Yang: We Walk the Path Together • Josh Korda: The Path to Peace Is Free of Charge 46 LIVING THE LION’S ROAR: HOW TO PRACTICE FEARLESSNESS At every stage of your path, says Chögyam Trungpa, the fearless proclamation of the truth cuts through ego. Are you ready to hear it? PHOTOBYLIZAMATTHEWSPHOTO©SKYNESHER/ISTOCK 48 CHILD OF NATURE Inspired by 18-month-old Clea—and her friends Luna and Wawa —author William Powers and his family put nature at the center of their lives. 54 FREEASABIRDINTHESKY From a transformative near-death experience to begging on the streets of India—Mingyur Rinpoche’s exclusive first account of his four years as a wandering yogi. 58 HOW TO RECOGNIZE YOUR NATURAL AWARENESS Mingyur Rinpoche teaches us the main meditation practice he did during his retreat. 60 PUT YOUR COMPASSION INTO ACTION Philosopher Peter Singer and philanthropist Julia Wise talk with Buddhist monk and author Matthieu Ricard about the innumerable benefits of altruism—for ourselves, our loved ones, and all beings. 66 HOW SHARON SALZBERG FOUND REAL HAPPINESS Facing her suffering head-on has made Sharon Salzberg one of today’s most relatable Buddhist teachers. Lindsay Ky te talks to Salzberg about her difficult life’s journey, establishing loving-kindness as a key practice in American Buddhism, and how we can all find real happiness. On the Cover: Christine Alicino (right, with Anam Thubten Rinpoche) photographed the three groups of teachers on our special foldout cover. Many thanks to the New York Insight Meditation Center and the Berkeley Shambhala Center for hosting us.