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Lions Roar : May 2016
CONTENTS BIG SCREEN BUDDHISM 44 TOP 10 BUDDHIST FILMS Time for a dharma binge-watch! From Groundhog Day to Double Indemnity, our industry insiders nominate their favorite Buddhist-themed films. • Seth Greenland: Double Indemnity • Mickey Lemle: Groundhog Day • bell hooks: A Zen Life: D.T. Suzuki • Peter Coyote: Opening Night • Naima Mora: Kung Fu Panda • Jeff Bridges: The Big Lebowski • David Grubin: A Man Escaped • Jessica Pimentel: The Matrix • Krista Tippett: Perfect Sense • Michael Imperioli: For the Benefit of All Beings & Brilliant Moon 52 THE BUDDHIST LIFE OF BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH He first connected with Buddhism when he taught English at a Tibetan monastery in India. Benedict Cumberbatch sits down with Dominic Wells to talk about the leading role Buddhism has played in his life and career. 57 THE STRANGE CASE OF DOCTOR STRANGE’S “TIBET” The upcoming film—with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role—features a comic-book hero who learned his “Mystical Arts” in a highly romanticized Tibet. But the politics of shooting there are real. PHOTO©ALEXANDERPODSHIVALOV/DREAMSTIME.COM PLUS 34 BUDDHISM IN THE AGE OF #BLACKLIVESMATTER We need to update the traditional narrative of the Buddha’s life, says Pamela Ayo Yetunde, for oppressed people who know suffering all too well. 37 THE FALSE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIAR The comfort of being with people like ourselves is a big reason communities aren’t more diverse, says Zen teacher Jules Shuzen Harris. 38 WALKING THE TALK Leading Buddhist teachers Jack Kornfield and Tr u d y Goodman join actor Sandra Oh for a wide-ranging and intimate conversation about their lives, the future of Bud- dhism in America, and their happy relationship as beloveds. 58 FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY We shouldn’t think of Buddhism as a path we walk alone, says Zen teacher Norman Fischer. He extols the beauty and benefit of spiritual friendship. 64 START WITH WHAT’S EASY TO LOVE Buddhist monk Ajahn Brahm shares his personal approach to loving-kindness meditation. Cover photo by Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / Contour by Getty Images