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Lions Roar : September 2016
This issue’s Dharma-Burger By way of monk and sometime Lion’s Roar contributor Konchog Norbu comes this latest odd use of Buddhist terminology, in the form of the name of an info- site for seniors and caregivers. The site defines Samsara as “continuous move- ment which in turn relates to the cyclical journey of the soul between birth, life, and death,” but many Buddhists are more likely to think of the near-endless suffering (or at least dissatisfaction) inherent in our very existence, cyclical as it may be. As Konchog quips, “Someone’s gotta fire off a memo to their marketing department: We all already live there!” ♦ suit, banning the singer’s whole repertoire from being played in the mainland. Granted, her conversation with His Holiness was way out of line, touching on highly bannable themes like happiness, the mental health of young people, and suicide prevention. The Dalai Lama offered that since young people hold the future in their hands, they should eschew materialism and apply their energies elsewhere. “Paying more attention to inner values like love and compassion [is] the right approach,” he said. • • • Much less predictable than China’s reaction to the Dalai Lama’s presence was that of big-hitting Fox News host Bret Baier, who made an, um, interesting choice when presented with the chance to interview him: Baier asked His Holiness, several times, about Caddyshack. Had he ever seen the lowbrow comedy classic, with its famous riff by Bill Murray about caddying for the “Dalai Lamma, himself”? No. Had he ever played golf? Badminton, yes, but not golf. So, not golf? No. Baier seemed unashamed, presumably due to his subject’s equanimous response, as he wrapped the segment up: “I had to ask him,” he smiled. • • • Orange Is the New Black’s fans are thrilled that the Netflix series is back for its fourth season. We are too, espe- cially because Maria, played by our friend Jessica Pimentel, who’s been in Lion’s Roar a couple of times now, has gotten plenty more screen time. No spoilers, but Maria figures heavily in the season. So too does meditation and Buddhist (or at least “Buddhistic”) concepts, so don’t be surprised when you hear Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning) say things like “Pain is always there. But suffering is a choice.” For more on Jessica Pimentel and her Buddhism, search her name on LionsRoar.com. VIANETFLIX LION’S ROAR | SEPTEMBER 2016 21 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE