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Lions Roar : January 2017
CONTENTS ILLUSTRATIONBYTOMIUM SPECIAL SECTION: THE PATH OF ENLIGHTENED INTENTIONS 50 ONE SIMPLE PRACTICE THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING Making sure that your intentions align with your real values, says Insight Meditation teacher Sylvia Boorstein, is one of the best ways to lead the life you want. Practice: What Are My Intentions for Today? 54 INTENTION IS THE PRACTICE On the Buddhist path, says Zen teacher Norman Fischer, intention deepens into commitment and then into vow. At that point, your intentions and your life become one. Practice: Four Reflections That Will Strengthen Your Intention to Meditate 56 TODAY WILL BE A DAY OF LOVE AND JOY The twin practices of intention and dedication, says Thupten Jinpa, can make every day one of love, benefit, and joy. Practice: Setting Your Intentions at the Beginning of the Day Practice: Making a Dedication at the End of the Day PLUS 36 AGAINST THE STREAM: THE REVOLUTIONARY DHARMA OF NOAH LEVINE He was the kid you warned your kids about. Now he of- fers hope to at-risk youth and people battling addiction. Andrea Miller profiles Noah Levine, whose innovative work is based on his view that there’s nothing more radical than the Buddha’s original teachings. 46 KRISTA TIPPETT: VOICE OF AMERICA’S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY The host of On Being reflects on the spiritual movement in America—how it’s grown, where it’s going, and what makes it uniquely American. 58 BEST PRACTICES FOR BODHISATTVAS Traditional Buddhist vows can seem pretty hardcore, but they’re really just guides to a good human life. Zen teacher Josh Bartok translates them into values we can all relate to. 64 HAVE A VERY BUDDHIST CHRISTMAS Joy, giving, family, and peace—people of all faiths can cel- ebrate these values of the holiday season. Eight Buddhists offer their take on yuletide dharma. • One Perfect Christmas: Bonnie Nadzam • How I Discovered the Meaning of Christmas: Lama Rod Owens • “Thank Buddha”: Ira Sukrungruang • An Ordinary Miracle: Kate Johnson • Houses Full of Light: Mary Rose O’Reilly • Holiday Gifts: Lodro Rinzler • A Time to Perfect Our Compassion: Bhante Suddhaso • “We’re Celebrationists”: Rachel Neumann Cover photo: Yury Zap / Alamy Stock Photo