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Lions Roar : May 2017
CONTENTS PHOTOBYFARION_O/SHUTTERSTOCK SPECIAL SECTION 52 HOW TO MEDITATE LIKE THE BUDDHA Eleven leading Buddhist teachers answer your questions about how to practice the same tech- niques the Buddha did to awaken your mind and open your heart. • What Is Buddhist Meditation? Gaylon Ferguson • What’s the Goal? Noah Levine, Joan Sutherland • How Do I Practice... Mindfulness: Thich Nhat Hanh Loving-Kindness: Jack Kornfield Walking Meditation: Leslie Booker • What Obstacles Will I Face? Andrew Holecek • Should I Try to Stop Thinking? Jules Shuzen Harris • How Do I Know If My Meditation Is Working? Konin Cardenas • Will Meditating Change My Life? Gesshin Greenwood • What’s the Next Step? Lodro Rinzler PLUS 36 SEE THE UNIVERSE IN A SUNFLOWER Look deeply at a sunflower, says the great Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, and you’ll discover the reality of interbeing. 40 NOT THE USUAL GHOST STORY We talk to George Saunders about his new novel Lincoln in the Bardo, which blurs the line between the living and the dead. 46 VOICE FOR COMPASSION Lindsay Kyte on the extraordi- nary life of translator and scholar Thupten Jinpa, whose campaign for compasssion bridges modern science and Buddhist tradition. 66 YOUR QUESTION IS THE ANSWER You’ve come to the spiritual path because you have deep questions about life. You’ll find the answers you’re looking for, say Buddhist teachers Judy Lief and Norman Fischer, in the mind that’s asking the question. Cover photo: Buddha Shakyamuni, Burma (Myanmar), 15th century Courtesy of Los Angeles County Museum of Art Gift of James and Beverly Coburn (M.78.129)