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Lions Roar : May 2017
BUDDHISM DOES NOT ALIGN itself with any party or ideology. But when great suffering is at stake, Buddhists must take a stand against it, with loving-kind- ness, wisdom, calm minds, and courage. Committed to compassion, we follow the example of the bodhisattva Kwan Yin, “she who hears the cries of the world.” As long as a society protects the vulnerable among them, they can be expected to prosper and not decline. — The Buddha, in the Mahaparinirvana Sutta FROM WHERE WE SIT Stand Against Suffering: A Buddhist Call to Action A statement by thirteen prominent Buddhist teachers in response to the U.S. political situation, supported by more than eighty additional signatories. Like her, we listen to the cries of suffering people and do everything in our power to help and protect them. In this time of crisis, we hear the cries of millions who will suffer from regressive policies of the new U.S. administration targetting our most vulnerable communi- ties. We hear the cries of a nation whose CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE MYOKEISHONINBYJANLOUY;MUSHIMIKEDABYLAURENRUDSER;GREGSNYDERBYMARCIALIEBERMAN;ANGELWILLIAMSBYCHRISTINEALICINO;JANWILLISBYMARLIESBOSCH Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi Mushim Patricia Ikeda Jack Kornfield Ethan Nichtern Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara Lama Rod Owens Gina Sharpe Myokei Caine-Barrett, Shonin Greg Snyder Zoketsu Norman Fischer Rev. angel Kyodo williams Roshi Joan Halifax Jan Willis LION’S ROAR | MAY 2017 13