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Lions Roar : September 2017
SHARE YOUR WISDOM What’s Your Most Mindless Moment? What Buddhist aphorism, motto, or pithy teaching do you find most helpful, and why? Send your answer, photo, and location to firstname.lastname@example.org I didn’t realise what my feet looked like until I got into the railway station, so I had to wear this style all day at work. I blamed a lack of coffee but maybe it was a lack of morning meditation. —Mary Sadler, Sydney, Australia Once during a summer in Scotland on a pitch-black evening, I stepped off what looked like curb stones... straight into deep sea water. If only I’d packed a flash- light. Oh, how I laughed to myself on the way home. —Heather McCormack, Scotland, UK I did a mindless version of the classic “eat a raisin mindfully” exercise. I was watching TV and eating some trail mix when I dropped a raisin on the floor. Looking down, I spotted the raisin on the floor and mindlessly popped it in my mouth. After a few moments contemplating the bit- ter flavor and confused by the hairs stuck on it, I realized I was actually chewing a small turd deposited by our elderly dog. While mindfulness is supposed to be beyond good and bad, I did not continue my contempla- tion of the “raisin” but dove straight for the kitchen sink to rinse out my mouth. For obvious reasons, I remain... —Anonymous I drove home from work and parked in the driveway of a house I had moved out of the year before. Another time, I accidentally included my house keys in a basket of offerings I gave to a monk. —Kate Harper, Berkeley, CA It was my night to set up our zendo’s altar, but try as I might, I couldn’t get the candles to light. Persistent to a true fault, I finally gave up after getting one of the wicks to catch. After the evening was done, the priest motioned me over. He held up the candles and flipped them bottoms-up. “Here’s your problem,” he said, revealing the on-off switches. They were LED candles! Yes, the “wick” I’d successfully lit was, for real, a tiny LED light, and what I thought was melting wax was actually burning plastic. —R. Buchanan, Somerville, MA jewelheart.org February 23 - March 4 Ann Arbor, Michigan 2018 JEWEL HEART MA TRA RETREAT GESHE YESHE THABKHE ARYADEVA’S 400 STA ZAS September 8 - 24 Thursdays, September 7 through December 7 LOJO G: HEART OF E LIGHTE ME T SU DAYS with GELEK RIMPOCHE CLASSIC TEACHI GS Free Weekly 11am ET LION’S ROAR | SEPTEMBER 2017 25