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Lions Roar : November 2017
cut it off. The reality that all things are subject to change is another core Buddhist teaching. Everything is impermanent— even the opinions from our mothers. After I disrobed as a monk and returned to the States, I kept my hair short in a buzzcut. This surprised my family and friends. Over and over again I heard variations of “It was so beautiful. It was so ‘you.’ Will you grow your hair long again?” Without hesitation, my answer always was, and continues to be, “I don’t know if Iwill.ButIdoknowthatifIdogrowmy hair long again, it won’t ever be for the same reasons that I grew it long before.” I have let go of those reasons—and there is freedom in that letting go. Our reasons for practicing mindful- ness meditation can be profound. The value of our practice lies not only in its potential for personal healing, but in its potential to heal us collectively as com- munities. The value lies in our investiga- tion of who we would be to ourselves and to each other without our personal, interpersonal, and internalized group messages of self-hatred. What would it be like to be with and support one another through the process of healing? These teachings invite us to a greater freedom and deep change. Something as seemingly insignificant as cutting my hair brought an inner transformation that led me to a deeper understanding of who I was and who I could be in this life. The beauty of ordination and the beauty of the dharma invited me to let go of the experiences of identity to which I was so deeply attached. Letting go, I was transformed. As we transform ourselves, we can support others in their transfor- mation. Together we can all come to see the joys and sorrows, differences and commonalities, the injuries and healing so that we can all be more open, awake, and connected with each other. Of course, even when we taste free- dom, we will still experience suffering. The dance between suffering and free- dom from suffering is intrinsic to the richness of our lives. ♦ Japanese Incense since 1705 www.shoyeido.com Spiritual & Wellness Retreats A Catskill Nature Resort & Spa Sponsered by Tibet House, US experience the Host Your Retreat www.Menla.us | (845) 688-6897 Mahasukha Spa of Menla LION’S ROAR | NOVEMBER 2017 73