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Lions Roar : July 2018
CONTENTS PAINTINGBYKAZUAKITANAHASHI SPECIAL SECTION 56 THE REAL REASONS TO MEDITATE Buddhist meditation is about more than just improving your life (although it does that too). It goes to the heart of who you are, the way you live, and how you see reality. • Unconditional Happiness Thanissaro Bhikkhu • It Changes Everything Norman Fischer • Confusion Becomes Wisdom Judy Lief • You’re Caught in a Dream. Wake Up! Pema Khandro • End the Cycle of Death and Rebirth Bhikkhu Bodhi • Liberation for All Rev. angel Kyodo williams • Just Get Lost John Tarrant • Transform Your Heart and Mind Thupten Jinpa • You’ve Had Enlightenment Experiences Melissa Myozen Blacker • Sacred and Perfect Gaylon Ferguson • Don’t Flinch Koun Franz • The One Teaching of All the Buddhas Jan Willis PLUS 34 WHERE EVERYONE CAN THRIVE East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland is a Buddhist leader in diversity and inclusion. Lindsay Kyte explores EBMC’s focus on respect, safety, and the joy of being seen for who you are. 42 MY BULLY BECAME A BUDDHIST When Eric Steuer discovered—to his amazement—that his childhood bully was now a Buddhist teacher, he asked him the question he’d always wanted to: Why did you treat me that way? 48 PAINTING PEACE Kazuaki Tanahashi is an activist, translator, and renowned calligrapher. His art and Buddhist wisdom offer us hope in a time of global crisis. 68 LIFE ON THE EDGE Buddhist teacher Joan Halifax describes five “edge states” where courage meets fear and freedom meets suffering.