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Lions Roar : January 2005
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2005 7 NOT THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE What is the sound of one soul screaming? Would there be punk music if there was no injustice, abuse, apathy or anger? Punk music is primal, political and pugilistic. It is the sound of frustration tearing out of a stymieing environment. Enter Noah Levine’s article “Punks: Their Truth is Suffering” (November, 2004). This speaks to an important part of my life. It is “Karmic Destiny, Live Well” lettered around a heart with 24/7 across it tattooed onto my right upper arm, reminding me to be cool and peace- ful, even as I raise my voice to sing or take action. I don’t know how or when one fully becomes a Buddhist or if Buddhism is inherent and innate. Countless discus- sions of countless sects, methods and his- tories seem to cloud the ideology for me. Somehow, I know that we are all on the same path. Each one’s rhythm and suffer- ing is unique, yet we all dance our dance even as we deal with our trials. Reading of Noah Levine’s struggle to walk the middle way in the harsh and angry world of punk existentialism gives me hope that I can do the same. With a special nod to Sakyong Mipham Rin- poche’s “No Complaints” in the same issue, thanks and please renew my sub- scription. Alexa Lane Tucson, AZ UNDERSTANDING TIBETAN ART Thank you for awakening me to the vari- ous Tibetan systems of imagery in the November article, “Another Reality.” Francesca Fremantle helped me to under- stand visually the many deities and sym- bols which have always delighted but con- fused me in the past. I loved this lesson in religious education and art history. Margaret Kinney Saint Paul, MN THE COSMIC WAVE The picture of surfing in your September issue allowed me to remember fifty years of surfing and the glimpses of emptiness or the inner Self or whatever one wishes to call it. The ultimate experience is in medita- tion, but there is a moment, if moments exist, when the surfboard and the surfer become one. It is a peak experience that erases the individual sense-ego. When that part of the ride is over, you may look around to see if anyone saw the wave. The demon ego is making its way back, but you notice it and cast it into the depths of the ocean as quickly as possible. It is one of the indescribable experi- ences and the closest you can say is that it is an experience of unity, which is the ultimate truth. Gene Van Dyke Honomu, HI BUDDHIST FICTION Paul Morris’ review (September, 2004) of Kate Wheeler’s Nixon Under the Bodhi Tree and Other Works of Buddhist Fiction has interested me in reading Buddhist fiction. Including this type of writing could enhance the magazine’s value to subscribers and possibly reach out to new readers of this fine magazine. Ellen-Marie Silverman Milwaukee, WI WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD IT WOULD BE Thank you for the introductory copy of the Shambhala Sun. I have enjoyed read- ing it very much and will return to some of the articles for inspiration. I am not a Buddhist but have come to appreciate many of the Buddhist beliefs. What a wonderful world we could make if more people practiced some of these sim- ple acts of love and compassion with each other. Reading the Shambhala Sun has been LettersTO THE EDITOR