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Lions Roar : January 2005
8S H A M B H A L A SUN JANUARY 2005 a reinforcement for me to practice these virtues with my family and others I come in contact with throughout the day. Thank you again for a wonderful magazine. Mary Kay Frugoli Tucson, AZ MORE ON LOVING IT OR LEAVING IT I was saddened to read the two letters from readers in the September issue criti- cizing the Shambhala Sun for questioning the Bush administration’s actions after 9/11. Buddhism is not about blind faith, whether to teachers or governments. It’s about being awake to greed, hatred, and delusion, both inside us and others. These three hindrances have impelled our president to attack the sovereign nation of Iraq, which was not a threat to us, and thereby create more suffering in the world. It’s imperative that we ques- tion why people in the world hate us so, as Thich Nhat Hanh suggests. Blind alle- giance cultivates only delusion, while questioning fosters an awakened mind. Stacy Taylor El Cerrito, CA I’ve never written a letter to the editor before but I really feel a need to respond to the letters from William McGraw and Bill Murphy in the September issue. I don’t think that the contributors to the Shambhala Sun have any particular political agenda. However, a major idea in Buddhist thought is that we must have compassion for everyone, even if they have set themselves up to be our enemies and even if they mean us harm. If we are ever to end the pain and suffering of humanity, we have to get past the “Us vs. Them” mentality. Yes, we do have to pro- tect ourselves and our families, but we must not do so from fear or hate. We also have to take an honest look at the shortcomings of our foreign policy. We do not serve ourselves well when we support governments, like that of Saudi Arabia, that torture and murder their cit- izens. We also do not serve ourselves well when we say, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” and give arms and money to people like Saddam Hussein and Osama