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Lions Roar : March 2019
Buddhism gives me acceptance of what is. I don’t have to know the future to know that it’s going to be okay. —Cynthia Soltani, Sanford, Florida Letting go of the need to control outcomes is the key to freedom. Focusing on the jour- ney, rather than the destination, is where hope lies. Maybe there are no endpoints, and therefore no outcomes. Each outcome is just the beginning of something else. —Sarah Pema, London What will be will be. No need for overthinking the happenings of life. Just roll with it. It’s all perfectly balanced. This gives me great comfort and peace. —Allen Smith, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina I have surely not evolved beyond hope, so yes. The idea of buddhanature especially allows me to feel hopeful and look for what I might learn from others. —Tracy Turner, Bloomington, Indiana Buddhism gives me hope by constantly reminding me to stay in the moment, to stay calm. It’s about remembering that I’m in control of my emotions. —Melinda, Nashville Hope and fear come from having a body. See- ing the web of interconnection moves one past the idea of a separate self. —Douglas Allen, Louisville SHARE YOUR WISDOM Is Buddhism Helping You Keep Up Hope? Do you practice Buddhism together with another faith? How does that work? Send your answer, location, and a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org Zen helps me accept the world as is. Practice shows me how to roll up my sleeves and be of use to others. My practice does not build expectations, and hope is an expectation. —Geri Bryan, Los Angeles Every day now I look out at the scorched hill- sides and dozens of homes across from mine that burned in the recent Woolsey fire in South- ern California. Every day I ask, “Why did my home not burn?” How can I justify my return to daily, normal life when so many have lost everything? Every day is a fresh reminder of the Buddha’s message: life is impermanent and suffering is inevitable. This is the way life is. Hope comes in the knowledge that, no matter how difficult, this too will pass. Homes will be rebuilt, lives re-rooted, normalcy will return. Hope comes from seeing our community come together to support one another—friend and stranger alike. Hope comes from knowing that life is not about our possessions, no matter how big or small, but about our relationships to each other. —Avery Walsh, Malibu, California Buddhism is not about hope. It’s about seeing deeply into the present moment. Sitting still and serene as the smell of rain approaches, and with it a storm, but no storm arrives. Each cloud passes as a thought, undisturbed. —Michael Quinlan, Gardner, Massachusetts It depends on the motivation of the prac- titioner. If one is motivated by a positive rebirth and improved living conditions in this life, then dharma can provide a great deal of hope. —Joe Evans, Port Townsend, Washington LION’S ROAR | MARCH 2019 23 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE