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Lions Roar : November 2019
PHOTO©JAKEELKO/STOCKSYUNITED SPECIAL SECTION: FROM LONELINESS TO LOVE Teachings, meditation practices, and personal stories to help us transform our loneliness into love, connection, and insight. 38 ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE You may feel lonely, but you’re not as alone as you think, says Zen teacher Jane McLaughlin-Dobisz. 41 AM I LONESOME TONIGHT? Three writers share their experience of loneliness, and what it has taught them. Alone, A Monk Jumps on a Bed, by Ira Sukrungruang A Phantom Pain, by Rachel Neumann Lonely Hearts, by Natalie Goldberg 45 ALONE TOGETHER How do we take the sting out of loneliness and feel more connected to others? Toni Bernhard suggests practicing with the classical Buddhist teachings on friendliness, compassion, empathic joy, and equanimity. CONTENTS PLUS 48 HOW TO APPRECIATE YOUR LIFE—JUST AS IT IS In this exclusive selection from her new book, beloved Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön says freedom and enjoyment await us when we experi- ence life beyond labels. 54 IN THE SIMPLE PLACE WHERE AWAKENING HAPPENS Lion’s Roar editor-in-chief Melvin McLeod in conversation with Pema Chödrön. 60 BUDDHISM: THE NEXT 40 YEARS Continuing our special anniversary series, five Buddhist teachers and thinkers look at ways Buddhism needs to reform itself in the next 40 years. Us Too, by Trudy Goodman Dare We Update the Dharma? by Roger R. Jackson Women Are Not Second-Class Buddhists, by Ven. Karma Lekshe Tsomo Beyond Projection: Healing the Teacher–Student Relationship, by Pilar Jennings How Sangha Can Be the Next Buddha, by Kenley Neufeld 68 DHARMA IN DISGUISE Halloween has nothing to do with Buddhism—or does it? Four writers explore the great matter of life, death, and candy. A Hungry Ghost’s Sugar Fix, by Gesshin Greenwood Spirit in the House, Witch Under the Bridge, by Karen Connelly Under the Skeleton Tree, by Bonnie Nadzam Sugar Skulls, by Linda González