Engaged Parenting as Spiritual Practice

For years, Buddhist practitioner Leslie Davis felt she was too busy being a mother to practice Thich Nhat Hanh's tradition of "Engaged Buddhism" properly. Eventually, she discovered that parenting itself is a form of Engaged Buddhism.

How to Not Burn Out

Sustainable activism begins with not calling yourself an activist, says Keisha Bush.

A Cloud Never Dies

Andrea Miller on what Thich Nhat Hanh taught her, his inspiring and courageous life, and how—through us—his wisdom continues.

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The King We Need: Martin Luther King Jr., Moral Philosopher

He was even more than the civil rights leader he is remembered as today. Charles R. Johnson looks at how Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of America's greatest moral philosophers.

Head of the Tibetan government-in-exile defends Dalai Lama after video circulates of exchange with boy

“His Holiness wishes to apologize to the boy and his family, as well as his many friends across the world, for the hurt his words may have caused,” the statement reads.

America Needs bell hooks

Lion’s Roar is proud to offer this selection of bell hooks' writings and conversations from our pages on spirituality, race, feminism, and life.

Love Everyone: A Guide for Spiritual Activists

Sharon Salzberg and Rev. angel Kyodo williams discuss how we can bring spirituality and politics together to build a more just and compassionate society.

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Toward a Worldwide Culture of Love

The practice of love, says bell hooks, is the most powerful antidote to the politics of domination.

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Help When Your Heart Breaks

Caring for people who are suffering is a loving, even heroic calling, but it takes a toll. Roshi Joan Halifax teaches this five-step program to care for yourself while caring for others.

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Another Birthday on Death Row

Rebecca Solnit celebrated his 56th birthday with Jarvis Jay Masters, who has spent some 30 years on death row, as he seeks freedom through meditation.

Stop Woke: The War Against Awakening and Belonging

Ann Gleig offers commentary on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ “Stop WOKE Act,” reminding us that “the path to awakening is not an easy one.”

I Vow Not to Burn Out

Mushim Patricia Ikeda says it's not enough to help others. You have to take care of yourself too.

Women Receive Full Ordination in Bhutan For First Time in Modern History

Damcho Diana Finnegan and Dr. Carola Roloff report on Thursday's historic ceremony that saw the full ordination of 144 female monastics in Bhutan.

Meditation Is a Political Act

Meditation is about facing suffering squarely and seeing reality clearly. That’s why it’s the best starting place if you want to help a troubled world, says Zen teacher Dan Zigmond.

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Peace Begins With Peaceful Actions

To change the world, says Jan Willis, we need hope. And hope grows from nonviolent actions, no matter how small.

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Listening Deeply for Peace

Peace will only become a reality when world leaders come to negotiations with the ability to hear the suffering at the root of all conflicts.

The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu — The Best of Spiritual Friends

From The Dalai Lama and the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu's book, "The Book of Joy," an inside look at the spiritual leaders' dear friendship.

Helping Hands

Five Buddhist teachers who’ve made helping others through social and political action a keystone of their practice.

The Middle Way of Abortion

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong reports on how Buddhist teachings could transform the abortion debate — and benefit women.

Citizenship as Spiritual Practice

Right speech, right action, right livelihood, compassion—tending to society is part of the Buddha’s path of awakening.