The November 2017 Lion’s Roar magazine features teachings on death — and why having awareness of death is the secret to life — including Buddhist lessons for living and dying well from Ajahn Chah and Judy Lief, and an exclusive look at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care with Koshin Paley Ellison and Robert Chodo Campbell.
Death: The Greatest Teacher
Where Do You Find Inspiration? by Ben Moore
How Will You Die?: Buddhist Lessons for Dying Well
Lindsay Kyte talks to Koshin Paley Ellison, Robert Chodo Campbell, Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, Frank Ostaseski, and JOan Halifax about how Buddhism is changing the way we die.
Putting Death on the Table
It’s something we all share, so why not get together and talk about it over a cup of coffee? John DeMont on death cafés.
The great Buddhist teacher Ajahn Chah’s advice to an aging student approaching her death. (Appears in the magazine under the title “Take the Feeling of Letting Go as Your Refuge.”)
Death: The Greatest Teacher
It’s the ultimate twist: awareness of death is the secret of life. It makes us more loving, appreciative, and wise. Judy Lief explains why death is the ultimate teacher and how to learn its lessons.
The teacher–student relationship in Vajrayana Buddhism is intense, easy to misunderstand, and can even be misused. Mingyur Rinpoche explains Vajrayana ethics, how to find a genuine teacher, and what to do if a teacher crosses the line.
The Dharma of the Princess Bride
In the classic film, outcasts and loners find true friendship. Drawing on lessons from The Princess Bride, Ethan Nichtern offers Buddhist teachings on how to make friends with yourself and others.
Darwin and the Buddha agree on the problem, says evolutionary psychologist Robert Wright in his important new book. The Buddha solved it.
From Where I Sit
Food for Thought: Sister True Dedication
Thich Nhat Hanh — Getting Stronger Every Day: Sister Chan Khong
Heart & Mind
10 Precepts for Parents by John Becvar
Advice for Difficult Times
Love Doesn’t Have to Mean Agreeing by Susan J. Stabile
This Dharma Life
Thank You, Michael by Carina Stone
Share Your Wisdom
What pithy Buddhist teaching do you find most helpful? Readers respond.
How to Practice
Running as Meditation by Sakyong Mipham
Buddhism by the Numbers: The 4 Foundations of Mindfulness
FAQs: Hand Positions, Don’t Like Meditation, Nirvana
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