elephant journal founder Waylon Lewis’ essay featured among ‘9 Prominent Buddhists’ in 30th Anniversary issue of Shambhala Sun. Go out and buy it, support ’em!

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 27, 2009
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I grew up reading the Shambhala Sun, which once was called the Vajradhatu Sun, and was edited by my first editor idol Rick Fields (who died of Cancer a while back, but not before penning a final book of poetry entitled ‘F*ck you, Cancer, and other poems.”) His writing was amazing, direct, eloquent—for me he hit home like HD Thoreau, or Bill McKibben, or Malcolm Gladwell, or Pollan

As chance would have it, turns out I probably published my first work ever in the Vajradhatu Sun. A few weeks ago, a guest at my Hotelephant New Year’s Mindful Bash Party found a copy of Best of the Vajradhatu Sun, tripped across my little poem, and brought a photocopy by the party—it’s now hanging in my bathroom. The below was set in my six-year-old scrawl, in the midst of an otherwise serious page about Buddhist news, Ikebana, and the like:

The King and the Reindeer

A King riding through the snow

Sees a reindeer going home.

A white wind blows some leaves

And they stop and stare at each other. 

                                         Waylon Lewis, Age 6

Now, 28 years later, I was honored to be asked (as the token young’un, I think) by writer-idol (yes, really) big Barry Boyce to offer a little essay on the future of Buddhism along with 8 other “prominent Buddhists.” I tried to write something challenging, controversial—young, that is—and sincere. I modeled my little essay after Grist.org’s earth-shaking ‘Death of Environmentalism’ essay that offended the green world, approx four years back, and got environmentalists talking, questioning their work, and checking in with how things were and were not progressing.

Check out the below—but please do support the Shambhala Sun (and subscribe, free, to their brilliant new daily web site content)—buy a copy on the newstand or subscribe–it’s their 30th Anniversary issue, full of stuff even better-writ than mine, though I know it’s hard to imagine. Click on images below to get a better look.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “elephant journal founder Waylon Lewis’ essay featured among ‘9 Prominent Buddhists’ in 30th Anniversary issue of Shambhala Sun. Go out and buy it, support ’em!”

  1. Rick Gilbert says:

    You make some outstanding points in this article. A few things keep me from despairing too much: Rinpoche composed/received the Sadhana in the late 1960’s, before he taught in North America–and look at all he accomplished, even in light of this view.

    Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham have also gaven us a wealth of practices to skillfully address inner, outer and secret obstacles–trusting us to work with them to erode our ego and help our social and physical environments.

    Right now I’m of the opinion that rousing lungta is becoming so critical for this current time. Protector practices like the Dorje Dradul Sadhana, as well. Dumb-asses like myself need lots of help!

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