Lion’s Roar Presents First Live Event of 2017

“Critical mind is really a good base to go beyond critical mind.” — Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse


Lion’s Roar, publisher of the largest-circulation Buddhist magazine in the English language, presents its first live events of 2017. On Friday evening, January 27th, in San Francisco, respected Buddhist teachers Judy Lief and Norman Fischer will come together to discuss inquiry and questioning on the Buddhist path, The Question is the Answer. On Saturday, January 28th, Lion’s Roar presents the Manjushri Dialogues, Uncovering Hidden Fixations in our View and Practice, an innovative all-day program with four leading Western Buddhist teachers using debate to surface the hidden assumptions about personal practice and understanding.

“In the spirit of KF’s dedication to the preservation of the wisdom essence of the buddhadharma, we are delighted to present this innovative experiment in collectively sharpening our insight through dialogue interspersed with listening to debate,” said Michael Chender, coordinator of the event.

Friday evening’s event, The Question is the Answer will take place from 7pm – 9pm at the First Unitarian Church of San Francisco, 1187 Franklin St. This discussion between Norman Fischer, founder and teacher of the Everyday Zen Foundation and former Abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center, and Judy Lief, Vajrayana teacher, writer and editor will be moderated by Melvin McLeod, Editor in Chief of Lion’s Roar and Buddhadharma magazines. “The talk is open to the public and sure to be engaging for students at all levels.” stated McLeod.

Saturday’s event, Manjushri Dialogues, Uncovering Hidden Fixations in our View and Practice will take place from 9am – 4:15pm at The Box SF, 1069 Howard Street. This all day program features four western Buddhist teachers from the Zen and Vajrayana traditions using debate to surface the hidden assumptions about personal practice and understanding. The debate will be interwoven with small group dialogue among participants, and is suited for people with an interest in Buddhist thought and philosophy. The four debaters are:

  • Mitra Karl Brunnholzl: Teacher, author, and translator, Nalandabodhi
  • Daijaku Judith Kinst: Soto Zen priest and teacher, Ocean Gate Zen Centre; core doctoral faculty, the Institute of Buddhist Studies/Graduate Theological Union
  • Anne Klein: Professor of Religion, Rice University, co-founder and resident lama, Dawn Mountain
  • Jiryu Mark Rutschman-Byler: Soto Zen priest and teacher, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center

This Lion’s Roar event is presented in partnership with Khyentse Foundation and San Francisco Zen Center.

Tickets for both events are available here

About the Lion’s Roar Foundation: The Lion’s Roar Foundation is a non-profit independent media organization which publishes the bimonthly Lion’s Roar magazine (formerly the Shambhala Sun) and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly in print and digital editions, and on the web at For more information please visit:

About the San Francisco Zen Center: Zen Center is a practice place for a diverse population of students, visitors, lay people, priests, and monks guided by teachers who follow in Suzuki Roshi’s style of warm hand and heart to warm hand and heart. All are welcome. For more information please visit: