About Lion’s Roar

Mission-driven and community-supported, the Lion’s Roar Foundation provides Buddhist teachings, news, and perspectives so that the understanding and practice of Buddhism flourishes in today’s world, and that its timeless wisdom is accessible to all. 

We do this by providing as many entry points as we can: our print and digital publications, our website, video, social media, live events, practice retreats, and more. We try to bring dharma to people right where they are, knowing what a difference it can make in their lives.

Benefit to Individuals

The activity of Lion’s Roar supports everyone from the absolute beginner to the committed Buddhist. In Lion’s Roar magazine, the best of Buddhist thinking is applied to the personal needs and concerns of people of all ages and backgrounds, shining a light, too, on the broader culture and zeitgeist. In Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Guide, we publish teachings that help deepen the committed Buddhist’s path. And on LionsRoar.com we publish selected material from both magazines, as well as a steady stream of up-to-the-moment news and digital exclusives. 

Benefit to Society

We extend the Buddhist voice into the mainstream, providing a helpful perspective to citizens of all faiths (and the increasing numbers who do not follow a particular tradition). By bringing Buddhist wisdom to bear on current events—and, of course, perennial human concerns—our work helps point a way forward for us all, Buddhist or not, toward a society that prizes, cultivates, and can uphold universal values like compassion, generosity, wisdom, and peace.

Support for the Development of Buddhism in the Modern World

Sharing community developments, outlining obstacles, challenges, best practices, and opportunities for Buddhist individuals and institutions, and offering education and discourse about how the Buddhist view may be of benefit to all beings, Lion’s Roar initiatives illuminate and ensure Buddhism’s relevance.

Lion’s Roar has blessed us with the words of the wisest teachers, the flowering of creative art, and the spirit of dharma in its ancient depths and new Western forms.

Jack Kornfield

How We Make a Difference

We represent the full diversity of Buddhism in the modern world. Since its arrival in North America, Buddhism has been beautifully varied in its practice and practitioners. We’re committed to celebrating the richness inherent in that diversity.

Through structured guides and courses, we deliver strong educational material that helps ground our audience in practice and study.

We offer opportunities for connection and ongoing education to tens of thousands of meditators who tell us that they are “going it alone” outside of any formal community of practitioners—and a broader experience of Buddhism to those whose experience has been defined by a particular tradition.

We support a deepening of practice traditions in the West, through our content and in conversations we host on social media or at Lion’s Roar events and retreats.

Recognizing the broad disparity of wealth in the world, we offer thousands of teachings, practical guides, and inspirational stories free of charge—so that the opportunity to benefit from the dharma is as broadly available as possible.

You Make Lion’s Roar Possible

The Lion’s Roar Foundation is a community-supported charity dedicated to communicating the wisdom of the Buddha to all who seek it, providing a supportive, inspiring resource for everyone from curious beginners to committed practitioners. 

Subscribing to our print magazines or LionsRoar.com, enrolling in online courses, making purchases in our online store, supporting our annual auction—these are all important ways to fund our mission to share Buddhist wisdom, and we’re very grateful for your support. But alone they are not enough.

To continue publishing the dharma and supporting practitioners on the path, Lion’s Roar relies on your generous, tax-deductible donations. Every donation, no matter the size, is important to us and makes a difference. Please donate to the Lion’s Roar Foundation today.

The  Lion’s Roar Foundation is a registered charity in the US and Canada. All US & Canadian donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Why Lion’s Roar?

Our name is taken from a quote attributed to the Buddha: “The proclamation of the truth of the dharma is as fearless as a lion’s roar.” In this context “Lion’s Roar” expresses the fearlessness and confidence needed to present the profound truths of dharma, by way of any and all skillful means.

Who We Are

editorial team

Melvin McLeod

President & Editor-in-Chief

Andrea Miller

Editor, Lion’s Roar Magazine

Lilly Greenblatt

Digital Editor, lionsroar.com

Rod Meade-Sperry

Editor, Buddhadharma magazine

Mariana Restrepo

Deputy Editor, Buddhadharma magazine

Pamela Ayo Yetunde

Associate Editor

Noel Alumit

Associate Editor

Mihiri Tillakaratne

Associate Editor

Sandra Hannebohm

Digital Producer

Martine Panzica

Digital Editorial Assistant

Megumi Yoshida

Art Director, Lion’s Roar magazine

Seth Levinson

Art Director, 
Buddhadharma  magazine

Andrew Glencross

Deputy Art Director, Lion’s Roar magazine & Production Coordinator

Publishing team

Ben Moore


Dan Scott

Associate Publisher, Consumer Marketing

Beth Wallace

Associate Publisher, Finance & Operations

Cindy Littlefair

Operations & Human Resources

Sharon Davis

Account Representative

Bakes Mitchell

Development & Partnerships

Alex Stewart

Marketing Coordinator

Pamela Boyce

Digital Designer

Hannah Maier

Partnerships Coordinator

Matt Benning

Audience Development & SEO Specialist

Don Conners

Acting Controller

Matt MacLeod

Matt MacLeod

Accounting & Administration

Adele Blake

Adele Brake

Customer Service

Our Board of Directors

Charles G. Lief, Chair

Melvin McLeod

Trudy Goodman

Myokei Caine-Barrett, Shonin

Rev. Doyeon Park

Ben Moore

Peace Twesigye

Dan Zigmond

Rosamaria Segura

Rev. Marvin Harada

Elissa Epel

John Sheehy