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Lions Roar : July 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2011 82 MARRIED TO BHUTAN How One Woman Got Lost, Said “I Do,” and Found Bliss By Linda Leaming Hay House 2011; 256 pp., $14.95 (paper) At its core, Married to Bhutan is a romance; it’s the true story of Linda Leaming’s love affair with both her Bhutanese husband and with Bhutan itself. Leaming, from America, visited the Bud- dhist nation of Bhutan for the first time when she was thirty- nine. It would be “a nice diversion,” the travel agent had told her. But as soon as that first trip was over, Leaming was devising ways to return. The country was to become, not a diversion, but her life—a life full of hilarious linguistic bumbling, a flexible sense of time, and a sharp awareness of impermanence. “In the West, it is possible to live and be asleep,” she writes. “In Bhutan one is compelled to wake up.” Leaming’s husband is a renowned thangka painter and I very much enjoyed the intimate look at his artistic process. DHARMA ROAD A Short Cab Ride to Self Discovery By Brian Haycock Hampton Roads 2010; 256 pp., $16.95 (paper) In this, the first book by former cabdriver Brian Haycock, he un- packs Zen Buddhist philosophy and practice through the lens of that job—the cars and tips and traffic and dispatchers, the run- of-the-mill customers and their small talk and the customers who are trying to score crack. But you don’t need to drive a taxi to relate to this book, writes Haycock in the introduction. “We can’t all be cabdrivers. You’ll see that life on the streets isn’t so different from your life. We all have stress, distractions, delusions. We all get lost sometimes. And we can find ourselves if we try.” I love the fresh premise of Dharma Road, and Haycock’s gritty stories and unpretentious, compassionate voice. THE NATURAL KITCHEN Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution By Deborah Eden Tull Process 2010; 250 pp., $17.95 (paper) Author Deborah Eden Tull spent seven years as a Buddhist priest and cook at the Zen Monastery Peace Center in Murphys, Cali- fornia, and this fall she will be teaching a workshop based on The Natural Kitchen at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. The Natural Kitchen features a number of tasty recipes such as, miso pesto and summer fruit soup, but it is not primarily a cook- book. Instead, it is an invitation to experience greater health, joy, and mindful awareness by cultivating a more eco-friendly relationship with food. Full of news you can use, it has chap- ters on these and many other topics: conserving energy while cooking; managing food waste and composting; growing food in your own backyard; introducing children to the delicious world of sustainable food; and eating on the go. The final chapter is a workbook and resource list. ♦ Contemplative Psychotherapy.Net An international directory of mindful psychotherapists ContemplativePsychotherapy.Net is a worldwide directory for mindful psychotherapists. This site was created with the desire to help connect people with psychotherapy healers that practice mindfulness-awareness. Please visit www.contemplative psychotherapy.net to find a therapist near you or to learn more about contemplative psychotherapy. www.contemplativepsychotherapy.net