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Lions Roar : September 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2012 86 Cage’s composition 4'33" was performed at the Maverick Concert Hall in Wood- stock. For four minutes and thirty-three seconds there was no intentional sound, yet there wasn’t silence. While the pianist didn’t play, the audience could listen to the environment sounds of the hall. This was revolutionary in the music world and caused an uproar. One newspaper said that a stunt like this was an “insipid fungus growth” that could “eat into the common sense of our people.” Regardless, 4'33" catapulted Cage into the epicenter of the avant-garde and he came to influence and inspire a wide range of luminaries, including Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Merce Cunningham, and Jasper Johns. Where the Heart Beats is the first biography to deeply explore the role of Zen in John Cage’s life and work. TINY BUDDHA Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions By Lori Deschene Conari Press 2012; 282 pp., $16.95 (cloth) Lori Deschene began a Twitter account offering a quote a day in 2008. The quotes she selected dealt with concerns such as letting go of stress and anxiety and being happy in the present moment, and these quotes resonated with people. By 2009, Deschene’s follower count had grown exponentially, so she was inspired to launch her website, TinyBuddha.com. Now she has more than 300,000 social media followers, and Tiny Buddha has become a community of people who share inspiring quotes and stories. To cre- ate her book—also called Tiny Buddha— Deschene asked what she calls “life’s hard questions” on Twitter and almost a thou- sand people offered their wisdom. Then she integrated this collective wisdom with what she’s gleaned from her own life expe- riences and from her reading. The result- ing book is a fresh and practical take on pain, meaning, change, fate, happiness, love, money, possibilities, and control. Buddha is in the title and on the cover, and Buddhist ideas permeate the content. Yet Tiny Buddha isn’t an explicitly Buddhist book; people of all backgrounds will be able to relate to it. ♦ Awakening to this natural wisdom and compassion is the practice of Dzogchen Natural Great Perfection. In his new book, Buddha Standard Time, Lama Surya Das shows how we can make every moment an expression of our true Buddha-like nature. Join Lama Surya for Dzogchen meditation retreat and see why Ram Das says of his new book, “If you want your future moments to sparkle with ecstatic awareness, read this book.” Discover what Thich Nhat Hanh means when he says that Lama Surya1s book offers, “A wealth of inspiration and practical tips for enjoying the Kingdom of God, the Pure Land of the Buddha, now.” DZOGCHEN MEDITATION RETREATS WITH LAMA SURYA DAS Advanced Dzogchen Retreat (prerequisites apply) Dzogchen Osel Ling, near Austin, TX October 20 – 27, 2012 Natural Meditation, Dzogchen Meditation Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY January 5 – 13, 2013 View, Meditation and Action of the Great Perfection Joshua Tree, CA March 16 – 24, 2013 Based on his 40+ years of spiritual experience, including more than 8 years in secluded retreat, Lama Surya Das is a master at transmitting to Westerners the authentic teachings of the Great Perfection. Lama Surya is a lineage holder in the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Through his warmth, poetry, humor and clarity, he continues to make these timeless teachings accessible to all and has reached millions through the publication of 13 books, including his latest, Buddha Standard Time: Awakening to the Infinite Possibilities of Now. For Information and Registration: www.dzogchen.org/retreats, e-mail