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Lions Roar : January 2013
DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK Living with Wisdom and Compassion By Thubten Chodron Snow Lion Publications 2013; 224 pp., $15.95 (paper) I started this book because the title made me laugh, but I kept reading it because of the insight on its pages. Don’t Believe Everything You Think is an explanation of The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas, a text written by the Tibetan monk Togmay Zangpo in the fourteenth century. My favorite part of the book is the way Thubten Chodron has peppered it with the experiences—both the challenges and lessons learned—of her dharma students. For example, she relates Togmay Zangpo’s verse on betrayal to how her student Deborah has worked with being abandoned by her alcoholic mother, and to how her student Maria dealt with a collaborative art project taking an unhappy turn. Thubten Chodron, an American nun in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, is the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey in Washington state, as well as the author of Buddhism for Beginners and Open Heart, Clear Mind. MOODY COW LEARNS COMPASSION By Kerry Lee MacLean Wisdom Publications 2012; 32 pp., $16.95 (cloth) Moody Cow Learns Compassion is a picture book for children ages four and up. When Moody Cow and his friend Bully catch a garter snake, Bully feeds it a cricket. “Awesome!” shouts Bully as the little guy squirms in the snake’s mouth, but Moody Cow just feels sad. “You are such a wimp,” says Bully, and Moody Cow stomps off mad. That night Moody Cow dreams he’s as tiny as a cricket and a huge snake slithers up to him with its jaws open wide. “Don’t eat me!” he screams. Obviously, this whole cricket situation has Moody Cow’s thoughts super upset but he knows exactly what to do. He takes out his Mind Jar, which is a jar of water he uses to represent his mind. For being called a coward and getting mad, Moody Cow puts a pinch of sparkles into the jar, and for knowing how it feels to be eaten alive, he throws in three handfuls. His grandfather shakes the jar and the two of them breathe quietly as the sparkles and the upsetting thoughts both settle. By the time the water is clear, Moody Cow feels better and he’s ready to have some compassionate fun with Grandfather and Bully. ♦ Full-time, Part-time, Continuing Education, and Online Opportunities Available scholarship. meditation. service 1119 SE Market Street | Portland, Oregon 97214 telephone: 503-235-2477 | email: