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Lions Roar : March 2013
BY ANDREA MILLER Books in Brief KNOW YOURSELF, FORGET YOURSELF Five Truths That Will Transform Your Work, Relationships, and Everyday Life By Marc Lesser New World Library 2013; 256 pp., $14.95 (paper) As an executive coach, Marc Lesser helps clients make a shift in their immediate work issues. But in order to do that, he must transform their entire way of looking at themselves and the world. The key to thriving in our work and lives, he says, is to embrace life’s paradoxes. After all, the way to find balance is to be open and responsive to imbalance—to be like a tightrope walker continually and instinctively feeling every wobble. According to Lesser, life’s paradoxes can be distilled into five core truths: know yourself, forget yourself; be confident, question everything; fight for change, accept what is; embrace emotion, embody equanimity; and benefit others, benefit yourself. This book is strongly rooted in Buddhist thought and practice. Lesser is a Zen teacher who lived at the San Francisco Zen Center for ten years and is a former director of the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. WHEN BUDDHISTS ATTACK The Curious Relationship Between Zen and the Martial Arts By Jeffrey K. Mann Tuttle 2012; 224 pp., $16.95 (cloth) The great Zen master Hakuin contended that a samurai could accomplish in a few days of Zen practice what would take a monk a hundred days. His reasoning was that monks generally assume they have years to devote to Zen, while warriors are well aware of impending death, so warriors will throw themselves into practice with a far greater sense of urgency than monks. That being said, the relationship between martial arts and Zen has been greatly exaggerated, especially in the West. In When Buddhists Attack, Jeffrey K. Mann unpacks the facts and fiction. The fiction, he claims, begins right with Bodhidharma. As legend has it, this patriarch developed an exercise program for the monks at Shaolin Monastery who were struggling to endure his rigorous meditative practices, and these exercises eventually evolved into forms of staff fighting and unarmed combat. In reality, however, the most famous text attributed to Bodhidharma was penned a thousand years after his death, and scholars now doubt that he even set foot in Shaolin. NOT QUITE NIRVANA A Skeptic’s Journey to Mindfulness By Rachel Neumann Parallax Press 2012; 128 pp., $14.95 (paper) Rachel Neumann has been Thich Nhat Hanh’s primary editor for ten years. When she first landed the job, she would read each page reverently and keep her editing ultra light. “I was like a housecleaner in a fancy home,” she writes, “tidying up here and there, perhaps washing out a particularly muddled paragraph or trimming the edges of a sentence, but certainly not rearranging the furniture.” Then one day she was simultaneously editing and nursing her new baby when she came across this line in a transcript: “When I was younger, I was a revolting monk.” Thich Nhat Hanh? Revolting? Thinking that was highly unlikely, Neumann changed the word to “rebellious,” and it was making that edit that gave her confidence to muscle around more with content and otherwise get her into her editing groove. Not Quite Nirvana is the engaging true story of Neumann learning mindfulness on the job and discovering how to apply it in her busy life with her family. SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2013 87