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Lions Roar : January 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2007 93 The bodhisattva Kuan Yin hears the cries of the world and vows to ease the suffering of beings. Insight meditation teacher Christina Feldman says we can follow her example. DEATH DON’T HAVE NO MERCY: Memoir of My Mother’s Death By Mariana Caplan From the July issue of the Shambhala Sun Here is something rare in this world: an honest account of a difficult death. In a way, Buddhism looks at all of life as just preparation for the decisive moment of death. In this story, we see why that’s so important. NO TIME TO LOSE By Pema Chödrön From No Time to Lose (Shambhala) Pema Chödrön brings her wisdom to bear on the clas- sic Mahayana text The Way of the Bodhisattva to explain how we can free ourselves from emotional afflictions. THE THREE LORDS OF MATERIALISM By Carolyn Gimian From the September issue of the Shambhala Sun Sometimes the spiritual path seems so straightforward, but perhaps we’re not paying enough attention to ego’s cunning. Carolyn Gimian gives us an insightful analysis of ego’s strategy, and in doing so helps us define genu- ine spirituality. WASH YOUR BOWLS By Norman Fischer From Hooked: Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume (Shambhala) One antidote to ego’s tricks is earthiness. Fischer discusses how Zen’s emphasis on practical, ma- terial reality cuts through intellect and specula- tion, and eventually takes the practitioner to a deeper and richer experience of reality. DR. KING’S REFRIGERATOR By Charles R. Johnson From Dr. King’s Refrigerator and Other Bedtime Stories (Scribner) Could one of the great spiri- tual figures of the twentieth century have discovered the truth of interdependence while looking for a late-night snack? Why not? COMING TO OUR SENSES By Jon Kabat-Zinn From Coming to Our Senses (Hyperion) Jon Kabat-Zinn has brought hundreds of thousands of people to meditation practice through his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. He argues that living mindfully is the answer not only to our personal suffering but to the problems that threaten humanity’s future. JUST SITTING By Tenshin Reb Anderson From Warm Smiles from Cold Mountains (Rodmell) Why is sitting and doing nothing the most difficult, mysterious, joyful, painful, and profound thing we can do? Anderson offers his thoughts on why “just sitting” is so difficult and yet so life-changing. AFTER THE FLOOD By Erik Hansen From the Winter issue of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review Although stories of violence and crime circulated in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Hansen found that these terrible events often brought out the best in people. A LIFE CUT TO PIECES By Diana Atkinson From the January 2006 issue of the Shambhala Sun Atkinson is a writer of great talent who has suffered repeated hospitalization and surgery since she was a child. Her Buddhist practice has given a spiritual context to her loss of privacy, security, and bodily integrity. MURDER AS A CALL TO LOVE By Judith Toy From the Summer issue of The Mindfulness Bell We often think of forgiveness as benefiting those who have committed the wrong, but it is really the victim’s wounds that are healed. Toy’s difficult journey of forgiveness ended not just in healing but in love. REMOVING THE THORN By Frank Olendski From the Fall issue of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review If we remove the thorn of desire, we ease the sufferings of stress, disquiet, fear, and conflict. Olendski says this is the Buddha’s key diagno- sis of the human condition. EGO GOES GLOBAL By David Loy From the March issue of the Shambhala Sun David Loy is one of American Buddhism’s most interesting and original thinkers. Here he explains how greed, ill will, and delusion operate through the collective, institutional- ized version of ego he calls “wego.” CONTEMPLATING EMPTINESS By The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche From the Winter issue of Bodhi magazine It’s easy to misinterpret the Buddhist doc- trine of emptiness, which is far more than a simple statement that “nothing exists.” Ponlop Rinpoche offers an excellent step-by- step contemplation of this central Buddhist teaching. MY GURU By Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche From Blazing Splendor: The Memoirs of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (Rangjung Yeshe) Tulku Urgyen’s extraordi- nary memoir reveals the inner workings of the teacher-student rela- tionship in tantric Buddhism and offers a rare glimpse into the now-lost world of Old Tibet. THE PERFECT LOVE WE SEEK, THE IMPERFECT LOVE WE LIVE By John Welwood From Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships (Shambhala) Seeking perfect love, we are wounded by the imperfect love we receive. What we are longing for is not found in relationships, says Welwood, but in our own capacity to love. I’M BREATHING, ARE YOU? By Nancy Hathaway From Your Children Will Raise Yo u (Trumpeter Books) Hathaway, a mother of two and a Zen teacher, describes what she has learned about applying Buddhist practice to the challenges of raising a young child. PASSING IT ON By Mark Magill From the Fall issue of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review