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Lions Roar : May 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2007 91 BY ANDREA MCQUILLIN BOOKS IN BRIEF RELIGIOUS LITERACY What Every American Needs to Know—and Doesn’t By Stephen Prothero HarperSanFrancisco, 2007; 304 pp.; $24.95 (cloth) Take the religious-literacy quiz Stephen Prothero, the popular young chair of the religion department at Boston University, of- fers in his latest book, and you may be sobered by the results. Prothero has observed that the U.S., which he describes as “one of the most religious countries on earth,” is a nation of religious illiterates. Our ignorance—even about our own religions—has profound implications for domestic and international affairs, he says. The remedy? Religion should be once again on the public school menu, and citizens should have a grasp of the basic te- nets of the world’s major religions. In the style of E.D. Hirsch’s Cultural Literacy, Prothero offers a dictionary of key stories, doc- trines, practices, symbols, scriptures, people, places, phrases, and holidays that will give the reader a solid background so they can participate in “religiously inflected public debates.” SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen’s Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye By Brad Warner New World Library, 2007; 256 pp.; $14.95 (paper) In this second offering from the punk-bassist-turned-Zen-priest Brad Warner, the 43-year-old is as feisty as ever, returning with more personal reflections and off-the-beaten-track interpreta- tions of Dogen and Zen. The parallel between punk and Zen as counter-culture movements is already well established, but in the general field of polite spirituality, Warner’s take-no-prisoners style is still fresh. “There might be a few people out there who would be interested in Zen,” he says, “if only it weren’t presented in such a wimpy, nerdy fashion.” While he doesn’t fit the classic Zen master mold, Warner is smart and brash, and the authority of his experi- ence is compelling: “The only way to really understand Buddhism is to do Buddhism. So read books if you must. But when you’re ready to stop farting around and experience real Buddhism, sit down and shut up. That’s where the real Buddhism is at.” FINDING FORGIVENESS By Eileen Borris-Dunchunstang McGraw Hill, 2006; 268 pp.; $21.95 (cloth) “Forgiveness is not about letting off the perpetrator of some wrong,” says the Dalai Lama in the foreword to Finding Forgiveness. “It is about freeing the victim.” This focus on how one might shift the mental state of the “victim” is what makes Finding Forgiveness interesting. Eileen Borris-Dunchunstang, a psychologist and edu- cator who is a consultant to the UN and also a Tibetan Buddhist, has worked with people from all over the world who have suffered in the extreme but have still managed to find a way to release them- selves from anger, hatred, and fear. She codifies a method to release that pain in seven plain-language steps. Forgiveness is one of those soft subjects we don’t talk about or apply ourselves to until abso- lutely necessary. Finding Forgiveness will help us to better under- stand what forgiveness is and is not, and why we might practice it. The world would be so much better off if we did. THE JOY OF LIVING: Unlocking the Secret & Science of Happiness By Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche Harmony Books, 2007; 288 pp.; $24 (cloth) Happiness and Buddhism have been successfully paired in a num- ber of book offerings lately, but The Joy of Living strikes me as the best of the lot. The Tibetan Buddhist teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, youngest son of the late Dzogchen master Tulku Urgyen, has a strong pedigree. And at thirty-one years old, he has more meditation under his belt than most of us will in this lifetime (he was a research subject in Richard Davidson’s famous brain-imaging experiments measuring the effects of meditation on the brain). Mingyur Rinpoche clearly understands the Western mindset but refrains from psychologizing, simply explaining the logic of meditation through the lens of a well-trained, curious, thought- ful Buddhist monk. Mingyur Rinpoche can be occasionally tough (“Ultimately, happiness comes down to choosing between the discomfort of becoming aware of your mental afflictions and the discomfort of being ruled by them”), but more often encouraging, so the medicine he prescribes won’t be hard to swallow. JAKE FADES: A Novel of Impermanence By David Guy Trumpeter Books, 2007; 240 pp.; $19.95 (cloth) One criticism of the developing genre of Buddhist fiction is that it tends to come off as self-consciously Buddhist. But that’s not the