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Lions Roar : September 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2007 79 One day in San Antonio, I rose, made tea, and brought The New York Times in from the doorstep while the rest of the family were having their morning nap. A front-page story about the bombing of Beirut was continued inside. I turned the page and suddenly there was a photo- graph of an infant half buried in rubble, her face coated with dust, a small hand showing between broken boards. I folded the paper and put it back on the table. Later, when Noah sat down with his bowl of granola, I saw him open the paper to the same photo. I saw his eyes looking at that dead baby in the broken concrete and I heard him make a low groan in the back of his throat as he closed the paper even faster than I had done. It was harder for me to see him see the picture than it had been to look at it myself. I am a grand- mother, but I am still Noah’s mother. We didn’t speak of it. Looking at Noah looking at Paloma, however, was quite another matter. Arcelia told me the experts say you’re supposed to gaze into a newborn’s eyes in order to pro- mote its healthy emotional development, but when Paloma’s parents gazed into her eyes they weren’t just following directions from a book. To see your child happy to be a parent affirms the whole spiraling process—our ancestors coming down from the trees so long ago, and our babies staring back up into the branches. Noah, the “too-much- trouble-to-have-kids” boy, is a dad. It is a lot of trouble; he’s right about that. He’s tired out from lack of sleep, though he’s not as tired as Arcelia. It’s trouble getting up in the middle of the night; it’s trouble doing all that laundry; it’s trouble work- ing to make the planet a safe place for children. It’s trouble, but not too much. It was hard to tear myself away at the end of the week. Noah put my bag in the trunk and we got in the car, and Arcelia stood in the garage doorway with Paloma in her arms. As Noah backed the car out into the blazing Texas sun, Arcelia picked up Paloma’s hand and waved it for her. “Good-bye, Abuelita!” Arcelia called. “Goodbye, Calabacita, little pumpkin,” I answered. ♦ “ St. John’s College is where I learned to trust my own mind. It has been the foundation of all of my practice. Together with this community of learners one is able to digest the teaching depths of these great books. ” ~ Natalie Goldberg, St. John’s College, Graduate Institute ‘74 www.stjohnscollege.edu 505-984-6083 Lao Tzu Confucius Mo Tzu Hsun Tzu Han Fei Tzu Chuang Tzu Mencius Sima Qian I Ching Rig Veda Upanishads Mahabharata Tattva-Kaumudi (Sankhya) Karika Yoga Sutras Gitagovinda Kalidasa Vaisesika Sutra Institutes of Manu Artha-Shastra Kama Sutra Bhagavad-Gita Dhvanyaloka Buddhacarita Vimalakirti S utra Nagarjuna Chandrakirti Lankavatara Sutra Gaudapada Sankara T’ao Ch’ien Diamond Sutra Heart Sutra Hui-Neng Wang Wei Li Bai Du Fu Chu Hsi The Tale of the Heike Lotus Sutra Kamo no Chomei Sei Shonagon Murasaki Shikibu Kenko Dogen Basho Chushingura What is human nature? Is there a self ? How do we define God? Can war be “just”? Be inspired by the classic works of Eastern civilization in a true community of learning. Join St. John’s community of learners as we read seminal works and examine the questions fundamental to the cultures of India, China, and Japan. Explore new ways to challenge your thinking and stretch your spirit. The Eastern Classics program at St. John’s is a one-year, life-changing educational experience, which includes study of Sanskrit or Classical Chinese. Contemplating Change? Earn a Master’s Deg ree in Eastern Classics at St. John’s College, Santa Fe SEPT 72-99.indd 79 SEPT 72-99.indd 79 6/25/07 5:15:42 PM 6/25/07 5:15:42 PM