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Lions Roar : January 2010
SHAMBHALA SUN jANUAry 2010 90 a BOOK OF siLEnCE By Sara maitland Counterpoint, 2009; 320 pp., $25 (cloth) as one of six children, Sara maitland had a noisy childhood. then she embarked on a noisy adulthood as a mother and vocal feminist. In her forties, however, she found herself living on her own in the country and discovering the richness of tranquility. A Book of Silence is mailtand’s memoir chronicling her periods of silence in the Sinai desert, in the hills of her native Scotland, and in a remote cottage on the Isle of Skye. the book also unpacks the cultural significance of silence around the globe. a contem- plative Christian, she takes us along as she explores Islamic poli- tics and the peacefulness of a Zen temple. haiKU an anthology of Japanese Poems edited by Stephen addiss, Fumiko Yamamoto, and akira Yamamoto Shambhala Publications, 2009; 208 pp., $18.95 (cloth) in sUCh hard TiMEs The Poetry of Wei ying-wu translated by red pine Copper Canyon Press, 2009; 368 pp., $18 (paper) Haiku: An Anthology of Japanese Poems is a survey of that com- pact poetic form. a beautifully bound book, it features haiku from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, including a generous number by masters Basho, Buson, and Issa. many of the poems are keen observations about snowfall and fireflies, but others re- veal a piece of human nature. in Such Hard Times contains 175 poems by Wei Ying-wu, presented in a Chinese–english format. Wei Ying-wu, who spent many years living in Buddhist temples, wasn’t widely recognized during his lifetime (737-791), but after his death he became something of a poets’ poet in China. un- til this ambitious collection was translated by red pine, only a handful of Wei’s poems were available in english. his hOLinEss ThE daLai LaMa photography by don Farber teNeues Publishing Company, 2009; 96 pp., $49.95 (cloth) more of don Farber’s photographs have appeared on Shamb- hala Sun pages than those of any other photographer. that’s fit- ting, as Fulbright scholar Farber has photographed the greatest Buddhist luminaries of our time. “my old friend don Farber has been taking photographs of me for thirty years,” writes the dalai Lama in the foreword of Farber’s new book. Farber has kept a record, His Holiness continues, “as I have gotten older, my hair greyer.... But of far greater value, his pictures show how a simple Buddhist monk from faraway tibet... has been warmly received in so many places.” many of the photos in His Holiness the Dalai Lama offer us a warm flash of his smile, but my favorites are the intimate portrayals of his meditation practice. hiddEn BUddhas a novel of Karma and Chaos By Liza dalby Stone Bridge Press, 2009; 424 pp., $16.95 (paper) CiViL TWiLighT a darcy Lott Mystery By Susan dunlap Counterpoint, 2009; 268 pp., $25 (cloth) For fiction with a Buddhist twist, check out these novels. In Hid- den Buddhas, an american graduate student and a Japanese art- ist, who is haunted by an aborted child, fall in love and have a daughter who eventually text-messages her way to enlightenment. Woven into the tale is all the mystery of Shingon, Japan’s version of Vajrayana Buddhism. in Civil Twilight, darcy Lott, a Zen prac- titioner, professional stuntwoman, and amateur detective is asked by her lawyer brother to entertain karen, one of his clients. darcy takes an immediate liking to karen—she has guts, smarts, and an interest in Buddhism—but there is something strange about her. then karen vanishes from the city and darcy’s brother becomes a murder suspect. yOga FOr a WOrLd OUT OF BaLanCE Teachings on Ethics and social action By michael Stone Shambhala Publications, 2009; 224 pp., $17.95 (paper) this is not a book that will teach you how to do the cobra or the tree. Instead, it’s about how authentic yoga practice encompasses social engagement and takes into account that every aspect of our life plays a role in the greater ecological system. We need to develop the practical skills to create positive change, says the psychotherapist and yoga teacher michael Stone, and the five principles (yama) described in patanjali’s Yoga Sutra can be a solid basis for rethinking ethical action. the foreword to Yoga for