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Lions Roar : March 2015
themselves to the brokenness and suffering of the human con- dition... find great reserves of compassion, goodness, grace, and joy.” Or as Cohen himself so famously puts it, “There’s a crack in everything / That’s how the light gets in.” The thought- ful essays in Leonard Cohen and Philosophy unpack such topics as Cohen’s merits as a singer, his seductive irony, and the role that Judaism, Christianity, and Zen play in his work. This book is part of a series that explores popular culture through a philo- sophical lens. Other books in the series focus on Buffy the Vam- pire Slayer, Jimmy Buffett, and Facebook. ADVENTURES OF THE MAD MONK JI GONG The Drunken Wisdom of China’s Famous Chan Buddhist Monk By Guo Xiaoting, translated by John Robert Shaw Tuttle, 544 pp., $22.95 (paper) According to the one Song dynasty biographer who bothered to make note of Ji Gong’s life, he was born in Hang- zhou, perhaps in 1130, and studied Chan Buddhism at the great Lingyin Monastery. He was, however, a dismal student and got him- self expelled, so he became a wanderer who mostly wandered into wine shops. Through word of mouth, tales of his trickster antics circulated—and were liberally expanded on. Ji Gong was adopted as the common man’s patron saint, and for the past nine hundred years he has been an important figure in Chinese storytelling, even appearing in modern movies and TV shows. Guo Xiaoting is the author of one version of the Ji Gong legends. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, Guo Xiaoting lived in Beijing, which was at that time a politically troubled city teeming with courtesan-entertainer halls, restaurants, opium dens, and teahouses. Though Guo Xiaoting’s Adventures of the Mad Monk Ji Gong is ostensibly set in Song dynasty Hangzhou, it has the distinct flavor of his own Beijing. STATES OF GRACE Documentary film by Mark Lipman and Helen S. Cohen Open Studio Productions An eighth-gen- eration doctor, Grace Dammann co-founded one of the first AIDS clinics for poor people in San Francisco and was the primary caregiver of her adopted SUBSCRIBER SERVICES Subscribe • Renew • Pay an invoice • Give a Gift Purchase back issues • Change your address Inquire about a subscription • Replace a missing issue ONLINE easy, quick, and secure Visit Subscriber Services at www.shambhalasun.com or www.thebuddhadharma.com CALL TOLL-FREE 11:30 am – 8 pm ET weekdays 1-877-786-1950 Overseas: 01-760-317-2362 Fax: 1-760-738-4805 Email: