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Lions Roar : May 2017
REVIEWS BOUNDLESS HEART The Buddha’s Path of Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity By Christina Feldman Shambhala, 2017; 146 pp., $16.95 (paper) There’s nothing exotic about the brahmaviharas, the Buddha’s pas- sageways to an open heart and more deeply connected life. Every day, as Christina Feldman points out in Boundless Hear, we’re reminded of our ability to cultivate these qualities—and our failures to do so. Feldman’s overarching point is that the four brahmaviharas (“divine abodes”) of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity don’t have to be transient emotions that come and go. Anyone who wants to can reframe these feelings in a way that brings “confu- sion, greed, and hatred to an end” and leads to the kind of profound awakening and insight that is fundamental to the Buddhist path. In this concise book, the author and Bud- dhist teacher shows the reader how to locate and work with each of the four qualities, in the process discovering their authentic self. THE MIND ILLUMINATED A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness By Culadasa (John Yates) and Matthew Immergut Touchstone, 2017; 484 pp., $25.99 (paper) There’s increasing agreement between Buddhism and science on the benefits of mindfulness meditation. John Yates has spent his life “investigating the mind from the outside through neuro- science, and the brain from the inside through meditation,” and that makes him a well-informed guide to getting the most out of your practice. In writ- ing The Mind Illuminated, his goal was to produce a program suitable for rank beginners right through to meditation adepts. The polymath—Yates taught university level physiology and neuroscience and has forty years experi- ence in the Tibetan and Theravada Buddhist traditions—takes a methodical, ten-step approach to mastering the mind by fusing science and Buddhist teachings. As daunting as that may sound, the book is user-friendly: readers can move through the stages at their own pace and the material is enlivened by illustrations and charts that open multiple entry points into the material. ♦ NORTHERN CALIFORNIA JUNE 18—24 VIRGINIA JUNE 30—JULY 5 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA JULY 2—7 COLORADO JULY 2—8 PACIFIC NORTHWEST JULY 18—23 TORONTO JULY 18—23 NORTHE NORTHEAST AUGUST 8—13 EMIGRANT WILDERNESS AUGUST 9—18 INWARD BOUND MINDFULNESS EDUCATION iBme.info/roar