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Lions Roar : May 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2006 97 Books in Brief REVIEWED BY ANDREA MCQUILLIN THE ENERGY OF PRAYER: How to Deepen Our Spiritual Practice By Thich Nhat Hanh Parallax Press, 2006; 120 pp. $11.95 (paper) If you rejected a Judeo-Christian religion on your way to Bud- dhism, some Buddhist rituals (supplications, visualization, etc.) may give you pause for their resemblance to the theistic practices you left behind. For those grappling with the efficacy of prayer, this new title from Thich Nhat Hanh will be welcome. By placing the practice of prayer within the context of Buddhism’s funda- mental tenets (as an opportunity to realize emptiness and no- self ) and by clarifying terms (“What we call the ‘will of god’ in Christianity is equivalent to what we call ‘retribution of karma’ in Buddhism”), Thich Nhat Hanh guides us to a deeper under- standing of both Buddhist and Christian prayer. “Where is the line that ends oneself?” he asks. “Where begins the other?” Thich Nhat Hanh doesn’t solve all the unknowns in the prayer equa- tion, but he orients us toward its genuine practice. KINDNESS, CLARITY, AND INSIGHT: 25th Anniversary Edition By the Dalai Lama; translated and edited by Jeffrey Hopkins, co-edited by Elizabeth Napper Snow Lion Publications, 2006; 278 pp.; $19.95 (cloth) This one’s a sentimental favorite, although Kindness, Clarity, and Insight also stands on its own as a pithy summation of the “heart message” of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. Twenty-five years ago it was one of the first books to bring His Holiness to the English- speaking world. It also announced the founding of a new pub- lishing house, Snow Lion, which would make books on Tibetan Buddhism—for both the scholar and the practitioner—their core business. This series of lectures was the Dalai Lama’s first opportunity to convey basic Buddhist doctrine to North Ameri- cans: the four noble truths, meditation, emptiness, selflessness, and so on. It’s a tidy introduction to Tibetan Buddhism that Jef- frey Hopkins, the Dalai Lama’s longtime translator calls “a map of Tibetan spiritual culture.” G ood Medicine finally an answer to pain in meditation the Tibetan Mountain Seat The Monastery Store · Dharma Communications P.O. Box 156SS · Mt. Tremper, NY 12457 · (845) 688-7993 www.dharma.net/tibetan seat *U.S. Patent Pending Developed by monastics at Zen Mountain Monastery in conjunction with physicians, physiotherapists and kinesiologists, the Tibetan Mountain Seat applies the successful technology of our best-selling Mountain Seat to the popular cushion designed by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The Tibetan Mountain Seat’s unique design utilizes a firm stabilizing foam as a base, with a top layer of viscoelastic foam—a revolutionary product that has relieved discomfort for hundreds of meditators. The foam molds to the shape of your body, allowing for even distribution of weight and correct spinal alignment, and its structural memory causes it to resume its original shape after each use. Available in red, yellow, or blue, with a black border. Please contact: Viscoelastic foam Stabilizing firm foam