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Lions Roar : May 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN MAy 2011 84 in the ShaDoW oF the BuDDha Secret Journeys, Sacred histories, and Spiritual Discovery in tibet By Matteo Pistono Dutton Adult 2011; 272 pp., $25.95 (cloth) Matteo Pistono, an American, went to Tibet to deepen his medi- tation practice and learn more about the esoteric teachings of a nineteenth-century spiritual master. But the more time he spent in Tibet, the more often he met Tibetans who wanted to show him their scars from being tortured in Chinese prisons. Moved by the stories he heard, Pistono went on to spend almost a de- cade smuggling evidence out of Tibet of human rights abuses and sharing it with NGOs, the Tibetan government-in-exile, and the U.S. government. He also regularly briefed reporters from the New York Times and other publications, and couriered clan- destine messages from the Dalai Lama to a meditation master living in Tibet. Pistono’s memoir, In the Shadow of the Buddha, is at once political and spiritual. The foreword is by Richard Gere. WheRe Can PeaCe Be FounD? By J. Krishnamurti Shambhala Publications 2011; 192 pp., $15.95 (paper) The Dalai Lama describes Jiddu Krishnamurti, who was born in a village in southern India in 1895, as “one of the greatest philoso- phers of the age.” Krishnamurti lectured across the globe until his death in the mid-eighties, and his talks and writings are preserved in more than seventy books. In “Where Can Peace Be Found?” he contends that war, conflict, and greed are not inevitable; rather, these ills stem largely from a misplaced sense of individuality and a misplaced attachment to individualized nationalism and religion. “The human condition can be radically changed,” he says, “if we have the intention, if we observe very clearly without any preju- dice, without any direction, without any motive, what we are.” WatCh Me Do Yoga Written and illustrated by Bobby Clennell Rodmell Press 2010; 32 pp., $15.95 (cloth) Zen ghoStS By Jon J. Muth Scholastic Press 2010; 40 pp., $17.99 (cloth) Bobby Clennell’s Watch Me Do Yoga is a wonderful way to intro- duce four- to eight-year-olds to hatha yoga. The main charac- ter of the book is a little redheaded girl who is like many kids I know: smart, enthusiastic, and cuter than any button. She medi- tates and does poses both on her own and with her family, even the dog, and as she stretches and bends, I find myself tempted to do the poses with her. Zen Ghosts is also aimed at children aged four to eight. A gorgeously illustrated book, it is based on a tale originally written down by Master Wu-men Hui-hai (1183– 1260), a Chinese Buddhist monk. The ancient tale is made newly accessible by a modern cast of characters: three children and a kind and dignified panda named Stillwater. Jon J. Muth is also the author of Zen Shorts and Zen Ties. ♦