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Lions Roar : March 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2012 84 bumbling, foolish effort.” A number of the selections relate to Buddhism, such as, “One thinks of dharma when the stom- ach is full; one thinks of stealing when the stomach is empty,” and “All with shaved heads are not monks; all with saffron robes are not lamas.” WALKING THE TIGER’S PATH A Soldier’s Spiritual Journey in Iraq By Paul M. Kendel Tendril Press 2011; 320 pp., $16.95 (paper) Walking the Tiger’s Path won usabooknews. com’s Best Books award for 2011 in the Buddhist category. While Paul M. Ken- del was serving in Iraq, he fired off an impromptu email to Shambhala Inter- national, asking for help in dealing with the ugly realities of war. He didn’t nec- essarily expect a response, but not too long after pressing send, he got one. As the true story of Kendel’s transformative correspondence, Walking the Tiger’s Path unfolds against a desert backdrop of bru- tality. But with humor and heart Kendel delves deep into his experiences with his fellow soldiers, the locals, and the daily grind of the chain of command. “The only quiet time is in the shower or a swel- tering porto-potty,” he wrote in an email. “Neither are terribly conducive to medita- tion practice. However, riding around all day in a Humvee waiting to get blown up provides one with unusual opportunities at contemplation.” THE NOVICE A Story of True Love By Thich Nhat Hanh HarperOne 2011; 148 pp., $23.99 (cloth) PLANTING SEEDS Practicing Mindfulness With Children By Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Community Parallax Press 2011; 240 pp., $22.95 (paper) Based on a folktale, The Novice is a novel by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh set in Vietnam when Buddhism was still new to the country and temples there only accepted men for ordination. The pro- tagonist, Kinh Tam, longs to live as a monastic, so she disguises herself as a man and becomes a novice. Time goes by and she thrives in the sangha. Then a wealthy woman falls in love with Kinh Tam and accuses her of impregnating her. Now Kinh Tam faces a terrible choice: Should she keep her secret and suffer a harsh, possibly fatal punishment, or should she reveal her gender to rebut the accusation, which would end her life at the temple? Planting Seeds, another new release by Thich Nhat Hanh, is a won- derful resource for parents and educa- tors who wish to share mindfulness with children in an age-appropriate way. It’s packed with suggestions for meditations, cooperative games, activities, art proj- ects—even whole lesson plans. Planting Seeds includes a CD of charming songs and practices. SAVE THE HIMALAYAS By Rima Fujita One Peace Books 2011; 42 pp., $19.95 (cloth) TASHI AND THE TIBETAN FLOWER CURE By Naomi C. Rose Lee & Low Books 2011; 40 pp., $18.95 (cloth) Designed to teach kids the importance of the environment, Save the Himalayas is the tale of a brother and sister who take a journey on the back of a crane to search for the family of a lost baby snow leop- ard. Author and illustrator Rima Fujita is the founder of Books for Children, an organization that produces and donates picture books to kids in need, and through this organization several thou- sand copies of Save the Himalayas will be donated to Tibetan refugees. Beautifully and colorfully illustrated, the text is in three languages: English, Japanese, and Tibetan. The foreword is by the Dalai Lama, and the introduction is by Rich- ard Gere. Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure, another children’s book, tells the touching story of a little girl named Tashi and her grandfather Popola, who misses his home in Tibet. When Popola gets really sick, Tashi remembers him tell- ing her that some people in his old vil- lage used to be cured of illness by sitting downwind from a field of flowers, and this gives Tashi an idea for how Popola might be cured. At the heart of this story is love—the love of friends, family, and community. ♦