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Lions Roar : November 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2012 86 TIBETAN NUNS SUPPORT Filled with colorful photos, inspiring quotes, Tibetan lunar calendar and ritual dates, this 6.5 x 7� calendar provides insight into the daily lives, religious and cultural practices of these devoted Buddhist nuns. $10 + $1.50 S&H (S&H $.75 EACH ADDITIONAL) 815 SEATTLE BOULEVARD SOUTH, STE 216, SEATTLE, WA 98134 USA Filled with colorful photos, inspiring quotes, Tibetan lunar calendar and ritual dates, this 6.5” x 7” calendar provides insight into the daily lives, religious and cultural practices of these devoted Buddhist nuns. Support Tibetan Nuns today! Tibetan Nuns Project 2013 Calendar Is Here! $10.99 + $1.50 S&H Lewis-Kraus is quick with the side-splitting wisecracks, but he is also thoughtful about his experiences. A pilgrimage, he says, “is an old and corporeal kind of shock therapy, a structure that is maintained and promoted to help inspire an embodied sense of gratitude and wonder at the variety and generosity of the world, a world much bigger than our petty fears and desponds and regrets.” SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: Essential Writings Selected with an introduction by Victor M. Parachin Orbis Books 2012; 192 pp., $22 (paper) In 1893, an Indian swami named Vivekananda traveled to the U.S. hoping to participate in the World Parliament of Religions, which was being convened as part of Chicago’s World Fair. He had no official invitation, but participate he did. According to the Boston Evening Transcript, “Four thousand fanning people in the Hall of Columbus would sit smiling and expectant, waiting for an hour or two of other men’s speeches to listen to Vivekananda for fifteen minutes.” More than a century later, Vivekananda is still renowned for introducing Hinduism to the West, reviving Hinduism in India, and inspiring interfaith appreciation. For a rich selection of his teachings, see Victor Parachin’s new volume published as part of Orbis’s Modern Spiritual Masters Series. It addresses such topics as loving God in spite of evil, worshipping God rather than images and symbols of God, and taming the monkey mind. Buddhist readers will be particularly interested to read the section entitled “Appreciation for the Buddha.” COMRADES OF THE QUEST: An Oral History of Reed College By John Sheehy Oregon State University Press 2012; 576 pp., $34.95 (cloth) RING OF BONE: Collected Poems By Lew Welch City Lights Publishers 2012; 256 pp., $17.95 (paper) Comrades of the Quest is an exploration of the Reed College experience. Intellectual freedom, academic rigor, and egalitar- ian democracy are the hallmarks of this institution, and since its founding a century ago it has attracted and fostered generations of innovators. Among them were poets and Buddhist pioneers Lew Welch, Philip Whalen, and Gary Snyder, who studied at Reed together in the 1940s. A decade later, they regrouped in the Bay Area and became notable figures in the Beat literary scene. Ring of Bone is a collection of Welch’s work dating from his early years to just before his tragic death. In May, 1971, Snyder went to Welch’s campsite in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and found a suicide note. An extensive search was conducted, but his body was never found. “Maitreya walks our streets right now,” Welch claimed in his “Maitreya Poem.” “Look out. For him, for her, for them, for these will break America as Christ cracked Rome.” Then in his song “Buddhist Bard Turns Rat Slayer,” Welch riffed, “I don’t know about dogs but rats ain’t got no Buddha nature.” ♦