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question: “Do you hate the Chinese?” In those days the Dalai Lama’s English was bare bones, so mostly he relied on a trans- lator, but he answered this question in English—emphatically. “No, I do not hate the Chinese.” Then his secretary trans- lated, “His Holiness considers the Chi- nese his brothers.” Fast-forward to today and Chan, of Chinese descent, has writ- ten two books, which he has created by interviewing the Dalai Lama extensively. In their new release, Wisdom of Compas- sion, they explore the idea of compassion in thought, speech, and action. BUDDHA’S BOOK OF SLEEP Sleep Better in Seven Weeks with Mindfulness Meditation By Joseph Emet Tarcher 2012; 160 pp., $15.95 (paper) A dharma teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition, Joseph Emet is the founder of the Mindfulness Meditation Centre in Montreal and the creator of A Basket of Plums, a book with two CDs of songs for the practice of mindfulness. In the intro- duction of his new release, Emet draws attention to a recent survey that claims 75 percent of us have some difficulty sleep- ing, then goes on to say that many of us have failed to find relief from the standard recommendations. We’ve tried creating a positive sleeping environment, we’ve tried avoiding caffeine and alcohol in the eve- ning, and maybe we’ve even tried medi- cation. Still, however, we find ourselves tossing and turning in bed. Now Buddha’s Book of Sleep gets to the heart of the prob- lem: our agitated minds. For readers new to mindfulness meditation, Emet explains the basics of the practice. Then he offers seven guided meditation exercises geared toward helping us get the rest we need. GROWING IN LOVE AND WISDOM Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation By Susan J. Stabile Oxford University Press 2013; 272 pp., $19.95 (cloth) Susan J. Stabile ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun and followed the Buddhist path for twenty years. This was such a long time that even after she returned to the religion she was raised in, Catholicism, she saw it through a Buddhist lens and found herself spontaneously incorporat- ing Buddhist practices into her Christian prayer life. In Growing in Love and Wis- dom, Stabile explores why it’s helpful to look outside one’s own tradition for the means to spiritual growth and offers fif- teen Tibetan Buddhist contemplative practices adapted for Christian purposes. One of the fifteen is a modified tant- ric visualization practice. Tibetan Bud- dhists visualize themselves as a Buddha or bodhisattva for the purpose of recogniz- ing and bringing forth their own buddha- nature. So in this vein, Stabile suggests that Christians visualize the shining face of Jesus and generate a strong desire to be Christ—to manifest his love and com- passion. Stabile then makes compelling arguments for why this practice, though borrowed from Buddhism, is a fit for Christianity. Scripture, of course, is her starting point. She quotes Philippians 2:5, “Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus.” ZEN GARDENS The Complete Works of Shunmyo Masuno, Japan’s Leading Garden Designer By Mira Locher Tuttle Publishing 2012; 224 pp., $39.95 (cloth) In addition to being a celebrated landscape architect, Shunmyo Masuno is an eigh- teenth-generation Zen Buddhist priest who presides over the Kenkohji Temple in Yokohama, Japan. When he was a child, he and his family went to Kyoto, where they visited various temple complexes with outstanding gardens, and this affected him deeply. By junior high he was tracing pho- tographs of great Zen gardens and in high school he was sketching his own designs. At this point, he met Saito Katsuo, a gar- den designer who allowed him to observe his work and later become his apprentice. Now Masuno is the creator of both mod- ern and traditional gardens across the globe; their settings range from temple grounds to high-end hotels to private resi- dences and even to some more unexpected locals, such as a crematorium. Zen Gar- dens is a stunning volume that showcases thirty-seven of Masuno’s finest works. o 3 Ways You Can Help Shambhala Sun Donate, shop, share—three ways you can help the Shambhala Sun spread the wisdom of meditation and genuine dharma. DONATE The need for dharma has never been greater and, with your support, the Shambhala Sun will continue to introduce the wisdom of meditation and contemplative practice to hundreds of thousands of readers every issue. 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