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Lions Roar : July 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2006 7 Gangaji, an internation- ally renowned teacher and author, has influenced the lives of thousands through her retreats and public events. In her new book, The Diamond in Your Pocket, she speaks to the essential paradox of the spiritual search: the discovery of true fulfillment lies in the willingness to call off the search for fulfillment. “It is impossible to find happiness,” she explains. “As long as you are seeking to find happiness somewhere, you are overlooking where happiness is ... in your true nature.” Like a precious gem, The Diamond in Your Pocket cuts through what is false and illuminates what is true through a brilliant series of contempla- tions and insights you will want to return to again and again. Exploring a breadth of topics from how to let go of your need to control, to the trance of language, to despair’s hidden treasure, Gangaji helps you to cultivate the courage to open your mind, so you can freshly investigate the truth of your nature and directly realize the brilliance and radiance of who you already are. AVAILABLE NOW AT YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE, OR ORDER DIRECT FROM SOUNDS TRUE: 800-333-9185 www.soundstrue.com/special/dia3 U.S. $22.95 • 304 pages • Hardcover • K919 Please mention offer SSFUA1 to receive free shipping when ordering by phone. 100% money-back guarantee. For more information about Gangaji, visit www.gangaji.org or call 800-267-9205. “ This book is meant for the rapidly growing number of spiritual seekers who are approaching the end of their seeking and who are ready for the undiluted truth.” — ECKHART TOLLE through her retreats and public events. A New Book by GANGAJI FREESHIPPING CADSSFUA1_Diamond.indd 1 4/4/06 10:44:17 AM PICO IYER (“Whatever Way the Wind Blows,” page 27) spends so much time on retreat that he seems to think about nothing but the weather. He divides his time between a two-room flat in rural Japan and a Benedictine hermitage in California, and has been writing for Shambhala Sun from both for close to a decade. His most recent books are Abandon and Sun After Dark. NATALIE GOLDBERG (“On the Shores of Lake Biwa,” page 64) is the author of ten books, the most recent of which is The Great Failure. With filmmaker Mary Feidt, Natalie recently completed a one-hour documentary called Tangled Up in Bob: Searching for Bob Dylan. She shows her paintings in Santa Fe at the Ernesto Mayans Gallery and leads retreats in Taos, New Mexico. MATTHIEU RICARD (“Why Can’t ‘I’ Be Happy?” page 44) is a Buddhist monk who had a promising career in cellular genetics before leaving France thirty-five years ago to study Buddhism in the Himalayas. He is an author, translator, and a participant in current scientific research on the effects that meditation has on the brain. Ricard’s work is held high regard in intellectual circles in Europe, and two books he co-authored, The Monk and the Philosopher and The Quantum and the Lotus, are best-sellers in France. He lives in Tibet and Nepal. JOHN TARRANT (“Five Reasons to Get Cancer,” page 73) is the author of Bring Me the Rhinoceros and Other Zen Koans to Bring You Joy, and the director of Pacific Zen Institute, which, oddly enough, is all about transformation through koans. At this moment he’s wandering around admiring the tulips and the transparence of the rain, and forgetting to do lots of things he promised. TRISH DEITCH ROHRER (“Weekend at Bernie’s,” page 32) is a freelance writer and the former executive editor of the Shambhala Sun. She has been a con- tributor to a number of publications including Elle, O: The Oprah Magazine, GQ, and Premiere. Trish lives in Brooklyn. PHILIP NOVAK (“One for the Sages,” review page 81) is a professor in the philosophy and religion program at Dominican University of California. He is the author of The World’s Wisdom; co-author of Buddhism: A Concise Introduction; and edi- tor of The Inner Journey. He lives in Mill Valley, California, with his wife, Bridgett, and their golden retriever, Dogen (because dogs do have buddhanature). Contributors DEREKSHAPTONMARIONSTALENSPILARLAWNOREENPERRIN