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Lions Roar : January 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2007 91 IT’S UP TO YOU By Dzigar Kongtrul From It’s Up to You (Shambhala) In a nontheistic religion, all we have going for us is our own intelligence and insight, but if we apply these with courage and honesty, it is enough. The place to begin, says Dzigar Kong- trul Rinpoche, is to look unflinchingly at our own self-deception. THIS FLOATING WORLD By Joan Sutherland From the March issue of the Shambhala Sun A dream, a bubble, an illusion, a magic show— these are some of ways Buddhism describes this “reality” we live in. The twist, says Suther- land, is that when we embrace life’s dreamlike nature, we experience it with more vividness, poignancy, and love than ever before. SEARCHING FOR THE HEART OF COMPASSION By Marc Ian Barasch From Field Notes on the Compassionate Life (Rodale) We all want to give and to receive love, yet our society often seems cold and uncaring. Marc Ian Barasch searches America for compassion in action, compassionate people, and the com- passion inside himself. HAIR-BRAIDING MEDITATION By Polly Trout From the Fall issue of Turning Wheel A lovely aspiration prayer by Polly Trout as she braids her daughter’s hair. What’s your prayer as you go about your life, caring for the people you love? MAINTENANCE, SEEING, THE QUESTIONER By Lin Jensen From Bad Dog! A Memoir of Love, Beauty, and Redemption in Dark Places (Wisdom) Lin Jensen is one who is aging wisely, knowing that impermanence is the greatest of all teachers. Here are three es- says on lessons he has learned: to accept, see clearly, and never stop questioning. THE DRAGON’S MIND AND THE POWER OF NONSELF By Sakyong Mipham From Ruling Your World: Ancient Strategies for Modern Life (Broadway) We normally equate power with ego, but it is actually the mind of nonself that has the great power. Sakyong Mipham tells us how we can bring the dragon’s mind, this powerful mind of nonself, into our lives. SURPRISED BY JOY By Sharon Salzberg From The Force of Kindness (Sounds True) Insight Meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg tells how we can develop kindness, the greatest of all attributes, the one that brings joy to ourselves and others. WHAT IS DEATH, MOMMY? By Anne Cushman From the September issue of the Shambhala Sun For every parent, love and heartbreak meet when a child asks what happens af- ter people die. Anne Cushman wonders what a Buddhist mother answers. EVERYTHING IS HOLY By Katie Butler From the Summer issue of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review Enlightenment isn’t about escaping from the world but how we understand its nature. Katie Butler tells how she came to see her Buddhist practice as full immersion in the sacredness of nature and her daily life. THE MYSTIC AND THE CYNIC By Peter J. Conradi From Going Buddhist: Panic and Emptiness, the Buddha and Me (Short Books) Inside every spiritual practi- tioner, says Conradi, wrestle the mystic and the cynic. He tells of a long meditation program he attended and the place of joy and sacredness it led to. THE GREAT DOUBT By Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede From the Spring issue of Zen Bow Zen seeks enlightenment not in answers but in the questioning mind itself. This doubt, says the American Zen teacher Bodhin Kjol- hede, is the very means by which we express and deepen our faith STUDYING MIND FROM THE INSIDE By the Dalai Lama From The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality (Broadway) The true nature of mind, says His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is beyond any concept or physical form. Therefore, it must be studied through a rigorous observation of our own subjective experience. A SAINT BEYOND MY UNDERSTANDING By George Crane From Beyond the House of the False Lama (HarperCollins) On a trip to Mongolia, George Crane is over- whelmed by the suffering of the weak and wonders whether indifference and neglect are simply part of human nature. Then he meets Ani Thubten Jinpa and the children she cares for. SHE WHO HEARS THE CRIES OF THE WORLD By Christina Feldman From Compassion: Listening to the Cries of the World (Rodmell Press) The Best Buddhist Writing 2006 The best Buddhist-inspired writing of the year, selected by the editors of the Shambhala Sun and collected in the anthology Best Buddhist Writing 2006, from Shambhala Publications.