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Lions Roar : January 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2007 103 BY ANDREA MCQUILLIN BOOKS IN BRIEF THE ENGAGED SPIRITUAL LIFE A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World By Donald Rothberg Beacon Press, 2006; 272 pp.; $16 (paper) The moniker “engaged Buddhist” has become a bit of a catch- all category for social activists who occasionally meditate and for meditators who occasionally agitate or resist. Here, finally, is a handbook for those seeking to earn the title by uniting the contemplative life with a social and political one. Longtime Vipassana teacher and Buddhist Peace Fellowship organizer Donald Rothberg identifies ten guiding principles, tying each to a specific practice or exercise that can be applied across the individual, social, and collective domains. He argues that the development of a deep spiritual practice is not only beneficial to the individual but also to society, and, likewise, that the in- dividual gains by expanding his or her contemplative practice into the world. Rothberg is a Buddhist and uses a Buddhist framework, but this guide will be useful to progressive spiri- tual practitioners from all traditions. I CELEBRATE MYSELF The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg By Bill Morgan Viking, 2006; 720 pp.; $29.95 (cloth) THE BOOK OF MARTYRDOM AND ARTIFICE First Journals and Poems: 1937-1952 Edited by Bill Morgan and Juanita Lieberman-Plimpton Da Capo, 2006; 416 pp.; $27.50 (cloth) It has been fifty years since City Lights published Allen Gins- berg’s Howl and Other Poems, and—at least in the publish- ing world—Ginsberg lives again. (On the poem “Howl,” for instance, see Howl on Trial: The Battle for Free Expression by Bill Morgan, and The Poem That Changed America, compiled by Jason Shinder.) In I Celebrate Myself, Morgan—archivist, Beat specialist, and official Ginsberg bibliographer—relates the poet’s life from start to finish. Many episodes are fasci- nating and illuminate Ginsberg’s brilliant mind. Not sur- prisingly, others reveal that brilliant mind struggling with Ginsberg’s well-known psychosexual obsessions (which make a more compelling read in the first person). Morgan’s text is helpfully annotated with references to Ginsberg’s complete Collected Poems, also released this year by HarperCollins. To get the Ginsberg/Beat story straight from the horse’s mouth, check out The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice, a collection of Ginsberg’s private writings from his early years, a time when the poet was beginning to flex the muscles of his art and intellect. ZEN PIONEER The Life & Works of Ruth Fuller Sasaki By Isabel Stirling Shoemaker & Hoard, 2006; 320 pp.; $25 (cloth) If there is ever assembled an American Zen Walk of Fame, the oft-overlooked Ruth Fuller Sasaki deserves a place. This short biography by first-time author Isabel Stirling sketches Fuller Sasaki’s remarkable life and re-publishes several of her book- lets on Zen, which today are difficult to track down. Born into a wealthy Chicago family, Ruth Fuller was raised to be a “society lady.” After she married a lawyer twenty years her senior, the pair undertook a polite study of Eastern spiritualism, which would fully blossom for Fuller. Two years after her husband’s death, she married her Rinzai Zen teacher, Sokei-An Sasaki Roshi, but he died within the year. Widowed again at 52, Fuller Sasaki made it her mission to maintain The First Zen Institute that Sa- saki Roshi had established with her help. The only woman ever to be made a priest of a Daitoku-ji temple, Fuller Sasaki spent most of her remaining years in Japan, where she spearheaded the English translation of many Zen texts and mentored young translators such as Philip Yampolsky and Gary Snyder. The grand dame of American Zen died in 1967. ZEN MASTER WHO? A Guide to the People and Stories of Zen By James Ishmael Ford Wisdom Publications, 2006; 280 pp.; $15.95 (paper) There are a couple of historical surveys of Western Buddhism to review this issue, and the first takes on American Zen. In his forty-year study of the tradition, Zen teacher and Uni- tarian Universalist minister James Ishmael Ford has digested the “whos and whats” of Zen, presenting a personable and readable introduction to its major players and teachings, both in the East and West. Ford has practiced with a number of American teachers from several “families” of Zen—among them Mel Weitsman, the late Jiyu Kennett, and John Tarrant,