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Lions Roar : January 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2007 104 Join us in July, 2007 for the Summer Learning Forum. Come explore contemplative practice and the inner life while building skills in negotiation and conflict mediation. Week I: July 9-13, 2007 Week II: July 16-20, 2007 Harvard Law School “If HNII isn’t the next important frontier, I don’t know what is.” Douglas Stone, co-author Difficult Conversations Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative For more information or to register visit www.pon.harvard.edu/hnii 617-495-7711 Spirit in Action from whom Ford received inka in 2005—and has a style that tends toward synthesis rather than analysis (Ford’s Boundless Way Zen Center is a single organization that unites a network of meditation centers from several Zen traditions). Zen Mas- ter Who? is a friendly orientation to Zen for the new student of Buddhism, and the book’s final section, in which Ford con- siders the future of Zen in the West, will prompt discussion among its older students. ALL IS CHANGE The Two-Thousand-Year Journey of Buddhism to the West By Lawrence Sutin Little, Brown, 2006; 403 pp.; $25.99 (cloth) All Is Change is a broad history of the encounter between Bud- dhism and Western thought, and of Buddhism’s influence on the cultural landscape of America. “Been there, done that,” you might think to yourself. But it’s not likely you’ve been around this block before. Author Lawrence Sutin, a biographer of Philip K. Dick and Aleister Crowley, begins his account with the exchange of ideas between classical Greeks and Buddhists of India, the impact of sixteenth-century Jesuit missionaries in Japan and China, and the influence of Buddhism on Western philosophers such as Kant, Hegel, and Schopenhauer. If you’ve read a lot about Western Buddhism before, this first half of the book will be most interesting, if somewhat speculative. In the second half, Sutin traverses the familiar territory of the The- osophists, the Transcendentalists, the Beats, and the Buddhist teachers such as Suzuki Roshi and Chögyam Trungpa, who came to the West from Asia in the twentieth century. MEDITATIONS 2 By Thanissaro Bhikkhu Metta, 2006; 226 pp.; For Free Distribution (paper) The American-born Theravada monk Thanissaro Bhikkhu is one of today’s most prolific writers on and translators of Bud- dhist teachings. You can find a wealth of his material (including this book) on the Access to Insight website, accesstoinsight.org, a repository of online readings from the Theravada school. Than Geoff, as he is known to his students, also publishes books that are available free thanks to the support of donors. Meditations 2 is a collection of thirty-nine talks on subjects related to the prac- tice of meditation, delivered at Metta Forest Monastery near San Diego, where Than Geoff has been abbot since 1993. The word Theravada means “way of the Elders,” and with its emphasis on form and renunciation, Theravada has gained a reputation for old-school-style Buddhism. But the topics in Meditations 2 (such as “Start Out Small,” “No Mistakes Are Fatal,” and “Explor- ing Possibilities”) reveal Theravada as a pragmatic and flexible style of practice, and Than Geoff comes across as a warm and encouraging guide. ♦