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Lions Roar : September 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2007 93 ego and ultimately a source of suffering, says Warner. His koan-like advice is to kill your anger. But Warner doesn’t say it’s easy, and his lengthy discussion of the subject suggests he’s given the matter thought and effort. “With practice this stuff gets easier,” he writes. “But you’ll never completely lose your desire to get mad at things.” Levine sees anger as a habitual mental reaction that can be transformed by meditation and service. He observes that much diffi- culty and confusion in life is impersonal, and so reflexive anger is neither justified nor skillful. A friend of Nichtern’s quit his job at Starbucks because people kvetched too often about the imperfections of their lattés. Latté suffering is petty, he says, but it’s also the basis for understanding the dis- comfort that triggers anger. Anger is easier to work with when it’s understood in the context of interdependence, says Nichtern, because it’s an occasion to examine who is angry instead of the object of anger. “Kill the Buddha” continues to be ap- pealing advice, and as far as these teachers are concerned, it might be wise to retire the term “master.” Levine is a little pho- bic about teachers and warns us to beware of them, echoing the Buddha’s guidance to be your own light. Warner mockingly concludes his book with a chapter titled “Ultimate Truth,” in which he makes it clear that Ultimate Truth isn’t in Sit Down and Shut Up. Likewise, Nichtern says One City isn’t a definitive handbook. “Develop your own insight,” he says. If there’s one concluding observation to make regarding the next generation of Buddhist teachers, it’s the absence of women’s voices. Although Sumi Loun- don’s Blue Jean Buddha: Voices of Young Buddhists rounded up younger practitio- ners of both genders, young female teach- ers have yet to develop a high profile. This is ironic, given that a distinguishing char- acteristic of Western Buddhism is gender egalitarianism. So while plenty of first- generation Western female teachers have influenced students and made their mark on contemporary practice, on the matter of second-generation female Buddhist teachers, you’ll have to stay tuned. ♦ “How I Found The Real Me.” “The detailed energy work, higher sense perception, and so much else that I learned at the Barbara Brennan TM School of Healing were wonderful. But the most important teaching for me was how to have more of my true self. “The school helped me to reclaim all the parts of me...parts I used to just ignore or give away. “It taught me how to be in contact with myself and others, without losing myself. (I was finally able to understand what ‘contact’ really means.) “I learned how to be in relationship as an adult, and not from that place of the wounded child. “It also showed me how to get in touch with my real creative essence, and it reignited my true gifts and talents that I’m now using as a teacher of art, music and movement. I’ve also started to work as a healer in a medical center. “Somebody asked me recently what I got from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, and I replied, ‘I got happiness.’ ” — Cathy Darnell • Dubai • 2005 BBSH Graduate www.barbarabrennan.com • 1-800-924-2564 BARBARA BRENNAN SCHOOL OF HEALING ® Like Cathy, you too have the opportunity to learn directly from Barbara Brennan on the four-year training program that can transform your life and bring the higher levels of awareness into everyday normality. The Barbara Brennan School of Healing isn’t just about learning to heal—it’s also about creating the life you want. Visit our web site to order a free copy of our remarkable DVD, Becoming a Healer. Sterling Silver, $79 14k Gold, $1699 Metta Bracelet METTA PRAYER “May all beings be peaceful. May all beings be happy. May all beings be safe. May all beings awaken to the light of their true nature. May all beings be free.” 800.794.9862 www.dharmacrafts.com Introducing the Metta Cuff Sterling Silver, $79 14k Gold, $2179 The Endless Knot adorns the top of this striking cuff. The Metta Prayer is discreetly beneath. 6 3/4" dia. 3/8" w The never-ending Metta Prayer entwines this finely engraved möbius bracelet. 8 3/4" around fits men SEPT 72-99.indd 93 SEPT 72-99.indd 93 6/25/07 5:31:10 PM 6/25/07 5:31:10 PM