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Lions Roar : March 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2008 102 TheVillage Zendo 2008 Spring/Summer Practice Mondays at 6 Beginning Instruction Monthly All Day Retreats March 12-16 Urban Sesshin May 12-25 Visit 'Zen Japan' with Roshi Enkyo July 23- August 24 Summer Ango at the Grail The Village Zendo 588 Broadway, suite 910 New York, NY 10012 www.villagezendo.org firstname.lastname@example.org A TRUTHFUL HEART: Buddhist Practices for Connecting with Others By Jeffrey Hopkins Snow Lion Publications, 2008; 190 pp., $14.95 (paper) A Truthful Heart addresses the same broad topic as Awakening Through Love and covers some of the same ground in terms of theory and method. It’s also written by a Tibetan Buddhist scholar–practitioner. But the two books are distinct, and you’d be well served to read both if the subject interests you. Jeffrey Hopkins, a professor emeritus of Tibetan and Buddhist studies at the University of Virginia and a longtime interpreter for and collaborator with the Dalai Lama, takes a traditional, step-wise approach to the complete doctrine of Buddhism, from practicing equanimity to realizing emptiness. These practices are central to Hopkins’ life, and he gives an unprecedented, vivid account of his own incremental transformation. The lens of personal experience makes A Truthful Heart an accessible and practical text. MAPPING THE DHAMMA: A Concise Guide to the Middle Way of the Buddha By Paul Gerhards Parami Press, 2007; 120 pp., $15.95 (paper) The earliest Buddhist scriptures, which were originally passed down orally, included aural cues (such as repetitive phrases and repeating numbers) to help practitioners re- member and recite them. Today, our skill in using mnemonic devices is often undevel- oped and it can be hard to keep straight the many lists of truths and factors and their various constituents in the Buddhist canon (the four noble truths, the five hindrances, the ten perfections, the twelve links of dependent origination, and so on and so on). Visual learners will especially welcome this useful little book by Paul Gerhards, who has organized the Buddha’s basic teachings “by the numbers” and provided a map of how they interrelate. He also gives a brief explanation of each list and each member of each list. If the map were the territory, this guide would be all you would need. ♦ MAR 78-107.indd 102 MAR 78-107.indd 102 12/19/07 2:43:51 PM 12/19/07 2:43:51 PM