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Lions Roar : May 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2008 100 develop a world in which people no longer think that the best alternative is to destroy whatever opposes them.” UNPLUG: An Interactive Kit By Sharon Salzberg Sounds True, 2008; 27-page guidebook, 2 audio CDs, and 32 cards, $26.95 This introduction to Buddhist meditation, including two audio CDs, a short guidebook, and a deck of contemplation cards, cov- ers a lot of ground in a compact package. But that won’t sur- prise those acquainted with vipassana veteran Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massa- chusetts. Salzberg has been teaching for thirty-five years, and she knows the strengths and weaknesses of Westerners coming to meditation. This box, with its helpful supplements of guided meditations and pithy contemplation cards, is designed for busy, distracted people with lots of excuses. If there’s a takeaway mes- sage from Unplug, it’s that the barriers to meditation are few and the benefits many. ENLIGHTENMENT FOR IDIOTS: A Novel By Anne Cushman Shaye Areheart Books, 2008; 384 pp., $24 (cloth) If you’ve ever pursued enlightenment—or just toyed with the idea—you’ll see a bit of yourself in this playful but introspective first novel by Anne Cushman. It follows Amanda, a prototypical questing Californian with a passion for yoga and a weakness for DREAM YOGA THE PRACTICE OF LUCID DREAMING AS A PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche RECORDED LIVE DURING A FIVE- DAY INTENSIVE RETREAT An audio companion to his book The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep DREAM YOGA Audio teachings by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche This 2 CD set accompanies Tenzin Rinpoche’s best-selling book The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep $19.95 plus $6 shipping Available through Ligmincha Institute’s BOOKSTORE && TIBET SHOP 313 Second St., S.E., Suite 107 Charlottesville,VA 22902 434-220-0060 / Toll-free: 866-522-5269 www.ligminchastore.org firstname.lastname@example.org and through New Leaf Dist. Co. New from LLiiggmmiinncchhaa IInnssttiittuuttee Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, the spiritual director of Ligmincha Institute, will present the practice of tummo during all three weeks of our summer retreat.This will be the third and final annual summer retreat imparting these teachings on the Fireball of Primordial Wisdom, a practice that cultivates bliss while burning away subtle obscurations to abiding in the natural state of mind. Tu m m o refers to inner fire, inner heat, or wisdom. The teachings include both tantric and dzogchen support practices to achieve liberation. All are welcome to attend this retreat regardless of previous participation. The retreat will be held at Serenity Ridge, our hilltop retreat center near Charlottesville,Va. Each week is designed to be a direct and powerful healing experience. May all beings benefit! As always, you may come for one, two, or all three weeks of the retreat. Week One: July 6–12; Week Two: July 13–19; Week Three: July 20–26 JULY 6–26, 2008 The Fireball of Primordial Wisdom Part III of the Tummo Practice From The Bon tradition of Tibet With Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche Ligmincha Institute, Charlottesville, Va. email@example.com; 434.977.6161 www.ligmincha.org unreliable men. An unenthusiastic travel writer, Amanda finally sees a chance to get it all together when she lands a job researching and writing a guide to spiritual sites in India. But the actual pursuit of enlightenment—hunting gurus and chasing poses and escaping irritating fellow seekers—turns out to be a bit mundane, if not downright disappointing. It’s Amanda’s own life that demands her attention, and as more chaos is heaped upon her, she’s forced to look inside for the answers she has been seeking. Cushman’s send- up of the New Age American dream is both thoughtful and wise. THE BUDDHA’S DIAMONDS By Carolyn Marsden and Thay Phap Niem Candlewick Press, 2008; 112 pp., $14.99 (cloth) This short coming-of-age story by Carolyn Marsden is aimed at pre- teen readers and is inspired by the childhood experiences of co-au- thor Thay Phap Niem, a Buddhist monk in the Order of Interbeing, founded by Thich Nhat Hanh. Marsden’s protagonist, Tinh, lives in a small village by the sea in post-war Vietnam. By custom, at ten years old, Tinh helps his father on the family fishing boat, where the two earn a subsistence income for the family. Though he is anxious to please his “Ba” and to help look after his sister and mother, Tinh is also reluctant to give up the idle interests of a child, and when a crisis occurs he falls short of his own and his family’s expectations. But all’s well that ends well in this gentle moral tale. With Quan Yin, the goddess of compassion, as his inspiration, Tinh eventually learns to look beyond his own self-interest to overcome his fears. ♦ MAY 80-105.indd 100 MAY 80-105.indd 100 3/6/08 11:36:46 AM 3/6/08 11:36:46 AM