using the arrow buttons.
by clicking on the page.
the page around when zoomed in by dragging it.
the zoom using the slider when zoomed-in.
by clicking on the zoomed-in page.
by entering text in the search field, and select "This Issue" or "All Issues"
by clicking on thumbnails to select pages, and then press the print button.
displays sections with thumbnails and descriptions.
displays a slider of thumbnails. Click on a page to jump.
allows you to browse the full archive.
about your subscription?
Lions Roar : November 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2008 99 BY ANDREA MCQUILLIN BOOKS IN BRIEF EMOTIONAL AWARENESS Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion By the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman Times Books, 2008; 256 pp., $23 (cloth) If you regularly peruse this department, your eyes may glaze over at the mention of yet another book on psychology and Buddhism. But Emotional Awareness—which takes the form of an extended conversation between high-caliber subject experts Paul Ekman and the Dalai Lama—offers a fresh, unique exploration of many subtle issues raised by the intersection of these disciplines. The conversation format works well here because it allows the reader to witness a personal relationship develop between two “scientists of the mind” as they gently probe each other’s system of thought with striking intellectual rigor. Both have dedicated their lives to reducing psychological suffering and now, in the autumn of their careers, seem to enjoy the opportunity to refine their views through dialogue. (The two first met in 2000 through the Mind and Life Institute, which brings together the Dalai Lama and researchers to discuss scientific topics.) Full of intelligence, unexpected humor, and tender surprises, Emotional Awareness clarifies for the layman what the big deal is about psychology and Buddhism. THE WISHING YEAR: A Memoir of Fulfilled Desire By Noelle Oxenhandler Random House, 2008; 304 pp., $24 (cloth) Like many Buddhists, Noelle Oxenhandler had an ambivalent relationship with desire (a bit of a dirty word in Buddhism) and skepticism about putting her own wishes “out there.” But at fifty—divorced, alone, and with nothing to lose—the longtime Zen student suspended her habitual doubt to embark on a year- long experiment where she dared to think, articulate, and hope for what she wanted (which was, by the way, a house, a new love, and spiritual renewal). Oxenhandler is a gifted writer and this thoughtful memoir delivers more than you would expect, par- ticularly if you share her entrenched mistrust of wishing. Since we’re all wishing all the time, it seems well worth exploring it with some vigor. Wishing’s real power, she says, is the way that its practice opens you up to what is. “At all times,” says Oxen- handler, “we can choose to move from the not yet of unfulfilled desire to the already of what is present.” ZEN HEART Simple Advice for Living with Mindfulness and Compassion By Ezra Bayda Shambhala Publications, 2008; 198 pp., $21.95 (cloth) This is the fourth book from Zen teacher Ezra Bayda, who, with each outing, has refined and deepened his advice on increasing awareness in our day-to-day lives. This advice is hard-won and based on the close scrutiny of Bayda’s own practice. In Zen Heart, Bayda defines spiritual practice as “all the ideas and techniques that focus on the effort to practice maintaining awareness,” and he breaks its progress down into three phases: 1) the Me phase—becoming free from the attachment to “me,” 2) the Be- ing Awareness phase, and 3) the Being Kindness phase. Whether you accept these precise categories as the map of the path or not, Bayda’s close analytical thinking can offer insights into your ef- forts to further develop awareness. Zen Heart will most benefit those who have already made a commitment to and have some prior experience in observing the mind. RAZOR WIRE DHARMA By Calvin Malone Wisdom Publications, 2008; 288 pp., $15.95 (paper) LETTERS FROM THE DHAMMA BROTHERS: Meditation Behind Bars By Jenny Phillips Pariyatti Press, 2008; 220 pp., $15.95 (paper) Through prison chaplaincy and rehabilitation programs, a num- ber of Buddhist communities and networks offer support for ongoing meditation and study in North American prisons. Now two new books show us how prisoners reach out to others from NOV 84-105.indd 99 NOV 84-105.indd 99 9/1/08 12:25:00 PM 9/1/08 12:25:00 PM