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Lions Roar : January 2010
SHAMBHALA SUN jANUAry 2010 89 By andrea miller BooKs in Brief ThE arT OF haPPinEss in a TrOUBLEd WOrLd By His Holiness the dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, md Doubleday, 2009; 346 pp., $26 (cloth) The Art of Happiness was released in 1998 with a small first print- ing and modest expectations, but—to the surprise of the pub- lishing industry—it became a New York Times best-seller. The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, the newest title in the Art of Happiness series, examines personal happiness in relation to broader issues, such as violence, prejudice, and terrorism. the dalai Lama and Cutler’s underlying point is that by cultivating compassion and empathy we can simultaneously work toward our own happiness and overcoming society’s ills. In the closing chapter, the authors offer specific techniques to intentionally in- crease our capacity for these positive emotions. MindFUL MOThErhOOd Practical Tools for staying sane during Pregnancy and your Child’s First year By Cassandra Vieten New Harbringer Publications, 2009; 200 pp., $16.95 (paper) Cassandra Vieten makes it clear—mindful motherhood isn’t another goal you must achieve in order to be a good mother. nor is it about always staying calm in the face of labor pains or temper tantrums. mindful motherhood is about being aware of your experience from moment to moment without judg- ing it, and about staying connected to your baby regardless of what’s happening. the book has a foreword by Sylvia Boor- stein and is divided into twenty-four chapters that each take about twenty minutes to read—a manageable amount of time even for busy moms. ThE COMPLETE TassaJara COOKBOOK recipes, Techniques, and reflections From the Famed Zen Kitchen By edward espe Brown Shambhala Publications, 2009; 526 pp., $35 (cloth) The Complete Tassajara Cookbook is a collection of Zen chef ed- ward espé Brown’s best work. thirty-five years ago, when Brown wrote Tassajara Cooking, he shied away from giving recipes in the usual sense, preferring to list ingredients without specific quantities in hopes of encouraging experimentation. Some of the recipes in this new volume are likewise refreshingly loose, but Brown has come to realize that more specific instructions allow people to add to their repertoire, so most of the recipes are more precise. the one constant is that he always conveys his de- light in vegetarian cooking. It’s not just about working on food, he says, but working on yourself, and awakening your capacities for living in the moment. riPraP and COLd MOUnTain POEMs By gary Snyder Counterpoint, 2009; 96 pp., $24 (cloth) pulitzer prize-winner gary Snyder had his first book of poems published in 1959 in Japan by origin press. now Counterpoint is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary with this new edition, which also includes Snyder’s translation of Han Shan’s Cold Mountain Poems and a Cd of Snyder reading all the poems in this collec- tion. riprap is infused with Buddhist thought, environmental- ism, and a certain sexual energy. But what I enjoy most about this classic is that it is replete with natural imagery, which is as gorgeous as it is lean. yOU dOn’T haVE TO BE a BUddhisT TO KnOW nOThing an illustrious Collection of Thoughts on naught Conceived and edited by Joan konner Prometheus Books, 2009; 200 pp., $17 (cloth) You Don’t Have to Be a Buddhist to Know Nothing is a collec- tion of quotes about nothing and its cousins—silence, voids, and emptiness. But as the editor, Joan konner, points out, nothing and everything are joined at the hip. “If there weren’t a vacuum, everything would be static,” she says. “there could be no mo- tion between bodies... no rhythm without pause, no meaning without space between words and sentences, no emptiness out of which new thoughts, new works, might arise.” the quotes— always insightful, sometimes wickedly funny—are by thinkers of all stripes, such as Sylvia plath, Bob dylan, Lao tzu, and Shake- speare. konner was also the editor of The Atheist’s Bible.