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Lions Roar : July 2016
REVIEWS techniques, aesthetics, and philosophy. Author and teacher Kazuaki Tanahashi draws on his lifelong dedication to this art to offer an in-depth guide to understanding and drawing 150 different characters. His unique approach to teaching this practice begins with presenting characters written by ancient Chinese masters for beginners to copy as a first step. In this age of constant screens and instant information, Heart of the Brush seeks to remind us of the timeless power and beauty of calligraphy. WHY IS THE DALAI LAMA ALWAYS SMILING? A Westerner’s Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhism Practice By Lama Tsomo Namchak Publishing, 2016; 276 pp., $27.95 (paper) Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smil- ing? is by one of the few American women recognized as a lama in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Bud- dhism. Lama Tsomo is a former homesteader, an heir to the Pritzker fortune, and cofounder of the Namchak Foundation. In this book, she translates Tibetan Buddhist teachings into practical applications for finding peace and centeredness amid the stresses of modern life. Using step- by-step instructions, photographs, and explanations laced with humor and personal stories, Lama Tsomo guides the reader on this path through techniques for concentration, focus, and compassion in relationships, outlining her own spiritual jour- ney along the way. This book features an introductory letter from the Dalai Lama, portable meditation cards, Science Tid- bits, and a glossary of Buddhist terms. YOU ARE NOT YOUR FAULT And Other Revelations By Wes “Scoop” Nisker Soft Skull Press, 2016; 261 pp., $16.95 (paper) You Are Not Your Fault is a book for those who feel they have sinned or are seriously flawed as human beings. And who doesn’t, to some degree? In fact, says journalist and Insight teacher Wes “Scoop” Nisker, we can take no credit or blame for who we are. The good news is that in the eyes of Mother Nature LION’S ROAR | JULY 2016 80