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Lions Roar : May 2018
THE PASSION BOOK A Tibetan Guide to Love & Sex By Gendun Chopel, Translated by Donald S. Lopez Jr. and Thupten Jinpa The University of Chicago Press 2018; 160 pp., $19 (paper) A fascinating iconoclast from Tibet, Gendun Chopel was born in 1903 as the British were preparing to invade his homeland. Early in life, he was identified as the incarnation of a lama and ordained as a monk. Eventually, he went to India, where he wandered for over a decade, often alone and impoverished. In India, he abandoned his monastic vows, wrote some of the most remarkable Tibetan poetry of the twentieth century, and studied classical Indian erotic texts. Since erotic literature was virtually unknown in Tibet, Gendun Chopel wrote some him- self. His material was based not only on his study of Indian sources, but also on his own experience. After having lived for years as a celibate monk, Gendun Chopel was a passionate lover and fascinated by the idea of bodily bliss transforming into buddhahood. Upon Gendun Chopel’s return to Tibet, he was arrested on trumped up charges of treason and imprisoned. He died in 1951 as Chinese troops marched into Lhasa. THE SOUND OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS Zen Lessons from the Garden on Contemplative Design By Martin Hakubai Mosko and Alxe Noden Shambhala Publications 2018; 160 pp., $16.95 (paper) The Sound of Cherry Blossoms is focused on garden design, but the ideas presented in this book can be applied to any discipline or activ- ity—even to the whole of our lives. The fundamental concept is “joining Heaven and Earth,” a Confucian principle central to Chögyam Trungpa’s Shambhala teachings. In this context, heaven is the mind—not ego mind but rather big mind, which is curious, innocent, and without self-reference. Earth, in contrast, is everything in the material realm—form and structure. When Heaven and Earth meet in balance, it’s a harmonious marriage of the spiritual and the mundane. In garden design, the result of joining Heaven and Earth is an uplifted space where we can experience ourselves as we are and awaken to the extraordinary nature of ordinary experience. A garden reflects the truth of impermanence. In its growth and decay, birth and death, stillness and movement, we can see our own ever-changing nature. ♦ CEU’s AVAILABLE FOR NURSES AND SOCIAL WORKERS A transformative training in caregiving from a Zen Buddhist perspective. Ideal for caregivers such as physicians, nurses, social workers, hospice workers as well as those interested in becoming caregivers. SEPT 2018 - MAY 2019 NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS A NINE-MONTH TRAINING PROGRAM CLASSES MEET FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, ONCE A MONTH LEARN MORE AT ZENCARE.ORG 119 W. 23rd Street, #401, New York, NY 10011 FOUNDATIONS IN CONTEMPLATIVE CARE NEW YORK ZEN CENTER FOR CONTEMPLATIVE CARE A COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAM LION’S ROAR | MAY 2018 81