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Lions Roar : July 2018
REVIEWS INTRODUCTION TO ZEN KOANS Learning the Language of Dragons By James Ishmael Ford Wisdom Publications 2018; 242 pp., $17.95 (paper) There’s an old Chinese story about a man who was fascinated by dragons. The king of dragons learned about him and decided to teach him the dragon language. But when actually faced with a dragon, the man—terrified—took up his sword. The language of dragons is the language of Zen, says James Ishmael Ford. It can be powerful and transforma- tive, but also painful and scary. In Introduction to Zen Koans, Ford details the origins of Buddhism and the shifts it under- went as it moved from India to China to Japan. He explores the Heart Sutra, the practice of “just sitting,” and meditating on the breath. And, of course, he unpacks the origins of koan practice and delves deeply into what it means to practice with them. Ford’s writing is deeply engaging, woven with narrative and heart. IN SEARCH OF WISDOM A Monk, a Philosopher, and a Psychiatrist on What Matters Most By Matthieu Ricard, Christophe André, and Alexandre Jollien Sounds True 2018; 334 pp., $18.95 (paper) Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk and former molecular geneticist who was dubbed by the press, to his embarrass- ment, as “the happiest man in the world.” Alexandre Jollien is a philosopher who grew up in a home for the physically disabled. Christophe André is a psychiatrist who specializes in the psychology of emotions. In a house nestled in the forest of the Dordogne, France, these three remarkable friends spent two weeks together talking about humanity’s most enduring philosophical ques- tions, and out of their intimate and illuminating conversa- tion this book was born. The many topics addressed include the importance of motivation; the body as an instrument of enlightenment; the difference between acceptance and resignation; and how to practice compassion for oneself and others, including difficult people. In France, where books of philosophy can be bestsellers, In Search of Wisdom has sold more than 450,000 copies. ENLIGHTENMENT TOWN Finding Spiritual Awakening in a Most Improbable Place By Jeffery Paine New World Library 2018; 248 pp., $15.95 (paper) Crestone, Colorado, is a former mining town with such thin moun- tain air that Native Americans once considered it too harsh for human habitation. By a twist of fate, envi- ronmentalist billionaire Maurice Strong and his spiritually-inclined fiancée Hanne Marstrand blew into town in the late seventies. Marstrand went on a solo four-day vision quest in the Sangre de Cristos and had an idea that even she thought was crazy: to establish a refuge for all religions. Then, as soon as she made her way down the mountains, an eccentric, self-appointed prophet named Glenn Anderson arrived on her doorstep, practically shouting. He’d been dream- ing of a foreign woman providing a habitat for all religions and believed Marstrand was that woman. Now convinced of her calling, Marstrand got Strong to offer free land to religious groups. Crestone is now home to twenty-five spiritual commu- nities, including Vajrayana, Zen, Catholic, and Hindu. Enlight- enment Town is the fascinating story of how these communities live and thrive side by side. THE DAY THE BUDDHA WOKE UP By Andrea Miller; artwork by Rima Fujita Wisdom Publications 2018; 18 pp., $10.95 (board book) The Day the Buddha Woke Up is the first ever Buddhist board book. It was written with small children in mind, but the words and images are worth pondering from both a child’s perspective and when we’re all grown up. This book, which is by Lion’s Roar deputy editor Andrea Miller, tells the story of how Siddhartha became the Buddha. It begins with Siddhartha’s birth, then goes on to his quest for understanding—fueled by his curiosity—and leads to his ultimate awakening under the Bodhi tree. Miller translates the tale into simple phrases easily understood by little ones and poses questions infused with childlike wonder such as, “Why aren’t people happy?” and “Is true happiness possible?” Rima Fujita, a renowned artist and Buddhist, creates beautiful, warm, and whimsical illustrations of animals, flowers, and faces to complement the wisdom of 2,600 years of Buddhism dis- tilled into a few key words. —Lindsay Kyte By Andrea Miller LION’S ROAR | JULY 2018 77