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Lions Roar : November 2018
REVIEWS A BUDDHIST JOURNAL Guided Practices for Writers and Meditators By Beth Jacobs North Atlantic Books 2018; 168 pp., $16.95 (paper) Buddhist teachings emphasize the impor- tance of awareness unbounded by words, and yet Buddhists have a long history of penning rich and evocative works. Beth Jacob’s explanation for this poetic irony is that “Writing doesn’t just convey informa- tion. It causes things to happen, things that change both the writer and the reader forever.” Moreover, she says, “Buddhist writing appreciates and manipulates the qualities of language because of its understanding of language itself as a process within a bigger view of the mind.” In A Buddhist Journal, Jacobs offers a variety of writing techniques and prompts that correlate to specific Buddhist practices, such as tonglen, and teachings, such as emptiness. Jacobs is a lay Buddhist teacher in the Soto Zen tradition, as well as a seasoned writing instructor, and this well-conceived book brings all of her experience to bear. It will help writers to enliven their writing and meditators to deepen their understanding of Buddhist concepts. SEE, HEAR, FEEL Mindfulness for Children— A Moment at a Time Story by Emmanuelle Giumelli; illustrations by Mathilde Gatinois Wisdom Publications 2018; 48 pp., $17.95 (cloth) Most kids don’t like sitting still, so marathon meditation sessions are unlikely to appeal to them. Yet if it’s approached the right way, kids can learn to relish mindfulness prac- tice—intentionally paying attention to their experience. See, Hear, Feel begins with the sweet story of an ordinary day in the life of a child named Charlie. Each activity, from waking up in the morning to going to bed at night, is an opportunity for Charlie to engage the senses. Eating breakfast, Charlie sees yummy red jam, hears toast popping up, and feels sticky. At night, snuggling with Dad, Charlie hears, “Good night. I love you,” and feels safe and warm. The book includes mindfulness games and activities. For example, “Rocking Your Animal to Sleep” involves having your child lay down with a stuffed animal on their belly and—breathing normally—moving the animal up and down with each inhalation and exhalation ♦ Find the best Buddhist books at store.lionsroar.com—and support our non-profit mission. NINE GATES MYSTERY SCHOOL Nine Gates Programs Esoteric School Nine Gates Programs Esoteric School LION’S ROAR | NOVEMBER 2018 80