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Lions Roar : September 2005
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2005 1 1 WISE WOMEN I just finished reading the July 2005 copy of the Shambhala Sun. What a satisfying edition this was. The many wise women’s voices were wonderful to read, reflect upon, and sit with. Women have so much to offer to this practice. It was nice to find so many of them offering teachings in this issue—my deep gratitude to all who made this possible. Michele Hinchman Riverdale, NY BAD REVIEWS Your magazine has done a great disservice to the authors of the books supposedly under review by Bill McKibben in the July issue (Ultramarathon Man and The Runner’s High). Instead of discussing the books, McKibben devotes his essay to himself—not very fair to the writers or your readers. Hal Kahn Santa Fe, NM I was dismayed to read the rather shallow and inaccurate review of Tulku Thondup’s newest book, Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth: A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook. A book written by the emi- nent scholar on such an extremely important topic deserves more careful attention and respect. Your reviewer blithely recounts the Tibetan delogs’ experiences of the bardo as if they were made-up horror stories. He states that other Buddhist traditions “do not have such beliefs.” All Buddhists believe in cause and effect. One of the main purposes of the delogs’ stories is to illustrate the effects of one’s actions. In reading this review, we learn more about the reviewer’s psychology and intentions than we do about what is actu- ally in the book. He seriously misleads the reader by implying that Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth is complicated, eso- teric, too Tibetan, scary, and depressing. Nothing could be further from the truth! Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth is full of simple, practical, positive methods for profoundly helping the dying, the dead, and the living. Thondup explains the dharma so succinctly and simply that I believe your reviewer, with his overly sophisticated intellectual attitude, missed the point. I encourage your readers—Buddhist or not—to read Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth. Ann Lachman Hawley, MA Editor’s Note: Please see page 87 for Tulku Thondup’s reply to the July review of Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth. I read David Guy’s review of Steven Levine’s new book Unattended Sorrow with considerable interest, especially those places where Guy was critical of Levine’s writing style. Guy gave specific examples to illustrate his points. Levine’s “purple prose...didn’t mean much”; he had let his “metaphors get away from him” and Guy quoted a passage where he “had no idea what [Levine] was talking about.” What intrigued me was that when I read those same passages, they made immediate and eloquent sense to me. I wondered if this was a case of “open secrets”—Levine speaking about a reality that perhaps had not yet been experi- enced by Mr. Guy. Yet Guy had men- tioned his own father’s death, so one would have expected this to be familiar ground. I wondered, then, if my under- standing of Levine might be a function of my advancing middle age, where paradox becomes the only language worth using to express experience. A look at a website photo of David Guy led me to see him as a middle-aged fellow himself. Clearly Levine’s words are a mirror for the reader’s reality. Perhaps that might be a helpful guideline for anyone who would read this tender book. Sharon Driscoll Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia LettersTO THE EDITOR OK TO BE HEALTHY The panel discussion about Buddhism and health in the March 2005 issue seemed to center on accepting the inevitability of old age, sickness, and death, and that there was little we could really do about the situa- tion. While there was wonderful advice there, we were not left with much insight as to how we become sick, and how we may actually heal. Perhaps if the editors had asked a pro- fessional homeopath or Oriental medi- cine practitioner we might have had some different views. Your panelists are compassionate health care professionals. However, they are all allopathic with regard to the medicines they administer and their voices do not represent those who heal with different methods. As a Buddhist and a professional home- opath I suggest exploring the views and methods of understanding disease that will allow the possibility of a little more healthy fruition to enter our lives. It actu- ally is OK to be healthy, and there are methods to help us. Of course, grasping after health is perhaps the greatest of mate- rialistic endeavors, but simply ignoring the self-existing healthiness available to all of us is just as delusional. Is there really any benefit to not allowing ourselves to heal? Spero Latchis Dhom Brattleboro, VT REASON & FAITH In his rebuttal to Sam Harris, Michael Valpy asserts, “holy books have been understood and interpreted symbolically for millennia” (“Our Evolving Search for Meaning,” May, 2005). Yet has any Christian denomination in past centuries taught that Christ’s virgin birth, substitu- tional atonement, resurrection, or Second Coming were mere symbols or analogies? Today, Pope Benedict XVI pre- scribes to his one billion followers a fun- damentalism without significant vari- ance from his medieval predecessors. Although nineteenth-century skeptics