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Lions Roar : January 2019
THE COMPASSIONATE KITCHEN Buddhist Practices for Eating with Mindfulness and Gratitude By Thubten Chodron Shambhala Publications 2018; 160 pp., $14.95 (paper) In India 2,600 years ago, renunciates, including the Buddha, fed themselves by going on alms rounds. This was viewed by all as a beautiful exchange— lay followers offered food to nourish the body, and monastics offered the dharma to feed the heart and mind. When American Buddhist nun Thubten Chodron founded Sravasti Abbey in Washington State, she wanted to adopt the spirit of this ancient tradition and decided that those staying at the abbey would survive on donated food. At first, people thought she was crazy and that they’d starve, but friends—and even strangers—have been con- sistently generous. Now, to reciprocate this kindness, the abbey doesn’t charge anyone for anything—room, board, or teachings. In this way and many others, life at Sravasti Abbey is informed by Buddhist teachings and practices, which are related to food. In The Compassionate Kitchen, Thubten Chodron suggests how to bring these teachings and practices into our homes. REVIEWS ECOLOGY, ETHICS, AND INTERDEPENDENCE The Dalai Lama in Conversation with Leading Thinkers on Climate Change Edited by John Dunne and Daniel Goleman Wisdom Publications 2018; 344 pp., $18.95 (paper) In the same way that human activity has played a significant role in produc- ing our current ecological crisis, human activity—with effort and collabora- tion—could also lessen or even reverse the crisis. With this in mind, in 2011 the Dalai Lama suggested Mind and Life Institute host a group of distinguished scientists and scholars for a weeklong dialogue focused on understanding our current environmental realities and exploring how to enact positive change. Ecology, Ethics, and Interdependence comes out of that remarkable dialogue. Con- tributors include Buddhist monk and former molecular geneti- cist Matthieu Ricard, who tackles the environmental implica- tions of our treatment of animals, and Dekila Chungyalpa of the World Wildlife Fund, who examines the “skillful means” of activism—for example, recognizing the importance of local contexts and the need to involve all stakeholders in environ- mental initiatives. The Dalai Lama’s warm, wise voice is woven throughout the book. the village zendo year-end retreat with Roshi Enkyo O’Hara Garrison Institute, New York half retreat: December 26th – 29th, 2018 full retreat: December 26th, 2018– January 1st, 2019 A spacious and quiet Zen retreat with meditation, daily dharma talks, interview with Village Zendo teachers, and time to rest and walk along the Hudson River. For more information, please visit www.villagezendo.org LION’S ROAR | JANUARY 2019 78