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Buddhadharma : Spring 2012
76 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY SPRING 2 0 1 2 AA Torch Lighting the Way to Freedom (Shamb- hala 2011) is the Padmakara Translation Group’s translation of instructions on Tibetan tantric preliminary practices given by the late Nyingma master Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje (1904–1987). In the same genre as Patrul Rinpoche’s classic The Words of My Per- fect Teacher, this text details practical guidance on how to engage in the ngöndro meditations that prepare one for the main Vajrayana practice of deity yoga. Like a coach prepping an athlete for heightened performance, Dudjom Rinpoche leads the practitioner systematically through the stages of preparing for tantra. The instructions begin with the routine reflections on turning the mind toward what is meaningful and proceed to give direction on how to set one’s intent on enlightenment, purify negativities, successively gather favorable conditions, and train in visu- alization. This extensive explanatory manual is complimented by the short recitation text on the Heart Essence of the Dakini for those who wish to seek out this transmission from a qualified master and engage in these practices. In Making Zen Your Own (Wisdom 2012), Janet Jiryu Abels begins her book by discuss- ing how she used to conceive of Zen masters as generic archetypes, sitting on a mountaintop in a distant world. The purpose of this book, as she explains, is to humanize these idealized Zen ancestors. She selects twelve masters from the so- called Golden Age of Chinese Zen from the sixth to tenth centuries, and reconstructs life stories about them. Each biography is told as a teaching tool. Abels reads into the master’s life stories, asking what they can teach us, what motivated them, how they thought. For instance, she uses the anecdote of master Mazu kicking a disciple in the chest— upon which the disciple broke into incessant hysterical laughter—to discuss the deliberateness of Zen. By personalizing Zen lineage masters including Bodhidharma, Mazu, Guishan, and Xuefeng, these seemingly untouchable mystics are situated anew in a practitioner’s narrative of Buddhism. Tsongkhapa’s Praise for Dependent Relativity (Wisdom 2011) is a translation of a eulogy to Buddha Shakyamuni by the fourteenth-century Tibetan master and founder of the Geluk order, Je Tsongkhapa (1357–1409). Famously com- posed at the break of dawn on the morning of Tsong- khapa’s realization of empti- ness, these poetic verses make up the basis for many of his core writings. It is written in exalted reverence and awe for the realization that phenom- ena come about and cease due to their relationship with other forces, thereby lacking any essence of their own, like flowers in the sky. Though several versions of this praise exist in English translation, this translation by Graham Woodhouse carries the particular terse quality of these Tibetan verses, and with the supplemental commentary by the Geluk lama Losang Gyatso, this makes a valuable text for studying the Prasangika Madhyamaka view. Bringing Home Zen (Hawaii 2011) considers healing rituals in the lives of Zen laywomen in Japan. The author, Paula Arai, bases her writing on fourteen years of fieldwork living in Japan and cultivating interpersonal relationships with twelve Japanese Zen women. In addition to being a book on contemporary Buddhist women, this work reveals prominent ritual aspects of Zen, a tradition often pre- sented as anti-ritual. She does this by exploring domestic Zen, which she describes as the “chaotic, emotional, and messy lives of peo- ple,” as opposed to the ideal of stern monastic Zen. In considering the affect of ritualized prac- tices, Arai tells the stories of how these women MICHAEL SHEEHY Ph.D. is the head of research at the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC) and the director of Jonang Foundation. Book Briefs by Michael Sheehy