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Buddhadharma : Summer 2018
118 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY BOOK BRIEFS W ithout tsewa, is there any other source of happiness?” This is the question posed by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche in training in tenderness (Shambhala 2018). Always circling back to this Tibetan word meaning love, tenderness, or warmth, Kongtrul pushes us to honestly examine what fulfills us and what doesn’t. Is physical comfort enough? What about the ideal job? Financial stability? The American Dream? Only when accompanied by tsewa, Kongtrul argues, can any of these bring lasting fulfillment. Toward that end, he outlines numerous Buddhist reflective techniques aimed at bringing tsewa into our self- perception, our relationships, and even our experience of dying. hyeCho’s Journey (Chicago 2017) tells the remarkable story of an eighth-century Korean monk who set out to see the world. It is an outstanding product of scholarly collaboration: a team of researchers led by Donald S. Lopez, Jr., including art historians Rebecca Bloom, Kevin Carr, and Chun Wa Chan, as well as Korean Buddhism specialist Ha Nul Jun, archaeologist Carla Sinopoli, and librarian Keiko Yokota-Carter, spent years working to bring us in words and images this incredible account. Leaving the Silla kingdom of Korea in around 721, Hyecho first went to China, then to present-day Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran before returning to China via the Silk Road. The extant fragments of his travelogue describe his visits to various centers of Buddhist culture, including some of India’s most important Buddhist sites, which he reports had largely been deserted by this time. While historically fascinating, his travelogue is also heartbreaking. Longing for home after speaking to a Chinese envoy in northeastern Afghanistan, he writes: “You bemoan the distance to the frontier in the west. / I lament the long road east. / ... I have never cried once in my life. / Today I shed a torrent of tears.” The Chinese Chan master Dahui (1089–1163) is famous for developing huatou practice—the focus on a single phrase in a “ RORY LINDSAY