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Buddhadharma : Fall 2016
fall 2016 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 73 by rory lindsay booK brieFs s o much of our life is spent asleep— “dead to the outer world, but poten- tially alive to an exciting inner world,” as Andrew Holecek puts it. In dream yoga (Sounds True 2016), Holecek draws on decades of experience navigating this inner world to give us detailed instructions on how to induce lucid dreaming and develop it into a transformative practice. Skillfully combining modern Western approaches with traditional Tibetan yogas of sleep, Holecek describes how these techniques can help us confront fear, rid ourselves of the delusions that keep us “asleep to the true nature of things,” and prepare for the experience of death. What is doubt’s role in Chan Buddhist prac- tice? In his short and powerful book Great doubt (Wisdom 2016), Jeff Shore explains that one form of doubt—skeptical doubt—produces a hesitancy that blocks us from engaging fully on the Chan path. Great doubt, on the other hand, is something different: “an intense won- der, a powerful curiosity that opens us up.” Translating and commenting on two works by the Chinese master Boshan (1575–1630), Shore explores how to work with doubt in a modern context, insisting that everything must be ques- tioned until it is confirmed “in your bones.” dharma King (KTD 2016) is a stunning photographic biography of the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. Featuring a thou- sand photos spanning his early years in Tibet through to his final years in North America, this book shines a light on his travels and deep connections with people and animals alike. The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje writes in his foreword that the 16th Karmapa “seldom gave dharma teachings through words, but taught intensively through physical gestures.” The photos and prose contained here do much PHOTO (TOP) | andrea roth The 16th Karmapa putting on the brocade outer robe during the Black Crown Ceremony in Boulder, Colorado, 1977 Shambhala Archives | Photo by Andrea Roth to reveal this ability, making this a superb tribute to one of the twentieth century’s great Tibetan Buddhist figures. The well-known Buddhist narrative the Ve s - santara Jataka describes the Buddha in a previ- ous life performing alarming acts of generosity, including giving away his children and his wife. readings of the vessantara Jataka (Columbia 2016), edited by Steven Collins, reveals some of the many ways this story has been received across the Buddhist world. Louis Gabaude’s chapter examines how modern Thai intellectuals have criticized the tale as inauthen- tic, immoral, and disparaging toward women, while other Thai thinkers have defended its message. Christoph Emmrich’s chapter like- wise details the intricacies of the story’s role in Newar Buddhist ritual and recounts ritual per- formances and public readings where Newar women half-jokingly compared Vessantara’s