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Buddhadharma : Fall 2013
FALL 2 0 1 3 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 75 interspersed between each verse aids readers in contemplating these beautiful Dzogchen texts. The Great Secret of Mind (Snow Lion 2013), also translated by Keith Dowman, is an intro- duction to the scope of Buddhist practice accord- ing to Dzogchen. Written by the contemporary Nyingma master Tulku Pema Rigtsal, a lineage holder of the Dudjom Tersar who was schooled in Tibet, the book is an unusual blend of classic teachings pre- sented for a modern audience. Arranged according to view, meditation, and conduct, with a discussion of the four intermediary bardo states, the teachings fuse a Mahayana approach to spirituality with the view and vocabulary of Dzogchen. In pre- senting instructions on the practice of nonduality, Tulku Pema Rigtsal shares anecdotes about his trips to Hong Kong and even discusses Michael Jackson, which helps bridge the traditional teach- ings for Western readers. In The Shambhala Principle (Harmony 2013), Sakyong Mipham recounts exchanges with his father, the late Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, which shed light on key elements of the Shambhala teachings, such as basic goodness and enlightened society. In one instance, the Sakyong recalls asking his father how to take his training forward, to which his father responded that he should learn how to host a dinner and have a con- versation. The next evening when the two of them sat down together at the dinner table, the Sakyong became vividly aware of their laughter, silence, glances, and talk. He remarks how these seemingly mundane gestures were in fact exchanges that he has come to understand as the very foundation of an enlightened society. Although filled with recollections and heartfelt memories, the book is not a memoir but rather a conversation between a father and son about the principles of Shambhala. One could see this as much as a tribute to Trungpa Rinpoche as a transmission of these poignant teachings. In Nothing Is Hidden (Wisdom 2013), Barry Magid, a psychoanalyst and dharma successor to the late Charlotte Joko Beck, examines koans through the lens of psychoanalysis and pres- ents them as tools for therapy. Chapters explore psychological mechanisms such as idealization, denial, traumatic disasso- ciation, and depression, and how Zen stories and koans can be used as a “metaphori- cal way to engage the splits in our psyche.” Koans are inter- spersed throughout the book to demonstrate their relevance in understanding psychologi- cal issues, threading together wisdom from two profoundly different traditions to better illumi- nate and heal the wounds of our psyche. Focusing on “the dimension of spirituality itself,” The Essence of Mind (North Atlantic 2013) by Jes Bertelsen offers a training system of wordless prayer and meditation derived from the Dzogchen tradition. The author is a Danish teacher who has been teaching philosophy and meditation since the 1970s, with particular emphasis on adapting Dzogchen practices to a Western cultural form and the experiential inves- tigation of consciousness. The book is divided into a discussion of meth- ods of meditation, principles of training, and how such training permeates daily life. While topics such as the need for a spiritual teacher and preconditions for embarking on the path of spirituality are included, the text is largely concerned with describing the ebbs and flows of consciousness, including how dream and sleep can become integral to meditation practice. The Essential Dogen (Shambhala 2013) is the fifth book project by the San Francisco Zen Center focusing on the works of Eihei Dogen (1200–1253), the founder of Soto Zen. Skillfully edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt, the book is a single volume of selected writ- ings from the enormous body of Dogen’s col- lected works. His poetry, dialogues, and great elucidations on meditation are arranged by categories, including practice instruction, history, philosophical view, and expression. While there is no substitute for experienc- ing Dogen through his mas- terpiece, Treasury of the True Dharma Eye (Shobogenzo), this latest collection serves as an excellent hand- book for studying the essential points of the Zen master’s core teachings. ALSO NEW AND NOTEWORTHY Awakening the Luminous Mind by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (Hay House) Buton’s History of Buddhism translated by Lisa Stein and Ngawang Zangpo (Snow Lion) Beyond the Robe by Bobby Sager (powerHouse Books) Your Mind Is Your Teacher by Khenpo Gawang (Shambhala) Valuing Diversity: Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable Global Future by Peter Hershock (SUNY) The Five-Colored Clouds of Mount Wutai: Poems from Dunhuang by Mary Anne Cartelli (Brill) Practical Buddhism by Paramabandhu Groves (Muswell Hill) Walk Like a Buddha by Lodro Rinzler (Shambhala) Close to the Ground by Geri Larkin (Rodmell Press) Sources of Tibetan Tradition by Kurtis Shaeffer, Matthew Kapstein, and Gray Tuttle (Columbia) The Healing Power of Meditation by Andrew Fraser (Shambhala)