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Buddhadharma : Summer 2014
SUMMER 2 0 1 4 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 79 into new textual wholes, Jampa Mackenzie Stewart’s The Life of Longchenpa: The Omniscient Dharma King of the Vast Expanse (Snow Lion 2013) offers a new biography of Longchenpa by compiling previously translated stories into a single handsome vol- ume. The result is a fascinating look at the myr- iad ways in which Longchenpa has been written about, including stories of his previous lives, his scholastic training, his visions and retreats, his exile in Bhutan due to political controversies in Tibet, and his final days. In Perspectives on Satipatthana (Windhorse 2013), the German-born Theravadin monk and scholar Analayo examines mindfulness medi- tation in the context of the Satipatthana Sutta from the Pali Canon, alongside parallel passages surviving in Chinese, Sanskrit, and Tibetan. While Analayo notes that it is impossible to ascertain with certainty what the Buddha taught (at least from an academic perspective), he argues that his sources likely reflect the earliest available Buddhist teachings on mindfulness. While Analayo is sensitive to academic concerns, his primary focus is the practice of mindfulness; he guides the reader through numerous traditional meditative techniques, making this an outstanding resource for those seeking to enrich and expand their own meditation practice. Tibetan autobiography and visual arts meet in Benjamin Bogin’s The Illuminated Life of the Great Yolmowa (Serindia 2013), which docu- ments the writing and artwork of the seven- teenth-century lama Yolmowa Tenzin Norbu. Bogin explains that while Tenzin Norbu was influential during his lifetime and admired by many, including the Fifth Dalai Lama, his legacy later faded, in part because he never built a mon- astery to sustain his tradition and also because his writings were never widely circulated. Yet his approach to autobi- ography was striking in that he chose not only to write about his current and pre- vious lives but also to illustrate them. Bogin’s introductory essay sets the stage for his lush, full-color presentation of Tenzin Norbu’s visual creations, coupled with translations of their captions and Tenzin Norbu’s complete autobiography. Eminent Buddhist Women (SUNY 2014), edited by Karma Lekshe Tsomo, interweaves a diverse range of current scholarship on Bud- dhist women. In her chapter “What Is a Relevant Role Model?” Rita Gross describes the need for more stories about Buddhist women, particularly those whose feats are not so fabled as to seem out of reach for contemporary practitioners. This volume advances that objective, mapping the paths of numerous, often lesser-known women who have dedicated their lives to Buddhism and inspired their communities. Punyawati Guruma, for instance, writes about the Nepalese Thera- vadin Buddhist nun Dham- mawati Guruma, who fled her homeland in 1950 to study in Burma before returning to Nepal to establish a new Buddhist center and a free medical clinic, and to publish widely in Newari and Nepali. Amy Holmes- Tagchungdarpa discusses the Sikkimese teacher Pelling Ani Wangdzin, who was unaffiliated with any official record or institution yet whose life story survives orally and whose practice lineage attracts adherents in Sikkim to this day. Mark Blum’s The Nirvana Sutra, Volume 1 (BDK 2013) is the first installment in a four-vol- ume translation of the famous Nirvana Sutra—or Mahaparinirvana Sutra, as it is fully titled—from Chinese to English. As Blum notes in his introduction, the sutra was pivotal in the develop- ment of Buddhism in East Asia, prompting commentary after commentary and ulti- mately contributing to the creation of the Chan and Pure Land schools. The text’s focus is buddhanature, which it describes as eternal, common to all beings, and a cure for those addicted to the no-self doctrine. Paradoxi- cally, however, it also describes individuals it calls icchantikas—people who are unwilling to believe in the supremacy of the Mahayana teachings— whom it suggests will not be liberated, a provoca- tive claim that caused controversy from the text’s earliest moments on the East Asian scene. ALSO NEW AND NOTEWORTHY The Miraculous 16th Karmapa edited by Norma Levine (Shang Shung) Buddha’s Daughters edited by Andrea Miller (Shambhala) Art of Merit: Studies in Buddhist Art and its Conservation edited by David Park, Kuenga Wangmo, Sharon Cather (Archetype Publications) Reason and Experience in Tibetan Buddhism by Thomas Doctor (Routledge) The Cloud of Nectar translated by Oriol Aguilar (Shang Shung) Asanga’s Abhidharmasamuccaya by Traleg Kyabgon (KTD) Liberation in One Lifetime: Biographies and Teachings of Milarepa by Francis V. Tiso (North Atlantic Books) Golden Visions of Densatil edited by Olaf Czaja and Adriana Proser (Asia Society Museum)