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Buddhadharma : Summer 2006
buddhadharma| 75 |summer 2006 the reader and are of no use at all to non- specialists, who are left guessing about pronunciations. Transliterations would have fitted nicely among the discreet foot- notes, where other philological remarks are reported. It is also hard to understand Lopez’s silence on the many precursors of Gen- dün Chöpel’s critique of Gelukpa philoso- phy. True, this is one of several topics that “merit a separate study,” as Lopez writes, but given that there is now a growing lit- erature on, for example, the Nyingma and Kagyü schools’ interpretations of Madhyamaka, the failure to account for these, however briefly, or even to provide adequate references, must be considered a serious omission. This complaint notwithstanding, Lopez’s study is remarkably well-rounded, and will be greeted with enthusiasm by the growing number of people, Madhya- maka aficionados and others, who con- sider Gendün Chöpel a hero. The book’s introductory biographical sketch is decid- edly the most thorough introduction to Gendün Chöpel available to nonspecialist English readers, and it includes plenty of passages translated from his writings. Since his death at the age of forty-eight more than half a century ago, Gendün Chöpel’s fame has grown steadily. Many Tibetans now regard him as the most important scholar of the last century, or even as a saint. He has also attracted the attention of several Western schol- ars over the past decades. The figure of Gendün Chöpel, diminutive and tattered in life, now towers at the intersection of the many contradictions that face those who are trying to bring Tibetan culture and religion into modernity. His life and thought serve as a bridge for people on both sides of the divide who want to, or are forced to, remain modern, Buddhist, and, in some cases, Tibetan, all at once. One can expect a growing interest in this rebel-madman-saint. In addition to the present book, a new documentary film (Angry Monk) chronicling Gen- dün Chöpel’s travels has recently been released (see www.angrymonkthefilm. ch). In addition to fueling the growing GC cult, The Madman’s Middle Way will be of lasting value to those with an inter- est in Tibetan Madhyamaka philosophy, Tibetan political history, and the Bud- dhist modernist movement of the early twentieth century. Zen Center of New York City Fire Lotus Temple A Lay-Practice Community Offering: Daily meditation schedule Saturday retreats Sunday beginner’s program and Dharma talk Meditation intensives and sesshin Resident Zen Teacher and senior staff Residential training For more information: www.mro.org/firelotus email@example.com (718) 875-8229 12 Steps and Buddhism Audio Lectures on Recovery These free lectures explore the basic teachings of Buddhism and their reflection in the 12 Steps of the Anonymous Prog rams. Listen in real time on your computer or download in an MP3 format. www.judithragir.org ecomall A Place To Help Save The Earth EcoMall.com is one of the Internet’s oldest and largest environmental portals of earth- friendly companies and resources. We promote sustainable and healthy ways of living. We invite you to visit “Green Living Magazine,” featuring our “Enlightenment Library,” and more. (845) 679-2490 www.ecomall.com