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Buddhadharma : Winter 2008
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly winter 2 0 08 76 first teaching and mahaparinir- vana. Ven. Dhammika lists an additional seventeen sites—all lavishly illustrated with color plates—located in Northern India. The author is an Aus- tralian Theravadin monk with extensive knowledge of the early Buddhist scripture and history. With each entry, he explains the signifi- cance of the site, drawing on scripture, famous travel accounts, and his own keen observations. It’s an wonderful guide for anyone interested in Buddhist pilgrimage to Northeastern India, though as the author points out it’s not meant to replace the Lonely Planet guidebook that can tell you how to get there and where to stay. Another book of interest for pilgrims is Fred- erick M. Asher’s Bodh Gaya (Oxford, 2008), which belongs to a series, Monumental Legacy, dedicated to all twenty-two of India’s cultural sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Each of the books in the series—including four others dedicated to Buddhist sites—offers a brief over- view of the history and significance of each site, as well as a detailed description of its glory days and what remains of it today. Asher’s historical account of the place where the Buddha gained enlightenment is a fair telling of a site whose owner- ship has been hotly contested by Indians, Burmese, Sri Lank- ans, and the British, as well as the Shaivite and Buddhist communities that both continue to worship there. Little is currently known about the history of Bodhgaya’s famous Mahabodhi stupa, and Asher sheds no new light on the matter. However, he provides an interest- ing account of the important sculptures found at Bodhgaya, many of which are still on site or in the local museum, and he describes the mod- ern day town and nearby sites of interest to the pilgrim. The Mind and Life Institute has been conven- ing conferences for the last twenty years, bringing together Western scientists, Buddhist scholars, and the Dalai Lama. More than ten books based on these confer- ences have been published, each dedicated to a central issues of religious and scien- tific concern, such as physics and cosmology, emotions, consciousness, and, now with Mind and Life (Columbia, 2008), the nature of the physical world. The book, based on the 2002 conference, is edited by Pier Luigi Luisi and includes chapters written by several of the participants, as well as interviews with the Dalai Lama, the Seventeenth Karmapa, Matthieu Riccard, and Richard Gere. It has the informal tone of a conversation, though one between eru- dite people who are finding common language to address some very subtle questions. The editor’s English is not always fluent, but the book is well designed, and the chapters, integrating both the Buddhist and the scientific approaches to such issues as atomic theory, genetics, and the human genome, are a pleasure to read. In 1724 the monk and de facto abbot of a large Zen temple in the far south of Japan made his way to Kyoto to sell tea. For ten years he set up his baskets and pots on roadsides and at scenic locals, before settling into a small shack in the city, where he spent the rest of his life writing poems and selling tea. This Zen mas- ter in disguise, named Baisao (the epithet means “old tea seller”), is the sub- ject of Norman Waddell’s new book, The Old Tea Seller: Life and Zen Poetry in 18th Century Kyoto (Counterpoint, 2008). For Baiso, selling tea was a way to have contact with people on a daily basis in order to spread the dharma, some- thing he felt he could not do at what he described as his closed and corrupt temple. Waddell does a fine job outlining Baisao’s long life and explain- ing the newly established Obaju Zen sect to which he belonged. Baisao’s poems, selections of which are reprinted here, offer nimble portraits of an itinerant tea seller dispensing a wealth of Zen wisdom and advice. Though he may not be as well-known as his contemporaries, Ryoken and Basho, Baisao’s poems, mostly in the classi- cal Chinese Kanshi style, deserve to be regarded alongside those of his more famous peers. The Book of Kadam (Wisdom Publications, 2008) is the second volume in a planned thirty- two-volume Library of Tibetan Classics. The book contains texts ascribed to the great tenth- century Bengali master Atisha and his Tibetan disciple Dromton, though the actual history of the book remains obscure. The Kadampa, as is explained in translator Thubten Jinpa’s erudite introduction, were followers of Atisha, and theirs ing conferences for the last twenty years, bringing together Western scientists, Buddhist scholars, and the Dalai Lama. More than ten books based on these confer- ences have been published, each dedicated to a central issues of religious and scien- tific concern, such as physics as well as a detailed description of its glory days and what remains of it today. 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