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Buddhadharma : Spri 2013
SPRING 2 0 1 3 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 81 form of Buddhism, the authors boldly debunk this widely held belief and sug- gest instead that Theravada is in fact a twentieth-century invention. This is a pretty strong and unusual statement, especially since Theravada has become a cover term not only for the traditions of Southeast Asia but also for early Buddhism. Examining the teachings of rival Buddhist schools, Asian ideas about Hinayana and Mahayana, and how Ther- avada came into existence in conversation with Japanese and Europeans, this book asks us to reevaluate what we think we know about Thera- vada Buddhism. Giving us a more mainstream presentation of this tradition is Theravada Buddhism (Hawaii 2012), a book that looks at how Theravada is understood and practiced today. Asanga Tila- karatne, a professor of Pali literature in Sri Lanka, provides an introduction to the tradition, bringing his own observations on the “view of the elders.” The first part presents fundamental teachings of the Buddha that many readers will be familiar with, such as the triple gem, the four noble truths, and karma. The latter part focuses on Theravada culture and practice, giving atten- tion to the modern Theravada tradition in South and Southeast Asia, as well as Europe and North America. Tilakaratne does not offer any insights into the ritual life of Theravada practitioners and instead chooses to emphasize merit making. The fifth-century Buddhist sage Bodhidharma was not only the first patriarch of Zen, as Andy Ferguson’s new book, Tracking Bodhidharma (Counterpoint 2012), details, he was also an exemplary pilgrim. As the title suggests, this book traces the journey of the legendary Bod- hidharma, with the author himself undertaking the great Zen master’s pilgrimage. The journey begins in Bodhi- dharma’s homeland in south India and follows him to the Pearl River delta in China, the departure point from where he spent the rest of his life wander- ing, transmitting Zen. Though much of this story is reconstructed from myths, Ferguson bases his journey largely on recordings by Chinese Bud- dhist pilgrims and readings of local inscriptions at the pilgrimage sites along the way. The author’s firsthand account provides a helpful travelogue of Bodhidharma’s trail and allows readers to vicari- ously join his pilgrimage to some of the most sacred sites of Chinese Buddhism. With the translation Jewels from the Trea- sury (KTD 2012) by David Karma Choepel, we have another translation of one of the primary textbooks for the study of Buddhism in English, along with a full commentary. The root text is the fourth-century Indian Buddhist master Vasubhan- du’s classic, Treasury of Abhidharma; its verses are paired with the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje’s (1556–1603) commentary, Youthful Play. As Thrangu Rinpoche states in his forward, since many of the explanatory commentaries on the Abhidharma are long and complex, the contribu- tion made by the Ninth Karmapa’s commentary is its brevity. Vasubhandu’s verses detail eight metaphysi- cal themes, including the inter- play of the physical elements that make up the world, how perceptions function within an individual, the dynamics of karma, and the powers of meditation. For anyone inter- ested in studying Buddhist philosophy and cos- mology, especially within the Kagyu tradition, this book is a welcome addition. Based on an exhibit at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, The Black Hat Eccentric (RMA 2012) is the first catalog dedicated entirely to the art and study of the Tenth Karmapa, Choy- ing Dorje (1604–1674). Because Tibetan artists often remained anonymous, it’s unusual to have an occasion to look closely at a collection of art by a Tibetan artist, especially one as celebrated as the Tenth Karmapa. The catalog includes an impressive array of images of his paintings and sculptures from collections now found around the world. Essays by the compiler of the catalog, Karl Debreczeny, and contributing authors highlight the dramatic life of the Karmapa, who lived for years in exile during a turbulent period in cen- tral Tibet. They also explore the Chinese style of painting that he adopted while living in the Lijiang border area, and the influences of far-removed early western Tibetan art on his work. However, what is most exceptional about this book is that it brings us artwork dis- tinguished by the hand of this master artist. ALSO NEW AND NOTEWORTHY The Wisdom of Compassion by the Dalai Lama and Victor Chan (Riverhead Books) Zen Masters of China by Richard Bryan McDaniel (Tuttle) The Yogini’s Eye by Sonam Tsemo; translated by Ngor Thartse Khenpo Sonam Gyatso and Wayne Verrill (Xlibris Corporation) The Dude and the Zen Master by Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman (Blue Rider) Essential Chan Buddhism by Guo Jun (Monkfish) Perceiving Reality by Christian Coseru (Oxford) The Lamp that Enlightens Narrow Minds and Rainbow Body by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu (North Atlantic Books) True Refuge by Tara Brach (Bantam Books) The Ordination of a Tree by Susan M. Darlington (SUNY) The Ninth Panchen Lama by Fabienne Jagou (Silkworm Books) Mushotoku Mind by Taisen Deshimaru (Hohm) Falling in Love with a Buddha by Frank Berliner (All My Relations) Perfect Clarity translated by Erik Pema Kunsang (Rangjung Yeshe Publications)