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Buddhadharma : Winter 2017
118 Buddhadharma: The PracTiTioner's QuarTerly book briefs Shozan Jack Haubner’s sIngle whITe monk (Shambhala 2017) is self-deprecating, blunt, humorous, and pro- foundly troubling. Haubner was a close disciple of the Zen teacher Joshu Sasaki, whose reputation crumbled when his long history of sexually abusing female students made headlines. He begins with a set of autobiographical vignettes before offering a sustained reflection both on the sex scandal that consumed his community and on his teacher’s last days. His intro- ductory notes on death are powerful—“A nurse once told me that patients always die exactly as they lived”—while a story about him waking up and stepping in a bucket of his own urine before kicking it through his paper shoji screen is hilarious and worthy of a sitcom- to-be. Yet Haubner’s account of his teacher’s sexual abuse, and of his own anger and confusion in the aftermath, is distressing to read. His very explicit descriptions of the scandal will leave readers feeling disgusted—which no doubt is his aim. Theravada traditions differentiate between ordinary people and those who have experienced varying degrees of transformation— from those about to become stream-enterers to fully enlightened arahants. But determining who actually has achieved these states has long stirred controversy. In enTerIng The sTream To enlIghTen- menT (Equinox 2016), Yuki Sirimane combines careful analysis of Theravada sources and interviews with contemporary Sri Lankan practitioners who describe in their own words what such levels of attainment are like. The result is a rare glimpse into a living Thera- vada tradition and the transformative experiences of those dedicated to its practices. shanTIdeva’s guIde To awakenIng (Wisdom 2017) brings us Geshe Yeshe Tobden’s (1926–1999) commentary on the eighth- century Indian master Shantideva’s masterwork, Bodhicharyavatara. Arrested in 1959 during the Chinese invasion of Tibet, Geshe Tob- den escaped after four months of imprisonment only to be arrested again, escape again, be arrested again, and finally flee to India. by Rory lindsay