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Buddhadharma : Summer 2018
118 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 119 dialogue between teacher and student that inspires realization. Jeffrey L. Broughton and Elise Yoko Watanabe’s the letters of Chan master dahui puJue (Oxford 2017) presents sixty letters that Dahui exchanged with lay practitioners, correspondences that contain detailed instructions on how to practice Chan outside of a monastic context. In their introduction, Broughton and Watanabe identify some of these letters’ main themes, including Dahui’s insistence that realization can be gained only through one’s own efforts, that one must first generate a “singular sensation of uncertainty” in order to make progress on the path, and that the aim is to “smash to smithereens the mind of samsara,” which means destroying any doubts about the huatou phrase under consideration. Buddhism and mediCine (Columbia 2017), edited by Pierce Salguero, is a major contribution to the historical study of medical traditions across Buddhist cultures. Combining the efforts of many expert contributors, this book offers sixty-two primary-source translations, each introduced and contextualized. Among the many fascinating selections is the story of the Buddha’s disciple Shariputra going to the toilet, which is recorded in the Mulasarvastivada Vinaya, an ancient Indian monastic code. In this account, a Brahmin seeks to become an ascetic but is concerned about the sanitary standards of the different ascetic groups. Some he finds do not wash themselves after using the toilet, while others engage in sanitary procedures that are excessively complicated. Eventually he sees Shariputra and decides to follow him to the bathroom. Shariputra intuits the Brahmin’s concerns and carefully cleans himself in plain view, using a piece of wood and three clods of dirt. This “middle way” approach is enough to convert the Brahmin to Buddhism, and it underscores the importance of sanitary matters for early Buddhists. In another selection, we are introduced to China’s famous Longmen Caves, inside one of which we find 150 medicinal recipes dating to the seventh century. These include cures for infantile malnutrition that use rust and hair as well as a remedy for seizures that involves performing moxibustion on the genitals, giving us a glimpse into the fascinating medical practices of ancient Chinese Buddhists. “I’ve never read any Zen books like your talks,” Bill Anelli said to his teacher Katherine Thanas. He tried to convince her to let him make them more widely available, but Thanas wasn’t sold on the idea, replying, “It’s all been said already.” Yet anyone who reads the truth of this life (Shambhala 2018) will see that her teachings are anything but derivative. She draws freely from classic