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Buddhadharma : Summer 2019
BOOK BRIEFS 123 the broader Jodo Shinshu tradition. Starling examines the unique figure of the temple wife—an uncategorized position in Buddhism, encompassing qualities of both nuns and laywomen. She argues that it is also “a position that complicates the distinctions we might be inclined to draw between lay and cleric, priest and wife, domestic and religious, and sacred and mundane.” A significant contribu tion to the study of gender in Buddhism, this book brings into focus women who are enmeshed in, rather than removed from, familial relationship while carrying out their religious activities. Satipatthana Meditation: A Practice Guide (Windhorse 2018), by scholar–monk Bhikkhu Analayo, provides a comprehensive practi tioner’s guide to the early Buddhist teachings on the establishment of mindfulness. Informed by his previously published scholarly studies and including supplementary guided meditations that can be freely downloaded online, Analayo presents traditional satipatthana meditation as a sevenweek curriculum that readers can complete on their own. (The guide is also unusual in that it’s genderneutral: in translated passages, references to male monastics are made with “one.”) Analayo argues that although classical discourses state that to be mindful is to remember what has been done or said a long time ago, the most crucial aspect of mindfulness practice is to stay in the present moment. “Suffering is not holding you. You are holding suffering.” You may have seen this quote on Facebook, or maybe on a coffee cup, attributed to the Buddha—but it’s actually an adaptation of Osho’s commentaries on Mabel Collins’ Light on the Path. In I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha! (Parallax 2018), Bodhipaksa presents fifty such misattributed Buddha quotes, selected from hundreds col lected over the years from social media, Tshirts, and books. The provenance of each quote is thoroughly investigated, and similar sayings from traditional Buddhist texts are provided for reference. Bodhipaksa explains that fake quotes—many of which, it turns out, were reassigned from less wellknown authors of nonBuddhist tra ditions—arise when ideas get lost in translation or are paraphrased as actual quotations. In an age of saturated (mis)information, Bod hipaksa encourages us to use factchecking as a mindful spiritual practice: “‘Google before you share’ is the new ‘think before you speak.’”