The Best Buddhist Writing 2009

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The Best Buddhist Writing 2009 includes:

An interview with, novelist Tom Robbins

Guiding principles for a new ecospirituality from Thich Nhat Hanh

Jack Kornfield on basic human goodness

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Overview

The Best Buddhist Writing 2009 includes:

An interview with, novelist Tom Robbins

Guiding principles for a new ecospirituality from Thich Nhat Hanh

Jack Kornfield on basic human goodness

Pico Iyer's portrait of the Dalai Lama

Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle on a couple's journey through Alzheimer's disease

The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on the true, enlightened nature of mind

Wendy Johnson on bringing the beginner's mind to gardening

A mindfulness practice from Pema Chodron to help us wake up to the world around us

Joan Halifax on approaching death with fearlessness and compassion

Peggy Rowe-Ward and Larry Ward with stories, meditations, and exercises for experiencing love in a new and deeper way

Natalie Goldberg on the art of writing personal memoir

Dzigar Kongtrul on our search for happiness

Sharon Salzberg on overcoming passion, aggression, and ignorance in our relationships

Stephanie Kaza on making environmentalism a spiritual path, not just a change in Lifestyle

Mesnuga-wisdomfrom Rabbi Rami Shapiro

John Welwood on how we can use our relationships for profound spiritual growth

And much more

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Since 2004 the editors of the magazine Shambhala Sun have compiled articles and excerpts from recently published books for an annual edition. This volume's essays fall loosely into the categories of meditation, Buddhist theory, practicing in the world, mindful living, and Buddhism in the West. Coping with suffering and loss is a persistent theme. Distinguished American Buddhists from vipassana, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhist traditions are represented; writing styles vary from Thich Nhat Hanh's simple prose to Diane Ackerman's lyricism. Alongside lucid if earnest advice, some distinctive voices emerge: Jarvis Jay Masters on a brief outing from death row; Jaimal Yogis on searching for--and not finding-- enlightenment in the perfect wave; John Tarrant on time well spent with his dying father; Hannah Tennant-Moore's raw account of connection in the midst of depression. As always, the value of such a book is to acquaint casual readers with unfamiliar writers they might want to explore in more depth. A tighter focus and greater selectivity would have helped this book better live up to its "best" designation. Yet most readers should find helpful information or an arresting take on the world through a Buddhist lens. (Sept.)
Publishers Weekly
In this wise, accessible collection, editor McLeod gathers writings from a number of well-known Buddhist writers-Pico Iyer, Tom Robbins, Natalie Goldberg, and others-along with up-and-comers whose work contributes to the study, understanding and practice of Buddhism. Environmental concerns make up a major theme of the book, a sharp turn away from more self-focused Buddhist practices of the past; in "Cranes in the DMZ," Alan Weisman writes that there's "great peace" in realizing "that we are part of a grand, changing, living pageant-one that, no matter how deep a wound it sustains, will always be renewed." That quest for peace in the face of life's suffering also drives two of the best contributions, Kathleen Willis Morton's account of her baby son's death ("The Blue Poppy") and Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle's chronicle of her husband's losing fight with Alzheimer's ("The Majesty of Your Loving"). Neither makes for easy reading, but both demonstrate how the ancient practice of Buddhism sustains the authors through their grimmest ordeals. A few essays provide practical guides that will resonate for Buddhist practitioners, but lack the intensely humane focus of the collection's best. Still, thoughtful readers of all kinds will find something here that resonates.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590307342
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

The Wise Heart Jack Kornfield 1

Light Comes Through Dzigar Kongtrül 12

The Blue Poppy Kathleen Willis Morton 26

Razor-Wire Dharma Calvin Malone 34

Mindfulness and Compassion: Tools for Transforming Suffering into Joy Phillip Mojfitt 39

What Is This? Martine Batchelor 52

Koans for Troubled Times Joan Sutherland 58

The World We Have Thich Nhat Hanh 69

Cranes in the DMZ Alan Weisman 76

The Living Soil: The Gro, und of Beginner's Mind Wendy Johnson 81

Waking Up to Your WoSld Pema Chödrön 86

The Majesty of Your Loving: a Couple's Journey Through Alzheimer's Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle 93

Compassion Is the Root jof All Practices His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa 103

The Wooden Puppet and' Iron Man: Selfless Compassion, Radical Optimism Joan Halifax 107

Sailing Home Norman Fischer 116

Intimate Relationship as a Spiritual Crucible John Welwood 125

Love's Garden Peggy Rowe-Ward Larry Ward 137

The Kindness Handbook: Communication Sharon Salzberg 146

Where the Buddha Lives Lin Jensen 150

Wisdom of the Rebels Tom Robbins 158

Where Is God When Stick Hit Floor? Rabbi Rami Shapiro 165

Old Friend from Far Away Natalie Goldberg 172

There Is Much We Do Not Know About the Feelings of Butterflies Liza Dalby 182

Of Course I'm Angry! Gabriel Cohen 187

Long Journey to a Bow Christina Feldman 196

Healing Ecology David Loy 203

Mindfully Green Stephanie Kaza 212

The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama Pico Iyer 225

The Art of Losing: On Writing, Dying, and Mom Ruth L. Ozeki 237

Detours from Reality Ezra Bay da 254

Time and Again Adam Frank 262

This Very Mind, Empty andLuminous The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche 273

Contributors 287

Credits 295

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