THE WISDOM OF IMPERFECTION by Rob Preece; THE STORY OF TIBET by Thomas Laird; ZEN PIONEER: THE LIFE AND WORKS OF RUTH FULLER SASAKI by Isabel Stirling; A CASCADING WATERFALL OF NECTAR by Thinley Norbu

THE WISDOM OF IMPERFECTION: THE CHALLENGE OF INDIVIDUATION IN BUDDHIST LIFE
ROB PREECE
Snow Lion Publications, 2006
335 pp.; $16.95 (paper)

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IN THIS EXAMINATION of the interplay of the psychological and spiritual aspects of the journey to awakening, psychotherapist and meditation teacher Rob Preece argues that the Jungian process of individuation, “the discovery of our own personal quality of wholeness that is intimately connected to our experience of the whole,” is supported by the Buddhist path of self-realization. He draws on his own, often-painful experiences as a practitioner and therapist to illuminate some of the pitfalls on this path of uncovering “our personal spiritual pathology,” and to offer advice on gradually moving towards its resolution, with compassion and acceptance.

THE STORY OF TIBET: CONVERSATIONS WITH THE DALAI LAMA
THOMAS LAIRD
Grove Press, 2006
496 pp., $27.50 (cloth)

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COMPILED FROM MORE than sixty hours of interviews over a period of three years, this book presents a much wider range of material than we are accustomed to hearing discussed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Journalist Thomas Laird includes valuable background information throughout, lending valuable support to their conversations; but it is the Dalai Lama’s mastery of a wealth of historical information that makes this captivating reading. He candidly discusses topics such as the early history of Buddhism in Tibet, the first incarnate lama, his memories of Chairman Mao, and his favorite image of the Buddha.

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