Thursday, February 26, 2009
Dancing in the Dharma: The Life and Teachings of Ruth Denison - Sandy Boucher
Devotees of meditation and Eastern spirituality as well as dance enthusiasts will appreciate Boucher's authorized biography of Ruth Denison, dancer and pioneering teacher of Buddhism in the West. Born in pre-World War II Germany, Denison immigrated to the U.S., where she embarked on a serious study of Buddhism with some of the midcentury's greatest teachers. She brought a strongly feminine, body-centered approach to spiritual practice at a time when this was regarded as radical if not subversive. Boucher, a longtime student of Denison's, presents a smoothly flowing chronicle of the achievements of a Buddhist teacher who, after 30 years of international instruction, is no longer marginalized but rather respected for her innovations. Boucher's life repeatedly intersects with Denison's, making this a dual tale of development and discovery and, therefore, doubly compelling. Many will find inspiration in the story of Denison's survival of her Nazi-shadowed youth, Hollywood years, international studies, creativity, and spirituality.