Yoga Heart: Lines on the Six Perfections by Leza Lowitz is a beautiful book in every way. Composed of Lowitz's poems on The Buddha’s Six Perfections and illustrations by Japanese artist Akiko Tanimoto, it is both a work of art and a guidebook for living real life. Its design and production make it not just a joy to look at and read, but to hold in your hands — fitting for a book that closes the imaginary gap between the physical and the spiritual.
Alone and out of context, some of the poems might seem didactic, more like sermons or admonitions — but in the context of this collection, they are like notes in a symphony. Lowitz is a yogi and a Buddhist, and these poems are not just about yoga and Buddhism — they are yoga and they are Buddhism. They contain the practices, and so are contained within the practices. Some are funny, some quietly advisory, some celebratory, and some so musical that they ask to be chanted aloud. Many of the poems would serve well as liturgy. This is a unique and wonderful book. If you do any kind of contemplative practice, I not only recommend that you get this book — I urge you to.