"It is the soul that informs the compassion we feel for others and that suffuses the mundane with a sense of the sacred. It is the soul that translates incident into experience, knowledge into wisdom," writes Jane Hope, a Buddhist author and founder of the London Shambhala Mediation Center. In this beautifully illustrated little volume, she explores "a lexicon of the soul" with chapters on the cosmos, body, nature, the spirit world, and transcendence. Delightful sidebar material covers the ever fascinating human attempts to deal with the soul's movements and magic: Mustang effigies above the entrances to houses in Nepal, the image of Shiva as the Lord of the Dance, the aboriginal sacred site of Ayer's Rock, Australia, and more. Source material from 35 belief systems attests to the continuing quest to understand the soul and its manifold meanings.