Books

  • Mindfulness in Plain English and Beyond Paid Member

    The examiner.com has posted a short and sweet slide show of Bhante Henepola Gunaratana's Bhavana Society, the Appalachian Buddhist refuge tucked in the wilds of West Virginia. Bhante G, as he is affectionately called, is perhaps most widely known as the author of the bestselling classic Mindfulness in Plain English. Now, after nearly two decades, the Sri Lankan monk has followed up with an introduction to deeper states of meditation—Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English, currently available from Wisdom Publications. More »
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    Blasphemous reading material Paid Member

    Upon finishing a recent retreat overseas, I found myself with a day to kill in London. After attending the requisite West End theater production and wandering along the Thames, the thought of a six-hour flight prompted me to pick up a book. Stepping into an overpriced Borders lookalike, I walked straight to the psychology section and picked up The Freud Reader, edited by Peter Gay. Whether ironically or expectedly, the retreat itself motivated this purchase (which I had already been planning covertly for several days). Sitting with a large group of my fellow sufferers for a week affirmed more than anything the futility of efforts to escape reality with pious discipline, though I think that's what we were all secretly hoping for. More »
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    A book Buddhists were "too lazy to write" Paid Member

    Mark Hattaway's Peoples of the Buddhist World profiles almost 250 Buddhist "people groups," and touts itself as the "first ever book produced that profiles all the Buddhist peoples of the world." Replete with hundreds of "superb full-color photographs" and 13 essays on aspects of Buddhism, the book offers an added bonus: It will help its readers "pray more effectively." Pray more effectively? That's right, according to the promotional claim made by the Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF), the UK evangelical organization that published the book. More »
  • Jesus, Buddha & the Devil Paid Member

    Does a Christian have much to learn from a Buddhist about the Devil? If they read Stephen Batchelor's Living With the Devil on an international flight they may. The Rev. Robert V. Thompson, senior minister of the Lake Street Church of Evanston, Illinois and former  Chair of the Parliament of the World's Religions, did just that and lived to write about it. Not everyone was enthusiastic about his reading habits, though. A fellow passenger, once she saw the title of the book the good reverend was reading, ignored him for the rest of the flight. (You can read an excerpt from Stephen's book and a brief Tricycle interview with him here.) More »
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    The General Tendency of Ego Paid Member

    As a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, I recently attended his yearly sangha retreat at Nalanda West in Seattle, WA. Yearly retreats usually focus on a particular topic. This year’s topic was Mahamudra (Great Seal or Great Symbol), which is an advanced meditation practice and one that I am just embarking upon. More »