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The discussion of Sharon Salzberg's Real Happiness is going so well at the Tricycle Book Club, we figured we should open up a forum to discuss another book as well. So now, in addition to Sharon's book, we're talking about Martine Batchelor's The Spirit of the Buddha.From the Winter 2010 issue's "Books in Brief": More »
1 commentSteve Hagen's Dharma Field Zen Center in Minneapolis is housed in a former church. Steve told me a few years ago it caused a bit of a stir in the neighborhood when the Zen group brought down the steeple but all was calm when I visited a few summers back. I'd gone there to meet Steve and to visit Martine and Stephen Batchelor, who were at Dharma Field leading meditations and giving talks on the life of the Buddha. Many of the typical Zen trappings are not in evidence at Dharma Field--Hagen has long since dispensed with robes (they're sitting neatly folded in a closet) and in the zendo a simple stone evokes the figure of the Buddha. Although Hagen has authored a few books, his center has not garnered the attention some of its larger cousins on the coasts have. More »