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    Books in Brief Spring 2015 Paid Member

    The opening pages of Zen priest Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s The Way of Tenderness (Wisdom Publications, February 2015, $15.95, 144 pp., paper) include a disclaimer that—amid a discussion of race, sexuality, and gender—will be met with some relief: “I intend not to focus on critical theory or analyses,” she promises, “but instead on the personal experience of the heart-mind, body, and spirit.” The gay black daughter of parents born in Louisiana at the turn of the century, Manuel speaks with authority on this subject on the basis of past wounds. What for many are abstractions about identity have been, for her, involuntarily immediate. She never had a choice. More »
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    The Zen Master Is Present Paid Member

    Poison Blossoms from a Thicket of ThornTrans. Norman WaddellCounterpoint Press, 2014608 pp; $33.00 More »
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    Lost in Memory Paid Member

    American CanyonBy Amarnath RavvaKaya Press, 2014180 pp.; $23.95 paper Amarnath Ravva’s snake was asleep. His mother’s seer, Sharma, who sensed from another continent the imbalance in Ravva's body, diagnosed him. Sharma prescribes a visit to Livemore, California, for a homam—a Hindu ritual involving consecrated fire and offerings to the god Agni—where prayer is chanted; 1,001 ghee offerings are made; and Ravva’s name is written in Sanskrit on a piece of paper in which the pujari, or priest, seals ashes from the fire. More »
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    Tricycle Gifts for the Holidays 2000 Paid Member

    Books: Art, archaeology, and inspiration: long-lost Buddhist art comes to light Cave Temples of MogaoArt and History on the Silk RoadRoderick Whitfield, Susan Whitfield, Neville AgnewPhotography: Lois Conner and Wu JianThe Getty Conservation Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum:Los Angeles, 2000144 pp.; $29.95 The Dalai Lama’s Secret TempleTantric Wall Paintings from TibetIan A. BakerPhotography: Thomas LairdThames and Hudson:New York, 2000216 pp.; $65.00 More »
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    Widening Circles Paid Member

    You devote a chapter to the time you spent studying the Sarvodaya movement—the Buddhist-inspired community development program—in Sri Lanka. When I first dove into the dharma in India with the Tibetans I had this hunch that the teachings of the Buddha could free people to respond creatively and fearlessly to the needs and challenges of their society. Then, when I later visited Sri Lanka in the course of my doctoral work, I was astonished to find that here was a whole movement, the Sarvodaya movement, active in thousands of villages, that was already doing what I had imagined might someday be possible. More »
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    Beautiful Work Paid Member

    Beautiful WorkA Meditation on PainSharon CameronDuke University Press: Durham, 2000121 pp.; $18.95 (cloth) “Inside of pain is the whole world,” comments Sharon Cameron. To get inside pain—to move around freely in it, and to pay sustained attention to it—is the point of her confidently elliptical book. If pain is “the whole world,” then can it offer us an open pathway, and not the usual dead end? More »