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    True Accomplishment Paid Member

    What was your intention in writing this book? To give people confidence that the workplace can be a place of serious spiritual practice. I was trained in the Zen tradition to understand that dharma study happens all day long, not just during mediation retreat. And where do people spend the most time? The workplace! If awakening is to be something more than the exclusive preserve of hermits and monastics, it has to be expressed in the work that we do. The modern workplace is hardly designed with spiritual goals in mind, but I think that could change. Today Americans are working more hours per year than ever before. Does this require new modes of practice? More »
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    Cave in the Snow Paid Member

    Cave in the SnowTenzin Palmo’s Quest for EnlightenmentVickie MackenzieBloomsbury: New York, 1998224 pp.; $24.95 (cloth) More »
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    Edo / The Art of Twentieth-Century Zen Paid Member

    EdoArt in Japan 1615-1868The National Gallery of Art: Washington, D.C.Nov. 15-Feb. 15, 1999  The Art of Twentieth-Century ZenJapan Society: New York CityNov. 19—Jan. 10 1999Traveling the U.S. throughMarch 11, 2000Audrey Yoshiko Seo and Stephen AddissShambhala Publications: Boston, 1998232 pp.; $65 (cloth) More »
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    Altars in the Street Paid Member

    Altars in the Street: A Neighborhood Fights to SurviveMelody Ermachild ChavisBell Tower: New York, 1997257 pp., $23.00 (cloth) "Why do you live there?" white acquaintances often ask Melody Ermachild Chavis, a private investigator who has moved with her family to an old Victorian house on Alma Street, in an interracial neighborhood in South Berkeley, California, a street that has become the site of several drug-related murders. "Why don't you leave?" ask her friends. But in their questions Chavis hears a more fundamental one: "Why do I live here? Why am I alive?" For Chavis, the sixteen years chronicled in Altars in the Street have been a test. More »
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    Buddha's Nature Paid Member

    What was your intention in writing this book? My intention was to offer people my understanding of the dharma, including the use of the new information from the evolutionary sciences, as possible skillful means and support for liberation. Over the years, I have come to recognize that the discoveries in evolutionary science are really profound teachings of dharma, pointing to the truths of anatta (no-self), or dependent co-arising. How does understanding or practicing the dharma affect our understanding of the new sciences? More »
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    Tibet: Through the Red Box Paid Member

    Tibet: Through the Red BoxPeter SisFarrar Strauss Giroux: New York, 199858 pp., $25.00 (cloth) In Tibet: Through the Red Box, Peter Sis has created a picture book for children that can speak eloquently to their parents as well. Based on bedtime stories Sis was told as a child, the book was written as a tribute to his father, whose Tibetan travel diary from the 1950s is the Red Box of the title. More »