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    The Whole World Is A Single Flower: 365 Kong-ans for Everyday Life Paid Member

    The Whole World Is A Single Flower: 365 Kong-ans for Everyday LifeWith questions and commentary by Zen Master Seung Sahn. Edited by Jane McLaughlin and Paul Muenzen. Charles E. Tuttle Company: Rutland, Vermont, 1992.244 pp. $16.95 (paperback). More »
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    Narrow Road to the Interior Paid Member

    Narrow Road to the InteriorBy Matsuo Basho. Translated by Sam Hamill. Shambhala Publications: Boston, 1991.105 pp. $10.00 (paperback). As Sam Hamill reminds us in the preface to this lucid and engaging translation, Basho's haibun—brief prose combined with haiku—is a "return to natural, spiritual, and literary origins." Hamill's translation, a gift of careful attention, does not separate poetry from spiritual practice. And, Basho becomes our guide on the way of insight. More »
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    The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism Paid Member

    The Nyingma School of Tibetan BuddhismBy Dudjom Jigdal Yeshe Dorje Volume 1: The Translations, 973 pp. Book 1: Fundamentals of the Nyingma School Book 2: History of the Nyingma School Volume 2: Reference Material, 485 pp. Translated and edited by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein. Wisdom Publications: Boston, 1991. 132 line drawings, 88 color plates, 11 maps, $240 (Boxed set). Every once in a while there comes a work which, by its breadth of vision and attention to detail, becomes the standard and classic in its field. The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism is such a work. Over twenty years in the making, these two volumes enable students of Tibetan Buddhism to inquire to their hearts' content into the doctrines and history of the least understood school of Tibetan Buddhism—the Nyingma, or "Ancient Ones." More »
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    Thai Women in Buddhism Paid Member

    Thai Women in BuddhismBy Chatsumarn Kabilsingh. Parallax Press: Berkeley, 1991. 110 pp. $12.00 (paperback) More »
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    Monkey: A Journey to the West Paid Member

    Monkey: A Journey to the WestRetold by David Kherdian. Shambhala Publications: Boston, 1992. 184 pp. $10.00 (paperback). Good things aren't as hard to come by as our current economic gloom may suggest. A beautiful retelling of Monkey, the remarkable sixteenth-century Chinese fable, can be had virtually for the price of a movie ticket. The most familiar version of the tale is Arthur Waley's translation, published in 1942 (although there have been at least three other recent English versions), and this is the version David Kherdian starts with as the basis for his own masterful yarn. Kherdian is wellsuited to the task: he is an advanced Gurdjieffian, the recipient of three prestigious prizes, and the author of thirty books. When he takes on this time-honored classic, he doesn't kid around. But his hero does. More »
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    The Shining Shining Path Paid Member

    The Shining Shining PathCarroll Dale ShortBlack Belt Press: Montgomery, Alabama, 1995.400 pp.,$25.00 (cloth). Like light, Buddhism is refracted by the cultures it passes through, emerging in a  rainbow of forms, yet retaining its essential nature. The same holds for Buddhist art and literature, which varies from sumi-e ink painting in Japan to the elaborately colorful images of Tibetan thanka paintings. As Buddhism continues in its slow passage through American culture, what forms will its an and literature take? The Beastie Boys have already given us Buddhist rap. Will we now see Buddhist mysteries, Buddhist space operas, potboiling Buddhist romans à clef? More »