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    Temple Dusk: Zen Haiku Paid Member

    Temple Dusk: Zen HaikuMifsu SuzukiTranslated by Kazuaki Tanahashi and Gregory A. WoodParallax Press: Berkeley, 1992. 186 pp., $15.00 (paperback). Mitsu Suzuki, familiar to American Zen practitioners as the widow of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, is not only a tea teacher but also a haiku poet of the first order, as this latest collection of poems eloquently shows. Temple Dusk is a casual stroll through a mini­-mindfield—the terrain looks familiar yet it takes one off guard: After planting lily bulbs I notice the color of the sky Many of these poems have the quality of "objective heart"—a subtle poignancy where the ordinary becomes extraordinary: More »
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    Dream Yoga and the Practices of Natural Light Paid Member

    Dream Yoga and the Practices of Natural LightNamkhai Norbu Snow Lion Publications: Ithaca, New York, 1992. 128 pp. $12.95 (paperback).   Dream Yoga and the Practices of Natural Light addresses the possibilities of lucid dreaming. Tibetan author Namkhai Norbu, an internationally respected teacher of the Vajrayana traditions of tantra and dzogchen, instructs as well on evoking passages into natural light (a nonconceptual display of consciousness) after falling asleep but before dreams begin. The introduction, beauti­fully written by Michael Katz, provides an historical account of the relevance of dreams and their value in several different cultures. It also emphasizes the importance of awakeness during both sleep and dreaming. More »
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    The Wilderness Condition: Essays on Environment and Civilization Paid Member

    The Wilderness Condition: Essays on Environment and CivilizationEdited by Max Oelschlaeger Sierra Club Books, 1992. 345 pp. $30.00 (hardcover).   More »
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    The Blue Cliff Record Paid Member

    The Blue Cliff RecordTranslated by Thomas Cleary and J. C. Cleary Shambhala Publications: Boston 1992. 648 pp. $60.00 (hardcover). More »
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    Relative World, Ultimate Mind Paid Member

    Relative World, Ultimate MindThe Twelfth Tai SitupaShambhala Publications: Boston, 1992. 157 pp. $12.00 (paperback).   More »
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    The American Encounter with Buddhism 1844-1912: Victorian Culture and the Limits of Dissent Paid Member

    The American Encounter with Buddhism 1844-1912: Victorian Culture and the Limits of Dissent Thomas A. Tweed Indiana University Press: Bloomington, 1992. 242 pp. $29.95 (hardcover).   As Thomas Tweed amply documents, the history of Buddhism in the United States of America began in the nineteenth­-century coal-and-steam-fired era, characterized "by an emphasis on industry, sobriety, domesticity, nativism, competitiveness, and order.” It was also strongly colored by four related stances—or "attitudes" as we might call them these days—namely, "theism, indivi­dualism, activism, and optimism." More »