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    Digesting the Dharma, Part I Paid Member

    Last year, a new anthology of Buddhist texts, entitled Buddhism in Practice, was published. It seems that only once in each generation does someone have the audacity to produce such a book, and in this case, I was that person. In so doing, I placed myself in a long and venerable tradition of trying to encompass the dharma within the covers of a single book. The first such books, issued millennia ago, took the form of palm leaf manuscripts. Before long, they will certainly appear on CD-ROM. Regardless of technological advances, the problems facing the anthologizer have remained the same: What should be included and how should it be organized? More »
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    The Five Houses of Zen Paid Member

    The Five Houses of ZenTranslated by Thomas ClearyShambhala Publications, Inc.: Boston, 1997.208 pp., $12.00 (paper) More »
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    A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life Paid Member

    A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of LifeShantidevaTranslated from the Sanskrit and Tibetan by Vesna A. Wallace and B. Alan WallaceSnow Lion Publications: Ithaca, 1997.$12.95 The Way of the BodhisattvaShantidevaTranslated from the Tibetan by the Padmakara Translation Group,with a Foreword by the Dalai LamaShambhala Publications: Boston, 1997.$14.00 More »
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    Discipline of Freedom Paid Member

    Discipline of FreedomThe Yoga Sutra Attributed to PatanjaliTranslated from the Sanskrit by Barbara Stoler MillerUniversity of California Press, 1996.114 pp., $17.95 (cloth) Yoga and Buddha are probably the two best-known and most-used words to make the passage from India. They are what I sometimes think of as salmon-leaping words: words that have made the leap from one culture to another without translation. Or to put it another way, by resisting translation, such words provide a new word—and thus a new meaning, and even a new way of life—for the cultural stream they now swim and spawn in. Dharma is another example, as are satori and koan. More »
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    The Heart of Being: Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen Buddhism Paid Member

    The Heart of Being: Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen BuddhismJohn Daido LooriCharles E. Tuttle Co.: Boston, 1996.267 pp., $16.95 (paper) Near the end of this book dense with principles and interpretations, John Daido Loori writes that it is vital to “take the teachings out of the theoretical and abstract mode and thrust them into the present moment.” Loori then recounts the story of a dharma teacher in America who knew that he was infected with the virus that causes AIDS and yet had sexual relationships with students. He “essentially made the statement that his realization, his enlightenment, enabled him to transcend cause and effect,” Loori writes. The teacher has since died, his community of practitioners has virtually broken down, and at least one person has been infected with AIDS virus. More »
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    The Masters Of Meditation And Miracles: The Longchen Nyingthig Lineage Of Tibetan Buddhism Paid Member

    The Masters of Meditation and Miracles: The Longchen Nyingthig Lineage of Tibetan BuddhismTulku ThondupEdited by Harold TalbottShambhala Publications: Boston, 1996.383 pp., $35 (cloth). The Longchen Nyingthig lineage of Tibetan Buddhism is said to have originated with the primordial Buddha Samantabhadra. But the first master of these teachings was Garab Dorje. Born in the Swat Valley in present-day Pakistan, shortly after the death of Shakyamuni Buddha, Garab Dorje was the first human to receive the Dzog Chen (Great Perfect ion) teachings. Longchen means "great vastness," Nyingthig means the "heart" or "innermost essence,” and the Longchen Nyingthig is the absolute nature of mind, arising as teachings. More »