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    The Tale Of The Incomparable Prince Paid Member

    The Tale of the Incomparable PrinceMdo Mkhar Tshe Ring Dbang RgyalTranslated by Beth NewmanHarperPerennial: New York, 1997319 pp., $13.00 (paperback). It's not surprising that The Tale of the Incomparable Prince—which its publisher calls "the only pre-exile Tibetan novel"—is full of surprises. An epic tale that builds to a thundering Buddhist sermon, it also disarms modern readers with plenty of romance, lust, intrigue, and violence. More »
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    Manchu Palaces Paid Member

    Machu PalacesJeanne LarsenHenry Holt and Company,Inc.:New York,1996342 pp., $25.00 (hardcover) In China during the Qing dynasty, when hard-riding warriors from Manchuria ruled the vast lands "between the passes," Beijing's new gentry altered the rules of architecture. The Manchu lords built rambling compounds with highly ornamented ritual halls and bed­chambers facing onto courtyards perfumed by fruit trees, all hidden from the squalid streets by high walls. Over generations, new structures rose to meet their needs—a summer house set aside for an infant male heir, or a walled garden, evocative of the hilly south­land, built to cheer a homesick concubine—until brick and mortar came to embody complex genealogy. More »
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    Mountains And Rivers Without End Paid Member

    Mountains And Rivers Without EndGary SnyderCounterpoint: Washington, D.C., 1996 165 pp., $20.00 (hardcover) More »
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    Letters to the Editor Paid Member

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    The Fourth Noble Truth Paid Member

    THE  BUDDHA TO HIS COMPANIONS at the Deer Park: “The fourth truth is the path which leads to the cessation of suffering. It is the Noble Eightfold Path of right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. More »
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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 »