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    Get Meditating, Houston! Paid Member

    Nighttime rendering of the Meditation Station in a downtown Houston, Texas park, courtesy of Peter Longoria and Nicholas Weiss of Harrison Kornberg Architects. More »
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    The Green Buddha Paid Member

    The Green BuddhaChristopher TitmussInsight Books: Totnes, UK, 1995.299 pp., $18.00 (paper). One might be surprised that the restless and fervent voice of Christopher Titmuss in The Green Buddha belongs to a former Buddhist monk and a world­renowned meditation teacher, as well as a Green activist. Titmuss' fundamental tenet, that "the root problem is a spiritual one," will get no argument from anyone who is looking deeply at the vast array of interconnected problems facing us and future generations, but the moral haughtiness of his tone can be exasperating. More »
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    Living Buddha, Living Christ Paid Member

    Living Buddha, Living ChristThich Nhat HanhRiverhead Books: New York  1995.208  pp., $20.00 (cloth) Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk who was a friend and spiritual brother of Thomas Merton's, has come to be regarded as a kind of "Asian Merton," a sage for all seasons and ubiquitous guru to everyone who is—or wants to be—"on the Way," regardless of race, creed, color, sex, or (especially) religion. His teachings, collected in such books as The Miracle of Mindfulness and Being Peace, convey with simplicity and clarity the basics of spiritual practice, and an understanding of its  purpose. More »
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    Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior Paid Member

    Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood WarriorPhil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty Hyperion: New York, 1995.256 pp., $22.95 (cloth) On Phil Jackson's first trip to New York as a professional basketball player, he was driven into the city by Knicks coach Red Holzman. On the way, someone threw a rock at the car and smashed the windshield. After determining that nobody was hurt, Holzman turned to the gangly rookie and said, "Well, that's New York City, Phil. If you can take that, you'll do just fine." Jackson learned a valuable lesson from his new coach: "Don't let anger—or heavy objects thrown from overpasses—cloud the mind." For more than a quarter century, Jackson has continued to struggle toward awareness. While many coaches openly credit Christianity for their victories, the highly successful coach of the Chicago Bulls may be the only American coach to openly acknowledge Eastern influences. More »
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    Sex, Ecology, Spirituality; The Spirit of Evolution Paid Member

    Sex, Ecology, Spirituality: The Spirit of EvolutionKen WilberShambhala: Boston & London, 1995.831 pp., $40.00 (cloth). Ken Wilber has written a big book. Although different from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, this book is also designed to help us sober up. Wilber wants us to sober up from the reductionistic, shortsighted, antisacred, antispiritual, greedy, materialistic way of thinking that has ruled Western culture for the last two or three thousand years. Sex, Ecology, Spirituality is the first of three volumes. More »
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    The Bodhi Tree Paid Member

    THE BODHI TREE The spot under the fig, or Bodhi, tree where the Buddha attained nirvana is a kind of geographical omphalos or axis mundi for Buddhists. Buddhism was conceived under the Bodhi tree, the only spot on earth, the texts tell us, that was perfectly stable.PETER MATTHIESSEN, 1978 More »