History

As a 2,500-year old religion, Buddhism has a rich and diverse past
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    A River Runs Through It Paid Member

    From its headwaters north of Crestone, Colorado south to Albuquerque, New Mexico, the northern Rio Grande region is becoming home to a distinctly southwestern Buddhism.Drumbeats pierce the quiet of first light as fires appear at the top of a low mesa that hangs over the eastern edge of the pueblo of Jemez. The pink and yellow hues of the canyon are softened by the haze from the bonfires that line the roads winding between low adobe houses in the village. The people of the pueblo welcome Christmas morning as they have for as long as they have farmed corn along the river and hunted deer in the mountains. 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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    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 »
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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 »