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    For a Future to Be Possible Paid Member

    Thich Nhat Hanh has elaborated and interpreted the precepts to address contemporary ethical concerns. By choosing examples from our shared daily life—such as the Rodney King beating—and pairing them with provocative analyses (saying of the King beating that "a violent society creates violent policemen"), Thich Nhat Hanh redirects rage or easy finger-pointing and challenges the reader to examine his or her place in a community. Part two of this thoughtful, inquiring volume is made up of essays by fourteen contributors, including Robert Aitken, Richard Baker, Chan Khong, and Maxine Hong Kingston. (Most of the essays were written for this collection; only three have been published previously.) The essayists address a wide range of issues from requirements for receiving the precepts in a formal ceremony, to the question of how societies as a whole can strive to practice the precepts, to the connection between precepts and a sense of belonging. More »
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    Mystical Verses of a Mad Dalai Lama Paid Member

    Geared to the nonspecialist, Mystical Verses of a Mad Dalai Lama offers a fine introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and the institution of the Dalai Lamas, a readable biography, and beautifully phrased translations of the Second Dalai Lama's songs of enlightenment. The Second Dalai Lama, self-described as "mad" in reference to a realization of emptiness and nonattachment, was noted for his clear, powerful verse. More »
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    The Tibetan Book of the Dead Paid Member

    In this, the latest English translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and the first since Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Francesca Fremantie's 1988 version, Robert A. F. Thurman takes the translation process a step further. He tries not only to translate this text—a manual on death and dying—but also the cultural context in which it can be practiced. As stated in the introduction, Thurman aims to stick with the spirit of the original, which, he says, "was intended to be a popular manual designed for the ordinary Tibetan layperson." Eschewing "cumbersome" notes—"the dead and the bereaved are not in the mood for such scholarly niceties"—in favor of familiar terms and a glossary, he strives to make the teachings accessible to contemporary Westerners. More »
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    Books in Brief Paid Member

    Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest To Find Zen On The SeaJaimal YogisWisdom Publications, 2009256 pp., $14.95 (paper) RAISED BY meditating parents, Jaimal Yogis began dreaming of buddhahood at a younger age than most Americans. His debut book, a coming-of-age memoir, documents his endearing and often comical pursuit of this dream. Escaping the suburban drear of a comfortable family life in California, Yogis runs away from home in globetrotting fashion: first to Hawaii as a would-be surfer, then to a Buddhist monastery in Berkeley, and on to Europe, Mexico, and New York, before finally settling down as a journalist in San Francisco. An open love letter to life on the road, the book feels like only the first installment of a samsaric series. More »
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    Issue 64 Paid Member

    - Hang on to Your Ego by Thanissaro Bhikkhu - Mothers of Liberation by Miranda Shaw - Man-made Monk by Pagan Kennedy - What You're Made Of by Bodhipaksa More »
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    NEW BOOKS: Recalling Chogyam Trungpa Paid Member

    The following is excerpted from Recalling Chogyam Trungpa: A wide variety of writers explore the innovative contributions of a renowned Tibetan Buddhist meditation master to the spiritual and cultural discourse of our time, compiled and edited by Fabrice Midal. Published by Shambhala Publications, www.shambhala.com, available for purchase here. The following is from "Topsy Turvy Times with Trungpa," by Charles Prebish, professor of religious studies at Pennsylvania State University�More »