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    Contributors Winter 2003 Paid Member

    A veteran environmental journalist, Lisa Jones knew about Michael Soulé the "father of conservation biology" long before she knew about Michael Soulé the Buddhist ("The Buckshot Bodhisattva"). But now Jones and Soulé are both members of the same sangha in tiny Paonia, Colorado, where Jones buys the meat she eats from local ranchers, and Soulé retreats into the hills to hunt game for himself—and in his view, to restore ecological balance. "There's nothing pious or politically correct about Michael," Jones says; "he applies the same kind of boundary-busting thinking to his spiritual practice that he applies to science and environmental activism." More »
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    KHENPO TSÜLTRIM GYAMTSO is a Buddhist master who trained extensively with yogis living in the remote monasteries and caves of Tibet. In 1959, local nuns asked him for protection from the invading Communists, and he led them to safety in Bhutan. In 1977, he began teaching worldwide about the path of wisdom and compassion, which he continued to do for the next thirty years. His latest book, “Stars of Wisdom,” (excerpted here) is a compilation of these teachings. He currently lives in Nepal and Bhutan. He enjoys singing joyful yogic songs. More »
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    Contributors Spring 2005 Paid Member

    Robert Beer's article on the history of thangka painting appears here. He states: "So many people have told me how they were initially drawn to the Buddhist teachings through the iconic beauty and mystery of its art. It has been my privilege and destiny to devote my life to the study of this subject. What began as a 'cloud of unknowing' has now transformed into a magnificent 'cathedral of light,' where the outer, inner, and secret meanings of its complex imagery continually reveal themselves as pure intuition into the deepest levels of the human heart. More »
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    Contributors Fall 2005 Paid Member

    Contributing editor Joan Duncan Oliver has spent the past year immersed in the subject of happiness, first to write a book—Happiness: How to Find It and Keep It—and then to edit a special section for this issue on happiness. Is she happier as a result? "Hard to say. But it convinced me that Buddhist practice gives us a better shot at finding true happiness than anything our consumerist culture urges us to pursue." What makes her happy? "Friends, books, laughter, the beach—though even these pleasures are fleeting. Ultimately, happiness is about appreciating the moment." More »
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    Contributors Winter 2005 Paid Member

    Rafi Zabor, whose new book, I, Wabenzi, is excerpted in this issue ("Too Much,"), writes: "The opening of I, Wabenzi was the first aesthetically successful, living thing I was able to write several years into the aftermath of my parents' deaths, in 1985 and '86. It was intended to be a piece about one hundred pages long about the strictly car-related incidents in my travels across Europe and into Asia in a used Mercedes I'd bought for the purpose, but with the second chapter, excerpted here, it became the massive disgorgement of material intended to explain the journey and the purchase of the car. This material has so far overwhelmed the travel story, and I'm running with the joke. More »
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    B. Alan Wallace first learned about shamatha meditation in 1972. In “Within You Without You,” Wallace emphasizes the need for this “contemplative technology” in order to fully realize the Buddha’s teachings. The president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, Wallace teaches Buddhist theory and practice worldwide and will soon lead a series of eight-week shamatha retreats in Phuket, Thailand. He is the author of many books, including “Mind in the Balance: Meditation in Science, Buddhism, and Christianity.” More »