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    In the Middle of Nowhere Paid Member

    You’re so deep in the Colorado wilderness that for days the only human face you’ve seen is your own, in the reflection of a mountain stream or a tin canteen. You turn a bend, and where are you? In the rubble of an ancient Buddhist shrine? More »
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    Books in Brief Fall 2012 Paid Member

    Almost two decades ago, the Theravada teacher Bhante Henepola Gunaratana (or Bhante G, as he is affectionately known) wrote Mindfulness in Plain English, a Buddhist classic known for its clear, direct, and practical explanations of mindfulness techniques. Following the publication of two subsequent mindfulness books over the years, he’s back again with The Four Foundations of Mindfulness (Wisdom Publications, August 2012, $15.95, paper, 192 pp.). “As always,” he says in the preface, “my concern in this book is the actual practice, right here in our lives. And when I write, I strive to write everything in plain English.” Bhante G makes good on his promise. More »
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    Kundun: Music from the Original SoundtrackPhilip GlassNonesuchMilo Miles More »
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    Books in Brief Fall 2000 Paid Member

    Blossoms of the Dharma: Living as a Buddhist NunThubten Chadron, EditorNorth Atlantic Books, 2000; $16.95 A compilation of talks given by nuns at a three-week conferenee—“Life as a Western Buddhist Nun” –in Bodhgaya, India, in 1996. As Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron explains in the preface: "These talks were given in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, generally in the evening at the end of a long, happy day of listening to Vinaya teachings, meditating, and discussing the Dharma." The book is divided into sections on History, Life as a Nun, and Teachings; contributors are nuns from all over the world. Included is the legendary talk (given in the presence of H. H. the Dalai Lama in 1993 in Dharamsala) that inspircd this conference, "The Situation of Western Monastics," by Bhikshuni Tenzin Palmo, which is a moving defense of monasticism. More »
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    Tournament of Shadows Paid Member

    Tournament of Shadows: The Great Game and Race for Empire in Central AsiaKarl E. Meyer & Shareen Blair BrysacCounterpoint, 1999646 pp., $35 (cloth) The Tournament of Shadows was the Russian name for the contest the British called the Great Game: the clandestine struggle among colonial empires for control of the central Asian heartland. It was played on a field that stretched from the Indian Himalayas to the trackless wastes of the Takla Makhan Desert and from the marches of Tibet to the shores of the Caspian Sea. Commencing in the early nineteenth century, its effects are still apparent today, in war-torn Afghanistan, in the newly independent Muslim states of central Asia, and in Chinese-occupied Tibet. More »
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    Still Here Paid Member

    Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying Ram DassRiverhead Books, 2000206 pp.; $22.22 (cloth) With Still Here, Ram Dass has written what is arguably his best book since his countercultural best-seller Be Here Now. He calls himself and “advance scout” and his scouting has not plumbed the depths of illness, aging, and pain, as well as the joys and fears of death and dying. More »