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    The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying Paid Member

    The Tibetan Book of Living and DyingSogyal Rinpoche Edited by Patrick Gaffney and Andrew Harvey Harper San Francisco: San Francisco, 1992.356 pp. $22.00 (hardcover). More »
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    The Dumpling Field: Haiku of Issa Paid Member

    The Dumpling Field: Haiku of Issa Translated by Lucien Stryk with the assistance of Noboru Fujiwara Swallow Press/Ohio University Press: Athens, Ohio, 1991. 128 pp. $19.95 (paperback) $24.95 (hardbound).   Haiku's greatest master, Matsuo Basho, said that a poem is born when the object and the poet become one. A poem that expresses this unified moment is an act of direct transmission not unlike the "turning phrase" of Zen practice; the world is clarified and made real for the poet and reader as well. More »
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    Inner Peace, World Peace: Essays on Buddhism and Nonviolence / Zen Awakening and Society Paid Member

    Inner Peace, World Peace: Essays on Buddhism and Nonviolence Edited by Kenneth Kraft State University of New York Press: Albany, 1992. 148 pp. $12.95 (paperback).  Zen Awakening and Society Christopher IvesUniversity of Hawaii Press: Honolulu, 1992.200 pp. $14.95 (paperback) and $25.00 (library binding). More »
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    Buddhism Betrayed? Religion, Politics, and Violence in Sri Lanka Paid Member

    Buddhism Betrayed? Religion, Politics, and Violence in Sri Lanka Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah University of Chicago Press: Chicago, 1992. 238 pp. $14.95 (paperback).   More »
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    Zen Buddhism in the 20th Century Paid Member

    ZEN BUDDHISM IN THE 20TH CENTURYBy Heinrich Dumoulin.Weatherhill: New York and Tokyo, 1992.167 pp. $14.95 (paperback). Dumoulin, a German scholar, is best known in America for his incarnation being the two volume Zen Buddhism: A History (Macmillan: 1988). Their comprehensiveness and scholarly accuracy (rather than innovative analysis) have made them staple resources for students of Zen. More »
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    Books in Brief Fall 2014 Paid Member

    The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali (Princeton University Press, June 2014, $24.95, 288 pp., cloth) undertakes an exhaustive, scholarly history of the titular work of ancient Indian philosophy, lightened by author David Gordon White’s provocative wit. White begins in disbelief over why many modern-day yoga teacher training courses require students to study the sutra. “This [phenomenon] is curious to say the least,” he observes, “given the fact that the Yoga Sutra is as relevant to yoga as it is taught and practiced today as understanding the workings of a combustion engine is to driving a car.” White's early remark will dispel any reader’s expectation of mundane scholarship. More »