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    Books in Brief Paid Member

    LAO-TZU'S TAOTECHINGTranslated by Red PineMercury House: San Francisco, 1996.179 pp., $12.95 (paper). This new translation by Red Pine (himself a kind of modem-day Taoist) comes complete with 2,000 years of commentaries on each of Lao-Tzu's laconic verses on the Tao, or Way. THE GOLDEN LETTERSTranslated, with Introduction and Commentariesby John Myrdhin ReynoldsSnow Lion: Ithaca, New York, 1996.383 pp., $18.95 (paper). In many ways the best guide to the Dzog Chen (Great Perfection) teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Includes explanations of texts that were previously thought too secret to publish in book form. More »
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    Metapsychosis Paid Member

    Jane Hirschfield from Given Sugar, Given Salt HarperCollins: New York, 2001, 88pp.; $24 (cloth)MetapsychosisSome stories last many centuries,others only a moment. All alter over that lifetime like beach-glass, grow distant and more beautiful with salt. Yet even today, to look at a tree and ask the story Who are you? is to be transformed. There is a stage in us where each being, each thing, is a mirror. Then the bees of self pour from the hive-door, ravenous to enter the sweetness of flowering nettles and thistle. Next comes the ringing of a stone or violin or empty buckeygives off— the immeasurable's continuous singing, before it goes back into story and feeling. More »
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    The Diamond Cutter Paid Member

    The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Strategies for Managing Your Business and Your LifeGeshe Michael RoachDoubleday, 2000228 pp.; $21.95 (cloth)  Michael Roach is the first American to complete the twenty years of rigorous study and examinations it takes to earn the ancient degree of Geshe, or Master of Buddhist Learning, in the Tibetan tradition. He founded and directs the Asian Classics Institute in New York, and under the aegis of his Asian Classics Input Project some 150,000 pages of wood-block manuscripts—carried out of Tibet by refugees in the wake of the destruction of Tibetan libraries—have been transliterated and transcribed into digital databases. He also happens to know business down to its bones. While he was formally studying Tibetan Buddhist teachings, Geshe Michael was also helping to develop one of the world's largest diamond and jewelry firms, Andin International Diamond Corporation. More »
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    Temple Dusk: Zen Haiku Paid Member

    Temple Dusk: Zen HaikuMifsu SuzukiTranslated by Kazuaki Tanahashi and Gregory A. WoodParallax Press: Berkeley, 1992. 186 pp., $15.00 (paperback). Mitsu Suzuki, familiar to American Zen practitioners as the widow of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, is not only a tea teacher but also a haiku poet of the first order, as this latest collection of poems eloquently shows. Temple Dusk is a casual stroll through a mini­-mindfield—the terrain looks familiar yet it takes one off guard: After planting lily bulbs I notice the color of the sky Many of these poems have the quality of "objective heart"—a subtle poignancy where the ordinary becomes extraordinary: More »
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    Dream Yoga and the Practices of Natural Light Paid Member

    Dream Yoga and the Practices of Natural LightNamkhai Norbu Snow Lion Publications: Ithaca, New York, 1992. 128 pp. $12.95 (paperback).   Dream Yoga and the Practices of Natural Light addresses the possibilities of lucid dreaming. Tibetan author Namkhai Norbu, an internationally respected teacher of the Vajrayana traditions of tantra and dzogchen, instructs as well on evoking passages into natural light (a nonconceptual display of consciousness) after falling asleep but before dreams begin. The introduction, beauti­fully written by Michael Katz, provides an historical account of the relevance of dreams and their value in several different cultures. It also emphasizes the importance of awakeness during both sleep and dreaming. More »
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    The Wilderness Condition: Essays on Environment and Civilization Paid Member

    The Wilderness Condition: Essays on Environment and CivilizationEdited by Max Oelschlaeger Sierra Club Books, 1992. 345 pp. $30.00 (hardcover).   More »