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    Relative World, Ultimate Mind Paid Member

    Relative World, Ultimate MindThe Twelfth Tai SitupaShambhala Publications: Boston, 1992. 157 pp. $12.00 (paperback).   More »
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    The American Encounter with Buddhism 1844-1912: Victorian Culture and the Limits of Dissent Paid Member

    The American Encounter with Buddhism 1844-1912: Victorian Culture and the Limits of Dissent Thomas A. Tweed Indiana University Press: Bloomington, 1992. 242 pp. $29.95 (hardcover).   As Thomas Tweed amply documents, the history of Buddhism in the United States of America began in the nineteenth­-century coal-and-steam-fired era, characterized "by an emphasis on industry, sobriety, domesticity, nativism, competitiveness, and order.” It was also strongly colored by four related stances—or "attitudes" as we might call them these days—namely, "theism, indivi­dualism, activism, and optimism." More »
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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 »