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    Illuminating Music Paid Member

    AMA YUNGCHEN LHAMO Real World Records, 2006 $18.99 (CD) TIBETAN VOCALIST Yungchen Lhamo grew up in Chinese-occupied Lhasa, where singing ritual music was punishable by beating or death. Despite the danger, her grandmother insisted on teaching her the devotional songs of Tibet in clandestine music lessons. Now, three decades removed and exiled from her homeland after a tortuous one-thousand-mile trek across the Himalayas to India in 1989, she has become the world’s most renowned interpreter of Tibetan folk music. This reputation is sure to be upheld by this year’s Ama, her third release on Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records. More »
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    Darwin's Dharma Paid Member

    Dismantling Discontent: Buddha's Way Through Darwin's World by Charles FisherNew York: Elite Books, 2007442 pp.; $26.95 (cloth) More »
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    Bringing Up Buddha Paid Member

    To most young children, a story is compelling only if they can see themselves in it. The purest gems of children’s literature—even those in which the characters find themselves in fantastic circumstances—contain elements that resonate with kids’ ordinary lives. In E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, we learn what Fern, a girl who talks to animals, eats for breakfast and what her bullying brother carries in his pockets. In The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner, four orphaned siblings who move into an abandoned train set up a familiar-looking home from which to launch extraordinary adventures. These books also happen to offer wonderful moral teachings about selflessness, ethical behavior, compassion, and mortality—and the lessons stick, mainly because they are embodied by everyday children, with lots of everyday detail. More »
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    Awakening The Buddha Within Paid Member

    Awakening the Buddha Within Eight Steps to EnlightenmentTibetan Wisdom for the Western WorldLama Surya DasBroadway Books: New York, 1997414 pp., $26.00 (cloth) More »
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    Translucentville Paid Member

    LHASA: STREETS WITH MEMORIES ROBERT BARNETT New York: Columbia University Press, 2006 219 pp.; $24.50 (cloth) ROBERT BARNETT’S BRILLIANT rumination on Tibet’s capital, Lhasa: Streets with Memories, begins with a deceptively humble idea. Admitting in his preface that foreign writers cannot portray Lhasa without preconceived notions—particularly given the Sino-Tibetan politics that surround Lhasa and the conspicuous absence of its patron saint, the Dalai Lama—Barnett proposes to merely “scrape a little of the topsoil off the affective history.” More »
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    Books in Brief Paid Member

    Handful of Leaves, Volume 5by Thanissaro BhikkhuThe Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, 2007419 pp.; free (paper) Not many things in life are free, but the Buddha’s teachings are, thanks to Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s comprehensive five-volume anthology Handful of Leaves. Thanissaro, a Theravada monk and abbot of Metta Forest Monastery in Valley Center, California, spent ten years excerpting and translating suttas from the Pali canon. The last volume of his user-friendly series, complete with original introductions, footnotes, and references, concludes his project. Free copies of all five books can be requested by writing to the Sati Center Book Fund at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, 1205 Hopkins Avenue, Redwood City, CA, 94062. More »