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    Not Just-So Stories Paid Member

    Nixon Under the Bodhi Tree And Other Works of Buddhist Fiction Kate Wheeler (Ed.)Boston: Wisdom Publications, April 2004280 pp.; $16.95 (paper) Buddhism has been infiltrating English-language literature since Rudyard Kipling’s Kim more than a century ago, and vigilant readers may have noticed a growing number of novels with Buddhist themes. But you won’t see a “Buddhist fiction” shelf in most bookstores, or in local libraries, and you’re more likely to stumble upon a poem than a short story in your sangha newsletter. Buddhist fiction is out there, but it hasn’t been easy to find. More »
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    Transforming Problems into Happiness Lama Zopa Rinpoche Edited by Ailsa Cameron and Robina Courtin Wisdom Publications: Boston, 1993. 88 pp., $10.00 (paper). Steven D. Goodman Nobody likes to suffer, and that's probably why those with physical pains, mental problems, and spiritual crises are the target market for the recent outpouring of "how to overcome" books. And at first glance, Transforming Problems into Happiness might be regarded as belonging in that "how to overcome" genre. Indeed, the� More »
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    Master Yunmen Paid Member

    Master Yunmen Translated, edited and with an introduction by Urs App Kodansha 272 pp., ($25 cloth, $12 paper) “You must neither fall for the tricks of others not simply accept their directives. The instant you see an old monk open his mouth, you tend to stuff those big rocks right into yours, and when you cluster in little groups to discuss [his words], you’re exactly like those green flies on shit that struggle back to back to gobble� More »
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    'Indestructible Truth' by Reginald A. Ray Paid Member

    INDESTRUCTIBLE TRUTH:The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhismby Reginald A. RayShambhala: Boston & London, 2000432 pp.; $29.95 (cloth) The ideal reader for Reginald A. Ray’s massive study of the Tibetan spiritual tradition, Indestructible Truth, would be a vigorous beginning student capable of following the most abstruse points of the dharma, with a great appetite for historical details and recondite facts and an awesome ability to rearrange them into a coherent picture without much help from the author. Ray, Professor of Buddhist Studies at Naropa University and Teacher in Residence at Rocky Mountain Shambhala Center, has done a valiant job of bringing together a huge amount of material. One can’t help but question, however, why he chose the content he did and organized it in this particular way, and for whom the book is intended. More »
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    Chasing Happiness: The pitfalls of the consumer life Paid Member

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    Buddhism for the Beach Paid Member

    ORACLE LAKE: A THRILLERPaul AdamNew York: St. Martin’s Press, 2007416 pp.; $24.95 (cloth) Oracle Lake opens in Dharamsala, India, with “the scent of death in the air,” a “stillness of despair” enveloping the “shabby collection of buildings clinging precariously to the hillside,” and proceeds to pose a fascinating question: what will happen when the Fourteenth Dalai Lama passes away? More »