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    Horrors Paid Member

    THE BLOB IRVIN S. YEAWORTH, JR., DIRECTOR Paramount Pictures, 1958 $39.95 (DVD) SPIDER BABY JACK HILL, DIRECTOR American General Pictures, Inc., 1964 $14.99 (DVD) “NOW ON THE EIGHTH DAY the blood-drinking wrathful deities will appear. Recognize them without being distracted. . . . Glorious Great Buddha-Heruka will emerge from within your own brain . . . with three heads, six arms, and four legs spread wide apart. . . . His nine eyes gaze into yours with a wrathful expression, his eyebrows are like flashes of lightning, his teeth gleam like copper. . . . His body is garlanded with black serpents and fresh skulls. . . .” More »
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    In-Body Experience Paid Member

    Gesture of Awareness: A Radical Approach to Time, Space, and Movementby Charles GenoudBoston: Wisdom Publications, 2006224 pp.; $16.95 (paper) The body gets a bad rap. It’s often regarded as the spirit’s clumsy, needy, smelly, ever-present, possibly dangerous roommate. The poet Delmore Schwartz called it “The heavy bear who goes with me . . . / A caricature, a swollen shadow, / A stupid clown of the spirit’s motive.” More »
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    Book Reviews - Winter 1993 Paid Member

    SELF AND LIBERATION: The Jung/Buddhism Dialogue Edited by Daniel Meckel and Robert L. MoorePaulist Press: New York, 1992. 338 pp., $19.95 (paper). Michele Martin AFTER DECADES of exchange, many Buddhist practitioners and an increasing number of psychologists agree that the two traditions can benefit one another. The ongoing question remains: How? Answers to this depend on a clear knowledge of each other's position. Within the lungian world, therapists such as lames Hillman and Clarissa Pinkola Estes are creatively questioning and reshaping their inheritance, which includes, however, Jung's often idiosyncratic writings about the East. This new volume brings together material that allows for a more precise understanding and evaluation of Jung's relation to what he understood Buddhism to be. More »
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    Buddha At The Box Office Paid Member

    Films like Kundun, Little Buddha, and The Cup have shown that Buddhism has box-office appeal. Now, a new crop of features and documentaries is poised for theatrical release, fresh from the first International Buddhist Film Festival, held last November at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (see www.ibff.org). Coinciding with a major exhibit, “The Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art” (see page 102), the festival was organized by the Buddhist Film Society, a Berkeley, California-based not-for-profit set up to increase awareness of the Buddhist experience. More »
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    In the Pure Land Paid Member

    Buddha of Infinite LightD. T. SuzukiShambhala: Boston, 199896 pp., $16.95 (cloth) River of Fire, River of WaterAn Introduction to the Pure Land Tradition of Shin BuddhismTaitetsu UnnoDoubleday: New York, 1998272 pp., $12.00 (paper) OceanAn Introduction to Jodo-Shinshu Buddhism in AmericaKenneth K. TanakaWisdomOcean: Berkeley, 1997288 pp., $14.95 (paper) More »
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    The Soloist Mark Salzman Random House: New York, 1994. 284 pp., $19.00 (cloth). Amy Hollowell This could have been a helluva book, a marvel, a veritable gem glistening in the dull, plastic body of contemporary American fiction. Or could it? Could a novel that mixes so many genres - thriller, courtroom drama, love story, spiritual awakening - do justice to any of them, much less to the artful telling of a tale? And could any of the subjects in which the author dabbles here - Zen,� More »