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    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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    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 »
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    BANGKOK 8John BurdettNew York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003318 pp.; $24.00 (cloth)Tailing an American suspect through the gridlocked streets of Bangkok, a Thai policeman witnesses his partner’s gruesome murder. What would Buddha do? John Burdett’s Bangkok 8 tells the story of Sonchai Jitpleecheep, a police detective in Bangkok’s eighth precinct determined to avenge his partner’s death. But Sonchai is no ordinary policeman. He is an arhat, a former Buddhist monk exiled to the police force by his abbot to work off some troubling karma. To Sonchai, Buddhism is not an exotic faith; it is the constant backdrop of his daily life, a simple fact of his existence. He acknowledges that not everyone sees things this way, as he explains to the reader early on: More »
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    Awakening to ZenThe Teachings of Roshi Philip KapleauEdited by Polly Young-Eisendrath and Rafe MartinScribner: New York, 1997256 pp., $22 (cloth) A compilation of never-before-published teachings, given over the course of thirty-two years, from one of the first American Zen Buddhists and the author of The Three Pillars of Zen. Roshi Philip Kapleau’s style is consistently humorous and touching, and bears the stamp of his own teachers Harada Roshi and Yasutani Roshi. This book is a gift from a master to his students at the close of an illustrious career. More »
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    THE KING NEVER SMILES: A BIOGRAPHY OF THAILAND’S BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ PAUL M. HANDLEY New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006 512 pp.; $38.00 (cloth) More »
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    Dreaming Me:An African-American Woman’s Spiritual Journey Janice Dean Willis Riverhead Books: New York, 2001 352 pp.; $23.95 (cloth) More »