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    Buns Or Duchies? Paid Member

    Waking Up to What You DoDiane Eshin RizzettoBoston: Shambhala Publications, 2005197 pp.; $21.95 (cloth) A story is told of Napoleon and a pauper, that the great general was parading through a small village, promising a duchy to this man and a castle to that one, when the little fellow piped up and asked for a bit of bread. “That’s all?” says the general with a cock of the head. “Pourquoi?” “Tiens!” goes the hayseed. “Whether these citizens get their villas and vineyards, your honor, I can’t say—but here comes your adjutant with my bun.” More »
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    The Logic of Compassion Paid Member

    Loving, one step at a time More »
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    Reviews Paid Member

    In four hardbound volumes representing twenty-two separate works, here is a handsome set of acclaimed translator Thomas Cleary’s collected Buddhist translations. More »
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    Open Up Paid Member

    ONE CITY: A DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCEEthan NichternBoston: Wisdom Publications, 2007224 pp.; $15.95 (paper) More »
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    'Secret Tibet' by Fosco Maraini Paid Member

    Secret TibetFosco MarainiThe Harvill Press: London, 2001425 pp.; $35 (cloth)There is something about traveling in Tibet that makes Westerners reach for their pens. But of the literally dozens of travelers who have described their Tibetan adventures, few have possessed Fosco Maraini’s talent for writing. Maraini describing his bus journey across town would be enjoyable enough; to read his evocative account of traveling in Tibet is a real pleasure. His style, a blend of poetic speculation and careful observation, might well be described as “Herman Hesse meets Bruce Chatwin,” and like a great composer, he knows when to expand a theme and when to leave space for the listener’s own imagination. More »