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    REVIEWS: The Shadow Knows Paid Member

    BY THE LATE 1970S, Akira Kurosawa, the aging lion of Japanese cinema, was having trouble getting financing. Despite his international stature as the auteur of Rashomon, Seven Samurai, and some two dozen other remarkable films, Toho Studios was dragging its feet in backing his ambitious new project. But two of his biggest fans, George Lucas (whose Star Wars films owed so much to the samurai tradition) and Francis Coppola, rode to the rescue with a bag of money from 20th Century Fox, and the result was Kagemusha: The Shadow Warrior. More »
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    Salvation and Liberation Paid Member

    Living Buddha, Living Christ 10th Anniversary Edition Thich Nhat Hanh New York: Riverhead, 2007 256 pp.; $15 (paper) More »
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    Future Religion Paid Member

    THE GOSPEL OF BUDDHA: ACCORDING TO OLD RECORDS PAUL CARUS, INTRODUCTION BY MARTIN VERHOEVEN, FOREWORD BY DONALD S. LOPEZ Chicago: Open Court, 2004 522 pp.; $49.95 More »
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    Hair on Fire Paid Member

    Samsara: Survival And Recovery in Cambodia (1989) Satya: A Prayer for the Enemy (1993) Sacrifice: The Story of Child Prostitutes from Burma (1998) Leper: Life Beyond Stigma (2005) 

 Sky Burial (2005) Ellen Bruno, Director Available at Brunofilms.com$30 (DVD/VHS) More »
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    Books in Brief Paid Member

    Zen Master Who? A Guide to the People and Stories of ZenJames Ishmael FordWisdom Publications, 2006280 pp.; $15.95 (paper) Ford, a Soto Zen priest and Unitarian Universalist minister, has put together a rich and eminently readable resource on Zen in the West. He begins with an overview of the history of Zen, then thoroughly covers the teachers who first came West, the traditions and practices they brought with them, the schools they founded, and their many successors. Ford's engaging portraits of the many personalities that make up Western Zen today are especially interesting and can be read straight through or dipped into here and there for a satisfying taste of any one of the diverse forms the tradition is taking today. More »
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    Looking for Dharma Paid Member

    Buddha Is as Buddha Does: The Ten Original Practices for Enlightened LivingLama Surya DasNew York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2007288 pp.; $23.95 (cloth)Believe it or not, there was once a time, not that many years ago, when books on Buddhism were hard to find. You could scour your local bookstore for hours without turning up anything, and if you did find some lonely title by D. T. Suzuki or Alan Watts, it might well have been tucked away on some vaguely embarrassing shelf labeled "Occult," along with the treatises on alien abduction and telekinesis. More »