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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 Tibet:Fosco 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 »
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    Pictures Worth a Thousand Words Paid Member

    The Buddha and Buddhist culture have inspired centuries of artists and, more recently, photographers. Buddha (Welcome Books, 2003, $29.95 cloth) contains 155 color photographs by Jon Ortner, from the giant gold Maha Muni Buddha in Mandalay—said to be the only image of Gautama made in his lifetime—to a fourteenth-century Siamese stone Buddha head ensnared in the roots of a bodhi tree. The satin-bound gift book includes informative captions, sayings of the Buddha, and an introduction by Vipassana teacher Jack Kornfield, a former Thai monk. More »
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    Books in Brief Paid Member

    The Legend of Queen Cama Bodhiramsi’s Camadevivamsa A Translation and Commentary Donald K. Swearer and Sommai Premchit SUNY Press, $19.95 A Pali chronicle from early fifteenth-century Thailand, translated and contextualized by a Thai-American team of two scholars. The seventh-century Queen Cama’s founding of the Haripunjaya dynasty is set against a parallel account of the Buddha’s journey to the northern Thai kingdom over which it held sway. Political and religious narratives interwoven in the Pali text yield a densely textured portrait of a historic moment in the flowering of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. Becoming a Child of the Buddhas A Simple Clarification of the Root Verses of Seven Point Mind Training Gomo Tulku, translated by Joan Nicell Wisdom Publications, $12.95 More »
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    Real Dead: The definitive translation Paid Member

    The Tibetan Book of the Dead Gyurme Dorje, translator; Graham Coleman and Thupten Jinpa, Editors. New York: Viking, 2005 535 pp.; $29.95 More »
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    God Cannot Be Great Paid Member

    GOD IS NOT GREAT: HOW RELIGION POISONS EVERYTHINGChristopher HitchensNew York: Twelve Books, 2007288 pp.; $24.99 (cloth) It was the British philosopher and renowned atheist Bertrand Russell who delivered the most comprehensive riposte to the theists when asked what he would say, should he find himself in a postmortem state at the gates of St. Peter. His reply (quoted by Christopher Hitchens in his new book) contains the totality of objections to religious belief: “I should say, Oh God, you did not give us enough evidence.” More »