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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 »
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    A Hard Pill To Swallow Paid Member

    Infinite Life:Seven Virtues for Living WellRobert ThurmanNew York: Riverhead, 2004304 pp.; $24.95 (cloth) With Infinite Life, Robert Thurman, the charismatic and controversial Tibetan Buddhist scholar, offers what may become his most influential book to date. Probably because he’s taught Buddhism to college students for so long, Thurman has a knack for using metaphors from Western culture to explain Buddhist concepts. When inviting readers to embrace the notion of immortality—a hard sell even to many longtime practitioners—Thurman refers to the popular movie The Matrix. He likens himself to Morpheus, the rebel leader who offers Neo, the latest recruit in the battle to free humanity, a fresh perspective on life: More »
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    Shaolin’s story 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 »