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    Books in Brief Spring 2004 Paid Member

    Chögyam Trungpa was a monumental force in establishing Buddhism in the West. Introducing thousands to meditation, the charismatic Tibetan teacher set up more than a hundred centers and Naropa University, and wrote prolifically, including thirteen books during his lifetime. After his death in 1987, thirteen additional books were compiled from his lectures and poetry by Shambhala Publications. Now Shambhala has gathered this material, along with plays, interviews, lectures, seminar transcripts, articles, and calligraphy, into an eight-volume, cloth-bound set, The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa ($49.95 per volume; volumes vary in length from 480 to 700-plus pages). Volumes 1 through 4 came out in January 2004; the remaining four are due in late March. More »
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    'Phoenix Eyes and Other Stories' by Russell Charles Leong Paid Member

    PHOENIX EYES AND OTHER STORIESRussell Charles LeongUniversity of Washington Press; Washington, 2000208 pp.; $16.95 (paper) When young, places were important: Chinatown, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, Taipei where I studied for a few years in the 70s; China, where I visited in the 80s and 90s. As an older man, the physical spaces become less important and the “inner spaces” of thought, meditation, memory, poetry, and reflection begin to reveal themselves, to open up. —Russell Leong  More »
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    Cycling With Morrissey Paid Member

    RINGLEADER OF THE TORMENTORS MORRISSEY Sanctuary Records, 2006 $18.99 (CD) More »
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    Teaching Mister Ordinary Paid Member

    Breakfast With Buddha: A Novel Roland Merullo Chapel Hill: Algonquin, October 2007 323 pages; $23.95 (cloth) A half century after publication, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road remains the quintessential “road trip” novel. Roland Merullo’s Breakfast with Buddha, also chronicling a rolling voyage à deux, shares some of the same antic spirit. But here the mood is less Beat Generation and more Graham Greene’s Travels with My Aunt—one traveler comically pompous, the other one wise. Merullo’s odd couple consists of a 44-year-old New York food-book editor and a Tibetan Buddhist master of Siberian origin and indeterminate age. Which is the pompous one, which the wise, is clear from the start, but the wonder of how they wind up—and stay—in the same car is the crux of the book’s considerable charm. More »
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    Transforming Problems into Happiness Lama Zopa Rinpoche Edited by Ailsa Cameron and Robina Courtin Wisdom Publications: Boston, 1993. 88 pp., $10.00 (paper). Steven D. Goodman Nobody likes to suffer, and that's probably why those with physical pains, mental problems, and spiritual crises are the target market for the recent outpouring of "how to overcome" books. And at first glance, Transforming Problems into Happiness might be regarded as belonging in that "how to overcome" genre. Indeed, the� More »
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    Art, Books, Music, Television Paid Member

    MARK EPSTEIN reviews The DALAI LAMA’s new book; GRETEL EHRLICH on the story of a nun who spent twelve years in a cave; KATE WHEELER reviews AYYA KHEMA’s autobiography; LEWIS RICHMOND on his book about work as spiritual practice. Also: KAY LARSON on Japanese art exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art; INTERVIEW with actor ERIC STOLTZ; CD roundup of music More »