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    'Sherlock Holmes: The Missing Years' by Jamyang Norbu Paid Member

    SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE MISSING YEARS The Adventures of the Great Detective in India and Tibetby Jamyang NorbuBloomsbury: New York, 2001287 pp.; $23.95 (cloth) More »
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    Perfecting Folk Paid Member

    COMMENTARIES ON PERFECTIONS OF THE HEART EVE DECKER Evedecker.com, 2006 $16.00 (CD) THE FREIGHT AND SALVAGE is the oldest acoustic music club west of the Mississippi, but when the MC introduced the headliner, she was a bit baffled. “We’ve been presenting the best in acoustic and traditional music since 1968,” she said. “But what you’re going to see tonight isn’t acoustic, and it isn’t traditional—I don’t know what to call it.” The audience helped her out, shouting in unison: “Dharma folk!” More »
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    Hard-boiled Buddha Paid Member

    Bangkok Hauntsby John BurdettNew York: Knopf, 2007 320 pp.; $24.95 (cloth) 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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    Illuminating Music Paid Member

    AMA YUNGCHEN LHAMO Real World Records, 2006 $18.99 (CD) TIBETAN VOCALIST Yungchen Lhamo grew up in Chinese-occupied Lhasa, where singing ritual music was punishable by beating or death. Despite the danger, her grandmother insisted on teaching her the devotional songs of Tibet in clandestine music lessons. Now, three decades removed and exiled from her homeland after a tortuous one-thousand-mile trek across the Himalayas to India in 1989, she has become the world’s most renowned interpreter of Tibetan folk music. This reputation is sure to be upheld by this year’s Ama, her third release on Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records. More »
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    Darwin's Dharma Paid Member

    Dismantling Discontent: Buddha's Way Through Darwin's World by Charles FisherNew York: Elite Books, 2007442 pp.; $26.95 (cloth) More »