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    Through Eastern Eyes Paid Member

    Presenting Japanese Buddhism To The West: Orientalism, Occidentalism,And the Columbian ExpositionJudith SnodgrassChapel Hill and London: University ofNorth Carolina Press,2003 352 pp.; $21.50 (paper) The World’s Parliament of Religions, held in conjunction with the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, is widely acknowledged as a turning point in American religious history. The event, which gathered Buddhists and Christians, Taoists and Muslims from around the world, was largely forgotten until new forms of Asian religions began to bloom in the spiritual hothouse of the 1960s. Today, the World’s Parliament stands as a linchpin in the new narrative of America’s march from the Protestantism of the Founding Fathers to a pluralism that adopted Buddhist monks into the spiritual family. More »
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    The Logic of Compassion Paid Member

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    The Legend of Queen CamaBodhiramsi’s CamadevivamsaA Translation and CommentaryDonald K. Swearer and Sommai PremchitSUNY 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. More »
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    Tantric Trailblazers: A gathering of mystics Paid Member

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    THE SOUND OF SILENCE: THE SELECTED TEACHINGS OF AJAHN SUMEDHOWisdom Publications, 2007400 pp.; $16.95 (paper) Teachings from Ajahn Sumedho, a popular American-born teacher and founder of the first Theravada monastic community in the West, have been hard to come by in print. So it’s good to see that the talks collected in this volume - delivered mostly in 2001 and 2005 - preserve his warm, humorous style, and reflect his flexible view of teaching as “presenting things for you to investigate.” These spontaneous talks are accessible, but they are explorations and require attention. The title comes from a meditation practice Sumedho developed on his own over forty years of practice, one not found in the Pali canon. More »
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    Books in Brief An annotated selection of new and noteworthy guidebooks, teachings, and scholarly texts The Practice of MahamudraDrikung Kyabgon Chetsang RinpocheSnow Lion Publications, $12.95Mahamudra is the highest teaching in the Kagyupa school of Tibetan Buddhism. The Practice of Mahamudra is a thorough explanation of this teaching, condensed from talks given in the United States by Chetsong Rinpoche, the 37th Drikung Kyabgon.  More »