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    Books In Brief Summer 2001 Paid Member

    Buddhist Symbolism in Tibetan Thangkas:The Story of Siddhartha and Other Buddhas Interpreted in Modern Nepalese Paintingby Ben MeulenbeldWeiser Books: Maine, 2001112 pp.; $19.95 (paper) 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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    Mixed Media Paid Member

    Cassette Tapes Your Buddha Nature Teachings on the Ten Perfections Jack Kornfield Sounds True, $59.95 An introductory program of meditations and mindfulness techniques. Therapist and meditation instructor Jack Kornfield draws on an eclectic pool of teachings from various traditions but structures his curriculum on the ten paramitas, or “inner perfections” of Buddhism, stressing their immediate applicability to the challenges of daily living. Noble Heart A self-guided retreat on befriending your obstacles Pema Chodron Sounds True, $59.95 More »
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    National Voice: Ko Un and the poetry of Korea Paid Member

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    Caution: Zen At Work Paid Member

    PAVEMENT: REFLECTIONS ON MERCY, ACTIVISM, AND DOING “NOTHING” FOR PEACELin JensenBoston: Wisdom Publications, 2007128 pp.; $12.95 (paper) The pixelated online video shows a group of activists from Students for a Free Tibet at the base of Mount Everest, holding up a banner carrying the slogan of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, with one key addition: “One World, One Dream, Free Tibet 2008.” For their trouble, they would endure several days of very unpleasant Chinese custody. Now that’s activism, I thought to myself. Two months earlier, I’d been on retreat with the videographer, Shannon Service, in Colorado; now she was in a Chinese jail, a hero for the Tibetan cause. Shouldn’t I be taking action, too? More »
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    Not Just-So Stories Paid Member

    Nixon Under the Bodhi Tree And Other Works of Buddhist Fiction Kate Wheeler (Ed.)Boston: Wisdom Publications, April 2004280 pp.; $16.95 (paper) Buddhism has been infiltrating English-language literature since Rudyard Kipling’s Kim more than a century ago, and vigilant readers may have noticed a growing number of novels with Buddhist themes. But you won’t see a “Buddhist fiction” shelf in most bookstores, or in local libraries, and you’re more likely to stumble upon a poem than a short story in your sangha newsletter. Buddhist fiction is out there, but it hasn’t been easy to find. More »