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    Awakening The Buddha Within Paid Member

    Awakening the Buddha Within Eight Steps to Enlightenment Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World Lama Surya Das Broadway Books: New York, 1997 414 pp., $26.00 (cloth) In Awakening the Buddha Within, Lama Surya Das, a Western Buddhist meditation teacher and Dzogchen lineage holder, weaves many of the fundamental teachings and practices of the Buddha together with his own well-told story. The result is a densely packed feast of a book. This is both the good news and the daunting news: Readers who dip into the book at a leisurely pace should come away feeling satisfied and nourished; those who try to digest it too quickly may end up feeling stuffed and overwhelmed. More »
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    THE KING NEVER SMILES: A BIOGRAPHY OF THAILAND’S BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ PAUL M. HANDLEY New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006 512 pp.; $38.00 (cloth) More »
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    Going Beyond Ethnic Dualism Paid Member

    Dreaming Me:An African-American Woman’s Spiritual Journey Janice Dean Willis Riverhead Books: New York, 2001 352 pp.; $23.95 (cloth) More »
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    Working Off Karma Paid Member

    BANGKOK 8John BurdettNew York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003318 pp.; $24.00 (cloth)Tailing an American suspect through the gridlocked streets of Bangkok, a Thai policeman witnesses his partner’s gruesome murder. What would Buddha do? John Burdett’s Bangkok 8 tells the story of Sonchai Jitpleecheep, a police detective in Bangkok’s eighth precinct determined to avenge his partner’s death. But Sonchai is no ordinary policeman. He is an arhat, a former Buddhist monk exiled to the police force by his abbot to work off some troubling karma. To Sonchai, Buddhism is not an exotic faith; it is the constant backdrop of his daily life, a simple fact of his existence. He acknowledges that not everyone sees things this way, as he explains to the reader early on: More »
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    Awakening to Zen The Teachings of Roshi Philip Kapleau Edited by Polly Young-Eisendrath and Rafe Martin Scribner: New York, 1997 256 pp., $22 (cloth) A compilation of never-before-published teachings, given over the course of thirty-two years, from one of the first American Zen Buddhists and the author of The Three Pillars of Zen. Roshi Philip Kapleau’s style is consistently humorous and touching, and bears the stamp of his own teachers Harada Roshi and Yasutani Roshi. This book is a gift from a master to his students at the close of an illustrious career. The Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism Martin Brauen Shambhala: Boston, 1997 More »
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    History and Truth Paid Member

    The House of WidowsAskold MelnyczukSt. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 2008256 pp.; $16.00 (paper)History’s neither a searchlight nor a camera: it’s a flickering candle we use to read the marks on the wall as we crawl from that cave where only shadows of images play. —Askold MelnyczukMore »