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    Yoda-Dharma Paid Member

    The Dharma of Star WarsMatthew BortolinBoston: Wisdom Publications, 2005205 pp.; $14.95 (paper) The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons:Buddhist Themes in Modern FantasyDavid R. Loy and Linda GoodhewBoston: Wisdom Publications, 2004128 pp.; $14.95 (paper) It’s been awfully hard to avoid Star Wars this year. The series of films that began in 1977 finally ended with the release in May of the final installment, Revenge of the Sith. But if you don’t know this by now, you must be living in a faraway galaxy yourself, or attending a very, very secluded retreat. More »
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    The Subtleties of a Sutra Paid Member

    Getting Emptiness More »
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    Inaction Film Paid Member

    INTO GREAT SILENCEPhilip Gröning, DirectorZeitgeist Films, 2006 A lama I used to study with once said he didn’t understand why people would listen to recordings of Tibetan chanting. “That,” he said, “would be like watching someone else eat a meal.” More »
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    'Buddha' by Karen Armstrong Paid Member

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    Everyday Nirvana Paid Member

    The end of the questAt last: a seeker’s guide to the end of seeking, put together by former “full-time seeker” Josh Baran. 365 Nirvana Here and Now: Living Every Moment in Enlightenment (Thorsons/Element, 2003, $19.95 cloth) contains passages from more than 265 sources, representing Eastern and Western wisdom of the past three thousand years. The range is vast—the Buddha to Martin Buber, Nagarjuna to Alice Walker, Krishnamurti to a Cherokee grandmother—but there is a common theme: “The main insight,” Baran says, “is that the awakened state—nirvana—is our natural condition, available at any moment to any one of us.” The 365 selections can be read in sequence for a year’s worth of daily inspiration, or dipped into at random to reel oneself back to the present. More »
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    Buns Or Duchies? Paid Member

    Waking Up to What You DoDiane Eshin RizzettoBoston: Shambhala Publications, 2005197 pp.; $21.95 (cloth) A story is told of Napoleon and a pauper, that the great general was parading through a small village, promising a duchy to this man and a castle to that one, when the little fellow piped up and asked for a bit of bread. “That’s all?” says the general with a cock of the head. “Pourquoi?” “Tiens!” goes the hayseed. “Whether these citizens get their villas and vineyards, your honor, I can’t say—but here comes your adjutant with my bun.” More »