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    God Cannot Be Great Paid Member

    GOD IS NOT GREAT: HOW RELIGION POISONS EVERYTHINGChristopher HitchensNew York: Twelve Books, 2007288 pp.; $24.99 (cloth) It was the British philosopher and renowned atheist Bertrand Russell who delivered the most comprehensive riposte to the theists when asked what he would say, should he find himself in a postmortem state at the gates of St. Peter. His reply (quoted by Christopher Hitchens in his new book) contains the totality of objections to religious belief: “I should say, Oh God, you did not give us enough evidence.” More »
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    Books In Brief Summer 2001 Paid Member

    Buddhist Symbolism in Tibetan ThangkasThe Story of Siddhartha and Other Buddhas Interpreted in Modern Nepalese Paintingby Ben MeulenbeldWeiser Books: Maine, 2001112 pp.; $19.95 (paper) This book is an introduction to the art of the Tibetan scroll painting, or thangka—literally, “something that can be rolled up.” The author comments on thirty-seven thangkas, reproduced here in full color, which take us through the life of the Buddha. 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 »
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    Hunting Down Happiness Paid Member

    What makes some countries happy as clams (or Icelanders). 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 »