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    Books In Brief Paid Member

    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 Winter 1999 Paid Member

    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 »
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    Are There Yaks and Vultures in America? Paid Member

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    The Zen of Living and Dying / Lessons from the Dying Paid Member

    The Zen of Living and DyingA Practical and Spiritual GuidePhilip KapleauShambhala: Boston, 1998288 pp., $15.95 (paper) Lessons from the DyingRodney SmithWisdom Publications: Boston, 1998224 pp., $16.95 (paper) More »
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    The Soloist Mark Salzman Random House: New York, 1994. 284 pp., $19.00 (cloth). Amy Hollowell This could have been a helluva book, a marvel, a veritable gem glistening in the dull, plastic body of contemporary American fiction. Or could it? Could a novel that mixes so many genres - thriller, courtroom drama, love story, spiritual awakening - do justice to any of them, much less to the artful telling of a tale? And could any of the subjects in which the author dabbles here - Zen,� More »
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    PORTRAITS OF TIBETAN BUDDHIST MASTERS Don Farber, text by Rebecca McClen Novick University of California Press, 2005 191 pp.; $29.95 (cloth) More »