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    Some of the Dharma Paid Member

    Some of the DharmaJack KerouacViking: New York, 1997420 pp., $32.95 (cloth) More »
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    The Green Buddha Christopher Titmuss Insight Books: Totnes, UK, 1995. 299 pp., $18.00 (paper). Allan Hunt Badiner One might be surprised that the restless and fervent voice of Christopher Titmuss in“The Green Buddha”belongs to a former Buddhist monk and a world-renowned meditation teacher, as well as a Green activist. Titmuss’ fundamental tenet, that “the root problem is a spiritual one,” will get no argument from anyone who is looking deeply at the vast array of interconnected problems facing� More »
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    Heal Thy SelfLessons in Mindfulness in MedicineSaki SantorelliCrown: New York, 1999288 pp.; $23 (paper) — Lotus in the Fire:The Healing Power of ZenJim BedardShambhala: Boston, 1999TK pp.; $14.95 (paper) At least two major surveys over the past two years—one by Gallup and the other by Yankelovich—have shown that those who are dying rate spiritual issues of crucial concern. Further, they have a great desire to pray, which Gallup researchers say translates into either traditional prayer or meditation. Astoundingly, given how secular a society we are touted to be, these patients also want their doctors to pray with them. More »
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    Illuminating Music Paid Member

    AMA YUNGCHEN LHAMO Real World Records, 2006 $18.99 (CD) TIBETAN VOCALIST Yungchen Lhamo grew up in Chinese-occupied Lhasa, where singing ritual music was punishable by beating or death. Despite the danger, her grandmother insisted on teaching her the devotional songs of Tibet in clandestine music lessons. Now, three decades removed and exiled from her homeland after a tortuous one-thousand-mile trek across the Himalayas to India in 1989, she has become the world’s most renowned interpreter of Tibetan folk music. This reputation is sure to be upheld by this year’s Ama, her third release on Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records. More »
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    Dismantling Discontent: Buddha's Way Through Darwin's World by Charles FisherNew York: Elite Books, 2007442 pp.; $26.95 (cloth) More »
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    Bringing Up Buddha Paid Member

    To most young children, a story is compelling only if they can see themselves in it. The purest gems of children’s literature—even those in which the characters find themselves in fantastic circumstances—contain elements that resonate with kids’ ordinary lives. In E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, we learn what Fern, a girl who talks to animals, eats for breakfast and what her bullying brother carries in his pockets. In The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner, four orphaned siblings who move into an abandoned train set up a familiar-looking home from which to launch extraordinary adventures. These books also happen to offer wonderful moral teachings about selflessness, ethical behavior, compassion, and mortality—and the lessons stick, mainly because they are embodied by everyday children, with lots of everyday detail. More »