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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 »
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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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    Pictures Worth a Thousand Words Paid Member

    The Buddha and Buddhist culture have inspired centuries of artists and, more recently, photographers. Buddha (Welcome Books, 2003, $29.95 cloth) contains 155 color photographs by Jon Ortner, from the giant gold Maha Muni Buddha in Mandalay—said to be the only image of Gautama made in his lifetime—to a fourteenth-century Siamese stone Buddha head ensnared in the roots of a bodhi tree. The satin-bound gift book includes informative captions, sayings of the Buddha, and an introduction by Vipassana teacher Jack Kornfield, a former Thai monk. More »