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    The Legend of Queen CamaBodhiramsi’s CamadevivamsaA Translation and CommentaryDonald K. Swearer and Sommai PremchitSUNY Press, $19.95 A Pali chronicle from early fifteenth-century Thailand, translated and contextualized by a Thai-American team of two scholars. The seventh-century Queen Cama’s founding of the Haripunjaya dynasty is set against a parallel account of the Buddha’s journey to the northern Thai kingdom over which it held sway. Political and religious narratives interwoven in the Pali text yield a densely textured portrait of a historic moment in the flowering of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. More »
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    Tantric Trailblazers: A gathering of mystics Paid Member

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    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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    If you missed “The Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last fall, you can catch it at the Columbus (Ohio) Museum of Art this spring, through May 9. And if Ohio isn’t in your travel plans, you can have nearly as transforming an experience by perusing the exhibition catalog, The Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art (Columbus Museum of Art and Serindia Publications, 2003, $90 cloth). Prepared by curators John C. More »
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    Bearing WitnessA Zen Master’s Lessons in Making PeaceBernie Glassman.Belltower: New York, 1998256 pp.; $22.00 (cloth) Roshi Bernard Glassman’s latest focus in his ever-evolving practice of Buddhism is the Zen Peacemaker Order. The ZPO is not only engaged in social activism and interfaith networking, but also cultivates another prong of social service—that of bearing witness to suffering for the purpose of growing through and from it. More »
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    A look at some of the latest Buddhist titles, hot off the presses. More »