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    Buddha At The Box Office Paid Member

    Films like Kundun, Little Buddha, and The Cup have shown that Buddhism has box-office appeal. Now, a new crop of features and documentaries is poised for theatrical release, fresh from the first International Buddhist Film Festival, held last November at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (see www.ibff.org). Coinciding with a major exhibit, “The Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art” (see page 102), the festival was organized by the Buddhist Film Society, a Berkeley, California-based not-for-profit set up to increase awareness of the Buddhist experience. More »
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    In the Pure Land Paid Member

    Buddha of Infinite LightD. T. SuzukiShambhala: Boston, 199896 pp., $16.95 (cloth) River of Fire, River of WaterAn Introduction to the Pure Land Tradition of Shin BuddhismTaitetsu UnnoDoubleday: New York, 1998272 pp., $12.00 (paper) OceanAn Introduction to Jodo-Shinshu Buddhism in AmericaKenneth K. TanakaWisdomOcean: Berkeley, 1997288 pp., $14.95 (paper) More »
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    Transforming Problems into Happiness Lama Zopa Rinpoche Edited by Ailsa Cameron and Robina Courtin Wisdom Publications: Boston, 1993. 88 pp., $10.00 (paper). Steven D. Goodman Nobody likes to suffer, and that's probably why those with physical pains, mental problems, and spiritual crises are the target market for the recent outpouring of "how to overcome" books. And at first glance, Transforming Problems into Happiness might be regarded as belonging in that "how to overcome" genre. Indeed, the� More »
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    Art, Books, Music, Television Paid Member

    MARK EPSTEIN reviews The DALAI LAMA’s new book; GRETEL EHRLICH on the story of a nun who spent twelve years in a cave; KATE WHEELER reviews AYYA KHEMA’s autobiography; LEWIS RICHMOND on his book about work as spiritual practice. Also: KAY LARSON on Japanese art exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art; INTERVIEW with actor ERIC STOLTZ; CD roundup of music More »
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    Turning Japanese Paid Member

    DRAWING RESTRAINT #9 MATTHEW BARNEY, DIRECTOR IFC Films, 2006 More »
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    Fruitful Contradictions Paid Member

    How Mathematicians Think: Using Ambiguity, Contradiction, and Paradox to Create Mathematicsby William ByersPrinceton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007 425 pp.; $35.00 (cloth) William Byers, a working mathematician and professor of mathematics and statistics at Concordia University in Montreal, has written a passionate defense of the uniquely human aspect of mathematics. He is a Luddite in the noblest sense of the word, advocating, in the teaching of math, a respect for its deep ideas as against the dead algorithmic recitations that have been reinforced and ramified by the spread of computer culture. He acknowledges the inspiration of Zen teacher Albert Low in his development of a view of math history, theory, and methodology based on a central idea he calls “ambiguity.” More »