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    Balancing Act Paid Member

    Contemplating Reality: A Practitioner’s Guide to the View in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism Andy Karr, Forward by Dzogchen Ponlop Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2007272 pp.; $16.95 (paper) More »
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    Buddha without Buddhism Paid Member

    PUTTING WORDS IN the Buddha’s mouth is risky business. I know; I’ve done it. Unless you’re faithful to the Pali canon - and maybe a Sanskrit text or two - let’s face it, you’re writing fiction. That brings us to the latest retelling of the life of the Buddha: Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra. More »
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    Salvation and Liberation Paid Member

    “LOVE THE PITCHER less and the water more.” This is how the Sufi poet Rumi fashioned the key to a global spirituality - not a new religion, but a growing recognition that the religions we have are multiform containers of a single, precious planetary resource, idioms of a universal spiritual grammar. It is hard to imagine a more beautiful heeding of Rumi’s counsel than Thich Nhat Hanh’s Living Buddha, Living Christ, a reading of Buddhism and Christianity (and, by implication, other faiths) as vast cultural-symbolic contexts for enabling human ethical maturity. More »
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    Books in Brief Paid Member

    ZEN MASTER WHO? A GUIDE TO THE PEOPLE AND STORIES OF ZEN. by James Ishmael Ford; THE PRACTICE OF LOJONG: CULTIVATING COMPASSION THROUGH TRAINING THE MIND by Traleg Kyabgon, foreword by Ken Wilber; JAKE FADES by David Guy; More »
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    Buddha is as Buddha Does Paid Member

    BUDDHA IS AS BUDDHA DOES: THE TEN ORIGINAL PRACTICES FOR ENLIGHTENED LIVING LAMA SURYA DAS New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2007 288 pp.; $23.95 (cloth) BELIEVE IT OR NOT, there was once a time, not that many years ago, when books on Buddhism were hard to find. You could scour your local bookstore for hours without turning up anything, and if you did find some lonely title by D. T. Suzuki or Alan Watts, it might well have been tucked away� More »
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    Thank You and OK! An American Zen Failure in Japan David Chadwick Penguin/ Arkana: New York, 1994. 454 pp., $11.95 (paper). JEFF ZALESKI One of the biggest challenges facing American Buddhism is the unease many feel toward its Asian cultural trappings. It's the rare Nebraska farmer, for instance, who's going to feel comfortable encountering Tibetan chants in a brightly colored temple festooned with thankas. This clash of cultures escalates when Americans schooled in the ideals… More »