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    Books in Brief Spring 2004 Paid Member

    Chögyam Trungpa was a monumental force in establishing Buddhism in the West. Introducing thousands to meditation, the charismatic Tibetan teacher set up more than a hundred centers and Naropa University, and wrote prolifically, including thirteen books during his lifetime. After his death in 1987, thirteen additional books were compiled from his lectures and poetry by Shambhala Publications. Now Shambhala has gathered this material, along with plays, interviews, lectures, seminar transcripts, articles, and calligraphy, into an eight-volume, cloth-bound set, The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa ($49.95 per volume; volumes vary in length from 480 to 700-plus pages). Volumes 1 through 4 came out in January 2004; the remaining four are due in late March. More »
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    'Sherlock Holmes: The Missing Years' by Jamyang Norbu Paid Member

    SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE MISSING YEARS The Adventures of the Great Detective in India and Tibetby Jamyang NorbuBloomsbury: New York, 2001287 pp.; $23.95 (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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    Books, Music, Film, Mixed Media Paid Member

    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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    Cycling With Morrissey Paid Member

    RINGLEADER OF THE TORMENTORS MORRISSEY Sanctuary Records, 2006 $18.99 (CD) More »
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    Teaching Mister Ordinary Paid Member

    Breakfast With Buddha: A Novel Roland Merullo Chapel Hill: Algonquin, October 2007 323 pages; $23.95 (cloth) A half century after publication, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road remains the quintessential “road trip” novel. Roland Merullo’s Breakfast with Buddha, also chronicling a rolling voyage à deux, shares some of the same antic spirit. But here the mood is less Beat Generation and more Graham Greene’s Travels with My Aunt—one traveler comically pompous, the other one wise. Merullo’s odd couple consists of a 44-year-old New York food-book editor and a Tibetan Buddhist master of Siberian origin and indeterminate age. Which is the pompous one, which the wise, is clear from the start, but the wonder of how they wind up—and stay—in the same car is the crux of the book’s considerable charm. More »