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    Meditate On This Paid Member

    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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    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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    Master Yunmen Paid Member

    Master Yunmen Translated, edited and with an introduction by Urs App Kodansha 272 pp., ($25 cloth, $12 paper) “You must neither fall for the tricks of others not simply accept their directives. The instant you see an old monk open his mouth, you tend to stuff those big rocks right into yours, and when you cluster in little groups to discuss [his words], you’re exactly like those green flies on shit that struggle back to back to gobble� More »
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    'Indestructible Truth' by Reginald A. Ray Paid Member

    INDESTRUCTIBLE TRUTH:The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhismby Reginald A. RayShambhala: Boston & London, 2000432 pp.; $29.95 (cloth) The ideal reader for Reginald A. Ray’s massive study of the Tibetan spiritual tradition, Indestructible Truth, would be a vigorous beginning student capable of following the most abstruse points of the dharma, with a great appetite for historical details and recondite facts and an awesome ability to rearrange them into a coherent picture without much help from the author. Ray, Professor of Buddhist Studies at Naropa University and Teacher in Residence at Rocky Mountain Shambhala Center, has done a valiant job of bringing together a huge amount of material. One can’t help but question, however, why he chose the content he did and organized it in this particular way, and for whom the book is intended. More »
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    Horrors Paid Member

    THE BLOB IRVIN S. YEAWORTH, JR., DIRECTOR Paramount Pictures, 1958 $39.95 (DVD) SPIDER BABY JACK HILL, DIRECTOR American General Pictures, Inc., 1964 $14.99 (DVD) “NOW ON THE EIGHTH DAY the blood-drinking wrathful deities will appear. Recognize them without being distracted. . . . Glorious Great Buddha-Heruka will emerge from within your own brain . . . with three heads, six arms, and four legs spread wide apart. . . . His nine eyes gaze into yours with a wrathful expression, his eyebrows are like flashes of lightning, his teeth gleam like copper. . . . His body is garlanded with black serpents and fresh skulls. . . .” More »
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    In-Body Experience Paid Member

    Gesture of Awareness: A Radical Approach to Time, Space, and Movementby Charles GenoudBoston: Wisdom Publications, 2006224 pp.; $16.95 (paper) The body gets a bad rap. It’s often regarded as the spirit’s clumsy, needy, smelly, ever-present, possibly dangerous roommate. The poet Delmore Schwartz called it “The heavy bear who goes with me . . . / A caricature, a swollen shadow, / A stupid clown of the spirit’s motive.” More »