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    Caution: Zen At Work Paid Member

    PAVEMENT: REFLECTIONS ON MERCY, ACTIVISM, AND DOING “NOTHING” FOR PEACELin JensenBoston: Wisdom Publications, 2007128 pp.; $12.95 (paper) The pixelated online video shows a group of activists from Students for a Free Tibet at the base of Mount Everest, holding up a banner carrying the slogan of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, with one key addition: “One World, One Dream, Free Tibet 2008.” For their trouble, they would endure several days of very unpleasant Chinese custody. Now that’s activism, I thought to myself. Two months earlier, I’d been on retreat with the videographer, Shannon Service, in Colorado; now she was in a Chinese jail, a hero for the Tibetan cause. Shouldn’t I be taking action, too? More »
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    The Art and Poetry of d. a. levy Edited with an Investigative Essay by Mike Golden Seven Stories Press: New York, 1999 320 pp.; $21.95 (paper) David Stanford The Buddhist Third Class Junkmail Oracle: The Art and Poetry of d. a. levy is two books in one: the best of levy’s poetry and prose and editor Mike Golden’s ninety-page essay detailing levy’s story, an investigation that ponders this often-asked question: Did the intense, gifted 26-year-old, harassed for two years by police over “obscenity” issues, commit suicide, or was he assassinated? There are ample reasons for accepting the former theory, but there is enough strangeness in the saga of his persecution to understand why many who cared about levy have suspected the latter. More »
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    Presenting Japanese Buddhism To The West: Orientalism, Occidentalism,And the Columbian ExpositionJudith SnodgrassChapel Hill and London: University ofNorth Carolina Press,2003 352 pp.; $21.50 (paper) The World’s Parliament of Religions, held in conjunction with the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, is widely acknowledged as a turning point in American religious history. The event, which gathered Buddhists and Christians, Taoists and Muslims from around the world, was largely forgotten until new forms of Asian religions began to bloom in the spiritual hothouse of the 1960s. Today, the World’s Parliament stands as a linchpin in the new narrative of America’s march from the Protestantism of the Founding Fathers to a pluralism that adopted Buddhist monks into the spiritual family. More »
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    The Subtleties of a Sutra Paid Member

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    In four hardbound volumes representing twenty-two separate works, here is a handsome set of acclaimed translator Thomas Cleary’s collected Buddhist translations. More »
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    Chasing Happiness: The pitfalls of the consumer life Paid Member

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