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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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    Pray To Be Reborn A Man Paid Member

    The Power of Denial:Buddhism, Purity, and GenderBernard FaurePrinceton, NJ, and Oxford: PrincetonUniversity Press, 2003482 pp.; $65.00 (cloth), $27.50 (paper) Bernard Faure began his exploration of sexuality and gender in Buddhism with The Red Thread (1998), focusing on desire and the proscriptions for male monastics. He continues his inquiry in The Power of Denial, which contains everything you wanted to know—and then some—about Buddhist conceptions of women, and the effect of gender on practice. The questions Faure raises are important ones: Is Buddhism a tool of liberation or oppression for women? What might a more egalitarian Buddhist practice consist of? More »
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    The Subtleties of a Sutra Paid Member

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    Reviews Paid Member

    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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    Buddhism for the Beach Paid Member

    ORACLE LAKE: A THRILLERPaul AdamNew York: St. Martin’s Press, 2007416 pp.; $24.95 (cloth) Oracle Lake opens in Dharamsala, India, with “the scent of death in the air,” a “stillness of despair” enveloping the “shabby collection of buildings clinging precariously to the hillside,” and proceeds to pose a fascinating question: what will happen when the Fourteenth Dalai Lama passes away? More »