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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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    History and Truth Paid Member

    The House of WidowsAskold MelnyczukSt. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 2008256 pp.; $16.00 (paper)History’s neither a searchlight nor a camera: it’s a flickering candle we use to read the marks on the wall as we crawl from that cave where only shadows of images play. —Askold MelnyczukMore »
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    Unplug Yourself Paid Member

    MEDITATION MAY BE our last, best refuge from iPhones, Treos, iPods—and our overscheduled lives. Now Vipassana teacher Sharon Salzberg has come up with a way we can slow down, ditch our electronic gadgets—temporarily, at least—and go on retreat without leaving home. Unplug, her new interactive kit (Sounds True, 2008, $26.95), provides everything you need to visit your “inner Wyoming” (that place of “peace, spaciousness, clarity, and freedom that exists within each of us”) for a restorative hour or day or weekend.More »
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    The Shadow Knows Paid Member

    View the print version of this article in PDF format Kagemusha: The Shadow Warrior Akira Kurosawa, Director The Criterion Collection $39.95; DVD More »
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    Prelude to a Poem Paid Member

    View the print version of this article in PDF format The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice: First Journals and Poems 1937–1952 Allen Ginsberg, edited by Juanita Lieberman-Plimpton and Bill Morgan Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2006 523 pp.; $27.50 (cloth) Collected Poems 1947–1997 Allen Ginsberg New York: HarperCollins, 2006 1,189 pp.; $39.95 (cloth) Howl [Annotated] Allen Ginsberg, edited by Barry Miles New York: HarperPerrenial, 2006 194 pp.; $18.95 (paper) More »