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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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    Bearing Witness Paid Member

    Bearing WitnessA Zen Master’s Lessons in Making PeaceBernie Glassman.Belltower: New York, 1998256 pp.; $22.00 (cloth) Roshi Bernard Glassman’s latest focus in his ever-evolving practice of Buddhism is the Zen Peacemaker Order. The ZPO is not only engaged in social activism and interfaith networking, but also cultivates another prong of social service—that of bearing witness to suffering for the purpose of growing through and from it. 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 »