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    Buddha At The Box Office Paid Member

    Films like Kundun, Little Buddha, and The Cup have shown that Buddhism has box-office appeal. Now, a new crop of features and documentaries is poised for theatrical release, fresh from the first International Buddhist Film Festival, held last November at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (see www.ibff.org). Coinciding with a major exhibit, “The Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art” (see page 102), the festival was organized by the Buddhist Film Society, a Berkeley, California-based not-for-profit set up to increase awareness of the Buddhist experience. 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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    Books Paid Member

    The Soloist Mark Salzman Random House: New York, 1994. 284 pp., $19.00 (cloth). Amy Hollowell This could have been a helluva book, a marvel, a veritable gem glistening in the dull, plastic body of contemporary American fiction. Or could it? Could a novel that mixes so many genres - thriller, courtroom drama, love story, spiritual awakening - do justice to any of them, much less to the artful telling of a tale? And could any of the subjects in which the author dabbles here - Zen,� More »
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    Turning Japanese Paid Member

    DRAWING RESTRAINT #9 MATTHEW BARNEY, DIRECTOR IFC Films, 2006 More »
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    Fruitful Contradictions Paid Member

    How Mathematicians Think: Using Ambiguity, Contradiction, and Paradox to Create Mathematicsby William ByersPrinceton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007 425 pp.; $35.00 (cloth) William Byers, a working mathematician and professor of mathematics and statistics at Concordia University in Montreal, has written a passionate defense of the uniquely human aspect of mathematics. He is a Luddite in the noblest sense of the word, advocating, in the teaching of math, a respect for its deep ideas as against the dead algorithmic recitations that have been reinforced and ramified by the spread of computer culture. He acknowledges the inspiration of Zen teacher Albert Low in his development of a view of math history, theory, and methodology based on a central idea he calls “ambiguity.” More »
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    Books in Brief Spring 2004 Paid Member

    Chögyam Trungpa was a monumental force in establishing Buddhism in the West. Introducing thousands to meditation, the charismatic Tibetan teacher set up more than a hundred centers and Naropa University, and wrote prolifically, including thirteen books during his lifetime. After his death in 1987, thirteen additional books were compiled from his lectures and poetry by Shambhala Publications. Now Shambhala has gathered this material, along with plays, interviews, lectures, seminar transcripts, articles, and calligraphy, into an eight-volume, cloth-bound set, The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa ($49.95 per volume; volumes vary in length from 480 to 700-plus pages). Volumes 1 through 4 came out in January 2004; the remaining four are due in late March. More »