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    Books In Brief Summer 2001 Paid Member

    Buddhist Symbolism in Tibetan ThangkasThe Story of Siddhartha and Other Buddhas Interpreted in Modern Nepalese Paintingby Ben MeulenbeldWeiser Books: Maine, 2001112 pp.; $19.95 (paper) This book is an introduction to the art of the Tibetan scroll painting, or thangka—literally, “something that can be rolled up.” The author comments on thirty-seven thangkas, reproduced here in full color, which take us through the life of the Buddha. More »
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    Not Just-So Stories Paid Member

    Nixon Under the Bodhi Tree And Other Works of Buddhist Fiction Kate Wheeler (Ed.)Boston: Wisdom Publications, April 2004280 pp.; $16.95 (paper) Buddhism has been infiltrating English-language literature since Rudyard Kipling’s Kim more than a century ago, and vigilant readers may have noticed a growing number of novels with Buddhist themes. But you won’t see a “Buddhist fiction” shelf in most bookstores, or in local libraries, and you’re more likely to stumble upon a poem than a short story in your sangha newsletter. Buddhist fiction is out there, but it hasn’t been easy to find. 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 »