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    Tantric Trailblazers: A gathering of mystics Paid Member

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    Books In Brief Paid Member

    THE SOUND OF SILENCE: THE SELECTED TEACHINGS OF AJAHN SUMEDHOWisdom Publications, 2007400 pp.; $16.95 (paper) Teachings from Ajahn Sumedho, a popular American-born teacher and founder of the first Theravada monastic community in the West, have been hard to come by in print. So it’s good to see that the talks collected in this volume - delivered mostly in 2001 and 2005 - preserve his warm, humorous style, and reflect his flexible view of teaching as “presenting things for you to investigate.” These spontaneous talks are accessible, but they are explorations and require attention. The title comes from a meditation practice Sumedho developed on his own over forty years of practice, one not found in the Pali canon. 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 »