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    PERFECT LOVE, IMPERFECT RELATIONSHIPS, by John Welwood; A MARVELOUS GARLAND OF RARE GEMS, by Nyoshul Khenpo; TRUE DHARMA EYE, by John Daido LooriMore »
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    The Heart of Being: Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen Buddhism John Daido Loori Charles E. Tuttle Co.: Boston, 1996. 267 pp., $16.95 (paper) Amy Hollowell Near the end of this book dense with principles and interpretations, John Daido Loori writes that it is vital to “take the teachings out of the theoretical and abstract mode and thrust them into the present moment.” Loori then recounts the story of a dharma teacher in America who knew that he was infected� More »
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    WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHTWalpola RahulaGrove Press: New York, 1974 In this reliable and insightful introduction to the teachings of the historical Buddha, Dr. Rahula provides general answers to questions pertinent to Westerners. In addition to addressing Buddhist attitudes toward responsibility, attachment, nonviolence, and social justice, the author devotes a chapter to each of the four Noble Truths. A Buddhist monk and scholar, Dr. Rahula eases the reader over difficult hurdles of philosophical thought by placing explanations-the doctrine of nosoul, for example-in contemporary language. The highly readable text incorporates Sanskrit terminology in an accessible and unobtrusive way. Originally published in 1959, now revised and expanded with selections from the Suttas and the Dhammapada, this book remains a classic "textbook" used by dharma and academic teachers alike. More »
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    'Tariki' by Hiroyuki Itsuki Paid Member

    Tariki: Embracing Despair, Discovering PeaceHiroyuki ItsukiKodansha: New York, 2001229 pp.; $21.00 (cloth) In Tariki: Embracing Despair, Discovering Peace, Hiroyuki Itsuki recounts an episode from a modern play about the life of Shinran, the thirteenth-century founder of Jodo Shinshu (True Pure Land) Buddhism. “Master, I have been feeling so sad lately,” confesses Yuien, one of Shinran’s close disciples. “Sometimes, even just watching people walking down the street, I am overcome by a feeling of sadness and I start to weep. . . . Does even a person such as yourself, master, feel sad at times?” More »
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    'The Fourteen Dalai Lamas' by Glenn H. Mullin Paid Member

    The Fourteen Dalai Lamas:A Sacred Legacy of ReincarnationGlenn H. MullinClear Light Books: Santa Fe, 2001576 pp.; $29.95 (cloth) Who’s the most famous Buddhist in the world? That’s easy: His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. From humble origins in Tibet he has become a Nobel Prize winner and a spiritual guide to millions. But while the present incarnation’s story is familiar to many, few outside Asia are aware of the sheer bulk of legends and history attached to the person of the Dalai Lama. To those seeking to understand the Dalai Lama in his full context, not only as a brilliant contemporary teacher but as a timeless guide and protector of Buddhism in Central Asia, The Fourteen Dalai Lamas will provide ample insight. More »