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    In the cacophonous world of audio publishing, a sixteen-year-old Colorado-based company, Sounds True, is a clear voice of dharma. Its list includes nearly every English-speaking Buddhist teacher of note and this fall, Sounds True is offering its entire Buddhist inventory in a new catalog, Dharma Talk, that mixes feature articles and staff recommendations with product descriptions... More »
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    The Price of Faith Paid Member

    Stay too far away from a spiritual teacher, the Tibetans famously warn us, and you cannot feel the heat; draw too close, and you get burned. The fire warnings grow especially urgent when that teacher attracts students through her warmth, and all the more so when the students, in turn, try to put words to the burning they feel around them. That is one reason why lucid and balanced accounts of spiritual communities are so hard to come by: the fires of emotional surrender tend to be so intense on every side-among those who have staked their lives on a community, and on making it work, and among those who've turned their backs on it, and defined themselves by that rejection-that the ensuing stories have the unsettling fervor of depositions in a divorce court. More »
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    DREAMING IN THE LOTUS Buddhist Dream Narrative, Imagery, & Practice Serinity Young Wisdom Publications: Boston, 1999 296 pp.; $18.95 (paper) MARK EPSTEIN, M.D. More »
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    How are we to think about the relationship between the dharma and popular culture? What are we Buddhists to do about our daily interactions with the media? Is it possible to live off the grid, away from the siren call of TV, radio, and film? Or must practitioners consider mass culture, if only because it raises issues of right speech? More »
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    Books in Brief Summer 2005 Paid Member

    The Four Noble TruthsGeshe Tashi TseringBoston: Wisdom Publications, 2005144 pp.; $14.95 (paper) In his first sermon, the Buddha famously laid the foundation for all of his teachings to follow with the doctrine of the Four Noble Truths. So it makes sense that the first volume of a six-volume set titled The Foundations of Buddhist Thought should be given the same name. The series is based on a popular course developed by the author, Geshe Tashi Tsering, as a systematic and comprehensive introduction to the core tenets of Buddhism. This volume’s particular strength lies in Tsering’s ability to harmonize the Mahayana and Theravada interpretations of the Four Noble Truths. More »
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