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    Buddha without Buddhism Paid Member

    PUTTING WORDS IN the Buddha’s mouth is risky business. I know; I’ve done it. Unless you’re faithful to the Pali canon - and maybe a Sanskrit text or two - let’s face it, you’re writing fiction. That brings us to the latest retelling of the life of the Buddha: Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra. More »
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    Thank You and OK! An American Zen Failure in Japan David Chadwick Penguin/ Arkana: New York, 1994. 454 pp., $11.95 (paper). JEFF ZALESKI One of the biggest challenges facing American Buddhism is the unease many feel toward its Asian cultural trappings. It's the rare Nebraska farmer, for instance, who's going to feel comfortable encountering Tibetan chants in a brightly colored temple festooned with thankas. This clash of cultures escalates when Americans schooled in the ideals… More »
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    Thank You and OK! An American Zen Failure in Japan David Chadwick Penguin/ Arkana: New York, 1994. 454 pp., $11.95 (paper). JEFF ZALESKI One of the biggest challenges facing American Buddhism is the unease many feel toward its Asian cultural trappings. It's the rare Nebraska farmer, for instance, who's going to feel comfortable encountering Tibetan chants in a brightly colored temple festooned with thankas. This clash of cultures escalates when Americans schooled in the ideals� More »
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    PEACEFUL WARRIOR VICTOR SALVA, DIRECTOR Lionsgate Films, 2006 THE CELESTINE PROPHECY ARMAND MASTROIANNI, DIRECTOR Celestine Films, 2006 IN THE LOTUS SUTRA, the story is told of a child coaxed out of a burning house through the false offer of a wonderful toy. Is such deception wrong, the writers have the Buddha ask, since the child would otherwise have died—and since what awaits the child is really much better than all that was promised? More »
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    Midlife Splices Paid Member

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    Reality Erosion Paid Member