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Aaron Lackowski

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Buddhist PhilosophyWhat is Buddhism? While the diversity of Buddhist schools of thought make it all but impossible to encapsulate the tradition in one book, the new collection BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY: ESSENTIAL READINGS (Oxford University Press, 2009, $24.95 paper, 480 pp.) is as comprehensive an attempt as any. Editors William Edelglass and Jay L. Garfield, both philosophy professors, have selected a wide range of academic contributions, with commentary on the Pali canon, Nagarjuna, and Dogen, among many others. This is a dense volume, but its coherent presentation of Buddhist philosophy in all its variety makes diving in worth the effort. For those interested in stepping beyond the realm of ideas into the world of practice, the latest book from Tibetan master Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a helpful guide to one important aspect of the spiritual path.

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