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Entries in Review Desk (8)

Friday
Jun212013

Best Buddhist Books for Summer 2013, Part Two

By Michael Sheehy, Review Editor, Buddhadharma

Here is Part Two of Buddhadharma’s selection of the Best Buddhist Books of the year so far. These are books that will expand and deepen your understanding of Buddhism to help you navigate the waters of samsara.

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Friday
Jun072013

Best Buddhist Books for Summer 2013, Part One

By Michael Sheehy, Review Editor, Buddhadharma

Looking for a great Buddhist book to dive into this summer? Here is Buddhadharma’s selection of the Best Buddhist Books of the year so far. These are books that will expand and deepen your understanding of Buddhism to help you navigate the waters of samsara.

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Friday
May032013

Buddhadharma Book Reviews: From the Editor's Desk

In this installment of From the Editor's Desk, Review Editor Michael Sheehy looks at two pilgrimage travelogues — one modern and one ancient — and a new study of a Nyingma master's work.

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Tuesday
Apr092013

Buddhadharma Book Reviews: From the Editor's Desk


In this installment of From the Editor's Desk, Review Editor Michael Sheehy looks at new books on understandings of tantric Buddhism, a new look at the Linjilu, and the confessions of a wayward Zen monk.

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Monday
Apr012013

Buddhadharma Book Reviews: From the Editor's Desk

In this installment of From the Editor's Desk, Review Editor Michael Sheehy looks at new books on a Vajrayana vision of the human body, voice, and mind; early Korean Seon poetry; and the role of women teachers in shaping Tibetan Buddhism in the West.

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Friday
Jan182013

Buddhadharma Book Reviews: From the Editor's Desk

In this installment of From the Editor's Desk, Review Editor Michael Sheehy looks at the art of the 10th Karmapa, Buddhist trees, and early Sakya visions of tantra.

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Monday
Jan072013

Buddhadharma Book Reviews: From the Editor's Desk

In this installment of From the Editor's Desk, Review Editor Michael Sheehy looks at new books on not why, but where Bodhidharma went; the new Buddhist hybrid of "Zen lojong"; and pure land literature in Tibet. 

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Wednesday
Dec192012

The Best Buddhist Books of 2012: Selections from the Review Editor’s Desk

By Michael Sheehy
Review Editor, Buddhadharma

There was a harvest of good Buddhist books published in 2012. So what makes a "Best Buddhist Book"? This question has become something of a koan for Buddhadharma's review editors, and while we have not unriddled it, we've managed to come up with a rationale for selecting this year's Best Buddhist Books:

(1) They inform Buddhists about their practice
(2) They advance our understanding of, or shatter our preconceptions about, Buddhism
(3) They are well written or translated, and accessible

The ultimate litmus test, though, is if we like it!

Some of the books and collections that made this year's list were obvious choices while others were surprising gems. Since translations of Buddhist books are essential to the long-term reception of the Buddhist traditions and are primary sources for study and practice, we've created a separate category for translations into English, underscoring their importance.

Below is our selection of Best Buddhist Books for 2012.

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