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Entries in Book Reviews (10)

Tuesday
Aug122014

Was the Buddha Ecumenical?

Nearly forty years ago, at a meditation course I attended in Nashville, Indiana, Lama Thubten Yeshe was asked by a Christian woman in the audience, “Are God and dharmakaya the same?” Lama remained silent for several minutes, rocking back and forth on his cushion, pondering, as we sat in suspense. Finally, he simply said, “Yes.” I have never known quite what to make of his answer, but it has remained a sort of interreligious koan for me in the years since as I’ve tried to puzzle out how my identity as a Buddhist did or did not intersect with the identities, ideas, and practices of people in other religious groups.

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Tuesday
Aug122014

Book Briefs

Zen Master Sengai (Scheidegger & Spiess 2014) showcases the paintings of Sengai Gibon (1750–1837), the famous abbot of Shofukuji, Japan’s first Zen temple. Peter Jaeger’s John Cage and Buddhist Ecopoetics (Bloomsbury 2013) explores the ecological and Eastern dimensions of the work of the late American composer, writer, and artist John Cage (1912–1992). Himalayan passages (Wisdom 2014), edited by Benjamin Bogin and Andrew Quintman, presents papers written in honor of Hubert Decleer. Ian Harris’s Buddhism in a Dark Age: Cambodian Monks Under Pol Pot (Hawaii 2013) investigates the fate of Cambodian Buddhism under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. Check out Sangyes Nyenpa’s Tilopa’s Mahamudra Upadesha (Snow Lion 2014), translated and introduced by David Molk. The Senjusho (Kanji Press 2014) is a collection of Buddhist stories from early medieval Japan dealing with questions of impermanence, karma, and renunciation of secular life. In The Backward Step (Whitlock 2014), Ben Howard incorporates fiction, poetry, social media, snow shoveling, and U.S. politics into his reflections on Zen practice, offering short and perceptive essays that are a pleasure to read.

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Tuesday
May132014

Reviews: How the Buddha Became St. Josaphat

Saint Barlaam Teaching Josaphat Detail from illuminated manuscript, France, 1463

In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became a Medieval Saint by Donald S. Lopez, Jr. and Peggy McCracken

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Tuesday
May132014

Book Briefs

  • Grains of Gold: Tales of a Cosmopolitan Traveler by Donald Lopez Jr. and Thupten Jinpa
  • Zen Anarchism by Fabio Rambelli
  • Family Matters in Indian Buddhist Monasticisms by Shayne Clarke
  • Buddhist Nuns and Gendered Practice by Nirmala Salgado
  • The Life of Longchenpa: The Omniscient Dharma King of the Vast Expanse by Jampa Mackenzie Stewart
  • Perspectives on Satipatthana by Analayo
  • The Illuminated Life of the Great Yolmowa by Benjamin Bogin
  • Eminent Buddhist Women edited by Karma Lekshe Tsomo
  • The Nirvana Sutra, Volume 1 by Mark Blum

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Tuesday
Feb182014

Reviews: What did the Buddha really teach?

photo by ujjwal bajracharya

The Bodhisattva Ideal: Essays on the Emergence of Mahayana, edited by Bhikkhu Nyanatushita

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Tuesday
Feb182014

Reviews: Buddhism — A to Z

The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism by Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.

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Tuesday
Feb182014

Book Briefs

  • The Tibetan Yoga of Breath by Allison Choying Zangmo and Anyen Rinpoche
  • The Shin Buddhist Classical Tradition: A Reader in Pure Land Teaching, Volume 1 by Alfred Bloom.
  • Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges by Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara
  • Stillness, Insight & Emptiness by Lama Dudjom Dorjee
  • Middle Way translated by Mark Siderits and Shoryu Katsura’s Nagarjuna
  • Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction by Matthew Kapstein
  • Wake Up and Laugh by Daehaeng Kun Sunim
  • The Forerunner of All Things by Maria Heim
  • Death and Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism by Tanya Zivkovic

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Monday
Dec232013

The 10 Best Buddhist Books of 2013

The review editors at Buddhadharma have sorted through stacks of the many new Buddhist books published this year. Narrowing them down to a short list wasn’t easy.

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Tuesday
Nov122013

Reviews: Investigating the Subtle Body

Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West
edited by Geoffrey Samuel and Jay Johnston

Routledge, 2013, 282 pages; $155

Training the Wisdom Body: Buddhist Yogic Exercise
by Rose Taylor Goldfield

Shambhala Publications, 2013, 192 pages; $16.95

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Tuesday
Nov122013

Book Briefs

  • Like Cats and Dogs by Steven Heine
  • Padmakara Translation Group’s Treasury of Precious Qualities, Book Two: Vajrayana and the Great Perfection by Jigme Lingpa
  • Kakurenbo: Or the Whereabouts of Zen Priest Ryokan by Soto Zen teacher Eido Frances Carney
  • The Buddhist Schools of the Small Vehicle by André Bareau, translated by Sara Boin-Webb
  • Three Steps to Awakening by Larry Rosenberg
  • Great Treatise on the Stages of Mantra by Tsongkhapa, translated by Thomas Freeman Yarnall
  • Record of Miraculous Events in Japan by Burton Watson
  • What the Buddha Never Taught by Tim Ward
  • The Easy Path edited by Lorne Ladner

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