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Containing writings that are variously wise, witty, heartfelt, and profound, this is the fourth volume in an annual series that brings together the year’s most notable literature inspired by Buddhist philosophy and practice. Selected by the editors of the Shambhala Sun, North America’s leading Buddhist-inspired magazine, the pieces in this anthology offer an entertaining mix of writing styles and reflect on a wide range of issues from a Buddhist point of view. The collection includes writings by the Dalai Lama, ...

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Containing writings that are variously wise, witty, heartfelt, and profound, this is the fourth volume in an annual series that brings together the year’s most notable literature inspired by Buddhist philosophy and practice. Selected by the editors of the Shambhala Sun, North America’s leading Buddhist-inspired magazine, the pieces in this anthology offer an entertaining mix of writing styles and reflect on a wide range of issues from a Buddhist point of view. The collection includes writings by the Dalai Lama, Matthieu Ricard, Dzongsar Khyentse, Diana Mukpo, Thich Nhat Hanh, Charles Johnson, Susan Piver, bell hooks, John Tarrant, Natalie Goldberg, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, Thinley Norbu, Karen Maezen Miller, Pema Chödrön, and Norman Fischer, among others.

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The fourth annual collection of best Buddhist writings, as in previous years, reflects breadth and diversity among English-speaking Western Buddhists. This collection is notable for the number of reflections on love-true love, mother love, a culture based on love-that offer refreshing change from more cerebral teachings on no-self. Even as he ages, venerable Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh continues to pour forth teaching in his distinctive lyrical way, embodying what is meant by "bodhisattva," a Buddhist saint. Dying mothers, cancer, crazy siblings, violent men in a prison yard-such concrete situations all provide food for Buddhist reflection and response. Not every piece is equally accessible, which is not a problem but a caution for some readers. Two essays of Tibetan textual commentary require patience and advanced knowledge. Anthologies are not always well served by including A-list writers; Alice Walker's essay is beautiful in parts but contains undisciplined rambling in other sections. It's interesting to hear less well-known voices, alongside those of the Dalai Lama or the American nun Pema Chödrön, who also contribute pieces. This series does a great service by highlighting views and themes as they modulate with each passing year. (Oct. 9)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590304976
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/9/2007
  • Series: Best Buddhist Writing Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
What Makes You Not a Buddhist   Dzongsar Khyentse     1
Letting Go   Judith Lief     21
Writers and the War against Nature   Gary Snyder     26
Creating a Culture of Love   Bell Hooks     40
He Had Me at Hello   Perry Garfinkel     50
How to See Yourself as You Really Are$dHis Holiness the Dalai Lama     61
Love without Limit: An Interview with Thigh Nhat Hanh   Thich Nhat Hanh     67
Our True Home   Thich Nhat Hanh     82
There's No "I" in Happy   Matthieu Ricard     89
On the Shores of Lake Biwa   Natalie Goldberg     103
Wanting Enlightenment Is a Big Mistake   Seung Sahn     114
Discovering the True Nature of Mind   Thrangu Rinpoche     124
Momma Zen   Karen Miller     137
Reflections on My Mother's Love   Ajahn Amaro     141
Hardwired for Altruism   Daniel Goleman     148
Impermanence Rocks!   Daniel Dancer     164
Beautiful Snowflakes   Norman Fischer     168
Eight Flashing Lances   Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso     176
Reentry   Jennifer Lauck     192
Birthing   Nancy Bardacke     195
Through the Lens of Attention   Michael Krasner     200
Five Reasons to Get Cancer   John Tarrant     208
Married to the Guru   Diana Mukpo   Carolyn Rose Gimian     216
My Life in Robes   Leonard Cohen     239
Suffering Too Insignificant for the Majority to See   Alice Walker     243
Turning Your Whole Way of Thinking Upside Down   Pema Chodron     259
Pitbull   Jarvis Jay Masters     265
Are You Joining a Cult?   Donna Lovong     275
What's Crazy, Really?   Layla Mason     281
The Dharma of Social Transformation   Charles Johnson     287
Healing the Earth   Stephanie Kaza     295
Mindful Marriage   Christopher Germer     307
Nirvana   Gil Fronsdal   Anam Thubten Rinpoche   Roko Sherry Chayat     312
Contributors     321
Credits     331
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