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The Best Buddhist Writing 2004
     

The Best Buddhist Writing 2004

by Melvin McLeod (Editor), The Editors of the Shambhala Sun (Editor)
 

The Best Buddhist Writing 2004 is a thoughtful, inspiring, and often humorous collection of writings from a Buddhist perspective. Selected by the editors of the Shambhala Sun , North America's leading Buddhist-inspired magazine, The Best Buddhist Writing 2004 features selections from the Dalai Lama; Thich Nhat Hanh; Pema Chödrön; Natalie

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The Best Buddhist Writing 2004 is a thoughtful, inspiring, and often humorous collection of writings from a Buddhist perspective. Selected by the editors of the Shambhala Sun , North America's leading Buddhist-inspired magazine, The Best Buddhist Writing 2004 features selections from the Dalai Lama; Thich Nhat Hanh; Pema Chödrön; Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones; novelist and journalist Pico Iyer; Huston Smith, America's most respected writer on comparative religion; MacArthur Award winner Charles Johnson; Random House editor-in-chief Dan Meneker; and many others. This collection offers an entertaining mix of writing styles and re?ects on a wide range of issues from a Buddhist point of view: thoughtful meditations on nature and the environment, the edgy experiences of hip twenty-somethings, wise reflections on illness and end-of-life issues, light-hearted looks at the spiritual life, and deep insights into the truths of Buddhist philosophy and practice. The collection includes: The Dalai Lama on how to find satisfaction in your job Barbara Gates on love, home, and spirit Phillip Moffitt on the difference between goals and intentions Is it hip to be enlightened? Noah Levine and Brad Warner on bohemian Buddhism Thich Nhat Hanh's techniques for creating peace Sakyong Mipham on making your mind into an ally It's your karma, man: Dan Meneker's humorous look at fashionable Buddhist terms

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Most of the usual Buddhist teachers-the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chiedren et al.-are rounded up in this anthology of contemporary American Buddhist writers and writings. The subjects range widely: explanations of Buddhist teachings, a travel essay, musings anchored in ordinary family life. What stretches the book beyond the usual and enhances its variety is the inclusion of lesser-known voices, such as the American Theravadan monk Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano, novelist Charles Johnson and Oprah Winfrey-connected "life coach" Martha Beck. Editor McLeod says the writings were chosen for depth of insight as well as writing quality, and both aspects vary. Longtime Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman's piece is a disappointingly simple paean to his teacher and associate the Dalai Lama, for example. But writer David Guy's essay on a Buddhist approach to stage fright is a fresh example of the everyday applications of Buddhist wisdom. Although anthologies often serve as gateways, this contains so many selections that it's not the best choice for beginners. Greater selectivity or longer introductory notes might help make key writers more accessible and more distinct from one another. Anthologies can generate quarrels about who's in and who's left out, yet this one provides a valuable cross-section of American Buddhist writers and merits continuing annually. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590301890
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
10/19/2004
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.98(d)

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