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181. Everyday Zen: Love & Work
by Charlotte Joko Beck
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Catlog: Book (1989-03-22)
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Everyday Zen offers a warm, engaging, uniquely American approach to using Zen to deal with the problems of daily living--love, relationships, fear, ambition, suffering. Beck shows how to live each moment to the fullest. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Simple, direct, unadorned truth
Joko Beck's thesis is a simple one: That life, just as it is at any moment, is all that it can be and therefore is perfect. Pointing again and again to the troubles we cause ourselves by living life not in the moment, but out of a confused fog of fantasies and "what ifs," Beck challenges us to divest ourselves of our mental defense mechanisms and dare to be OK with life as it is. Yet she is a compassionate teacher, intimately familiar with human weaknesses and struggles, and she extends one hand of comfort even as the other hand pulls the rug out from under our feet. Perhaps the only shortcoming of this book is that it is much more clear about the "deconstructive" aspect of Zen practice than about exploring the ultimate manifestations and benefits of enlightenment. Knowing her aversion to "holding out cookies," however, this absence is understandable.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book for people practicing Zen
I read this book after reading "Nothing Special". I like Joko's writing a lot, simple, direct to the points just as Zen should be simple. This book may be hard for people trying to understand Zen only (without practice) or beginners. But to people practicing sitting Zen daily I think it contains a lot of good advices which I can apply into living. I will read and read again both books by Joko. I have read many Zen books and found that this book and "Nothing Special" are among the best for me. Highly recommend both "Everyday Zen" and "Nothing Special".

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS is the one you must read when you begin....
Having read a few of the negative reviews of Beck's original introduction to the Ordinary Mind philosophy and practice, I have to say that I was one who had no previous exposure to zen nor do I have a zen teacher. The clarity of the subjects covered through lecture and teacher-student interaction at the zen hall made it quite understandable to me. Of course I am talking clearly about the text and its absorbility. Now understanding the way of life through zen, THAT is the challenge - not the author's teachablity through this work. Outstanding work by the author.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great if you know a little of Zen and Buddhism beforehand.
Back in the early 80's I read a few very scholarly volumes about Zen. They were great at giving a total novice some idea of the formation and history of Zen. They were full of very strict admonishments, you must live very austere existence, live off almost nothing, and be almost perfect before you even begin.

Twenty years on and I am interested again in Zen. This book is such a contrast to those early volumes. It teaches you that none of us are perfect, and each of us needs to move at a suitable pace for where we are now. It might be helpful if before reading this book you have some theoretical knowledge of how Zen came to be and what it's about, but I don't feel that is essential. If you are like me you will have decided you want to know about Zen or wish to begin practicing and you will find someone (a teacher) to help start you on the path, and they will recommend this book to you.

The writer seems to know EXACTLY how I'm feeling and writes in a style that speaks to the inner me, rather than talking to all the perfect people I envisaged would be the only ones to take up Zen practice...i.e. she de-esoteric-orises the subject. She also sounds like she must have experienced the doubts, the hopes, and all the other up's and downs that we all go through.

Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite zen book
This is simply my favorite zen book, and I have read a few. Granted, if you are a total newcomer to zen, you may experience some frustration. In fact, I did not appreciate this book after my first read. After additional study and reading - especially of Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now - I reread Everday Zen and now I cannot get enough of Charlotte Joko Beck's teaching. Her other book, Nothing Special, is equally beneficial. Her writing is straightforward, but profound. What a treasure she is! ... Read more

182. Buddhism in Practice
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Catlog: Book (1995-07-24)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth buying, but it's not the whole picture
This book lives up to its title in that it is an excellent introduction to the ways Buddhism is actually practiced. However, readers looking for an introduction to Buddhist philosophy should start somewhere else. Lopez seems to take for granted that readers know about the basic precepts of Buddhism, and spends his time in this book expounding on how different sects put those precepts into practice.

If someone reads this before developing a familiarity with the beautiful philosophical side of Buddhism, he or she runs the risk of coming away dissilusioned and thinking that Buddhism is too steeped in religiosity and obsession with ritual to have much philosophical merit. ... Read more

183. The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path of Enlightenment, Vol. 1
by Tsong-Kha-Pa, Guy Newland
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The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam rim chen mo) is one of the brightest jewels in the world's treasury of sacred literature. The author, Tsong-kha-pa (1357-1419), completed this masterpiece in 1402 and it soon became one of the most renowned works of spiritual practice and philosophy in the world of Tibetan Buddhism. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent clear translation
The Lam Rim Chen Mo is unquestionably one of the most cherished books in the Tibetan tradition. In it is lucidly and extensively detailed the precise stages of training the mind in the path to enlightenment. It is adorned with quotations from the Sutras, Indian Commentaries and Early Kadampa masters such as Lama Atisha. This particular translation is very clear and well done, with well written annotations and a glossary of terms.

I would recommend this book to any serious student of Buddhism. I found the lam rim in general difficult to understand at first so if you are a newer student I would recommend a shorter lamrim like The Path to Freedom by His Holiness.

Also :) I just wanted to answer some of the criticisms of the previous review:

Lama Tsong Khapa is not telling people that they should hire a prostitute, he is merely saying that it is not a path of non-virtue to do so. This is not Lama Tsong Khapa's assertion but one that comes from the Sutras themselves.

Also about the assertion in the last review that we should not tolerate other religious traditions, I don't know where in the Lam Rim the previous review got this idea from. In the section on taking refuge it mentions that we should refuse to acknowledge other refuges, but this is not saying we should not tolerate them. What Lama Tsong Khapa appears to be saying is that for our own individal practice of refuge we should understand the Triple Gem as the unique and worthy object of our refuge. Lama Tsong Khapa himself studied under teachers from many traditions including Nying-ma, Sakya and Kargyu so it would be difficult to accuse him of being biased to one tradition.

I do not mean to criticize the previous reviewer, just correct some misinterpretations that might discourage people from buying this wonderful book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic and renowned work of Tibetan Buddhism
Tsong-Kay-Pa (1357-1419) was the founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Ganden Monastery, one of Tibet's most renowned and influential philosophers, and a prolific writer. His works run into eighteen volumes covering the full range of Buddhist thought and practice, combining a profound meditative spirituality with meticulous reasoning. The Great Treatise On The Stages Of The Path To Enlightenment, translated for the first time into English by Lam Rim Chen Mo, is a classic and renowned work of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as an invaluable addition to any personal or scholarly Buddhist studies collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE treatise on Tibetan Buddhism
Je Tsong Kha Pa's Stages of the Path of Enlightenment, is arguably the single most important work ever produced about Tibetan Buddhism. This great Buddhist adept masterfully fashioned a cogent and logical exploration of the steps, that faithfully followed, could lead to Enlightenment in a single lifetime. The scholars involved in this translation are a veritable "Who's Who" of Tibetan Buddhist thought in the West. This eminently readable and thoroughly researched volume should be in the library of anyone who is interested in this rich spiritual tradition.

This book is a must read for people familiar with the Buddhist path. It provides a general framework for how all the different practices and teachings fit, in relation to one another and the Buddhist path more generally. In response to some of the critiques of the book below, the book must be taken within its historical context. Tibet was a patriarchial culture and Tsong-kha-pa did see Buddhism as a superior path to other paths. That said, Tsong-kha-pa's comments on these things need to be taken with a grain of salt and it is much better to look to current teachers, such as the Dalai Lama, for advice on these topics.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but a hard read.
If you are very well versed in Buddhism, especially Tibetan Buddhism, this is a great book. But it's not for the casual reader. It's a hard read. But for someone with a good Buddhist background, this is a must-read. I did, however, has a problem with some of the guidelines laid down in the book. I felt they were not the true teachings that I have come to learn about Buddhism. For example, in the teaching about sexuality, it admonished men that it was okay to hire a prostitute. I didn't think that was an especially enlightened admonishment. Furthermore, it totally ignored how a woman should behave. This is quite a turn off as it is one reason many women turn off of all religions. It also didn't allow tolerance for other traditions. This goes against everything I hear HH The Dalai Lama speak about. So I did have some problems with the text and I'm not sure how true to the traditional oral tradition of Tibetan Buddhism it remains. I would welcome other thoughts on this. ... Read more

184. The Long Road Turns to Joy: A Guide to Walking Meditation
by Thich Nhat Hanh
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5-0 out of 5 stars Every pocket should have one!
Do you think that walking is boring? Or simply a means of getting from A to B as quickly as possible? Make life real with every step you take! In this lovingly written, pocket-sized book the Zen master, teacher and poet Thich Nhat Hanh explains how walking can become a form of meditation, revolutionizing your daily life. Let this book be your companion and discover the way to walk for the sake of walking; unify your mind, body and breath; really see and appreciate your surroundings; and most of all, enjoy yourself! Print your footsteps in peace, joy and happiness. You are your path in life - so take a breath and start to walk!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best self-help book I've read
This simple and easy to read guide to walking meditation is much deeper than it looks. It is a step-by-step instruction book on the way (and pleasure) of walking meditation.I can tell you first hand that a slow and mindful walk does wonders for lifes daily stress. Hanh is Buddhist monk that writes for the general public. He shares his insites with the reader about the benefits of a quiet meditative walk. He covers breathing and mind-calming techniques for those who wish to explore walking meditation more deeply. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes they could excape from lifes turmoil and slow down a bit. It may end up being the best $7.00 you've ever spent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to meditation...
Thich Nhat Hanh recently spoke to the United States Congress about peace, violence, compassion, and listening. He suggested that members of Congress can find both inner and universal peace through walking meditation, or mindful walking. This tiny book serves as an introduction to this practice. Each page represents an idea, and the first page proclaims "Anyone can do it." Reading on, the book reveals the true simplicity of walking meditation, and validates the claim that "anyone can do it." Controlling one's breath is not the goal, but being aware of one's breath, being aware of the earth and one's feet against it. The book explains how to accomplish this in incredibly easy to understand language. Short stories about the Buddah and Thich Nhat Hanh's experiences with walking meditation, as well as many photos, punctuate the lessons. The book also suggests practical applications for walking meditation: dealing with anger, panic, and helping to find solutions to immediate problems. A great introduction to meditation and the thought of Thich Nhat Hahn.

5-0 out of 5 stars Keep one in your pocket
Spring and summer are on their way. Make sure you have a copy in your pocket.
This is a no less than a revolution in meditation from a contemporary master.
He uses simple prose to put an ageless technique into contemporary practice. If you love walking you will love this book and the possibilities it opens up.
I loved the book but I am more of a pacer in the lawn than a walker.

5-0 out of 5 stars Walk this Way
I've been waiting for an author to capture the experience of walking meditation. For years I have been baffled by those who say that walking is boring and that running is preferable. I have always found meditative walking to be joyful and now there is one who paints such a lovely picture of this mystical experience accessible for so many.

A soul-enriching work in every sense. ... Read more

185. Buddhist Tantra: Teachings and Practices for Touching Enlightenment With the Body
by Reginald A. Ray
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The popular or "exoteric" teachings of Tibetan Buddhism are known to millions – yet, the universe of its esoteric or "tantric" teachings remains hidden to all but a few. With Buddhist Tantra, Naropa University’s Reginald Ray offers a landmark recording to address this need. In 12 in-depth sessions distilled from his years as a practitioner, meditation teacher, and scholar, Ray takes us into the secret heart of the Vajra World to explore: the tantric view of human nature and reality, detailed teachings on the major dimensions of Vajrayana practice, preparation for initiates, the role of the "tantric mentor," and much more. Includes descriptions of specific visualizations, liturgies, inner yogas of the tantric way, as well as the "essence teachings" of Mahamudra Dzogchen. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A unique, insightful, and inclusive resource
Written by Reginald A. Ray (Professor of Buddhist Studies at Naropa University, and an Acharya in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa), Buddhist Tantra: Teachings And Practices For Touching Enlightenment With The Body is an audio CD book that informatively explores the path to enlightenment through corporeal awareness. Offering six guided meditations, 18 sessions of guidance, as wells as insight into unifying masculine and feminine channels, the role of sexuality in tantric practice, connecting with the Earth as a source of calm and wellness, and much, much more, Buddhist Tantra is a unique, insightful, and inclusive resource which is highly recommended for personal, academic, and community library Buddhist Studies collections. 9 CDS, 11 1/4 hours. ... Read more

186. Mindful Living: A Collection of Teachings on Love, Mindfulness, and Meditation
by Thich Nhat Hanh, Nhat Hanh
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Mindfulness, teaches Thich Nhat Hanh, is like the power of the sun: it illuminates the parts of your life that are in darkness. Instead of suppressing anger, fear, and guilt, mindfulness welcomes all experience. Mindful Living is a special gift-boxed collection of this beloved Zen master’s most popular audio sessions for coming fully alive to yourself and the world. Mindful Living includes: The Art of Mindful Living – Thich Nhat Hanh shows you how to use mindfulness to welcome all aspects of experience – even the most challenging parts. Teachings on Love – In the Buddhist tradition, genuine love comprises four qualities: lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and freedom. Here, you will learn how to enrich relationships of every kind with these transcendent qualities. Touching the Earth – Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong teach an ancient Buddhist practice to unify body and mind in an exquisite gesture of spiritual surrender. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars excellent quality recording of a very good retreat
I have never been to a retreat with T.N.H., but after listening to this audio book, I feel that I have almost as much information and "vibes" as I would if I had attended one with him.

Throughout the recording, the bell is invited, and along with the group, you are invited to breathe mindfully along with them. His teachings are for novice meditators, as well as those more along the path (of enlightenment).

I recommend this tape to all who desire to learn more about living mindfully. ... Read more

187. Zen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness
by James H. Austin
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Catlog: Book (1999-07-02)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A huge amount of information...
One hardly knows where to start with Austin's book - with more than 900 pages and hundreds of chapters it is easy to spend months reading this book let alone trying to review it. And months are really required simply to get a grasp of the interrelated themes and ideas that Austin deftly weaves.

In the end I am very impressed with the level of scholarly attention that Austin has managed to mix in with personal observations and what many would term "new age" ideas. He links many aspects of meditation and its effects to observed physiological phenomenon in a style that is on par with what one would find in Scientific American. That is, someone with some biology background from upper high school should be able to grasp Austin's salient points.

Austin also compiles a number of other researchers' information in the book and, in conjunction with his work, finally links many aspects of Zen to other work such as Grof's holotropic studies.

Austin is primarily concerned with the brain in terms of the roles and interactions of the various large-scale structures such as the frontal lobe and brain stem. Most of this work is based on animal studies with some observations from humans who have suffered either selective damage or had special operations. As he states near the beginning, humankind owes the animal kingdom much for all the damage and pain we have caused to learn how complicated we are.

The basic lesson to be learned from the book is simply how incredibly complicated the brain is; for all our studies we only just seem to know enough now to say "wow, this is really complicated".

The book's real weakness lies in the fact that it doesn't comment on the fact that the brain's basic building blocks, neurons, are non-linear "devices" for lack of a better term. I recommend Wilson's "Spikes, Decisions, and Actions : The Dynamical Foundations of Neurosciences" for more information in this regard. This would imply that Prigogine's work on non-equilibrium systems is very applicable to attempting to describe the interactions between the various components of the brain - more evidence for Maturana and Varela to uphold autopoiesis.

Going on a long trip or have several months on your hands? Want to see how complicated that stuff between your ears really is? Read this!

5-0 out of 5 stars An important approach to the science of mind.
James Austin has devoted the majority of his life to the science of the brain, steeped as it is in the empirical disciplines of the Western laboratory, and nearly an equal amount in the strict discipline of Zen meditation, with its mysterious koans and indefatigable pursuit of Eastern-style enlightenment. Now this is a gorge fit for the best Andean rope-bridge makers! I read Zen and the Brain as part of my extensive studies of the neurophysiology of movement, especially related to golf. I believe that recent advances over the last 25 years in brain science offer opportunities to understand the mind-body relationship in much greater depth. So I was reasonably familiar with the neurophysiological and neuropharmcological studies Dr. Austin has lived with and reports on in the book's survey of the relationship between the brain and the experience of Zen meditation. The conclusion one draws from this is that the so-called mysterious stages and cognitive / physiological phenomenon of Zen are truly understandable (to an extent) in terms of Western-style science. That is, explainable, measurable, predictable, reproducible, testable. To an extent. And that goes a long, long way toward bridging the gorge, at least from the West. The really interesting aspect is that Dr. Austin breaks new ground the only way he can without an NSF / NIH research budget sufficient to reach Mars: he uses personal monitoring and introspection to report his inner cognitive and behavioral / physiological experiences and searches the literature critically for possible connections and explanations. Obviously, the conclusions are frequently superbly educated guesses, and this is to be celebrated. Who else is guessing from such an educated base? Thanks, Dr. Austin.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Gift
Einstein told us almost a century ago that "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." If ever there were a 900 page coffee table tome meant to be savored as a paradoxical Minute Book in highly digestible bite size sections as the mood strikes, Zen and the Brain is it. "In this book Zen Buddhism becomes the opening wedge for an extraordinarily wide ranging exploration of consciousness. In order to understand which brain mechanisms produce Zen states, one needs some understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of the brain. Austin, both a neurologist and a Zen practitioner, interweaves the most recent brain research with the personal narrative of his Zen experiences. The science is both inclusive and rigorous; the Zen sections are clear and evocative. Along the way, Austin examines such topics as similar states in other disciplines and religions, sleep and dreams, mental illness, consciousness altering drugs, and the social consequences of the advanced stage of ongoing enlightenment." Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Scholarly and highly readable
This is a well-written and informative work on the changes that occur in our brains as a result of a long-term commitment to meditation, which can free us from the grip of our neurotic behaviors yet leave our healthy behaviors intact and even enhanced.

I won't repeat the positive comments of other reviewers, but I definitely echo them in recommending this book to anyone on the meditative path who is seeking further information about meditation and its effect on our brains.

If the length of the book seems overwhelming to you, note that the chapters are short and and structured in a very manageable style. This helps greatly in getting through the more difficult material. The book, less the extensive list of referances and source material, is about 700 pages. Like daily meditation, getting through this book requires a commitment of time and mental focus. For me, both endeavors have been well-worth the ongoing time and effort they require.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Model for Future Medicine
I found this to be a very important and informative book, both on the relationship of Zen and the make-up of the brain and central nevous system and the relationship of sensory input to the endocrine system.

It may be a primary roadmap for future healing arts, and a basis of dealing with disease through the psycho-endocrine system.

The author shows in detail the way chemical messengers (hormones) are effected by sensory input, how the brain is wired, and how parts of the brain like the Thalmus acts as a sensory gate, including the fact that the olfactory system bypasses the thalmus and acts directly on the mid-brain and effects these chemical signals.

It has many insights into Zen meditation at the same time. ... Read more

188. Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters)
by Nhat Hanh, Robert Ellsberg
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Considering the huge number of books that beloved Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh has put out, we really need a "best of" collection. Here we have it, in Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings, which brings together snippets from Nhat Hanh's poetry, his Christian-Buddhist dialogues, his introductions to Buddhist sutras, and of course, his own well-spoken takes on core Buddhist ideas. If there is one word that sums up Nhat Hahn's Buddhism, it is "interbeing," the name he gave to his own monastic order. Being fully present in the moment is mindfulness, and interdependence tells how all things are intimately connected, the understanding of which encourages us to engage the world at every moment. Sister Annabel Laity, a master in her own right who has received transmission from Nhat Hanh, provides a brief but illuminating biography of Nhat Hanh for this collection, along with insightful introductions to each of the chapters. Themes that order the chapters are those that run through all of Nhat Hahn's teachings: mindfulness, compassion, delicate attention to detail, patience, and forgiveness. For those interested in this Zen monk's life and works, Essential Writings is essential reading. --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars everyone should read this book
This dude really has it. really. I have a pile of books on philosophy, zen, taoism, happiness, etc. and this is the one that I carry with me, that I read before I go to bed, that I recommend to people, because this is beautiful. As important to me as "the prophet" by Kahlil Gibran, which is important to me.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for any devoted fan of Nhat Hanh!
When I ordered this book, I really expected a disorganized mix of Thich Nhat Hanh's writings and quotes...was I wrong.

The book has quickly become one of my has helped me understand many buddhist concepts I had a hard time understanding in only a few short pages.

You'll read about situations, concepts, the Buddha and more all in this great book...words really cannot do it justice. This is a collection of some of the best of Nhat Hanh's writings in his many books (he has a ton!)

Bottom line: If you're an avid reader of Thich Nhat Hanh's books, you'll love this one to remind you of the many things he has written. if you're new to Thich Nhat Hanh or want to learn about Buddhism, you'll really enjoy this book! ... Read more

189. The Buddha Book: Buddhas Blessings, Prayers and Rituals to Grant You Love, Wisdom, and Heal Ing
by Lillian Too
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5-0 out of 5 stars Visually Stunning
As the previous reviewer commented, this book is powerfully visual; filled with gorgeous imagery of various depictions of the Buddha and photography of young monks holding candles. Intermingled in this is a pretty good introduction into Tibetan Buddhism, wisdom applicable to your life is found herein on every page. Lillian Too's approach is simultaneously open and honest. So, if you are looking for a book of masterful art, here is your book. If you are looking for a daily devotional, here is your book. If you are looking for a brief autobiography of a typical layperson practicing the Buddha's Dharma, this is your book. It's truly fairly all encompassing. Grab it today, it will serve wonderfully in all the areas I mentioned, as well as an attractive decorative coffee table piece.

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This is a gorgeous book. Beautiful pictures and pleasing art. I enjoyed reading it very much. However, I wish I knew how to pronounce some of those mantras. I worry I am doing them all wrong. A pronunciation guide would have been helpful. ... Read more

190. Seven Years in Tibet
by Heinrich Harrer
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5-0 out of 5 stars The incredible adventure and spiritual odyssey in Tibet
I first read Seven Years in Tibet 12 years ago. That it is as popular now as it was then and has been ever since it was first published in the 1950'speaks to its timelessness as a true adventure classic. But it is more than just an adventure story and Harrer, more than just an adventurer. As the story unfolds the reader's attention is drawn to the many layers of the author's odyssey across the "Roof of The World".

The descriptions of the physical and cultural landscapes and the people of the Himalaya provide a wonderful geography to this high, remote and troubled corner of the globe.

I am certain that a Buddhist would consider it Karma that the book was written in the first place and Karma that it has enjoyed such longetivity, especially in context of the apparent growing awareness by the global community of the Tibetan people's plight at the hands of the expansionist Chinese.

The recently released movie of the same title is a reasonably accurate adaptation of the book. The book, however, should be a must read for anyone with an adventurous spirit, a romantic imagination, and an empathetic soul for a peace-loving and persecuted people.

5-0 out of 5 stars A story of an incredible adventure and a fascinating culture
I decided to read this novel because I enjoy travel literature, and also because of a recommendation from a friend from Liechtenstein who was acquainted with the author. I found this novel to be quite fascinating, telling a story of survival in harsh terrain, a love for the mountains, and the gathering of knowledge about an isolated and mysterious culture. Mr. Harrer's ability to survive in the Himalayas, his quick adaptation to Tibetan lifestyle and language, and his writing skills paint the picture of an incredibly intelligent and enterprising individual. This book lends strong support to the cause for a free Tibet.

4-0 out of 5 stars Seven Years in Tibet
I was very surprised by this book becuase it is almost nothing like the Hollywood movie staring Brad Pitt. It was much better. The writting stlye was easy to read and involving and the candor of the books author about the people he lived with for years implies that he had a true love and respect for them, and had spent alot of time seriously observing them, this book was not written lightly or in a joking tone!! It' a wonderful story - read it!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, Amazing Detail and Information, Too Much Ego
I read this book for the first time when I was only 13. I was absolutely captivated by Harrer's stunning descriptions of pre-occupation Tibet, and specifically Lhasa. Harrer portrays life in a world forbidden to foreigners and that no longer exists.

His memoir begins with his attempt to summit Nanga Parbat in the himalayas and continues through his captivity in a British POW camp through his many escape attempts to reach Tibet.

Harrer continues through his exhausting trek through the unwelcoming plains of Tibet, even encountering the infamous Khampa bandits.

Harrer then goes into his stay in Lhasa, emphasizing his time tutoring the young 14th Dalai Lama. He also discusses his time working as a public servant for Lhasa alongside fellow escapee, Peter Aufschnaiter, mapping Lhasa, building dykes along the river et cetera.

Finally Harrer discusses the downfall off Tibet due to the Chinese invasion from an insider's standpoint, even up to Harrer's escape from Tibet.

His writing makes old Tibet so real, and his final words (which I will not reveal) speaks to our hearts as humans, not as Americans, Chinese, Tibetans, Germans, Austrians, or whatever we may be.

The only flaw that I can think of for this book is Harrer's ego shows through his writing. While it is not a major flaw, it is annoying.

I highly reccomend this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great story
This book is first of all a great story about a daring escape from a POW camp in Northern India followed by a fugitive's trek across some of the worlds most inhospitable territory. It seems impossible that anyone could have survived trekking over the Himalayas in winter with no equipment other than a few rags for clothing. The rest of the book is a remarkable eyewittness account of Tibet and especially Lhasa just before the time of the Chinese invasion. Harrer paints a vivid picture of a lively and colourful Forbidden City (Lhasa), and his great love of the country and its charming people shines brightly through. Towards the end Harrer becomes a personal tutor of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama and his account of his relationship with the only 14 year old leader of Tibet is endearing and touching. I enjoyed the book very much not only because of the topic matter but also because of Harrer's honest, tough, and yet deeply respectful and caring attitude toward Tibet and its people. ... Read more

191. Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (Shambhala Pocket Classics)
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5-0 out of 5 stars If there is one book I could keep....
Okay kids, this would probably be my pick for desert island book. I forget exactly how I got this book and read it but I do remember the first time I read the "Zen Stories" section of this book and being tottaly blowned away. I have never laughed so hard and related so much to a story in my life. I read half the book in one sitting and ever since have been practicing and reading about Zen. For months, I carried this book with me everywhere and I read a couple pages atleast twice a day. My copy is ragged and I'll probably have to get a new copy soon. I still am always reading it and lending it to friends. "Zen Flesh, Zen Bones" is a collection of famous Zen stories, Mumon's The Gateless Gate(a collection of koans), the famous 10 bulls Zen story & paintings, and a chapter that is called "Centering." The last section is great but doesn't really fit in the Zen Canon(I could be wrong?) The rest however fully express Zen as what it really is and not some philosophy or state you have to achieve but Buddha-nature and enlightment which you already have. If you read one book on Zen, this should be it.

5-0 out of 5 stars I've Owned A Dozen Copies During The Past 30 Years!
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones came into print in the 1950s, when I was a child.

I first discovered it in 1970, when I was a young man. One of my secretaries lent me her copy, and I kept it for myself.

I bought this edition last year, as a middle-aged fart.

I figure I've owned at least a dozen copies over the years. Some have been gifts from friends. Others, I've purchased for myself.

I stole only the first copy, because I didn't want to run up against any karmic Repeat Offender Rule.

It's the kind of book that seems to "walk away". Someone will see you reading Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, and they'll ask to borrow it.

That's the last you'll see of it.


I've read it many times, often in a single sitting.

I still remember the first time I sat down with it, and how it gave me a shimmering look into a world I had known little about--Zen Buddhism. At times, I still get back my "Beginner's Mind" when I re-read one of those Zen stories that I now know almost by heart.

I cannot explain the why of that.

Zen Flesh, Zen Bones contains perfect jewels of ancient stories that provide insight about life, about the world. Most of them are a half page in length--perhaps 100 words.

The neat thing about this particular edition is that it's very compact. You can slip into into your pocket, say, when you're going fishing or hiking.

It's inexpensive, too. So you won't be out a lot of money when a friend asks to "borrow" a copy and "forgets" to give it back.

5-0 out of 5 stars Students of Zen-- Here Is a Must Have
This book basically holds within it's frame 4 books. The first three being published first in the 1930's! Talk about a pioneer in the field of Zen writings in the West! My goodness, is this ever a must have on your shelf if you are a practitioner of Zen. I will not say it has been my most desired book on Zen through the years; that would be a flat out lie. But I will say that contained herein are some most interesting koans. Yes koans. These allegories are not just stories your going to sit down and say, "Oh my, now I get what this guy is saying!" Not a chance. If you can, you don't even need this book. I confess to you all, that this book spends most of it's time on the shelf. Now why is that? Because I have to contemplate what was said! It may take some months, or some years in several cases. I hold some of these koans "in secret" when I am supposed to be working on another koan. They can be that vexing!

The first time you read this book, you'll probably go, "Huh?"
You may even wonder, "Why did I buy this?"

But I say to you now, when you are practicing this book is truly a best friend. Is it entertainment? Nope. Certainly not. Can it help you clear up the Great Matter of Life and Death?

Actually -- Yes. Enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars A long-time favorite
Zen or no-zen, the stories in this book are unequaled in their beauty, simplicity, or depth.

(This from someone who has never been a practicioner of Zen Buddhism.)

Not a practical, how-to, this-is-zen kind of book. Unadorned by testimonials and advertisements for this or that school.

4-0 out of 5 stars Small But A Divine Book
This book is a compilation of four books. They are 101 Zen Stories, The Gateless Gate, 10 Bulls, & Centering. If readers are avid readers about Zen, you would have come across some of the stories in 101 Zen Stories. Truth to be told, there is another book offering in cartoon version which conveyed the stories mentioned here & I find them more accessible. At times, after we read the stories, our initial reaction would be huh? It takes time & much persistency, or intervention by unexpected people or incidents that we suddenly get it. Anyhow, by continuously reading those materials that those ideals can be reinforced within our mental state of mind. The Gateless Gate is a rendition of popular koans and again, it's quite difficult to understand especially when you are reading this by yourself. Anyhow, it's wonderful to read. 10 Bulls story is quite self-explanatory about find our source, our original thinking. The last book about Centering is derived from ancient Sanskrit manuscripts of Shiva answering Devi about Centering in 112 ways. Sorry about my ignorance but I reckon it's about sitting & breathing: as it is. Highly recommended. ... Read more

192. Living the Mindful Life
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good nuts n' bolts basics of mindfulness work
I found this book very helpful in working with the development and practice of mindfulness. I find it particularly useful in Tart's blending of Buddhist mindfulness practice with the more rigorous Gurdjieffian practices of self-remembering and self-observation. He utilizes a question and extended answer format in parts of the book to take apart these practices in a useful, day to daymanner, answering questions on difficulties one is likely to encounter. Personally, I find the buddhist-type practices of mindfully washing the dishes (doesn't anyone have dishwashers?) too romantically spiritual, while the Gurdjieffian practices seem much more attuned to everything in one's life. Overall, an excellent book for those on the path of awakening---covering what I consider to be a fundamental process for anyone on the path--it's too easy to fall into practices/beliefs which sink you deeper into illusion, all the while deluding yourself that you're really making progress. ... Read more

193. Buddhism After Patriarchy: A Feminist History, Analysis, and Reconstruction of Buddhism
by Rita M. Gross
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5-0 out of 5 stars Solid feminist analysis of Buddhism
I learned a great deal from this book.
Rita Gross, a professor in comparitive religion, does an excellent job in laying out a strategy by which to analyse Buddhism through an academic feminist viewpoint.
This book is not meant to be an introduction to Buddhism, it only briefly covers some of the key elements (history, 4 Noble Truths, Impermanence, Karma, selflessness.) There is also a section that details feminist theory, and schools of feminist thought, which I found very helpful.
For each of the elements of Buddhism, she gives several different feminist viewpoints, which allows the reader to better make up his/her mind on these issues.
Although she is critical of Buddhism as a whole, I believe Buddhism is based on questioning, and as the Buddha asked people to "see for themselves". Thus, I see this discussion as very healthy for the future of Buddhism.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why I am not a Buddhist
Why I am not a Buddhist: A review of Buddhism after Patriarchy by Rita Gross

My heart goes out to Prajapati. One of the first Buddhists, a relative of Buddha, she created what Buddhism has to offer women, asked for more, for full equality within the religion. Gross documents how Prajapati did this. Yet when she writes about the origin of Buddhist patriarchy she says gender equality was "beyond the Indian imagination of the time," as if Prajapati did not exist.

Rita Gross badly wants a tradition she can respect, is nervous because the women's spirituality movement makes mistakes, does not want the full responsibility of reinventing ritual so it respects her. She stops short of calling Buddha on his big mistake, his failure to fully transcend gender, in practice as well as in theory. She takes the liberty of introducing the prophetic feminist voice to Buddhism, but can't seem to accept that taking authority means taking risks and being wrong, as wrong as Buddha. Buddhist patriarchy is responsible for much bad karma where its attitude to women is concerned. Gross does acknowledge that. Why should women be exempt from making mistakes on this scale? We are not, and will only have full authority over ourselves when we realise this. Gross finds it "unthinkable" that Buddhism would not refrain from harming women, then documents two and a half thousand years of sanctified oppression that says otherwise. I want to bonk Gross on the head, send her back to meditate again, until she can feel a ritual that works in a given moment, and realise it may never work again. Institutionalised religion, all of it, with its repetition of past successes, is both an impediment to spiritual progress, and essential to it. It is essential, and Gross provides an excellent clear analysis, a base for reconstructing Buddhism so it ceases harming women. There is much analysis that is absolutely relevant for current spiritual practice, Buddhist and non, for women and for men. But it leaves me undecided about whether Buddhism is part of the baby, or part of the bathwater.

Gross states that the life and world that we are born into is fundamentally sane and reasonable, but we often need religion to appreciate that. I have to differ on this point, as animals our basic drives are to have lots of happy, well fed children who give us many grandchildren, and to survive. Our drives simply cannot be fullfilled, we must die, and our children will encounter tragedy. From my perspective (as a biologist) life is fundamentally crazy making, and if religion has a use it allowing us to deal with that creatively. Overall, although I differ from Gross on fundamental points, I should say that her book is simply the best argued, most stimulating book on religion I have ever read. ... Read more

194. If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him : The Pilgrimage Of Psychotherapy Patients
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4-0 out of 5 stars existential living
Sheldon B. Kopp narrates his existential voyage through the human experience. It is definitely not quite nihilistic, but similar. Killing the Buddha on the road means that no meaning that comes from outside ourselves is real. We need only recognize that we already have our own Buddhahood. The secret is that there is none, and no solution, and it comes down to just being what you are. His philosophy from his pyschological context has some of the right ideas, but he spreads some of the wrong messages. I enjoyed the book however. He uses the telling of tales from our ancestors, metaphors for our struggle to fit into existence. I speculate that this is to emphasize our story-telling nature as animals. With his version of wisdom, there is no guru to teach us and we are no one's disciple. In this he is the messenger of bad news and expects to disappoint those who search in life as if there was some underlying meaning in the world. He's sure that its in vain, and ultimately so are our lives. If you are someone disturbed by this, then reading his book will transcend those feelings. If you aren't by now... I recommend it ;¤)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Touch of Genius
To read this book is an experience -- to touch a work of genius. It still moves me 30 years later. Psychotherapy is an art; Life is an art; Sheldon Kopp an artist. Don't miss it and do remember to revisit it. His other books form a worthy body of work, and this one is as good a place as any to join in the flow.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, not what you'd expect.
I have read this book twice and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. Dr. Kopp is able to demystify the process of psychotherapy through his experiences as a psychiatrist and human being. The stories related are thought provoking, inspiring and enlightening. It also includes the author's "Eschatological Laundry List". Anyone seeking a better understanding of themselves and their lives will reward themselves by reading this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Who is The Buddha?
It is easy for anyone to believe that it is always that other person - that one who knows something that we don't know; has something that we have given up on obtaining; or, looks like what we think is the best.

Killing the Buddha is looking deeply within ourselves, accepting our limitations, our attributes, and everything in between. We are the experts in the journey of our own lives. No one else is.

4-0 out of 5 stars Time to Look Back and Within
There are books available now to diagnose and prescribe everything according to the DSMIV etc. There are E-therapy sessions and from what I see of the state of mental health- you might as well go for virtual therapy as the practicioners are not particularly life-like in this current, very restrained and dispassionate age. It is worthy to reopen this book and reopen our hearts to the sacred responsibility implicit in working with another person's suffering and passage. As in so much of our corporate culture, we deny the significance of the patient in the parroting of redundant questions, no humility or sense of awe. I had the honor of hearing this book before it was published with an old psychiatrist, Dr. O. Spurgeon English, who'd been trained by Wilhelm Reich in Vienna while Freud was still there. Koop, as many authors, sent Spurge his audio draft for comment. Together we did some minor editing of the first printing and I remember it well for it was my own therapy and that was what we did. For it was the relationship, and the enormous sense of personal investment and trust that I consider perhaps the most life saving event of my life. Now, as an administrator in mental health, I have seen every sort of style come and go, from EST to primal screaming to the more fascist styles of today. It is time to return to the differing needs of the patient as an individual with a unique soul and important journey. In order to do this we must be dutiful to our own shortcomings and creative gifts as we come to understand them in our own work. If You Meet The Budha On The Road Kill Him. was one of the first of a new, revolutionary, and often sloppy, self serving approaches that was taken up in psychiatry. Now, it may be revolutionary again and the forces of repression and profit have taken on a whole new armor while we have also learned many important things that can not be overlooked. The emotional and spiritual tolls of a corporate-driven and militaristic society will necessitate an awakening that is scientifically modern and philosophically complete. The peaceful Budhist non-violent, approach is surely the right place to begin, we have no other choice. Read this book and find your path. ... Read more

195. Buddhism Is Not What You Think : Finding Freedom Beyond Beliefs
by Steve Hagen
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5-0 out of 5 stars This book hammers...yes
In this book, Steve hammers chapter after chapter about what being AWAKE really is. He goes into depth of how we live in dukka or the world of delusion and gives chapter after chapter of the various ways we stay asleep and live in dukka. Many practictioners decieve themselves about what being Awake is. Steve hammers away at the delusions, because they are so subtle and hard to realize...As far as compassion is concerned, real compassion comes when one becomes truly Awake, otherwise it is still a sophisticated form of delusion. This book may not be suitable for the beginer, but it is a must for practictioners that truly desire to WAKE UP.

5-0 out of 5 stars No frills Buddhism
While it is comforting to read about the life of the Buddha, and hear interesting historical tales of how a teacher arrived, these are of no help in practice. One reviewer noted Hagen's lack of attention to compassion. I can only assume Hagen's omission was intentional. Compassion cannot be taught. See the Truth clearly, Hagen states, as it is, and you will BE compassionate. Any mindset and you are a million miles away despite wonderful intentions.

2-0 out of 5 stars All "Wisdom," No "Compassion."
Buddhism is based on wisdom AND compassion. Mr. Hagen's new book, like his first book, "Buddhism: Plain and Simple," does an excellent job in describing the "wisdom" component of Zen Buddhism. But just like in his first book, Mr. Hagen's new book is totally devoid of any discussion of the "compassion" component. Thus, this book makes Zen Buddhism seem like a purely intellectual excercise, devoid of any warmth or heart. Compare, for example, Mr. Hagen's books with anything written by "Bhante G," Henepola Gunaratana. In his books, Bhante G makes (Theravada) Buddhism come alive with wisdom AND compassion. The tone of Bhante G's books is one of warmth, with a human face. Maybe that is why some are more attracted to Theravada Buddhism, and turned off by the abstractness of Zen (as Zen is portrayed by some, including Mr. Hagen).

2-0 out of 5 stars Repeditive
I have really admired Steve Hagen's earlier work. It was fresh, insightful, heartfelt, and felt like a true guide for people engaged with Zen and Buddhism. This work continues to affirm his request for us to just "look" rather than to think or judge events in our life. Chapter after chapter he reminds us to just "look". It is painfully repeditive. The advice has merit, but this could have been a 15 page article. It doesn't work as a book. I would suggest to Mr. Hagen to just look and ask him how did he manage to work two words of advice into over 200 pages. Spend your money elsewhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful author, excellent book
I saw Mr. Hagen speak about this book at the Wisconsin Book Festival in October. I had previously been curious but largely ignorant about the study and practice of Buddhism, but Hagen's talk (and his book, which I purchased later) really sparked my enthusiasm. His style is matter-of-fact and straightforward, yet not simplistic or condescending. In the book, Hagen emphasizes the importance of being present and aware and honest in one's dealings with the world. He writes of the difficulties that arise when we focus on what we think (what we think we know, what we fear, what popular wisdom tells us) and when we ignore what we see and experience first-hand. It's quite interesting, and more nuanced than "actions speak louder than words" or "trust your instincts." One gets the sense that Hagen feels deep respect for his readers, which encourages the reader in turn to treat self and others with a greater degree of respect as well. Somehow, Hagen conveys all of this without a hint of preachiness or self-help-ishness. I highly recommend this book. ... Read more

196. Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings
by Marcus J. Borg, Jack Kornfield, Ray Riegert, Marcus Borg
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Jesus and Buddha were separated by five hundred years, three thousand miles, and two drastically different cultures. Yet this TP edition of the highly acclaimed hardback juxtaposes passages from the New Testament and ancient Buddhist scriptures to illuminate the striking similarity between their lives, deeds, and teachings. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not For Academics
The first book in the "Parallel" series examines the words attributed to the founders of 2 of the world's major religions. THere are many similiarites between Jesus and Buddha that editor Marcus Borg notes in the Forward: Both had life tansforming experiences around the age of 30; both were teachers of love and compassion; and both spent time alone in the wilderness.

"Jesus and Buddha" is not an overly scholarly study. A theme is presented with a brief one page intro (Compassion, Wisdom, Materialism, etc.). Then similiar quotes are presented on opposite pages - Jesus on one, Buddha on the next. The source is included, but thats it. No added commentary or explanation. I imagine those of an Orthodox bent will promptly drop the book in the trash. I found the spartan section intros and the short but informative Forward nicely balances the Zen-like approach to the quotes.

For those who approach comparitive religion with rabid intellectualism, this book is not for you. For those who believe that God is experienced in the heart, and can approach this with an open heart and mind, this little gem may be well received.

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This book is a thing of beauty: a series of parallel sayings, one from Buddha and one from Jesus, presented side by side. It's wonderful to see the unexpected convergence of thought. Implicitly, the series of quotes make an important and powerful point: people who follow the teachings of Jesus or Buddha need not worry too much about whether they are on the right path. Both paths are the same path of goodness.

The buyer should be aware that he or she is buying a book that uses white space liberally. For the most part, each page contains a single quote.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is an open-minded observation
I truly enjoyed this book. It kind of saddens me to read all the negative reviews about it, because they have only come from Christians who think that this book is supposed to reveal some kind of universal "truth". All this book is trying to do is relate to people how the two religions are so similar in what they are trying to attain, and what their key figures taught and said.
All this stuff about Christianity having the true God is nonsense, because it shows an ignorance of Buddhism. Buddha never once concerned himself with metaphysical matters, and none of Buddhism confuses itself with the invisible world that we cannot prove beyond earthly concepts. That's not to say that Buddhists don't believe in God. It's just a practical religion that says that you can end suffering, and the dependence on something else (like a belief structure and doctrines) in order to do so will never truly end your suffering. It's food for thought, and this book for me was the perfect gateway into this intellectual freedom. That's what's great about this book, the words and concepts are there, but feeling and message are up to the reader. It certainly does a good job of bridging a gap between two misunderstood faiths.

2-0 out of 5 stars Riding the Fence
Marcus Borg has given good scholarly effort and quality research to this book. The format is reader-friendly and has some good thought provoking statements from both Jesus and Buddah. All of this being said, spiritual seekers should use much caution in reading this book. I am a follower of Jesus Christ, He has transformed my life which is something no one, including myself, could do. In his introductory remarks Mr. Borg calls himself a "non-exclusive" Christian, which to me is contradictory to Jesus' remarks in John 14:6 where He says, "I am the way, the truth and the life no one comes to the Father except by me." It is for this reason that I give the book 2 stars and didn't finish it.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Truth will set you free!
4 years ago I was reading this book on a train, on the way to my job in NYC. I had been experimenting with different faiths, Hinduism, Wicca, Tantra...etc.... I was empty, hungover, wanting the Truth....I read this book...and I have to say... it was my first experience with the teachings of Christ vs. the observations of was a turning point in my life.....because Jesus Christ gave me life...and totally showed the POWER of HIS WORDS..."I AM the Truth the Way and the Life No man comes to the Father but by Me" The Word the Buddah could not utter......not trying to put anyone down...but if you are deciding on Faith's...and you've come down to Buddishm and this book...and take it to heart value...and then decide which faith is True:) and which God is true....if reading just for poetic value??....make it personal. ... Read more

197. Confucius: The Analects
by Confucius
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Confucius is the one thinker most influential and instrumental in informing the Chinese tradition. The Analects, which is a record of the words and teachings of Confucius, is considered the most reliable source of Confucius' teachings. However, as he was looked upon as the founder of the Confucius school, his thought tended to be approached through the eyes of the Confucianists of a later age, particularly the Neo-Confucianists of the Song dynasty. This inevitably results in distortion of the original meaning. In this monumental translation by Professor D. C. Lau, an attempt has been made to interpret the sayings as they stand. The corpus of the sayings is taken as an organic whole and the final test of the interpretation rests on the internal consistency it exhibits. In other words, The Analects is read in the light of The Analects. It is hoped that this gives a truer understanding of Confucius' thought than the traditional interpretation and paves the way for a re-assessment of its importance in the history of Chinese thought and its relevance to the present day world. This volume also contains an introduction to the life and teachings of Confucius, and three appendices on the events in the life of Confucius, on his disciples, and on the composition of The Analects. Complete with both Chinese and English texts, this classic translation is an authoritative interpretation of Confucius' thought. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The wisdom of Confucius speaks for himself
D.C Lau's Translation of Confuciuan Philosophy and "The Analects" is perhaps the best I've ever read. Lau brillantly enuciates the most important tenets of Confucian thought in a clear and concise manner, while at the same time not forsaking any of the intellectual or scholarly integrity that often happens with certain translations of Confucius. Lau 's introduction gives a wonderful introduction to the goldmine of wisdom that one encounters while reading Confucius and helped me to understand the teachings of Confucius better than any other translator. As for "The Analects" itself, I could write 20 pages on why it is the most beautifully constructed philosophy ever written, but I won't and will simply say this. The wisdom in "The Analects" is worth more than 10 of those so called "New Age" books that attempt to give insight but in fact only give rhetoric. Confucius wil open your eyes to the joy of living and the joy of a life of the pursuit of what TRUE wisdom, truth and virtue really are. READ THIS BOOK, IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Although I have not read this particular translation, I have read about six others, and I must say that I absolutely love Confiucius and the Analects, and regard COnfucius with the utomst respect and admiration.

When I first heard about Confucianism, it did not seem like my type. I thought it was just about ritual and goodness and family, and that didn't seem to interesting to me. But as I began reading the Analects, I became Conficus's biggest fan. He was really an exemplary person who conducte himself like a "chun tzu" (which in the scope of Confucianism refers to the concept of the ideal / developed / balanced / advanced / virtuous person)

Confucius was just so concerned about character and self-development, and he had an incredible love for learning. He was also a very genuine person, and who according to the Analects was "pleasant yet dignified, authoritative yet not overbearing, and respectful yet relaxed." He also lived a satisfying life, and "in his leisure time, Confucius was relaxed and enjoyed himself."

The Analects gives you a look at Confusicus through many of his sayings and mannerisms. Unlike some other works by other ancient philsophers, in the Analects you can really know and understand the person behind it and makes you feel his personality. It all comes together to form a man who really is "The Master." (Note: The Anaelcts also contains some sayings of a few other Confucian scholars)

A few of my favorite Analects passages:

Confucius said: "Isn't it a pleasure to consistently study, and apply what you have learned?" (1:1)

Confucius said: "See a person's actions. Observe his motives. Examine in what things he rests. How can a person conceal his character? How can a person conceal his character?" (2:10)

...[Confucius said:] "At first, my method with others was to listen to what they said, and expect them to act accordingly. Now, my method is to listen to what they say, and then observe what they do." (5:10)

Confucius said: "When I am with others, they are my teachers. I can select their good points and follow them, and select their bad points and avoid them." (7:22)

Confucius said: "To make a mistake and not correct it--that, indeed, is a mistake." (15:30)
This is just the tip of the iceberg, however. The Analects should be read, reread, and put into practice, just like Conficus did as he illustrated virtuous actions, lived a genuine life, and set a great example.

I highly recommend the Analects. I also enjoyed the Hsun Tzu very much and recommend it. The Mencius is also decent, but I did not find it that great. One of my favorite translations and selections of passages from the Analects and other Confucian writings is in the book A Collection of Wisdom, which puts them in a very clear modern English translation.

5-0 out of 5 stars one of the wisest
I am writing this based on a different translation of "Analects." Nevertheless, Confucius is undoubtedly one of the wisest men ever to live. There is noone that won't benefit by reading his book. The wit and wisdom of his writings are a rarity today. With people spending all of their time trying to acquire knowledge, they are overlooking the importance and value of wisdom. This book should be more widely read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Relevent
I was surprised to find that I was often very interested in the topics within this book and Confucius' handling of said themes. Having read Plato only a short time ago, Confucius seemed like a breath of fresh air. His concerns are how to live a virtuous life and achieve benevolence. Unlike much ancient philosphy, many of the sayings have their impact undimished by time. In each book (consisting usually of about 3 pages) there would generally be at least two or three sayings that struck me as truly meaningful and pertinent. Naturally, there were also some that seemed out of place or irrational, but that is to be expected in any text which is so old. If one is able to mine the gold from the rocks, Analects of Confucius can be quite a rewarding experience. However, I found the introduction and essays in the back of the book to be superfluous and felt that they did not shed much additional light on who Confucius was or what his teachings meant, choosing instead to focus mostly on minutue that was mostly uninteresting to me. This book is not a long read, and almost certainly worth a curious person's time.

4-0 out of 5 stars PRETTY GOOD BOOK

198. Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
Publisher: University of California Press
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Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art documents the growing presence of Buddhist perspectives in contemporary culture. This shift began in the nineteenth century and is now pervasive in many aspects of everyday experience. In the arts especially, the increasing importance of process over product has promoted a profound change in the relationship between artist and audience. But while artists have been among the most perceptive interpreters of Buddhism in the West, art historians and critics have been slow to develop the intellectual tools to analyze the impact of Buddhist concepts. This timely, multi-faceted volume explores the relationships between Buddhist practice and the contemporary arts in lively essays by writers from a range of disciplines and in revealing interviews with some of the most influential artists of our time. Elucidating the common ground between the creative mind, the perceiving mind, and the meditative mind, the contributors tackle essential questions about the relationship of art and life.Among the writers are curators, art critics, educators, and Buddhist commentators in psychology, literature, and cognitive science. They consider the many Western artists today who recognize the Buddhist notion of emptiness, achieved through focused meditation, as a place of great creative potential for the making and experiencing of art. The artists featured in the interviews, all internationally recognized, include Maya Lin, Bill Viola, and Ann Hamilton. Extending earlier twentieth-century aesthetic interests in blurring the boundaries of art and life, the artists view art as a way of life, a daily practice, in ways parallel to that of the Buddhist practitioner. Their works, woven throughout the book, richly convey how Buddhism has been both a source for and a lens through which we now perceive art. Illustrations: 80 color and 20 b/w illustrations ... Read more

199. The Tao of Nutrition
by Maoshing Ni, Cathy McNease
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Catlog: Book (1993-04-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The Tao of Nutrition presents the principles of Chinese nutrition, including the energies and therapeutic properties of foods, methods of preparation, body type, season, and geographical location.Harmony and balance, the fundamental principles of universal existence, are also the basis of a healthy diet.The roots of Chinese knowledge about nutrition are at least 6,000 years old and produce time-tested results in terms of general health and longevity. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A great book on how to use food for healing
gThe Tao of Nutritionh is a food therapy guide based on the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which looks at food in a slightly different way from Western nutrition. The book is divided into 5 main sections. Section 1 very briefly outlines the theory including yin and yang, the main organs of the body, the 5 elements and 5 tastes, causes of diseases, prevention of diseases and a guideline for a balanced diet based on a pyramid (which is not unlike that used in macrobiotics). Section 2 is a list of foods including detail on both the energetics (i.e. which of the 5 tastes the food has, as well as whether it has a cooling, warming or moistening tendency) and healing aspects (such as clearing heat, removing dampness, lubricating the lungs, strengthening the heart etc.) of each food. Section 3 gives tips on which foods can help various health conditions such as bronchitis, eczema and headaches. Section 4 offers vegetarian recipes. Section 5 offers a simple meal plan.

As a non-vegetarian who has studied a little TCM, I was a little disappointed at the vegetarian bent of this book (although some fish and meat are included in the food list in Section 2). TCM does not discriminate against meat, and in fact some meats, such as chicken, are considered a very nourishing food for the weak, sick or elderly. That aside, this is an excellent book showing how to use food for both maintaining health and healing general health conditions.

4-0 out of 5 stars An great guide for good health and healing
gThe Tao of Nutritionh is a food therapy guide based on the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which looks at food in a slightly different way from Western nutrition. The book is divided into 5 main sections. Section 1 very briefly outlines the theory including yin and yang, the main organs of the body, the 5 elements and 5 tastes, causes of diseases, prevention of diseases and a guideline for a balanced diet based on a pyramid (which is not unlike that used in macrobiotics). Section 2 is a list of foods including detail on both the energetics (i.e. which of the 5 tastes the food has, as well as whether it has a cooling, warming or moistening tendency) and healing aspects (such as clearing heat, removing dampness, lubricating the lungs, strengthening the heart etc.) of each food. Section 3 gives tips on which foods can help various health conditions, such as bronchitis, eczema and headaches. Section 4 offers vegetarian recipes. Section 5 offers a simple meal plan.

As a non-vegetarian who has studied a little TCM, I was a little disappointed at the vegetarian bent of this book (although some fish and meat are included in the food list in Section 2). TCM does not discriminate against meat, and in fact some meats, such as chicken, are considered a very nourishing food for the weak, sick or elderly. That aside, this is an excellent book showing how to use food for both maintaining health and healing general health conditions.

1-0 out of 5 stars medicore at best , not really usefull
After reading the Tao of Nutritrian by Dr. Chang this book is not worth the paper its printed on. There is much more useful book on foods, than this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars An invaluable book, I even take it on vacation.
I bought this book about 4 or 5 years ago and it has become invaluable to me. The book starts with an overview of the principles of Chinese medical philosophy and then goes on with several sections describing the benefits of various foods and spices.

This book is very helpful for treating everyday minor ailments when you cannot, or don't want to, take medications. One of the first cures I tried was eating an apple to stop a dry cough, and it worked wonders!

Since travelling can through your body off its natural rythems, its a great book to travel with. It helps eat to prevent or cure those ailments of travel.

If you want to help your body heal itself, this is the book for you. ... Read more

200. Kuan-yin
by Chun-Fang Yu
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Catlog: Book (2000-09-15)
Publisher: Columbia University Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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By far one of the most important objects of worship in the Buddhist traditions, the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is regarded as the embodiment of compassion. He has been widely revered throughout the Buddhist countries of Asia since the early centuries of the Common Era. While he was closely identified with the royalty in South and Southeast Asia, and the Tibetans continue to this day to view the Dalai Lamas as his incarnations, in Chinabecame a-Kuan-yin, the "Goddess of Mercy" -and has a very different history. The causes and processes of this metamorphosis have perplexed Buddhist scholars for centuries. In this groundbreaking, comprehensive study, Chün-fang Yü discusses this dramatic transformation of the (male) Indian bodhisattva Avalokitesvara into the (female) Chinese Kuan-yin -from a relatively minor figure in the Buddha´s retinue to a universal savior and one of the most popular deities in Chinese religion.Focusing on the various media through which the feminine Kuan-yin became constructed and domesticated in China, Yü thoroughly examines Buddhist scriptures, miracle stories, pilgrimages, popular literature, and monastic and local gazetteers -as well as the changing iconography reflected in Kuan-yin´s images and artistic representations -to determine the role this material played in this amazing transformation. The book eloquently depicts the domestication of Kuan-yin as a case study of the indigenization of Buddhism in China and illuminates the ways this beloved deity has affected the lives of all Chinese people down the ages. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars scholarly and fun to read
The best book I have read on Quan Yin and her history. Yu Chunfang has done a masterful job of exploring the history of the savior Quan Yin and makes it a pleasure to read - rather than an academic reference type book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Asian Studies Revelation
Finally, here is an historically-oriented, multi-disciplinary view of Buddhist practice and iconography that is well-written and impeccably researched. Yu looks at Kwan Yin through a Chinese-American lens, carefully examining past scholarship and then giving her own persuasive appraisal of the Chinese cult of the Compassion Mother. Rather than seeing Kwan Yin as a simply a version of White Tara or some other female Buddhist deity, Yu shows how Kwan Yin was a uniquely Chinese version of the compassion Buddha, Avalokiteshvara. Examining the bureaucratic hierarchy of Chinese society, Yu concludes that there was "too much yang and not enough yin." Kwan Yin became popular as a gentle, compassionate savioress who appeared to monks, child-bearing women and children. Yu's command of art history and iconography deserve tremendous credit. Her discussion of lay buddhism and Chinese folktales is absorbing. If you are at all interested in a more intellectual, historical look at Chinese Buddhism, give this book a look. ... Read more

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