Buddhism

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Two points stand out about this short book. First and foremost is the Dalai Lama himself. The book’s message pales beside the author himself. He laughs.

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This big biography of Philip Whalen (1923–2003) brings the man, his vision, and his writings up close.

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“This is not to say that the book lacks purpose, but that perhaps it takes on too much in the vastness of its overview.”

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“. . . full of sly, scholarly challenges to the common wisdom peddled as dharma, karma, and nirvana.”

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“Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine scans rituals so venerable they lack inventors, and doctrines so fresh he watches them evolve in real time.”

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“Combined with brief but practical exercises for meditation and actualization, Mr.

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Bluntly, boldly, this book urges Buddhists to adapt its “radical teachings on forgiveness, compassion, and kindness.” Readers of Noah Levine’s streetwise memoir Dharma Punx (2004) will fin

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Jason Siff advises “what to do when the instructions get in the way.” That is, for both beginning and experienced meditation students, he encourages practitioners to relax.