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In Other News...defining Buddhism, going deeper in 2014, & more

by Kestrel Slocombe
November 8, 2013
Fri, 11/08/2013 - 10:25 -- Kestrel Slocombe
  • Check out this wonderful new review of Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zen on the Sea from Kirkus Reviews! “The peace Yogis describes within his practice of surfing and his practice of meditation was a palpable theme within the book, and I liked that best. Reading this book was in itself a meditation...the lessons on contentment and awareness have stuck with me since I finished it.”
  • Ox Herding has a new review of The Hidden Lamp. At last a volume has appeared that provides a comprehensive resource for anyone interested in full representation of Zen training...Each story is accompanied by a reflection by a contemporary woman teacher—personal responses that help bring the old stories alive for readers today—and concluded by a final meditation for the reader, a question from the editors meant to spark further rumination and inquiry. These are the voices of the women ancestors of every contemporary Buddhist. I hope you’ll spend time with this wonderful volume, letting its light shine brightly!”
  • Is Buddhism a religion, psychology, or way of life? The “religion without God” has baffled Western thinkers for hundreds of years, and fully defining it remains a lively and unsolved debate. Shambhala Sun talks to three experts, Charles Prebish (“Yes”), Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche (“No”), and Joan Sutherland (“Kind of”).
  • Set your intention for a year of going deeper with the Wildmind Buddhist Meditation blog. The author writes, “I want to run even more special events in 2014. We’re calling this our Year of Going Deeper. So we’re running even more events, and this will give a wonderful focus to our practice. It will also lead to me developing a large body of blog posts and guided meditations that will be freely available as a gift to the world. And we’ll also end up with more books, CDs, etc.”

What are you reading? Share your favorite Buddhist news with us in the comments.

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