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  1. Islands Apart

    Islands Apart

    A Year on the Edge of Civilization

    • by
    • Ken McAlpine
    Author Ken McAlpine stands in his front yard one night in Ventura, California, trying to see the stars. His view is diminished by light pollution, making it hard to see much of anything in the sky. Our fast-paced, technologically advanced society, he concludes, is not conducive to stargazing or soul-searching. Taking a page from Thoreau's Walden, he decides to get away from the clamor of everyday life, journeying alone through… Read More

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  2. The Bodhi Tree Grows in L.A.

    The Bodhi Tree Grows in L.A.

    Tales of a Buddhist Monk in America

    • by
    • Bhante Walpola Piyananda
    Truth is regularly stranger than fiction for the abbot of a Buddhist temple in the far-from-tranquil inner city of Los Angeles, California. Whether he is talking a dangerously unbalanced man out of buying a gun, confronting a naked woman in his meditation hall, or helping gamblers reform, Bhante Walpola Piyananda demonstrates that every experience can be an opportunity for learning and appreciating the Buddha's teachings. Bhante Piyananda also reflects on… Read More

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  3. The Goldfish Went on Vacation

    The Goldfish Went on Vacation

    A Memoir of Loss (and Learning to Tell the Truth about It)

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    • Patty Dann
    The moment when Patty Dann’s husband was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, she felt as though the ground had dropped out beneath her. Her grief, however, was immediately interrupted by the realization that she would have to tell their three-year-old son, Jake, that his father was dying. The prognosis gave her husband just a year to live. In that short time, the three of them—Patty, Willem, and Jake—would have to… Read More

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  4. Iyengar

    Iyengar

    The Yoga Master

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    • Kofi Busia
    Well-known contributors from the world of yoga celebrate the life and work of the great yoga pioneer B. K. S. Iyengar in this collection. Iyengar, who celebrates seventy years as a yoga teacher this year, is an Indian yoga master, revered as the single most influential person in spreading the teachings of yoga throughout the world. Iyengar was recognized in Time magazine’s 2004 list of the one hundred most powerful… Read More

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  5. Thank You and OK!

    Thank You and OK!

    An American Zen Failure in Japan

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    • David Chadwick
    David Chadwick, a Texas-raised wanderer, college dropout, bumbling social activist, and hobbyhorse musician, began his study under Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1966. In 1988 Chadwick flew to Japan to begin a four-year period of voluntary exile and remedial Zen education. In Thank You and OK! he recounts his experiences both inside and beyond the monastery walls and offers insightful portraits of the characters he knew in that world—the bickering monks,… Read More

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  6. What the Stones Remember

    What the Stones Remember

    A Life Rediscovered

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    • Patrick Lane
    In this exquisitely written memoir, poet Patrick Lane describes his raw and tender emergence at age sixty from a lifetime of alcohol and drug addiction. He spent the first year of his sobriety close to home, tending his garden, where he cast his mind back over his life, searching for the memories he'd tried to drown in vodka. Lane has gardened for as long as he can remember, and his… Read More

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  7. Miyamoto Musashi

    Miyamoto Musashi

    His Life and Writings

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    • Kenji Tokitsu
    Miyamoto Musashi, who lived in Japan in the fifteenth century, was a renowned samurai warrior. He has become a martial arts icon, known not just as an undefeated dueler, but also as a master of battlefield strategy. Kenji Tokitsu turns a critical eye on Musashi's life and writings, separating fact from fiction, and giving a clear picture of the man behind the myth. Musashi's best-known work, The Book… Read More

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  8. At Hell's Gate

    At Hell's Gate

    A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace

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    • Claude Anshin Thomas
    In this raw and moving memoir, Claude Thomas describes his service in Vietnam, his subsequent emotional collapse, and his remarkable journey toward healing. At Hell's Gate is not only a gripping coming-of-age story but a spiritual travelogue from the horrors of combat to the discovery of inner peace—a journey that inspired Thomas to become a Zen monk and peace activist who travels to war-scarred regions around the world.… Read More

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  9. In Buddha's Kitchen

    In Buddha's Kitchen

    Cooking, Being Cooked, and Other Adventures in a Meditation Center

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    • Kimberley Snow
    Kimberley Snow offers an outrageously funny and honest account of her adventures as head cook at a Tibetan Buddhist retreat center. With her earthy sensibility and sharp sense of humor, the author shows this world in a light devoid of preciousness—while expressing with heart the integrity of the spiritual work being undertaken. We come away from our visit to this exotic realm having found it both extraordinary and surprisingly familiar.… Read More

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  10. Still Clueless in Tokyo

    Still Clueless in Tokyo

    Another Sketchbook of Weird and Wonderful Things in Japan

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    • Betty Reynolds
    Following up on Clueless in Tokyo, this colorful sequel continues the author's adventures in the seemingly strange and wonderful culture of Japan. Amusing cartoons and succinct descriptions clarify and explain even the most bizarre of cultural oddities. From the restaurant to the bathroom, from the street to the temple, this artist brings Japan home for any bewildered Westerner. This sketchbook, like its precursor, is a user-friendly primer for… Read More

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