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A life well lived—or interestingly lived—is a perennial source of interest. And such a life well described makes one of the most satisfying reading experiences there is. Lose yourself in one of the intriguing lives described in these books.

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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Born in Lhasa
  6. Rumi's World

    Rumi's World

    The Life and Work of the Great Sufi Poet

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    • Annemarie Schimmel
    This book (previously published as I Am Wind, You Are Fire ) celebrates the extraordinary career of Persia's great mystical poet, Rumi (1207–1273), through the story of his life, along with an enlightening examination of his ecstatic verse. Rumi lived the quiet life of a religious teacher in Anatolia until the age of thirty-seven, when he came under the influence of a whirling dervish, Shams Tabriz, and was moved… Read More

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  7. Saffron Days in L.A.

    Saffron Days in L.A.

    Tales of a Buddhist Monk in America

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    • Bhante Walpola Piyananda
    In this delightful memoir, Bhante Walpola Piyananda, a Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka, shares his often amusing, often poignant experiences of life in America. Whether he's reasoning with a group of confrontational punks on Venice Beach, bridging the gap between a rebellious teenager and her traditional parents, explaining to an errant Buddhist that the concept of "non-attachment" does not justify irresponsibility, or dealing with a nude sunbather at a meditation… Read More

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  8. Grace and Grit
  9. In the Service of His Country

    In the Service of His Country

    The Biography of Dasang Damdul Tsarong, Commander General of Tibet

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    • D. N. Tsarong
    In the Service of His Country tells the story of a remarkable individual who rose from humble origins as the son of a farmer to become one of the outstanding figures in the social and political life of Tibet prior to the Chinese takeover in the 1950s. Dasang Damdul Tsarong (1888–1959), noted as a child for his unusual intelligence and capability, entered the personal service of the Thirteenth Dalai… Read More

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  10. Born in Tibet

    Born in Tibet

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    • Chogyam Trungpa
    Chögyam Trungpa—meditation master, scholar, and artist—was identified at the age of only thirteen months as a major tulku, or reincarnation of an enlightened teacher. As the eleventh in the teaching lineage known as the Trungpa tulkus, he underwent a period of intensive training in mediation, philosophy, and fine arts, receiving full ordination as a monk in 1958 at the age of eighteen. The following year, the Chinese Communists invaded… Read More

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