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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. Walden

    Walden

    One Hundred Fiftieth Anniversary Edition

    • by
    • Henry David Thoreau
    In July 1845, Henry David Thoreau built a small cottage in the woods near Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. During the two years and two months he spent there, he began to write Walden, his most important work, a chronicle of his communion with nature that became one of the most influential and compelling books in American literature. Since its first publication on August 9, 1854, by Ticknor and… Read More

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  2. Still Clueless in Tokyo

    Still Clueless in Tokyo

    Another Sketchbook of Weird and Wonderful Things in Japan

    • by
    • 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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  3. The Autobiography of Jamgon Kongtrul

    The Autobiography of Jamgon Kongtrul

    A Gem of Many Colors

    • edited by
    • Richard Barron (Chokyi Nyima)
    Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Taye (1813–1899) was one of the most influential figures and prolific writers in the Tibetan Buddhist world. He was a founder and the single most important proponent of the nonsectarian movement that flourished in eastern Tibet and remains popular today. Two additional texts discuss his previous lives and recount Kongtrul's final days. The Autobiography of Jamgön Kongtrul is part of The Tsadra Foundation Series published by… Read More

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  4. Born in Lhasa
  5. Rumi's World

    Rumi's World

    The Life and Work of the Great Sufi Poet

    • by
    • 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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  6. Saffron Days in L.A.

    Saffron Days in L.A.

    Tales of a Buddhist Monk in America

    • by
    • 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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  7. Grace and Grit
  8. In the Service of His Country

    In the Service of His Country

    The Biography of Dasang Damdul Tsarong, Commander General of Tibet

    • by
    • 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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  9. Born in Tibet

    Born in Tibet

    • by
    • 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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  10. I Give You My Life

    I Give You My Life

    The Autobiography of a Western Buddhist Nun

    • by
    • Ayya Khema
    Ayya Khema (1923-1997) was the first Western woman to become a Theravadan Buddhist nun. As such, she has served as a model and inspiration for women from all the Buddhist traditions who have sought to revive the practice of women's monasticism in modern times. Though her renown as a teacher is widespread, few know the truly amazing details of her life before her monastic ordination at the age of fifty-eight.… Read More

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