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Review of A Guide to Zen
A Guide to Zen: Lessons from a Modern Master by Katsuki Sekida is a contemporary classic that lays out the foundation for zazen, Zen sitting meditation, as well as commentary on the artistic masterpiece and spiritual parable 'In Search of the Missing Ox.'
Review of Documentary Recalling a Buddha
The Sixteenth Karmapa, from the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, had a profound effect on the spread of Buddhist teachings in the West. Learn more about this fascinating teacher, including details of the 'Black Crown Ceremony', in my review of this documentary about his life.
Review of Hand Wash Cold by author of Momma Zen
Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life, by Karen Maezen Miller, Zen priest and author of the popular Momma Zen, is part memoir and part manual for living the life we have now, in the now.
Review of Pocket Peace
Subtitled 'Effective Practices for Enlightened Living', this lovely book offers accessible and practical guidance for practicing the ten Buddhist 'paramitas' or perfections, in everyday life. The author's background is interfaith, and no prior Buddhist knowledge is required.
Review of The Female Buddha
This lovely, contemplative photography and quotation book features images of Kuan Yin, the 'female buddha', taken throughout East Asia, along with quotes from women teachers and writers from the Buddha's time to our own.
Starting a Meditation Practice
Regular meditation benefits your mind, body, and spirit, regardless of whether you are doing it as part of a Buddhist practice. Here are some tips for building meditation into your daily life.
Sukhasiddhi, Tibetan Buddhist Woman Lineage Holder
This article summarizes the legend of Sukhasiddhi, considered a female founder and dakini within the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu lineage.
Taking the Leap, by Pema Chodron
Buddhist nun Pema Chodron's latest book offers insight into how we can work with the triggers of our daily lives, and transmute them into opportunities for spiritual growth and awakening. Buddhists and non-Buddhists will benefit from this gem of a book.
Tantra of Sound Harmonizer CD
Jonathan and Andi Goldman, experts in sound healing, have incorporated Tibetan Overtone Chanting, sacred sounds, and electronic frequencies into a relaxing and powerful CD for balancing and aligning each of the chakras meditatively.
Tara - Female Buddha of Compassion
Tara is a popular female deity within both Buddhist and Hindu traditions. She is sometimes referred to as the 'first feminist' Buddha, due to her vow to work in the body of a woman to benefit all sentient beings.
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