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Pajapati - Stepmom to Buddha and First Nun
Maha Pajapati Gotami was the Buddha's foster mother, raising him from infancy, and as an adult persuaded him to allow an order of Buddhist nuns, one of the first women religious orders in the world.
Planting Seeds-Practicing Mindfulness w/ Children
The book Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children, by Thich Nhat Hanh, is a beautiful and practical book and CD combo for parents and educators interested in introducing children to mindfulness, meditation, compassion, and other related themes.
Prajna and Upaya - Wisdom and Skillful Means
Prajna and upaya, or wisdom and skillful means, are two entwined central concepts on the pathway to enlightenment within Mahayana Buddhism, which includes both Zen and Tibetan Buddhism. Learn how these two aspects interrelate, and how they correspond to the feminine and masculine within us.
Psychoanalysis and Buddhism - Mixing Minds Review
The book Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism is an in-depth exploration of both traditions, and especially of the relationship between analyst and analysand, and Buddhist teacher and student.
Review - PBS Documentary Film 'The Buddha'
PBS recently aired the original documentary 'The Buddha', by Director David Grubin, featuring narration by Richard Gere, and commentary by the Dalai Lama and many Buddhist academics, teachers, and writers. It is now available for DVD rental or purchase, so be sure to check out this review.
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.
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