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Lust for Enlightenment


Lust for Enlightenment: Buddhism and Sex

Lust for Enlightenment: Buddhism and Sex By John Stevens. Shambhala Publications: Boston, 1990, 188 pp., paper, $9.95. A lot of eyebrows were raised thirty years ago when the poet Kenneth Rexroth wrote, “Erotic love is the highest form of contemplation.” His comment actually paraphrased one of the primary teachings of the Tachikawa-Ryu school of tantra in […]

By Sam Hamill
Book of Serenity


Book of Serenity / The Gateless Barrier

Book of Serenity Translated by Thomas Cleary. Lindisfarne Press: Hudson, NY 1990, 463 pp., $18.95. The Gateless Barrier Translated and with a commentary by Robert Aitken. North Point Press: Berkeley, CA, 1990, 332 pp., $14.95. The Koan or “Zen dialogue” is the fundamental study of Chan (Zen), an oral transmission rooted in the ancient Chinese tradition […]

By Sam Hamill
John le Carre


The Secret Pilgrim

The Secret Pilgrim By John le Carré. Alfred A. Knopf: New York, 1991, 336 pp., $21.95. I have long been an admirer of le Carré, yet I was unprepared for his latest book, The Secret Pilgrim. And despite its great popularity I have felt alone with it, for no one I know seems to have […]

By Toinette Lippe
Crazy Clouds


Crazy Clouds: Zen Radicals, Rebels and Reformers

Crazy Clouds: Zen Radicals, Rebels and Reformers By Perle Besserman and Manfred Steger. Shambhala Publications, Inc: Boston, 1991, 240 pp., paper, $12.95. Perle Besserman and Manfred Steger have put together a most entertaining and lively collection of eight wild and crazy Zen masters (Layman P’ang, Rinzai, Bassui, Ikkyu, Bankei, Hakuin, Nyogen Senzaki, and Soen Nakagawa), the […]

By Lou Nordstrom
House of the Turquoise Roof


House of the Turquoise Roof

House of the Turquoise Roof By Dorje Yudon Yuthok, edited by Michael Harlin. Snow Lion Publications, Inc.: Ithaca, 1990, 330 pp., paper, $14.95. This autobiography of a Tibetan noblewoman describes, in exhaustive detail, life in her homeland before the Chinese invasion, and the subsequent turbulence that led to flight and exile for so many thousands of […]

By Diana N. Rowan

On Food

Cilantro Days

I have always loved the dance of cleaning the kitchen, washing the vegetables, cutting, cooking, cleaning again. My culinary career began when I apprenticed with a Swiss chef at age seventeen. Cooking was art, it was dance, but in Guatemala, I learned that it was medicine as well. The people of Todos Santos in Guatemala’s […]

By David Vardy


The Hot Hand Sutra

Two years ago, while researching an article on sports, I came upon a conundrum that resisted any attempt to confine it to the language of the conventional sports page. It concerns a cherished gospel of the playing field that athletes and their fans call the “Hot Hand.” Heat in this case refers to transcendence, an […]

By Larry Shainberg


Wiley Mind

Listening to the radio I hear .. Coyote Roshi a known collector of.. wooden buddhas received a letter from a student of Bhag Wan Shree Rahjneesh saying .. “You collect wooden buddhas .. why not come here and meet a living buddha?” Coyote Roshi wrote back .. “Living buddhas are all over .. but a […]

By William T. Wiley

In Transition

The Zen of Paul Reps

When Paul Reps was asked what kind of Zen he practiced, he answered: “Reps Zen.” This poet-painter-philosopher who died last year at the age of ninety-six not only followed his own Zen but influenced generations of Americans. Zen Flesh Zen Bones, a collection of Zen stories complied by Reps, was published in 1952 and continues […]

By William Segal


The Original Ray

The United States produced its fair share of cranky religious characters throughout the 19th century, but the self-named Philangi Dasa was surely one of the most original. In 1887 he published The Buddhist Ray, the first Buddhist journal in the United States, and announced that it was “the first Buddhist baby born in Christendom.” Dasa vowed that […]

Helen Tworkov with Thomas A. Tweed

Editors View

At the Crossroad

In 1989 the Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize for being the only contemporary leader of a displaced people to disavow the use of arms to regain control of his country. This past March he arrived in the United States to inaugurate the Year of Tibet and to ask for universal responsibility in establishing […]

By Helen Tworkov

In Transition

Minding the Storehouse

Although most of us are intimately identified with the contents and functions of our minds, we never make the attempt to actually see what goes on there. If we did, we might see what the Buddha saw over two thousand years ago: that we are not of one mind, but many, and that these various minds […]

By Stuart Smithers
Hidden Journey


Hidden Journey: A Spiritual Awakening

  Hidden Journey: A Spiritual Awakening by Andrew Harvey. Henry Holt: New York, 1991, 253 pp., $22.50. Andrew Harvey has a gift for spiritual experiencea—an openness and attunement to the surprising manifestations of the Divine in the contemporary world—and also the rare ability to render it as “real” in his writing. Born and raised as a […]

By Dan Wakefield