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Summer 1994

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A Resource Roundup for the Cybersangha

“There’s nothing lonelier than a Buddhist in Alabama” is the kind of comment I hear from many Buddhists who live in outlying regions of North America where their sangha is small or nonexistent and information about Buddhist practice and philosophy is scarce. By tapping into computer networks, however, geographic isolation can be overcome. This rapidly […]

By gary ray



Hard Travel to Sacred Places: Burma

This is the second of two excerpts adapted from a book of the same name, to be published in the fall by Shambhala Publications. The book takes the form of a journal written while the author was on pilgrimage with his wife, the photographer Lynn Davis. They took the journey six months after the death of Lynn’s twenty-one-year-old son, Ayrev. The first installement featured extracts of their travels in Thailand. This, the last excerpt, finds them in Burma and Cambodia.

By Rudolph Wurlitzer
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In the News

In the News Summer 1994

In the High—and Hot—Seat In April, the Dalai Lama’s U.S. tour included two symposia on science and religion, one at Stanford University in California, the other at Columbia University in New York City. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, he was hosted by Gelek Rinpoche and the Jewel Heart Buddhist Center and received the Paul Wallenberg Human […]

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What Color is Your Mind? A book by Thubten Chodron

  Thubten Chodron Snow Lion Publications: Ithaca, New York, 1993. 189 pp., $12.95 (paper) Designed to clarify points of practice rather than to be a comprehensive introduction to Buddhism, What Color is Your Mind? is largely made up of questions and answers. Thubten Chodron uses this format to full advantage, offering clear, concise responses (usually […]

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Mystical Verses of a Mad Dalai Lama

Glenn H. MullinQuest Books/Theosophical Publishing House: Wheaton, Illinois, 1994.265 pp., $14.00 (paper). Geared to the nonspecialist, Mystical Verses of a Mad Dalai Lama offers a fine introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and the institution of the Dalai Lamas, a readable biography, and beautifully phrased translations of the Second Dalai Lama’s songs of enlightenment. The Second Dalai […]

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Stones of the Dalai Lama

Ken MitchellSoho Press: New York, 1993.328 pp., $22.00 (cloth). In this North American road novel, an introspective “perfessor” and his lubricious sidekick take off into the Wild Blue Yonder—except that the Official Road Novel Vehicle, a ’58 GMC pickup, breaks down just before the book’s opening paragraph, and the duo end up in Tibet, exploring […]

By Kate Lila Wheeler


Letters to the Editor Summer 1994

Occidentals on Orientalism I respect and applaud Professor Lopez’s exposure of Western Tibetist myths (“New Age Orientalism: The Case of Tibet,” Vol. III, No. 3). To criticize his article for imbalance when it was clearly intended to redress an imbalance would be unfair. Nevertheless there are two points I would like to make. In about […]

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Editors View

Net Worth

One story retold from the life of the Buddha concerns a mother who loses her child. Distraught, the woman wanders aimlessly, clutching her dead infant to her breast. When she hears that the great sage Shakyamuni is expounding the dharma nearby, she goes to him and asks, “Why has this happened to me?” In response, […]

By Helen Tworkov

Dharma Talk

The Bodhisattva Vow: Eight Views

Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama “What do we mean by bodhisattva? Bodhi means enlightenment, the state devoid of all defects and endowed with all good qualities. Sattva refers to someone who has courage and confidence and who strives to attain enlightenment for the sake of all beings. Those who have this spontaneous, sincere wish […]

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