reviews7-p105Present Fresh Wakefulness:
A Meditation Manual on Nonconceptual Wisdom

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche
Boudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe, 2002
192 pp.; $20.00 (paper)

Revered abbot, author, and Tibetan meditation master Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche presents what he considers to be the indispensable principles for modern Buddhist practitioners to arrive at liberation and enlightenment. “We have no choice,” he says, “but to use our present habit of deliberative effort to arrive at effortlessness. . . . In this book, I will unfold the various ways to arrive at nonconceptual, present, fresh wakefulness.” This Dzogchen master’s candid, witty, and at times poetic teachings stress the importance of overcoming our conditioning to arrive at an understanding of emptiness.

reviews8-p105Food for the Heart:
The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah

Ajahn Chah
Boston: Wisdom, 2002
416 pp.; $18.95 (paper)

Ajahn Chah’s wisdom, charisma, and simple teachings have had a profound effect upon the development of the Vipassana community in the West. Published on the tenth anniversary of his death, this collection brings together for the first time the dhamma talks of Thailand’s best-known meditation teacher and forest monastic, talks previously available only in rare or limited editions. Organized into three sections—Conduct, Meditation, and Wisdom—Food for the Heart presents Ajahn Chah’s teachings on meditation, liberation from suffering, calming the mind, enlightenment, and the “living dhamma.”

reviews9-p105No Death, No Fear:
Comforting Wisdom for Life

Thich Nhat Hanh
New York: Riverhead, 2002
208 pp.; $23.95 (cloth)

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