12-3-102-1-1The Practice of Dzogchen
Longchen Rabjam
Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications, 2002
488 pp.; $34.95 (cloth)

Written by Longchen Rabjam (1308-1363), the celebrated adept of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism, The Practice of Dzogchen is an anthology of writings on the esoteric philosophy of Dzogchen. At the heart of this tradition is a meditative practice aimed at unraveling the layers of emotion and intellect to reveal the essential nature of the mind. Part I introduces Dzogchen practice and gives an account of Longchen Rabjam’s life, while Part II provides an anthology of translations of his writings with commentary and clarifications by Tibetan teacher Tulku Thondup Rinpoche.

Friends on the Path: Living Spiritual Communities

12-3-102-2-1

Thich Nhat Hanh
Berkeley: Parallax Press, 2002;
307 pp.; $18.00 (paper)

Practicing with a sangha is an important part of the Buddhist path, that, according to Thich Nhat Hanh, becomes even more so in a world of war and conflict, where building community is essential for building peace. This book offers a selection of writings on the modern concept of sangha by Buddhist teachers from varied traditions. The essays address life in residential as well as nonresidential communities and cover topics such as Engaged Buddhism, practicing with children, vows, ceremonies, and practical insights for building and sustaining a contemporary sangha.

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