The Four Noble Truths
Geshe Tashi Tsering
Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2005
144 pp.; $14.95 (paper)
In his first sermon, the Buddha famously laid the foundation for all of his teachings to follow with the doctrine of the Four Noble Truths. So it makes sense that the first volume of a six-volume set titled The Foundations of Buddhist Thought should be given the same name. The series is based on a popular course developed by the author, Geshe Tashi Tsering, as a systematic and comprehensive introduction to the core tenets of Buddhism. This volume’s particular strength lies in Tsering’s ability to harmonize the Mahayana and Theravada interpretations of the Four Noble Truths.
Worldspirit is not a book, nor is it brief, but it is certainly noteworthy. A multimedia package, this work by visual artist Alex Grey and musician Kenji Williams documents their performance at historic Sweet’s Ballroom in Oakland, California, in 2003. The set includes a DVD, an audio CD, and booklet. Grey’s life-size paintings, projected during the performance, combine traditional Buddhist philosophy and imagery with brilliant and vigorous depictions of human anatomy. His talent for illustrating a modern Western spiritual sensibility is fortified inWorldspirit by Kenji Williams’ cutting-edge musical composition.
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