A Buddhist Psychology of Emptiness
David Ross Komito
Snow Lion Publications, $16.95

According to legend, Nagarjuna, an Indian scholar in the second century C.E., was taken to the underwater kingdom of the nagas to read the Buddha’s Perfection of Wisdom sutras. He wrote many verses based on his reading of those sutras, and this translates seventy of them.

A Two-Wheeled Voyage through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
Andrew X. Pham
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25

At the end of the Vietnam War, ten-year-old Andrew X. Pham and his family escaped from Vietnam in a leaky fishing boat. More than twenty years later, Pham returned to Vietnam with his belongings stashed on the back of a rickety bicycle. Catfish is both a travelogue of Vietnam and a tale of alienation and assimilation in California.

The Earliest Records of Zen
Jeffrey L. Broughton
University of California Press, $17.95

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