Books in Brief

An annotated selection of new and noteworthy guidebooks, teachings, and scholarly texts

The Practice of Mahamudra
Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche
Snow Lion Publications, $12.95
Mahamudra is the highest teaching in the Kagyupa school of Tibetan Buddhism. The Practice of Mahamudra is a thorough explanation of this teaching, condensed from talks given in the United States by Chetsong Rinpoche, the 37th Drikung Kyabgon. 

Appearance & Reality:The Two Truths in the Four Buddhist Tenet Systems
Guy Newland
Snow Lion, Publications, $14.95
The two truths, ultimate and conventional, are central concepts to Buddhism, and have been recommended by the Dalai Lama as an excellent starting point for Westerners in their understanding of the Buddha’s religion. Essentially, they deal with what and how things really are. The four tenet systems discussed by Guy Newland are the madhyamika, cittamatra, sautrantika, and vaibhasika, which are traditionally studied in Tibetan monasteries. Like most books of this nature from a Gelugpa viewpoint, Appearance & Reality is thorough, well-researched, and somewhat dry.

Ethics For the New Millennium
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Riverhead, $24.95

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