Book Review: "Why Buddhism is True" by Robert Wright

The Buddhist Channel, 28 August 2023

New York, USA -- In the midst of the rapid incorporation of Buddhism into Western culture over the last decade, Robert Wright presents a compelling exploration of its practical applications in his book "Why Buddhism is True". With a focus on mindfulness meditation and a secularized perspective, Wright delves into how Buddhist practices can enhance individuals' perspectives on life and potentially transform society.


Not just another biography of the Buddha

by Paul Carr, Lanka Daily News, April 5, 2023

Book review: Footprints in the Dust; the Life of the Buddha from the most Ancient Sources
Colombo, Sri Lanka
-- There are literally hundreds of biographies of the Buddha ranging from the Lalitavistara written in the First Century AD to the 1993 film Little Buddha.


Why the Buddhist Channel has decided to support the preservation of Bhante Dhammika’s writings.

The Buddhist Channel, 17 January 2020

The crowd funding initiative to preserve "Bhante Dhammika's 40 years of work for future posterity!" can be accessed here: The targeted funding amount is US$ 4,500 (MYR 18,450) and the funding duration is from 14th - 25th January, 2020.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
– Recently, during discussions with Bhante Shravasti Dhammika about transforming his books into E-Book versions (ePub3) and then hosting them in a dedicated Buddhist E-Bookstore, he made one very specific request;  that  any Buddha images used for any of the books must be Indian,  not Thai, Burmese, Chinese or Japanese.... just Indian.


A Deeper Look Into Japanese Zen Buddhist Thought and Practice

The Buddhist Channel, July 24, 2018

"Transcending the narrow confines of its title, presents a unified concept of life, art and nature. Along the way exploring topics related to tea appreciation, including Zen, flower arranging and Taoism. An early cultural activist, Okakura's mission was to preserve Japanese art and aesthetic practices from an extinction that seemed imminent." — Stephen Mansfield, The Japan Times


Science & philosophy in Indian Buddhist classics

By Arvind Sharma, Times of India, January 6, 2018

New Delhi, India -- To make classical Buddhist scientific and philosophical thought on the nature of reality accessible to modern readers, the XIV Dalai Lama – who considers the dialogue of religion and science a crucial component of humanity’s future – conceptualised a five-part book on the subject. The Physical World is the first volume, edited by Thupten Jinpa and brought out by Wisdom publications.


Why Buddhism is true

by Sean Illing,, Aug 23, 2017

Robert Wright on the wisdom of mindfulness meditation.

Robert Wright, the best-selling author of The Moral Animal and The Evolution of God, has written a new book titled Why Buddhism is True. Don’t be put off by the audacious title, though.


Book Review: The Revolt in the Temple by D.C. Wijewardena

by Senaka Weeraratna, The Buddhist Channel, June 29, 2017

The Revolt in the Temple (Dharma-Vijaya Triumph of Righteousness)
by D.C. Wijewardena (Author)
Hardcover: 700 pages
Publisher: Sinha Publications (1953)


Book Review: Buddhism, Politics, and Political Thought in Myanmar

By Courtney Wittekind, The I*rrawaddy, 5 June 2017

Yangon, Myanmar -- With Buddhism, Politics, and Political Thought in Myanmar, Matthew J. Walton offers a thorough account of how Buddhist ideas have influenced political thinking and, as a result, political action, in Myanmar. Central to such an account is the argument that politics in Myanmar cannot be thought of without Buddhism, given that Buddhism, as a “moral universe,” delineates what “the political” consists of, and what forms political authority and participation might take.


Lost on the Path to Buddhist Economics

by Bernard Marszalek,, May 22, 2017

Book review of Buddhist Economics by Clair Brown and Zen Economics by Rob Urie
The opposition to the pillaging by the founders of what came to be called capitalism took many forms: from utopian colonies and secret societies of craftsmen to dissenting religious congregations, among other insurgent formations. Many of these rebellious eruptions have modern day equivalents. Intentional communities never disappeared though they cycle from popular ventures to backwoods near oblivion and workers hesitantly emerged from clandestine meetings to openly organize for their rights, though today corporate hostility to unions sees them returning to caution and secrecy.


Planting churches and ‘saving souls’

By Janaka Perera, The Buddhist Channel, 10 May 2017

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka will be celebrating the 2561st year of Vesak on an international scale starting on May 10.  The question however is whether the organizers and the foreign participants in the event will pay sufficient attention to the facts highlighted in a recent report of the Bangkok-based World Buddhist University (WBU) on the socio-economic and cultural challenges facing Asian Buddhists with a case study in Sri Lanka.


Buddhist monk Haemin's essay is most-sold Korean essay in 10 years

Yonhap, Mar 27, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea -- "The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down" by South Korean Buddhist monk Haemin turned out to be the best-selling Korean essay in a decade, a local online book store said Monday.


butterflies on a sea wind: beginning zen

by Chris Faiers,, 9 January 2016

Ontario, Canada -- I found this book at an area used bookstore in a sort of zen happenstance. At the end of last summer I sold my little retreat, ZenRiver Gardens, and part of the clearing up process has been finding new homes for the poetry books from the small library.


Architecture of the Buddhist World

Book Review by By Vikas Datta, IANS, Dec 11, 2015

New Delhi, India -- Any religion's most public symbol are its prayer structures and most, or prominent examples at least, bear some distinctive characteristics: the 'shikhara' of Hindu temples, the cross structure plan of churches, minarets and domes of mosques, and so on. There may be variations across history and regions, local influences but some motifs persist to help identify them. Buddhist architecture is an exception.


Buddhism in Bangladesh since 2nd century BCE

Reviewed By Prof. Dr. Sharif Uddin Ahmed, The Daily Star, Nov 1, 2015

Dhakka, Bangladesh -- WITH the current occurrence of religious intolerance and rise of fundamentalism, the publication of Buddhist Heritage of Bangladesh is a welcome relief. Once again, this anthology will focus on the cultural and religious heritage of Bangladesh. Bangladesh, being a melting pot of diverse culture and religions, has developed a tradition of showing reverence to all religions and culture.


Buddha as Therapist: Meditations

by G.T. Maurits Kwee, in collaboration with Daniel M. Kwee & Marvin H. Shaub, The Buddhist Channel, Oct 13, 2015

This book is the final of a series of four written over a period of 10 years and the result of an East-West collaborative effort by scholars who study the psychology contained in Buddhism. These volumes draw on what Maurits has coined Buddhism 4.0, a secular and psychological approach to Buddhism which respects and honors the vast groundwork of the Dharma and its complex developments.


‘Halo of Golden Light’ reveals how Japan’s ancient leaders harnessed Buddhist rituals

by Stephen Mansfield, The Japan Times, Oct 3, 2015

Tokyo, Japan -- Like Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, the current Japanese emperor represents royalty in unbroken perpetuity, reformulated today into a fusion of timeless tradition and progressive democracy. And yet, the case of Japan is more complex, opaque and, at times, divisive.


Book shows how Buddhism can help in a partnership

by Alison Bowen, Go San Angelo, Sept 3, 2015

Sarah Napthali is well-versed in the ways Buddhism can improve day-to-day living. After several books, including “Buddhism for Mothers” and “Buddhism for Parents on the Go,” the Australian author has trained her sights on relationships.


Mindful Journalism and News Ethics in the Digital Era: A Buddhist Approach

Book review by Dr. Kalinga Seneviratne, The Buddhist Channel, Sept 8, 2015

Singapore -- Although we are in the information age, digitization and globalization have contributed to the pollution of information, particularly news, which has increasingly turned into  a commodity produced and sold for a profit.


‘Jodo Shinshu’ explores one of Japan’s most powerful Buddhist sects

by Matt Treyvaud, The Japan Times, Aug 29, 2015

Tokyo, Japan -- Jodo Shinshu, also known in English as “Shin Buddhism,” is usually identified as the most popular denomination of Buddhism in Japan.


The experience of a ‘Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage’

by Stephen Mansfield, The Japan Times, Aug 22, 2015

Tokyo, Japan -- The pilgrimage experience is not singular. It can be a journey of enlightenment, a chance to improve your health or to expiate for a wrong deed. And there’s also the more mundane business of administering to blisters.


A history of Buddhism in colonial Burma

By Amaury Lorin, Myanmar Times, 2 March 2015

Yangon, Myanmar -- Most academic research fails to attract much attention beyond a narrow circle of devotees, more’s the pity. But the interested reader will profit greatly from a fascinating work just published: Saving Buddhism: The Impermanence of Religion in Colonial Burma by American historian Alicia Turner. Turner is Associate Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada, and editor of The Journal of Burma Studies. Her synthesis, presented by the author on January 18 at Pansodan Scene in downtown Yangon, allows an in-depth understanding of the roots of today’s complex Myanmar.


A Buddhist Himalaya

by Gregory Sharkey, Nepal Times, 23-29 January #742

A good reading for those interested in Buddhist traditions and the culture of the Himalaya

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Himalayan Passages: Tibetan and Newar Studies in Honor of Hubert Decleer (Wisdom Publications), is a fine collection of scholarly, yet accessible, articles that should be on the reading list of anyone with an interest in the history, culture and religious traditions of this region.


Book Review: Thai Buddhist Social Theory

by Tavivat Puntarigvivat, published by Institute of Research and Development, The World Buddhist University, Bangkok, 2013.

A Timely Examination of Engaged Buddhism in the 21st century
Review by Dr Kalinga Seneviratne, International Communications Lecturer, Singapore

Singapore -- The recently published book ‘Thai Buddhist Social Theory’ by Thai academic Dr Tavivat Puntarigvivat gives a very good authentic insight into the interpretations of the teachings of the Buddha and development of Buddhist institutional frameworks in Thailand from a welcomed critical perspective. It is a timely contribution to concerns across Asia about the social role of Buddhism.


Why Tezuka’s ‘Buddha’ Is No Buddha

The Daily Enlightenment, December 3, 2014

Singapore -- In Osamu Tezuka’s ‘Buddha’ comic book series, controversial themes is depicted towards the end of the fourth book, and adapted into ‘Buddha 2', part of its animated trilogy. The book’s scenes are summarised below, followed by commentary on why they are all seriously wrong depictions of the life story of the Buddha.


New book explores the nexus of Buddhism and law

By ILENE FLEISCHMANN, UB Reporter, November 6, 2014

The study of Buddhism itself is pretty much brand new ... There has been serious study only in the past 20 to 30 years. ” - Rebecca French, professor UB Law School

Buffalo, NY (USA) -- A rapidly growing field of study - the influence of Buddhist thought on legal systems worldwide - has its first book-length overview with a new compilation conceived by a UB Law School faculty member who is a pioneer in the field.


Buddhist architecture in focus

By JAYDEE LOK, The Star, November 2, 2014

A lavish coffee table book digs deep into architecture influenced by Buddhism.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- FORGET the hustle and bustle of the modern world and prepare to be transported into serenity by Vikram Lall’s Architecture Of The Buddhist World: The Golden Lands.


The Center for Buddhist Studies Announces the Winners of the 2014 Toshihide Numata Book Prize

The Buddhist Channel, Nov 2, 2014

BERKELEY, CA (USA) -- The Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is pleased to announce two winners of the 2014 Toshihide Numata Book Prize: Erik Braun, Professor of Religious Studies at The University of Oklahoma, for The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw (University of Chicago Press, 2013), and John K. Nelson, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco, for Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan (University of Hawaii Press, 2013).


Restoring Pakistan’s Buddhist past

Restoring Pakistan’s Buddhist past

Lahore, Pakistan -- ITALIAN academicians and practitioners have been involved in conservation and restoration measures across Pakistan since the early 1980s. A museum at the PTDC Skardu motel is also a testament to the Italian excavation teams and their efforts within the Buddhist sites in northeastern Pakistan.


Well Connected: Encountering Buddha in Everyday Life

The Buddhist Channel, Oct 6, 2014

Title: Well Connected: Encountering Buddha in Everyday Life
Author: Irmentraud Schlaffer, M.A.
Available: Amazon Kindle E-Book

Bonn, Germany -- This book is addressed to readers who wants to know how to turn their everyday life into a spiritual path. It introduces profound Buddhist ideas and principles through  ordinary and mundane activities.


Surangama Sutra available as free ebook

The Buddhist Channel, July 21, 2014

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The Surangama Sutra: A New Translation in ebook format is now available for free download at


Architecture of the Buddhist World: Publisher Announces Book Launch of "The Golden Lands" for September 2014

The Buddhist Channel, Jul 11, 2014

JF Publishing is all set to release "The Golden Lands," one of the comprehensively packaged six book series in September 2014.

Kowloon, Hong Kong S.A.R. -- JF Publishing is all ready to launch ‘The Golden Lands’, the first ever art historical survey focusing comprehensively on the Architecture of the Buddhist World. It is written by noted architect and scholar Vikram Lall and is the first book in the six book series.


Author Yalith Wijesurendra uncovers the truth behind Buddhism

The Buddhist Channel, Feb 1, 2014

New book takes a rational and critical approach answering various questions asked about Buddhism in a detailed, coherent manner.

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Author Yalith Wijesurendra grew up questioning everything, including Buddhist beliefs. He later read so much about Buddhism and sought answers from the Buddhist monks. In his new publication, “Buddhist Answers: For the Critical Questions”, he provides detailed answers for the critical and philosophical questions about this particular belief.


Can Buddhists Be Activists?

by David P. Barash, HNN, Jan 26, 2014

Washington, USA -- Buddhism is widely seen as quietistic, self-involved, and concerned only with personal enlightenment and the achievement of inner peace.


Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic

Columbia University Press, Jan 20, 2014

New York, USA -- Columbia University Press is pleased to announce the publication in paperback of "Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic: A Manifesto for the Mind Sciences and Contemplative Practice" by B. Alan Wallace.


Kūkai on the Philosophy of Language

By Jacob Halcomb, The Buddhist Channel, 20 January 2014

Paris, France -- Kū­kai, the 9th Century Buddhist monk and polymath left an indelible mark on Japanese history and culture. Now, because of the excellent scholarship and work of Thomas Eijō Dreitlein and Shingen Takagi, readers the world over will benefit from some of Kukai’s most important works in this authoritative collection of English-language translations.


Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective

By Mark Epstein, Reviewed by Stan Rockwell, PsyD,, Dec 16, 2013

Williamsburg, VA (USA) -- My introduction to the blending of Western psychology and Buddhism was Psychotherapy East and West, by Alan Watts, many decades ago. My own work as a therapist has included an underlying Eastern philosophy. Yet somehow I did not come across Mark Epstein’s book until now.


Scholars produce massive new cross-cultural Buddhist dictionary

by Meg Sullivan, Source:, Dec 10, 2013

Berkeley, CA (USA) -- Creating a 1.2 million–word dictionary devoted to the principles, practices, people, places and pennings of Buddhism might seem like the kind of feat possible only through the intervention of nirmanakaya, a kind of doppelganger of the Buddha, or manomanakaya, subtle magical bodies acquired during meditation.


David Barash explores science, religion and meaning of life in ‘Buddhist Biology’

by Molly McElroy, University of Washington, Nov 21, 2013

“Buddhist Biology: Ancient Eastern Wisdom Meets Modern Western Science” was published in December 2013 by Oxford University Press.

Washington, DC (USA) -- David Barash, a University of Washington psychology professor, is an evolutionary biologist, unapologetic atheist, and self-described Jewbu. In his latest book, “Buddhist Biology: Ancient Eastern Wisdom Meets Modern Western Science,” Barash examines the overlap between Buddhism and biology.


Aging as a Spiritual Practice

Exceprt from the book “Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser” by Lewis Richmond (Gotham Books, 2012)

Every religion has its form of contemplative practice. Though Buddhism has many meditation practices, it is first and foremost an ethical teaching and a way of life. I have heard anecdotally that Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Zen teacher, was once asked to summarize all of Buddhist teaching in one word.


Renegade Rinpoche

by Anthony Hagen, The Buddhist Channel, July 22, 2013

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- What happens when a Buddhist monk makes his way out of the mountains of Tibet after a lifetime of devoted practice? Well, he has a story to tell and also a philosophy to unpack for a wide-eyed journalist, who confronts this stranger from afar with a mixture of awe, reverence, and deep mistrust.


Book Review: Buddhaland Brooklyn

By Phoebe Falconer, New Zealand Herald, Mar 24, 2013

Buddhaland Brooklyn by Richard C. Morais
(Allen & Unwin $36.99)

Auckland, New Zealand -- The premise of Richard C. Morais' Buddhaland Brooklyn is that an apparent fish-out-of-water can eventually find, and adjust to, its new pond. Morais takes rather a long time to get there, but he makes it.


Critique on "The Decline of Buddhism in India"

Reviewed by Meeta Rajivlochan, Tribune India, Dec 16, 2012

The Decline of Buddhism in India: A Fresh Perspective
By KTS Sarao.
Munshiram Manoharlal. Pages 327 (with index and bibliography). Rs 895

New Delhi, India -- This book makes two assertions: One that there was a religion described as "Brahmanical-Hinduism" and two that Buddhism was essentially a religion of the urban elite with little support in the countryside even at its height. Further, the author argues that Buddhism was centred on monasticism which was always well removed from its lay supporters.


The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon – review

by Naomi Alderman, Guardian, Nov 22, 2012

Naomi Alderman enjoys the ride in a Buddhist-themed graphic novel

London, UK -- Graphic novels are peculiarly suited to the discussion of Buddhist themes. That frozen moment in each pane, paused for us to examine, more details revealing themselves the harder we look, has something in common with meditation and the desire to appreciate the "nowness" of each moment of life. The Book of Pages by David Whiteland is a wonderful meditation on Buddhism and technology, and Deepak Chopra has produced a comic book about the Buddha.


His Holiness The Dalai Lama Embraces The Addition Of Western Science To The Core Curriculum At Tibet, 27 October 2012

Boston, MA (USA) -- During his visit to Boston last week, His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressed attendees at a private benefit hosted by Boston philanthropist Bobby Sager to support the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT.


Japanese Buddhist thought and evil forces

By JOSEPH S. O'LEARY, The Japan Times, Aug. 26, 2012

The Seven Scrolls Tengu: Evil and the Rhetoric of Legitimacy in Medieval Japanese Buddhism, by Haruko Wakabayashi. University of Hawai'i Press, 2012, 203 pp., $50.00 (hardcover)

Tokyo, Japan -- Residents of Japan will be vaguely aware of the long-nose impish figures known as Tengu, thinking of them as piquant figurines without deep religious significance. Tengu take many shapes in Japanese folklore, for instance as mischievous kidnappers of children or Pucks leading travelers astray.


Dedham resident publishes book on Buddhism

By Andrea Salisbury, Wicked Local Dedham, Aug 9, 2012

Dedham, MA (USA) -- What started as a spiritual journey for Barbara Wilson Arboleda ended with a blog, a successful Facebook community and ultimately a book.


New bio of John Cage explores how his interest in Zen Buddhism influenced his pioneering music

By: Ann Levin, The Associated Press, July 6, 2012

"Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists" (Penguin Press), by Kay Larson

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- In August 1952 in a barn-turned-concert-venue in Woodstock, N.Y., a man sat at a piano and studied a score. He opened and closed the keyboard lid three times — but didn't play a sound. After 4 minutes and 33 seconds, the performer walked off the stage. Outrage ensued.


Encyclopedia on Buddhist philosophy released in Moscow

Indrus, May 25, 2012

Moscow, Russia -- Encyclopedia on Buddhist philosophy brought out by the Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, was released in Moscow on May 23.


Rare Buddhist manuscript Lotus Sutra released

BBC, May 5, 2012

New Delhi, India -- A rare Buddhist manuscript, discovered by cattle grazers in 1931, has been released in book form in India.


Buddhist wisdom and questions of science

by JOSEPH S. O'LEARY, The Japan Times, April 8, 2012

Tokyo, Japan -- This book is a stirring attack on the hubris and blind spots of the scientific establishment, combined with an engaging presentation of Buddhist wisdom as the antidote.


Review of World of Buddhism Journal ( Vol 29 - 2012)

The Sunday Times, Feb 5, 2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The 2012 issue of the World of Buddhism - identified as "the international Buddhist magazine" was released recently. The contributors discuss a variety of topics ranging from whether politics is a dirty game to the contribution made by learned Buddhist scholars and a few topics related to the teachings of the Buddha.


Buddhism and human rights: The journey to the west

The Nation, Jan 12, 2012

Bangkok, Thailand -- The Chinese classic "Journey to the West", based on the Tang Dynasty monk Xuanzang's pilgrimage to India, is actually an allegory of a Buddhist spiritual journey. Also known as Adventures of the Monkey God, it is a fitting tool to compare Buddhism and Kantian philosophy.


Ghosts, amulets, ringtones, and the rest of Thai Buddhism

The Bangkok Post, Jan 9, 2012

Bangkok, Thailand -- Somdet To is, according to Justin McDaniel "arguably the most famous monk in Thai history." His image, picture, chants, biographies, amulets, and pamphlets are everywhere. Yet you could read everything written on Thai Buddhism in English for scholars or tourists without noticing his existence, let alone his importance. In this superb book, McDaniel not only does justice to Somdet To but suggests a new way of thinking about "Thai Buddhism" and how it is studied.


Tibet: So near yet so far

by Manoj Joshi, India Today, January 1, 2012

Van Schaik exposes China on Dalai Lama

New Delhi, India -- Though we share thousands of kilometers of our border with Tibet, our knowledge of that country woeful. One reason for it the forbidding presence the Himalayas that limits intercourse.


5 Spiritual Practices for Aging Well

by Lewis Richmond, The Huffington Post, Dec 29, 2011

Lewis Richmond, author of "Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser" gives five key tips on being happy in our golden years

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- I often teach that Buddhism is about how to be truly happy, so I have been studying the new research field of "happiness studies," which focuses on the objective measures and causes of happiness.


Praise for "Special Karma"

by Sandy Boucher, The Buddhist Channel, Nov 28, 2011

A novelized version of Merry White's experiences at Dai Bosatsu Zendo including Eido Shimano's predatory behavior.

Maine, USA -- "Special Karma" is a fascinating novel, of interest to anyone who has attempted to do meditation practice or follow a spiritual discipline, to anyone who has fallen in and out of young love.


The Bodhisattva's Brain

by Julian Baggini, The Observer, 23 October 2011

Buddhism Naturalized, by Owen Flanagan; Meditating Selflessly: Practical Neural Zen by James H Austin – review. Buddhism has never been more popular in the west. A sceptic's view makes fascinating reading, while a how-to guide makes the usual exaggerated claims

London, UK -- Despite the long-term decline in the west in churchgoing, people's yearning for some kind of transcendence appears as strong as ever, echoed in the common refrain: "I'm not religious but I am spiritual."


Untying Injustice

by Gary Gach,, Oct 10, 2011

A review of Thich Nhat Hanh's The Novice: A Story of True Love

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- Thich Nhat Hanh is author of over 50 books. His latest title may be his most universal yet. It deals with the question, Why do bad things happen to good people? At some point, we will all ask this, about ourselves, or those around us. Yet there’s a deeper question, underneath: How to skillfully respond?


Book review: 'The Novice: A Story of True Love'

by Thane Rosenbaum, The Los Angeles Times, September 4, 2011

A Vietnamese legend is the root of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh's debut novel. With its gender disguise and message of forgiveness, it may remind readers a bit of 'Yentl' mixed with the Sermon on the Mount.


Buddhism: The Most Accurate World Religion?

By Joshua Rothman, The Boston Globe, August 28, 2011

Boston, MA (USA) -- Buddhism is in vogue in the West, and has been for a long time. Partly, it's that Buddhism seems "spiritual" without being too religious; it's also that Buddhist practices, especially meditation, are popularly associated with happiness, contentment, and well-being.


Thich Nhat Hahn, Zen Buddhist Master and Peace Activist, Publishes Story of Timeless Wisdom - 'The Novice: A Story of True Love'

The Buddhist Channel, August 23, 2011

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- At the age of 84, world renowned spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh offers a new kind of teaching to share his profound wisdom through a beautiful and timeless story.


Author’s goal was to make Buddhists proud of their faith

by Punya Pujitha, Independent Mail, June 10, 2011

Anderson, South Carolina (USA) -- “What Buddhists Believe,” written by thge late Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda Thero, is a must read book for anyone who has an interest in Buddhism. It answers many questions asked about Buddhism for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.


Book Review: Zen and the art of eating

By Nancy Richards, Times Live (South Africa), Jun 5, 2011

Johannesburg, South Africa -- IT all began with a big bone, on a plate of mashed potatoes. It was merely a cutlet, but it was the first time that Louis van Loon had been confronted with meat looking like this. Recently arrived in South Africa from post-war Netherlands where he'd only ever had meat presented as a sausage or out of a tin, it was an awakening that cemented his vegetarianism.


Updates to the Now

By Gary Gach,, April 12, 2011

Editor McLeod delineates Buddhism's uniqueness: nontheistic, concerned with mind rather than, say, First Cause or unsayable Name; no divine prophet, no sacred book

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- Eternity, Blake says, is in love with the productions of time. (And vice-versa!) Ultimately, truth has no beginning, middle, nor end. Yet it intertwines with the historical world. So each year I greet with great pleasure—and a divine delight—yet another new edition of The Best Buddhist Writing. And 2010, seventh in the series, is no exception.


Can Poetry Heal the Planet?

By Gary Gach, Religion Dispatches, March 2, 2011

Stephen Levine’s Surreal Dharma Jazz

San Francisco, CA (USA) --There’s a 40-year interval between Stephen Levine’s previous book of poetry and his latest—that’s quite a span. In the interim, he's not remained silent. Indeed, you may recognize his name as a bestselling spiritual author. If you’ve read any of his books, you might have noted how poetic his prose is: its awakening quality of mind, and openness of heart. So, when a reader once complained to the author how his book Who Dies? made no mention of what poets wrote the poems he inserted in the prose, he was actually quite pleased: all the writing was his own.


Buddhist Economics? Raj Patel Suggests a New Way to Define Value

By MATTHEW PULOMENA, Daily Finance, Feb 3, 2011

Worried about the meaning of existence? You might turn to Raj Patel's book The Value of Nothing. Its title, however, isn't a reference to how much a vast supply of nothing might be worth, or how to make a buck doing nothing. Instead, it comes from an Oscar Wilde quote: "Nowadays people know the price of everything but the value of nothing."


'The pursuit of identity’

By Mahtab Bashir, Daily Times, Dec 22, 2010

Fauzia shares unseen colours of Pakistan in ‘Chitarkari & Banyans’

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan --  With objective to protect the rich cultural heritage of Buddhist sites and Banyan Trees in the country, especially in the surroundings of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi and Taxila, Fauzia Aziz Minallah- a renowned artist and rights activist launched her book ‘Chitarkari & Banyans - The Pursuit of Identity’ on Tuesday here at National Art gallery (NAG).


What would Jesus and Buddha do … on holiday?

by Jolyon Baraka Thomas, The Guardian, 22 December 2010

A new manga novel lightheartedly depicting the two as everyday young men may inadvertently raise interest in religion in Japan

Tokyo, Japan -- What would Jesus and Buddha do if they were suddenly thrust into contemporary society, and how would they react to what they found?


History of Cambodian Buddhism

by S. Panneerselvam, The Hindu, Nov 16, 2010

New Delhi, India -- Much of the source material available on Cambodian Buddhism is in French. This is understandable, given that France was Cambodia's colonial power. What is available in English is only scanty.


Comic book on 14th Dalai Lama to be available in 10 languages

Phayul, September 4, 2010

Dharamsala, India -- A graphic novel on the life and personality of the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama will now be available in 10 languages in different parts of the world.


God did not create the universe, says Hawking

Reuters, Sept 2, 2010

LONDON, UK -- God did not create the universe and the “Big Bang” was an inevitable consequence of  the laws of physics, the eminent British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book.


Russian children have fun learning about His Holiness the Dalai Lama!

Tibet Custom, August 31 2010

Dharamshala, India -- It will be a great fun for children to have comics for reading to learn about the remarkable life and personality of His Holiness the 14h Dalai Lama.


Relaxing into Meditation

The Buddhist Channel, Aug 12, 2010

Exercises and practices to help us to live a life free from stress

Described by one reviewer as "the best book on meditation I've ever read", Relaxing into Meditation is an accessible guide to relaxation and meditation.


A Pocket Full of Zen

The Buddhist Channel, July 5, 2010

New York, USA -- In his new book, Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living (Tarcher/Penguin, February, 2010), Allan Lokos, founder and guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center in New York City, offers a blueprint of simple exercises based on the 10 “Paramis,” or Perfection Practices, described in Buddhist philosophy.


Bringing Buddha to life

Review by LAU KEAN LEE, The Star, May 28, 2010

As the world celebrates Wesak Day, we offer a book about the prince-turned-holy man who founded Buddhism

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- MOST Malaysians, even non-Buddhists, would have some idea of the life story of the man who achieved enlightenment as the Buddha and founded principles of living now followed by millions.


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buddhism, 3rd Edition

Special Vesak Edition, The Buddhist Channel, May 28, 2010

Gary Gach's exquisite canvas on Buddhism covers almost everything you want to know about the religion, and in a light hearted way too

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- The greatest artist, they say, is one who is able to compress all great moments into a single canvas. Ditto the poet, who could conjure a description of the entire universe within a few lines.


Another enlightening treasure trove of Buddhist thought

Sunday Times, May 23, 2010

Book facts: Vesak Lipi 2010 - compiled and edited by Upali Salgado. Reviewed by Bradman Weerakoon


Asked to change religion? Here's help

by Yen Feng, Straits Times, May 17, 2010

Buddhist group produces book on how to handle unwelcome proselytising

Singapore -- BUDDHISTS hurt by Pastor Rony Tan's criticism of their faith are talking back with the help of a new guidebook out this month.


Call me Paris

The Buddhist Channel, May 5, 2010

From a life of shopping to a journey of spirituality

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- Life was just peachy for Jamie Khoo – a great job, wonderful family, thriving social life, plenty of cash and all the time in the world to do whatever she wanted. So it was a bit of a shock for her to suddenly find herself meeting a Buddhist teacher and listening to him tell her about compassion and tantric Buddhas on fire.


There’s No Way But Up

The Buddhist Channel, Apr 29, 2010

A unique story of a young man’s spiritual journey
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
-- The most noticeable thing about There’s No Way But Up, the first book by David Lai, is the total honesty of this story.


Buddhist monk's poetry explores the Killing Fields

By Greg Mellen, Press Teegram, April 24, 2010

LONG BEACH, CA (USA) -- When the Venerable Ly Van, a monk at the Glory Buddhist Temple in Lowell, Mass., died in 2008 he didn't leave much behind.


Buddhist master chooses to 'Savor' food

by Mary MacVean, LATimesBlog, March 29, 2010

Los Angeles, CA (USA) -- Thich "Bear in mind that everything is impermanent, including your extra weight."


The time is now

By MAJORIE CHIEW, The Star, March 28, 2010

Don’t put off searching for peace and happiness, urges this thoroughly modern book of inspirational quotes

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- WHATEVER we chase in life, be it fame or corporate success, we eventually end up looking for peace and happiness, says Phng Li Kim, CEO of Kechara Media & Publications (KMP).


The Art and Science of Mindfulness

Book Review by Mark Welch, Ph.D,, Mar 9th 2010 (Volume 14, Issue 10)

The Art and Science of Mindfulness
Integrating Mindfulness into Psychology and the Helping Professions
by Susan Shapiro and Linda Carlson
American Psychological Association, 2009


Northern California Book Awards Short-List “Songs For Tomorrow” By Ko Un

The Buddhist Channel, March 8, 2010

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- The Northern California Book Awards are one of the few in America to include literary translation.  This year, “Songs for Tomorrow,” collected poems in English by Ko Un (published by Green Integer), made the list of nominees, alongisde two others. This is by virtue of Gary Gach, co-translator with Brother Anthony of Taizé and Prof Young Moo Kim, residing in San Francisco.


Buddhist preacher and author speaking at Clinton Book Shop

By Hunterdon County Democrat, February 20, 2010

CLINTON, NJ (USA) -- On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Clinton Book Shop’s Life-Balance Series continues with author the Rev. Allan Lokos.


The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World

Reviewed by Candida Baker, Sydney Morning Herald, February 10, 2010

Author: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
Hachette, 338pp, $35


Buddhism: A Review

by Peter Clothier, The Huffington Post, January 26, 2010

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- This might be a good time for those who have not already done so to consider Buddhism. I am no proselytizer of religion, but there is a great deal to be learned from the teachings.


Buddha's wife

By John Malkin, Source: Free Radio Santa Cruz, July 29, 2009

Santa Cruz, California (USA) -- John Malkin interviews Gabriel Constans, author of "Buddha's Wife" which recreates the life of Yasodhara. The book is said to engage readers in the complexity of issues many women have raised about Gotama the Buddha’s life and practice.


Buddhist takes first place in Bunting poetry award

by David Whetstone, The Journal, Dec 14 2009

London, UK -- A LONDON-BASED Buddhist has won the inaugural Basil Bunting Poetry Award, launched to commemorate a Northumberland poet worthy of wider recognition.


Dalai Lama believes he can return to Tibet, book says

Earth Times, Dec 4, 2009

Taipei, Taiwan -- Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is confident that he can return to Tibet in this lifetime, and believes he will be reborn many times after his death, according to a book published Friday.


New insights into gods and men

Sunday Times, Nov 8, 2009

Book facts: Gods in Buddhism – Origin, Function and Relevance by Professor M.M.J. Marasinghe.
Published by Sarasavi Publishers Ltd. Price: Rs 1,200


Buddhha's wife

By John Malkin, Interview with Gabriel Constans, Source: Free Radio Santa Cruz, July 29, 2009, Published on the Buddhist Channel, Nov 5, 2009

Buddha’s Wife by Gabriel Constans
Robert D. Reed Publishers
Bandon, Oregon
Category: Fiction
Soft cover, 192 pages, $14.94
Publication Date: August 24, 2009

"This book is an awesome read, insightful, woman loving - a challenge to all spiritual seekers to rethink, re-vise, and dream anew". -  Bell Hooks, author


When quantum physics meets Buddhism

The Bangkok Post, Oct 12, 2009

A comprehensive discussion between scientist-turned-monk Matthieu Ricard and Vietnamese scientist Trinh Xuan Thuan

Bangkok, Thailand -- The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet is a colourful exploration of existing knowledge on the mind and the universe that seeks to stretch its boundary by another notch.


Buddha as blueprint for the perfect leader

Book Review by HARVEY SCHACHTER, The Globe and Mail, Sep. 24, 2009

The Leader's Way
By the Dalai Lama
and Laurens van den Muyzenberg
Broadway, 218 pages, $29.95

Toronto, Canada -- The Dalai Lama is not someone most Canadian business people would turn to for leadership advice. Buddhism does not seem a natural fit with today's business world. Purple-and-yellow robes don't fit for most business occasions.


Book Highlights Essence of Korean Temples

By Chung Ah-young, The Korea Times, Sep 11, 2009

Seoul, South Korea -- By studying the deep-rooted influences of Buddhism, alongside Confucianism, one can discover their lasting imprint on Korea's culture and arts, as well as its contemporary society. Korean Buddhist temples are in many ways like ``living museums'' because of their historical, cultural and architectural values.


'Novice' is memoir about young Englishman becoming Buddhist monk, then quitting

By Michael Hill, The Canadian Press, Sep 4, 2009

Toronto, Canada -- Far from home and strung out on morphine, Stephen Schettini was saved from his skid when a friend showed up at his hovel in Pakistan to force him to clean up and move on.


San Francisco Mission district's Zen oasis: Forest Books teaches for peace

by Aubrey Winkler, Literature Examiner, August 18, 2009

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- Forest Books, located at 3080 16th Street at Valencia and serving the Mission community with used, out of print and hard-to-find books daily from noon until 9pm, is more than meets the eye.


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