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g Exciting New Titles from Tibetan Masters


isdom is honored to announce the publication of the first book by His Holiness Sakya Trizin, head of the Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Freeing the Heart and Mind (page 2) is an approachable and easy-to-understand introduction to the Tibetan Buddhist path from one of the tradition’s most respected and revered lineage holders. The release of this title coincides with His Holiness’s monumental world teaching tour. Also in this catalog you will see our newest title from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Meditation on the Nature of Mind (page 3). This book is based on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 2009 teaching given at the University of California, Santa Barbara, at the request of Professor José Cabezón. The book includes a brilliant exposition by His Holiness of the similarities of the highest view of each of the Tibetan traditions as well as José’s lucid introduction and translation of the nonsectarian treatise on the nature of mind by Khöntön Peljor Lhündrub, a teacher of the Fifth Dalai Lama. We hope you enjoy these titles and our other fresh offerings. We are pleased to present When the Chocolate Runs Out (page 7), our latest “little book of wisdom” by our inspiring founder Lama Yeshe.

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G The Book of Mu Essential Writings on Zen’s Most Important Koan Edited by James Ishmael Ford and Melissa Myozen Blacker foreword by John Tarrant “This book brings us eyebrow to eyebrow with an unprecedentedly rich convocation of masters.” —Franz Metcalf, author of What Would Buddha Do? “A delightful book based on a delightful idea—and a must-read for anyone interested in Zen.” —Mu Soeng, author of The Heart of the Universe

9780861716432 | 352 pages | $17.95 eBook 9780861716098

Includes writings from Dogen • Hakuin • Dahui • Thich Thien-An Zenkei Shibayama • Seung Sahn • Taizan Maezumi • Sheng Yen Philip Kapleau • Robert Aitken • Jan Chozen Bays • Shodo Harada Grace Schireson • John Daido Loori • John Tarrant • Barry Magid Joan Sutherland… and many more! “The most important of all koans finally gets the attention it deserves. For those considering koan study, or just curious about this unique spiritual practice, this is a very valuable book.” —David R. Loy, author of Money, Sex, War, Karma and The World Is Made of Stories

James Ishmael Ford is a senior guiding teacher of Boundless Way Zen and the author of Zen Master WHO? He also serves as a senior Unitarian Universalist minister at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, Rhode Island. He lives outside Providence.

Melissa Myozen Blacker is a Dharma successor to

James Ishmael Ford. She is a co-founder of Boundless Way Zen, which she currently serves as a senior guiding teacher. She is resident at Mugendoji, the Boundless Way Temple in Worcester, Massachusetts.



g Freeing the Heart and Mind Introduction to the Buddhist Path His Holiness Sakya Trizin


is Holiness Sakya Trizin, the head of the glorious Sakya lineage, one of the four primary schools of Tibetan Buddhism, presents here the essential Buddhist teachings of the four noble truths, universal compassion, and the proper motivation for practice. This book opens by sharing a private teaching His Holiness gave to a young newcomer seeking to understand this great master’s spiritual heritage. His Holiness’s advice inspires us to inte9780861716388 | 184 pages | $15.95 grate the living power of these teacheBook 9780861716142 ings into our daily lives. Full of timeless wisdom, Freeing the Heart and Mind contains, in addition to this introduction, an explanation of the teaching Matchless Compassion by the Indian saint Virupa and a selection of commentaries on the one-verse teaching called Parting from the Four Attachments. Developed as the first volume in a course of study for students of the Sakya tradition, it nonetheless stands alone as an excellent entry into the teachings of the Buddha.

His Holiness Sakya Trizin is the revered fortyfirst throne holder of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism, which dates back to 1073. He is a member of the Khon family, who have been important teachers of Buddhism in Tibet since the eighth century. A brilliant master, he manifests profound wisdom and compassion, and his command of English renders his teachings particularly beneficial to students in the West. Freeing the Heart and Mind is his first book and its release coincides with His Holiness’s 2011 world tour.


G Meditation on the Nature of Mind The Dalai Lama Khöntön Peljor Lhündrub José Ignacio Cabezón

“We all have the same human mind— each and every one of us has the same potential. Our surroundings and so forth are important, but the nature of mind itself is more important…To live a happy and joyful life, we must take care of our minds.” —His Holiness the Dalai Lama 9780861716289 | 232 pages | $16.95 eBook 9780861716296


t the heart of this book is The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel of the Oral Tradition, a fascinating nonsectarian treatise that skillfully shows the compatibility of the Tibetan lineages and introduces the nature of mind, by Khöntön Peljor Lhündrub, a teacher of the Fifth Dalai Lama. His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama’s broad-ranging overview of this work insightfully distills some of the most central themes of Buddhism: why the mind is so essential to the tradition, what distinguishes the levels of consciousness, and how different schools of Tibetan Buddhism elaborate those distinctions. Profound and erudite, it brings the reader closer to a fresh and direct experience of Buddhism’s central truths. Along with his lucid translations, José Cabezón introduces the root text and the life and works of Khöntön Rinpoché, all with rich annotation.

Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, was born in northeastern Tibet in 1935. He is widely recognized as the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. In recognition of his tireless work for the liberation of Tibet, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

José Ignacio Cabezón is XIV Dalai Lama Professor of Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.



g Joyously through the Days Living the Journey of Spiritual Practice Les Kaye foreword by Huston Smith “A wise and practical book—inspiring and pulse-quickening. Les Kaye points out skillfully many of our human foibles—so familiar that they often seem to come too close for comfort. At one point I found myself exclaiming, How does he know me so well?” —from the foreword by Huston Smith


rawing inspiration from such diverse sources as Khalil 9780861716814 | 208 pages | $16.95 Gibran, Virginia Woolf, and eBook 9780861716197 Frank Sinatra, as well as the Bible and the great Zen masters of old, this book offers a path to rich and lasting happiness achieved through what Huston Smith calls “goal-attaining patience.” “Joyously through the Days is the book I have been wanting to read for a while: a wise, humane, and level-headed approach to spirituality. A delightful book.”—Norman Fischer, author of Sailing Home and Taking Our Places “Les Kaye is a master at finding spiritual lessons in the bits and pieces of our ordinary experience. Joyously through the Days is a gentle little guide to such practice.”—Carl Bielefeldt, author of Dogen’s Manuals of Zen Meditation

Les Kaye received Dharma transmission from Hoitsu Suzuki, son and successor to Shunryu Suzuki. He was appointed teacher at Kannon Do Zen Center in Mountain View, California. He is the author of Zen at Work.


G Sex and the Spiritual Teacher Why It Happens, When It’s a Problem, and What We All Can Do Scott Edelstein introduction by Mic Hunter afterword by Anne Katherine

“Profound and compassionate. Anyone who has a spiritual teacher or hopes to have one someday should read this book.” —Natalie Goldberg, bestselling author of Writing Down the Bones “Balanced, readable, and thorough, this is a timely and much-needed book that should be required reading for all spiritual communities.” —Jan Chozen Bays, M.D., co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery and author of Mindful Eating

9780861715961 | 264 pages | $16.95 eBook 9780861716449

“By emphasizing the humanness of even the wisest teacher and the importance of transparency, Edelstein provides wise, clear counsel for spiritual teachers, students, and those who care for them that will undoubtedly reduce the risk of problematic relationships, as well as help those who find themselves having crossed boundaries. Edelstein’s willingness to look with unwavering clarity and compassion at what is so often hidden is an immense gift to us all.” —Lizabeth Roemer, Ph.D., co-author of The Mindful Way through Anxiety

Scott Edelstein has studied happily and productively with several spiritual teachers. He is a longtime practitioner of both Buddhism and Judaism, and a committed proponent of serious spirituality in all forms and traditions. Scott’s short works on spiritual topics has appeared in Shambhala Sun, American Jewish World, The Writer, the anthology What about God?, and elsewhere. He is also the author of fifteen other books on a wide range of subjects.



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Prince Siddhartha The Story of Buddha Jonathan Landaw and Janet Brooke

A NEW EDITION OF THE CLASSIC STORY OF THE BUDDHA “The early life of the Indian prince is presented with enough simplicity that a young reader has no trouble identifying with a child who lived long ago and far away.”—Tricycle 9780861716531 144 pages | 7.75” x 10” | $19.95 eBook 9780861719884


his is the story of Prince Siddhartha and how he became Buddha, the Awakened One. Beautiful full-color illustrations depict each major event in the Buddha’s life, awakening, and teaching. His message of nonviolence, loving-kindness, and unselfishness is movingly and clearly told in a way that children and their parents can relate to and bring to life in themselves.

Jonathan Landaw has edited numerous works on Buddhism, including Wisdom Energy and Introduction to Tantra. He is also the coauthor of Buddhism for Dummies. He lives in Capitola, California. Janet Brooke is a longtime student of Buddhism. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, with her family.


G New from our founder, Lama Yeshe

When the Chocolate Runs Out Lama Yeshe

To know Lama was to know he loved chocolate! It was his favorite metaphor to epitomize our attachments. his funny and trenchant little volume answers the question of how we can be happy even after the “chocolate” has run out. By cutting the cords of attachment, we discover the indestructible happiness that has always 9780861712694 | 176 pages | $9.95 been available to us. eBook 9780861718795 This beautiful little book captures the remarkable personality of Lama, who played an integral role in introducing Tibetan Buddhism to the world. When the Chocolate Runs Out will delight both readers who have known Lama Yeshe for decades and those who have never met this timelessly inspiring spiritual teacher.


This little book of wisdom is a perfect companion to How to Be Happy by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Lama Yeshe (1935–84) was born and educated in Tibet and fled the Chinese occupation of his homeland in 1959. In the late 1960s, he began teaching Buddhism to Westerners in Nepal with his chief disciple, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Together they founded the international Buddhist organization the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), which now has more than 160 centers worldwide.



g The Promise of Amida Buddha Hønen’s Path to Bliss Translated by Jøji Atone and Yøko Hayashi

A groundbreaking translation of one of the most important works by the founder of a major living tradition of Buddhism.

9780861716968 | 504 pages Hardcover | $39.95 eBook 9780861716937

“This text is of inestimable value in understanding Honen’s seminal teaching in his own words. Dr. Atone’s translation is readable and clear. This book gives the spectrum of Honen’s thought, making clear the Pure Land tradition’s popular appeal. It will be of great benefit to scholars, students, and religious followers as well.” —Alfred Bloom, professor emeritus, University of Hawaii

“Born in China, and spreading to Japan, Pure Land Buddhism is a form of Buddhism that can easily be understood and used by lay people. Dr. Atone’s English translation gives readers a chance to learn about the very first Pure Land teachings taught in Japan and found today in the Japanese Pure Land tradition. A key aspect of this form of Pure Land practice is the use of the nembutsu, a chant-like intonation of the name of Amida as a sign of faith. Honen offers extensive testimony to the value of nembutsu in everyday life and places the practice in its historical and doctrinal perspective. Dr. Atone’s work is truly remarkable, and I am pleased to recommend this book.”—Glenn T. Webb, professor emeritus at Pepperdine University

Jøji Atone was born in 1951 in Fukuoka, Japan. He received a B.A. from Taisho University, Tokyo, and in 1988 a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He served as a lecturer at Bukkyo University in Kyoto and Taisho University in Tokyo, and since 1992 he has been the administrator of Bukkyo University–Los Angeles Extension.


G Moon by the Window The Calligraphy and Zen Insights of Shodo Harada Shodo Harada

A monumental collection from a peerless figure in the world of Zen.


hodo Harada is internationally recognized both as a Zen teacher 9780861716487 and as a world-class master of 264 pages | 8.5” x 10” | $24.95 the fine art of Zen calligraphy. Harada eBook 9780861716340 regularly exhibits and gives calligraTwo-color interior phy demonstrations in museums and universities in the U.S. and abroad. Accomplished Zen teachers from across the globe come to further plumb the depths of Zen through studying with him, earning him a reputation as “the roshi’s roshi”— which is to say, the master’s master. Moon by the Window lovingly reproduces 108 pieces of Shodo Harada’s calligraphic Zen masterpieces—assembled over decades and drawn from the rich and poetic literature of the Zen tradition. Each work of art is accompanied by Harada Roshi’s sharp and glittering commentaries, making each page a spiritually edifying and aesthetically uplifting treasure. Harada Roshi is the abbot of Sogenji Zen Monastery in Okayama, Japan, and plans to take up residence on Whidbey Island, Washington, amid his American Zen community.



g Stilling the Mind Shamatha Teachings from Düdjom Lingpa’s Vajra Essence B. Alan Wallace


estselling author and former Buddhist monk Alan Wallace introduces us to one of the most cherished works of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, Düdjom Lingpa’s Vajra Essence. Written in the nineteenth century, the Vajra Essence presents the practice of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection—the highest of all the Tibetan meditation traditions. With permission from his 9780861716906 | 224 pages | $17.95 teachers, Alan reveals here the work’s eBook 9780861716494 opening section, which presents the Available in July 2011 methods for calming the mind and bringing it to a state of effortless concentration, the practice of shamatha. In his earlier book, The Attention Revolution, Alan guided readers through the stages of shamatha step by step. Here he uses the wisdom of the Dzogchen teachings to open up this practice into a space of freedom from hope and fear. He makes obscure concepts intelligible to contemporary readers and allows us to glimpse the profound realizations of a great spiritual adept.

B. Alan Wallace, one of the first Westerners ordained in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, was a monk for fourteen years. Scholar, teacher, and practitioner, he is widely respected for the depth of his understanding of Buddhist philosophy, as well as his ability to render the teachings relevant to modern life. Author of numerous books, he is one of the foremost translators of Tibetan Buddhist teachings, having interpreted for many eminent Tibetan lamas, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and now runs the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies.


G The Principles of Buddhist Tantra Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoché Translated by Ian Coghlan and Voula Zarpani


irti Tsenshap Rinpoché was a renowned teacher of Tibetan Buddhism with students worldwide. Revered as a teacher by even the Dalai Lama, he was known especially as a master of Buddhist tantra, the powerful esoteric methods for attaining enlightenment swiftly. The teachings in this book are a singular record of his deep learning in that field. Orig9780861712977 | 496 pages | $24.95 inally delivered in California to a group eBook 9780861716883 of Western students, the teachings comment on a classic introduction to tantra by the nineteenth-century Mongolian lama Chöjé Ngawang Palden. The work, Illumination of the Tantric Tradition, is a staple even today of the curriculum for training young monastics. “Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoché was like the Kadam masters of the past in his profound renunciation. He showed not the slightest worldly activity, not a single one of the eight mundane concerns, and he had no selfcherishing thought. Everything he did, even talking, was utterly pleasing to the minds of sentient beings.”—Lama Zopa Rinpoché

Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoché was born in the province of Amdo in eastern Tibet in 1926. A monk from age nine, he trained at Kirti Monastery and at Drepung Monastery in Lhasa. He escaped to India in 1959, and in 1972 he embarked on a fifteen-year retreat in the mountains above Dharamsala. In the decades before his death in 2006, Rinpoche taught extensively at Buddhist centers throughout the world.



g Zen Radicals, Rebels, and Reformers Perle Besserman and Manfred Steger

“These guys are my heroes, and Perle Besserman and Manfred Steger have done a tremendous job of bringing their stories to life. It’s important to put a spotlight on the radical, rebellious characters who have shaped the Zen Buddhist lineage. I really like this book.” —Brad Warner, author of Hardcore Zen 9780861716913 | 264 pages | $16.95


he revolutionary figures in this book are those innovative, nonconformist masters—Zen “madmen”—whose unorthodox behavior has helped define the radical countercultural movement known simply as Zen. In Zen Radicals, Rebels, and Reformers you’ll meet Zen boatrockers that span from early eighth-century China all the way to the bustling streets of modern-day America—with a stop in the middle to visit a courageous Zen master who made the ultimate sacrifice in his resistance to the brutal actions of the Japanese government in World War II. These remarkable masters show us through their audacious actions and fearlessly lancing words that the pursuit of spiritual awakening must ultimately be a rebellion against the very foundations of suffering in the world.

Perle Besserman and Manfred B. Steger are the founding co-teachers of the Princeton Area Zen Group and the authors of Grassroots Zen. Perle and Manfred now divide their time between Melbourne and Honolulu.


G Mixing Minds The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism Pilar Jennings foreword by Jeremy D. Safran “Vividly and beautifully written.” —Neil Altman, author of The Analyst in the Inner City

9780861716166 | 288 pages | $18.95 eBook 9780861716135

Pilar Jennings is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst who has focused

on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation practice. She received her doctorate in psychiatry and religion from Union Theological Seminary, where she teaches and has been working with patients and their families through the Harlem Family Institute since 2004.

“We cannot find ourselves, or be ourselves, alone.” —from Mixing Minds “With this remarkable book, the dialogue between Buddhism and psychoanalysis has finally come of age. In a voice that is intimate, humorous, and at the same time wise and sophisticated, Jennings takes us on a fascinating and deeply rewarding voyage of discovery.” —from the foreword by Jeremy D. Safran, editor of Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: An Unfolding Dialogue “An engaging account that puts the relational encounter of two human beings at the center of both practices. Jennings enriches stories about her own analyst and her Tibetan lama with an easy and wideranging fluency in both psychoanalytic theory and Buddhist thought.” —Barry Magid, author of Ending the Pursuit of Happiness



g How to Be Sick A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers Toni Bernhard foreword by Sylvia Boorstein

Winner of two Nautilus Book Awards. 9780861716265 216 pages | $15.95 eBook 9780861719266


oni Bernhard is a regular contributor to Psychology Today and The Huffington Post, and also has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition and many other venues. In 1982, she earned a J.D. from the School of Law at the University of California, Davis, and immediately joined the faculty, where she stayed until chronic illness forced her to retire. During her twenty-two years on the faculty, she served for six years as Dean of Students. A Buddhist practitioner since 1992, she often attended meditation retreats and led a meditation group in Davis with her husband until she was no longer able to maintain such a physically demanding approach to practice. How to Be Sick is the product of Toni’s hard-won wisdom and adaptive capacity as a Dharma practitioner. She lives in Davis, California, with her husband, Tony, and hound dog, Rusty. “How to Be Sick is an immensely wise book. Bernhard reveals how letting go, surrendering, and putting the ego aside yield insights and fulfillment even in the presence of illness. This is a major contribution.” —Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words “Toni Bernhard has written a beautiful and heartfelt account of chronic illness and inner transformation. Her immense courage is present on every page. Truly worth reading.” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness


G Dying with Confidence A Tibetan Buddhist Guide to Preparing for Death

Anyen Rinpoche afterword by Tulku Thondup translated by Allison Graboski “This may be the most important contemporary Dharma book now available.”—Deborah Schoeberlein, author of Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness “This is a wonderful book, a very practical guide grounded in the author’s personal experience and deep reflections. Exceptionally valuable.” —José Ignacio Cabezón, translator of Meditation on the Nature of Mind

9780861716562 | 192 pages | $16.95 eBook 9780861719242

The Beginner’s Guide to Insight Meditation Arinna Weisman and Jean Smith “Highly recommended.” —Library Journal “How wonderful to have such warmth and encouragement wrapped around such helpful, straightforward information!” —Sylvia Boorstein, author of Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There “A thoughtful presentation and an open invitation to the reader to begin a meditation practice—a marvelous support to those new on the path.” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness


9780861716715 | 256 pages | $15.95 eBook 9780861719211


g The Stories of the Lotus Sutra Gene Reeves foreword by Rafe Martin “Gene Reeves frees the Lotus Sutra from its own history—a liberation for the sutra and for ourselves!” —Franz Metcalf, author of What Would Buddha Do? “These stories have the power to enlighten.” —Tricycle “This is such an enchanting book. The origin of the Lotus Sutra itself is interesting: Reeves explains that it is mainly one single story, most likely produced in northern India by monks. It may well be a mythical account of historical events. This illuminating translation and commentary invites our participation. A transforming read.”—Mandala

9780861716463 | 384 pages | $18.95 eBook 9780861719235

The Lotus Sutra A Contemporary Translation of a Buddhist Classic

Gene Reeves “This translation is immediately the new standard, expressing the Lotus Sutra with accuracy, clarity, and fresh readability. The text’s genius and subtle spiritual teachings are skillfully captured for a wide audience.” —Taigen Dan Leighton, author of Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra “Reeves uses everyday language wherever possible, translating into 9780861715718 | 504 pages | $19.95 English many words that previous eBook 9780861719877 works have left in Sanskrit. This approach is particularly appropriate for the Lotus Sutra, which emphasizes that enlightenment is attainable for everyone.”—Tricycle


G Zen’s Chinese Heritage The Masters and Their Teachings Andy Ferguson foreword by Reb Anderson and a new foreword by Steven Heine “A monumental achievement.” —Robert Aitken Roshi


apturing the austere beauty of the Zen masters’ manner of teaching—their earthy style, humor, and humanity—Zen’s Chinese Heritage is an intimate and profound human portrait of the enlightened 9780861716173 Zen ancients and an unprecedented 576 pages | $26.95 look into the depths of this rich culeBook 9780861716043 tural heritage. In this new edition with even more valuable material, Ferguson surveys twenty-five generations of Zen masters, moving chronologically through successive generations, supplementing their core teachings with history, biography, and starkly beautiful poetry. In addition to giving the reader the engaging sense of the “family history” of Zen, this uniquely valuable book paints a clear picture of the tradition’s evolution as a religious, literary, and historical force. “This excellent book reminds us of the vast, now neglected, patrimony of Buddhist spiritual knowledge that comes not from Japan but China. Ferguson’s work is at once a history and an anthology of this fascinating tradition and includes many koans, anecdotes, and stories. This splendid repository should give instruction and pleasure to the general reader as well as the professed Buddhist. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal

Andy Ferguson is a writer and translator who lives in Petaluma, California. He regularly leads tours of historic Zen sites associated with the ancient Zen ancestors in China and is a member of the San Francisco Zen Center.



g Maha-mudra- and Related Instructions Core Teachings of the Kagyü Schools Translated by Peter Alan Roberts 9780861714445 | 800 pages | Hardcover | $59.95 “This collection is a treasury of ‘great seal’ teachings from the most renowned gurus of the Mah›mudr› lineage, each text precious beyond compare. Every page exudes freshness of realization, holding the keys to our own personal awakening.”—Judith Simmer-Brown, Naropa University, and author of Dakini’s Warm Breath

Omniscience and the Rhetoric of Reason ⁄›ntarak˝ita and KamalaŸıla on Rationality, Argumentation, and Religious Authority Sara L. McClintock 9780861716616 | 440 pages | $36.95 “McClintock’s masterful exploration…is an elegant exposition of what happens when a tradition that prides itself on rational argument inherits a wildly irrational doctrinal position and uses it to defend and advance the tradition.”—Buddhadharma

The Buddhist Philosophy of the Middle Essays on Indian and Tibetan Madhyamaka David Seyfort Ruegg 9780861715909 | 464 pages | $39.95 “D. Seyfort Ruegg’s multiple incursions into this subtle mode of thinking have been path-breaking and, I dare say, of unique importance to anyone investigating Madhyamaka ideas.”—Leonard van der Kuijp, Harvard University

Mission to Tibet The Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Account of Father Ippolito Desideri, S.J. Translated by Michael J. Sweet edited by Leonard Zwilling 9780861716760 | 832 pages | $34.95 eBook 9780861719303 “Of all the Roman Catholic missionaries to Asia, the Italian Jesuit Ippolito Desideri (1684–1733) was perhaps the most remarkable. Mission to Tibet offers the first complete English translation of Desideri’s captivating account of his sojourn in Tibet.” —Donald Lopez, author of Prisoners of Shangri-La


G Deep Down Things The Earth in Celebration and Dismay Lin Jensen “I am glad for my country and my world that Lin Jensen’s beautiful book will be a part of it.” —Joanna Macy, author of World as Lover, World as Self “Lin Jensen touches on everything from earthworms to cooking vegetables to breaking down the barriers between self and other. Jensen’s writing is heartfelt. When I finish reading one of his essays, I feel as warm and fuzzy as if I’ve just watched a simple feel-good movie. But make no mistake—the lessons Jensen is teaching are profound.” —Shambhala Sun

9780861716111 | 176 pages | $15.95 eBook 9780861719228

The World Is Made of Stories David R. Loy “Drawing on a broad range of religious and secular sources, David Loy’s compelling story about stories reveals through a series of clear and penetrating reflections the inescapable presence of narrative in human life.”—Stephen Batchelor, author of Confession of a Buddhist Atheist “Loy’s book is like the self: layer after layer peels away, and the center is empty. But the pleasure is exactly in 9780861716159 | 128 pages | $15.95 the exploration. The World Is Made of eBook 9780861719259 Stories is at once Loy’s most accessible and most philosophical work. Is this a Buddhist book? I’m not sure—or sure it matters. While Loy’s earlier writing is about Dharma, this book speaks Dharma.”—Alan Senauke for Buddhadharma



g Zen Women Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters Grace Schireson | foreword by Miriam Levering 9780861714759 | 320 pages | $16.95 eBook 9780861719563

“This book changes everything! A must-read.” —Pat Enkyo O’Hara, abbess of the Village Zendo

Dignity and Discipline Reviving Full Ordination for Buddhist Nuns Edited by Thea Mohr and Jampa Tsedroen 9780861715886 | 352 pages | $18.95

“Dignity and Discipline is without a doubt the most valuable book on the subject to date, and should be required reading for anyone interested in contemporary Buddhism. ”—Buddhadharma

Realizing Genjokoan The Key to Dogen’s Shobogenzo Shohaku Okumura foreword by Taigen Dan Leighton 9780861716012 | 328 pages | $16.95 eBook 9780861719341

“Masterful.” —Buddhadharma

realizing genjokoan

“Dogen’s masterpiece is beautifully translated and clarified in an equally masterful way. Brings this profound text to life for all meditators.” —Larry Rosenberg, author of Breath by Breath

Do-gen’s Extensive Record A Translation of the Eihei Køroku Translated by Taigen Dan Leighton and Shohaku Okumura foreword by Tenshin Reb Anderson introduced by Steven Heine and John Daido Loori 9780861716708 | 824 pages | $26.95 eBook 9780861719426

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