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by Melvin McLeod

Containing writings that are variously wise, witty, heartfelt, and profound, this is the fourth volume in an annual series that brings together the year’s most notable literature inspired by Buddhist philosophy and practice. Selected by the editors of the Shambhala Sun, North America’s leading Buddhist-inspired magazine, the pieces in this anthology offer an entertaining mix of writing styles and reflect on a wide range of issues from a Buddhist point of view. The collection includes writings by the Dalai Lama, Matthieu Ricard, Dzongsar Khyentse, Diana Mukpo, Thich Nhat Hanh, Charles Johnson, Susan Piver, bell hooks, John Tarrant, Natalie Goldberg, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, Thinley Norbu, Karen Maezen Miller, Pema Chödrön, and Norman Fischer, among others.
Download The Best Buddhist Writing 2007 epub
ISBN: 1590304977
ISBN13: 978-1590304976
Category: Religion
Subcategory: Buddhism
Author: Melvin McLeod
Language: English
Publisher: Shambhala; 2007 ed. edition (October 9, 2007)
Pages: 336 pages
ePUB size: 1875 kb
FB2 size: 1955 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 258
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The editor for this collection is also the editor for Shambala Sun magazine, and a number of these pieces will be very familiar to readers of that wonderful periodical. With at least three schools of Budhhism being practiced in the West, it would be impossible to provide a truly comprehensive collection of writings from all disciplines. This series of books, however, does about as good a job as this reader could ask for. Having started the series with the best of 2008, I am working my way backward through the collection and finding it extremely helpful for my beginner practice. The scope of the writings should provide something of real interest for practitioners from beginner to advanced. No book can be all things to all people, but this series provides food for a great many.
The title of this review is the title of my favorite story in the 2007 edition of "The Best Buddhist Writing." The great Zen master, Seung Sahn, uses his humor to instruct us that we need to keep 'don't make' mind rather than striving for enlightenment. Melvin McLeod has once again collected the wisdom of Buddhists such as the Dalai Lama, Gary Snyder, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Peme Chodron to offer us their diverse experiences and guidance. I very much enjoyed the story by Daniel Goleman called "Hardwired For Altruism." As a psychologist, he brings the clinical and research perspectives to Buddhism. Not all the stories moved me, but on the whole, this is a fine and stimulating edition.
This book is a wonderful compendium! Students of Bhuddism, or even those interested in the general concepts, will find information and inspiration written in a way that is appropriate to their level of understanding. A friend who knows very little about Bhuddism picked up my copy and immediately found an essay so intriging she bought a copy.
I've been buying these "Best Of" collections for years. As with any collection of short stories, I like some and I skip some. Overall, it's worth the price of admission.