To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron: review

February 9, 2011

There is a telling moment in one of Colin Thubron’s early films. He is travelling with a BBC crew along the Silk Road in China when he professes that he is tired of filming and needs to be alone. He turns aside and enters the desert for a moment of meditation; a moment that is recorded by the film crew, who are presumably still beside him.

The tensions between Thubron’s natural tendency to solitude and the travel writer’s need to communicate and share experience are what give his books their strength. He is never garrulous and when he does reveal something about himself, the reader feels that these are confidences hard won.

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‘Vedanta and yoga perfect match for certain American values’

January 10, 2011

There has always been a pervasive but undocumented feeling that Indian philosophy, as manifest in Vedanta on the intellectual plain and yoga on the physical plain, has very significantly influenced the West in general and America in particular. That feeling now finds a meticulously constructed scholastic endorsement in the form of an important new book.

Author Philip Goldberg’s ‘American Veda – From Emerson to the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West’ (Harmony Books, 398 pages, $26) [available on and] offers a comprehensive account of the inroads made by Indian philosophy since the early 19th century.

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A Buddhist, Plain and Simple

October 5, 2009

Tim Brownson, a qualified Life Coach, NLP Master Practitioner and certified Hypnotherapist, interviewed Bodhipaksa for his blog, The Discomfort Zone.

The interview covered many topics, from whether we should deal with blood-sucking insects in a non-violent way, to whether it’s a bad thing to be angry about some of the things that are going on in the world. Here’s an extract:

Bodhipaksa: I draw a distinction between anger and ill will, and try not to cross that line. Anger is just passionate energy in pursuit of some end, while ill will is a desire to hurt someone. You see ill will expressed in insults, name-calling, lying, willful distortions of what someone’s saying, etc. I

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“To Buy Or Not To Buy,” by April Lane Benson, PhD

June 24, 2009

To Buy Or Not To Buy. April Lane Benson.A new book offers help to those caught up in the painful compulsion to over-shop, from advice on how to untangle the financial mess that results from living beyond one’s means, to exercises for uncovering the unmet needs that drive the addiction to over-consume.

“For every Imelda Marcos — who fled the Philippines leaving behind more than three thousand pairs of shoes — there are countless unknown overshoppers: a businessman whose collection of fountain pens has grown obsessive; a language teacher whose closets are stuffed with unworn, still-tagged garments; a waitress who’s succumbed to the Jewelry Television Network.”

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Bodhipaksa’s audiobook featured on Huffington Post

Still The Mind, by BodhipaksaPeter Clothier, a regular columnist on the well-known news and opinion site, The Huffington Post, has reviewed Bodhipaksa’s latest audiobook, “Still the Mind: Simple Breathing Practices for Inner Peace,” published by Sounds True.

Peter writes:

Those who have taken any interest in Buddhist teachings will already know that there are many different approaches to the dharma. For those who also enjoy the listening experience there is a pleasure in store in the form of a new release from Sounds True, a double CD offering by Bodhipaksa called Still the Mind.

Okay, let’s first get a little bit of exotica out of the way. Bodhipaksa hails originally from Scotland, and brings with him, even

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“Jake Fades” by David Guy

April 13, 2009

Jake Fades, by David GuyAs Buddhist ideas become more commonly known in the west, they increasingly pervade art and literature. Reviewer Hazel Colditz, herself a Buddhist and artist, was impressed by David Guy’s new novel of impermanence, Jake Fades. Author David Guy is a teacher and writing instructor residing in North Carolina. A graduate of Duke and author of several books, he reviews books for newspapers and is a contributing editor to Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.

Jake Fades is a novel of impermanence. It is a simple yet enriching read based on the day-to-day lives of two main characters: Jake, an aging teacher of life, and Hank, his sidekick and student. Jake’s mission in life is to … Read more »