What Is Buddhist Enlightenment?
By Dale S. Wright
Review by Bob Lane, MA on Tue, Jan 24th 2017.
What Is Buddhist Enlightenment? by Dale S. WrightKing Lear is a play as profound as it is puzzling. It seems to be uncompromising in its attitude to the nature of things. Either its last scene is a powerful continuation of the theme of self delusion or it is an intimation of immortality. The story of Lear is the story of how a king can become a man. Every action, every word of the last scene functions as an onslaught on all fundamental negations of human dignity; and, therefore, the central thrust of the play is positive and creative.1 One of the main critical problems arises in attempting to understand the "blinding" scene, which is o
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A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy
By Steven M. Emmanuel (Editor)
Review by Finn Janning, PhD on Tue, Dec 20th 2016.
A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy, edited by Steven M. Emmanuel, is the kind of book that lies on your desk while you try to gather the strength to interact with it. The book is more than 700 pages long and consists of a collection of 44 essays divided into five parts: Conceptual Foundations, Major Schools of Buddhist Thought, Themes in Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Meditation, and Contemporary Issues and Applications. The scope of the book is amazing. The essays are well written and clear. If you read them all, you will encounter several repetitions, but I assume it comes with the scope. A
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A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy by Steven M. Emmanuel (Editor)

Big Dreams
The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion
By Kelly Bulkeley
Review by Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, Ph.D. on Tue, Oct 25th 2016.
Big Dreams by Kelly BulkeleyKelly Bulkeley is seriously interested in both dreaming and religion. He has published Dreaming in the Classroom: Practices, Methods, and Resources in Dream Education (with Philip King and Bernard Welt) Dreaming in the World's Religions: A Comparative History, and American Dreamers: What Dreams Tell Us about the Political Psychology of Conservatives, Liberals, and Everyone Else (Beacon Press, 2008). This book, which proposes to combine research on dreaming with ideas about the origins of religion, is both scholarly and frustrating. That is because it provides the reader with interesting revi
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The Spirit of Tibetan Buddhism
By Sam van Schaik
Review by Wendy C. Hamblet, Ph.D. on Tue, Aug 16th 2016.
Tibetan Buddhism has an estimated ten to twenty million adherents worldwide, and yet people generally know little about the tradition apart from recognizing its head, the Dalai Lama, and its rough recent history since communist China invaded Tibet in 1950. Even among scholars of Eastern traditions, many thinkers consider the vajrayana aspects of Tibetan Buddhism, from the artwork to the ritual practices to the unique material culture, to be the features that render Tibetan Buddhism distinctive in character from other lineages of Buddhism. In his new book, The Spirit of Tibetan Buddhism, Sam Va
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The Spirit of Tibetan Buddhism by Sam van Schaik

Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue
By Sam Harris and Maajud Nawaz
Review by Bob Lane on Tue, Aug 2nd 2016.
Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue by Sam Harris and Maajud NawazThis book is an important and exciting contribution to the discussion of religion in general, Islam in particular, the future of civilization, and intelligent respectful debate. The discussion began with a meeting of the two contributors at a debate in 2010 (The Intelligence Squared Debate) in which Nawaz debated Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Douglas Murray. At a dinner party following the debate Harris, when prompted by Ayaan, directs a long critical comment to Nawaz which challenges him to clarify his position: "You seem obliged to pretend that the doctrine [Islam] is something other that it is -for i
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How Would Buddha Act?
801 Right-Action Teachings for Living with Awareness and Intention
By Barbara Ann Kipfer
Review by Beth Cholette, Ph.D. on Tue, Jun 28th 2016.
As a new yoga instructor, I've developed a casual interest in Eastern philosophy, and I find it beneficial to incorporate some of the teachings of Buddhism into my teaching.  How Would Buddha Act: 801 Right-Action Teachings for Living with Awareness and Intention seemed like a potentially helpful tool in this regard. In her brief introduction, author Barbara Ann Kipfer explains that "Right Action" is one of the eight elements in the Buddha's Eightfold Path to enlightenment.  She chooses to focus on Right Action and its basic tenet of "do no harm" for the basis of this work.  Th
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God & Therapy
what we believe when no one is watching
By Gerald Alper
Review by Leo Uzych, J.D., M.P.H. on Tue, Dec 29th 2015.
God & Therapy by Gerald Alper Readers opening God & Therapy enter immediately into the inimitable, enthrallingly intellectually beautiful world of the author, Gerald Alper.  Alper is a psychotherapist,  based in New York City; he is, as well, a prolific writer of books.  In the book's "Preface", readers learn that the genesis of the book is rooted intellectually in the overarching question of why, in over thirty years of private practice, after listening to hundreds and hundreds of patients' dreams, Alper not once has encountered the presence of God, the radiant appearance of an angel, any mention of hea
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Engaging Buddhism
Why It Matters to Philosophy
By Jay L. Garfield
Review by Hans Van Eyghen, MA on Tue, Dec 15th 2015.
The West has been engaging with Buddhism for some time but Western philosophy (with some notable exceptions) lagged behind. Jay Garfield aims to bring some philosophical disciplines up to speed. His book Engaging Buddhism aims to show the relevance of Buddhist thought for metaphysics, the self, consciousness, phenomenology, epistemology, logic and philosophy of language and ethics. Garfield is not interested in defending a Buddhist position against Western positions or demonstrating the superiority of Buddhist thought. He does claim that serious philosophers can no longer ignore the insights a
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