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The Best Buddhist Writing 2013 (The Best Buddhist Writing)

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An eclectic and thought-provoking collection of Buddhist and Buddhist-inspired writings on a wide range of issues published in North America during 2012.
The collection includes writings by Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, Joseph Goldstein, Natalie Goldberg, Sylvia Boorstein, Dzongsar Khyentse, Sakyong Mipham, Norman Fischer, Philip Moffitt, Karen Miller, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Ka
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Shambhala
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I have heard very good reports on Shambhala's "The Best Buddhist Writing" series, so I was excited to have the chance to read an ARC of the 2013 edition via Netgalley. I found this volume to have a wide-ranging collection of essays and excerpts from books covering everything from introductions to meditation and to basic concepts in Buddhism, to engaging slice-of-life essays exploring how the writers incorporate mindfulness in hectic lives, and even a piece in which Kay Larson traces the influenc ...more
Patti K
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This collection of essays and excerpts on Buddhist thought and action is very
readable and useful. Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron, and Joseph Epstein all
contribute and they are very important practitioners and teachers. Read as
a whole there is some repetition, but mostly just useful advice on meditation
and right views and actions. I enjoyed it.
Tan Dat
Oct 06, 2014 rated it liked it
A collection of articles written by authors with different backgrounds. Some are good and informative, some are shallow, some are contradictory with each other. But overall, it's a good overview about Buddhism and its ideology.
Nancy McKinley
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it
From time to time I like to read collections of shorts by various writers. This gives me a chance to sample different tastes; tasting a bit of each and finding the ones I like the best. I found a few here.
Ann Douglas
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I am not a Buddhist, but I am fascinated by Buddhist spirituality. This collection of essays provided me with a helpful introduction to the variety of writing that is happening under the Buddhist umbrella. There were a few amazing essays in the collection -- essays that I will be thinking about for many years to come, including Bonnie Friedman's "The Vagabond Queen of Craigslist" and Natalie Goldberg's "Waking Up to Happiness," but the collection got bogged down by others that were highly theore ...more
Steve Woods
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
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I like these collections because they give me bite sized hunks of Buddhist thought from a wide range of people form different backgrounds and points of view. They just keep me thinking about the right things in the right way and challenge my own preconceived ideas; a kind of spiritual lubricant. Occasionally there will be contained within them one of two texts that will really hit home and blow some part of my mind, they were here in this one, particularly the text by Ezra Bayda. I had noit hear ...more
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This series is always fantastic. Lots of really great essays in here that are a good balance between things that are deep and rich for the practitioner/believer and those who see Buddhism more as a toolkit for the everyday. There are a great diversity of writers here from many backgrounds and belief systems, and the styles are very diverse as well. There is something really stimulating or useful in each essay for thinking about Buddhism.
Nelda Pearson
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Have read all the books in this series as part of my daily practice. As usual all the pieces are insightful and helpful.
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