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What Book!?: Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop by Peter Coyote
What Book!?: Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop

nobodhi, December 28, 2007

Steve Silberman (of WiReD) calls it "a book in the form of a koan waiting to be practiced."

NAPRA Review said:
"This is 'mindful poetry' at its best."

Library Journal wrote:
The movement of Eastern religions to the West has been one of the most remarkable phenomena of the 20th century. Beginning in the mid-1950s and continuing into the late 1990s, the influence of Buddhism (along with other Eastern religions) has been evident, perhaps most strongly in the arts and particularly strongly in contemporary American poetry. Here is an enormous anthology of poetry celebrating that phenomenon. Gach has collected poems from a broad variety of sources?almost too broad?selecting works by greats like Allen Ginsberg, Mary Oliver, and Gary Snyder and mixing them with poems by children, elders, first-time poets, and Buddhist teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh and Thomas Merton. Add poems by composers/performers Laurie Anderson, John Cage, and Yoko Ono, and the result is a splendid, flavorful and aromatic stew. One could argue that the book is way too long and that the editor has included too many mediocre poems. But the freshness and authenticity of even the most inexpertly written pieces is appealing. Highly recommended.

And Powell's Books' very own Chris Faatz wrote:
It's certainly refreshing to see the market burgeoning with anthologies of Dharma poetry. It's much more refreshing when a book such as this one appears that emphasizes the Dharma itself rather than the convenient attraction of big names. Thich Nhat Hanh repeatedly says there are 84,000 Dharma doors, and that he ardently wishes for the opening of even more. Gary Gach's fine anthology strikes me as a joyous experience of Thich Nhat Hanh's wish come true.

More reviews — by Jerome Rothenberg, Robert Creeley, Jane Hirshfield, and Walter Lew — at http://

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I believe these are some of the very last copies available *new* of this groundbreaking, eclectic anthology — 30 selections from 125 contributors. Additional "print-on-demand" copies will (for the time being) thence be available from the publisher via — unless public demand warrants a fourth printing.

May all beings be well.
palms joined,
Gary Gach

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism (Complete Idiot's Guides) by Gary Gach
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism (Complete Idiot's Guides)

nobodhi, December 28, 2007

I am the author of this book, and it is a great honor to say so. One of the best ways to learn is to teach ... or to write a book. This book is a humble record of such an endeavor, furthering my own 40-year studies in one volume, for all readers — and inclusive of all four major schools of practice in the West (Insight, Zen, Pure Land, Tibetan — rather than just my own lineage).

These books are highly formatted, which allowed for coverage of a great range of material. It's actually two books in one. The first half = "Living Buddhism" (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha); the second half = "Buddhist Living" (family, work, food, arts, society, etc).

I'm also most happy about all the pictures I was able to choose.

My 2 favorite reviews (of an abundance of positive response, from such luminaries as Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh, Lama Surya Das, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Rev. Dorsey Blake, and even that complete idiot himself Chevy Chase):

1. "I simply don't know why another Buddhist guidebook ever needs to be written!" (Lyn McNulty, in The Daily Lama) — and

2. a reader who emailed to say, "Thank you for letting me be me."

I've posted a website with sample chapters and other goodies, ... (under "Buddhism").

I hope this brings a smile.

Palms joined,
Gary Gach
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Ten Thousand Lives by Ko Un
Ten Thousand Lives

nobodhi, December 28, 2007

Ko Un has vowed to write one person for every person he's ever known or known of. Here are 165 poems from the first 10 of what are now 25 volumes.

Robert Hass, who graces the book with his introduction, has written (NY Review of Books): " ... It's one of the most extraordinary projects in world literature in this part of the century. The project itself, just the idea of it, should be enough to put him on the short list for the Nobel Prize. The poems are exquisite."
" ... They are remarkably rich. Anecdotal, demotic, full of the details of people's lives, they're not like anything else I've come across in Korean poetry."

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