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Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Best Buddhist Writing: 2007

The Best Buddhist Writing:2007

Edited by Melvin McLeod
Shambala (2007)

If you enjoy learning about whats happening right now in Buddhist thought, lifestyle, religion and psychology, this series is for you. I've read 2004, 2005, 2006, finding many new authors to explore and books to read. Each volume is filled with ideas to think about and new people to read.

Melvin McLeod is a good editor and it is interesting to read these pieces in chronological order knowing they are arranged with reason and judgement, intent on leading the reader.

2007 is spectacular. One section that stands out to me includes the Dalai Lama, followed by Thich Nhat Hanh pieces, then followed by Matthiew Richard from his very fine book, Happiness.

I have really enjoyed this series, it is hard to explain the surprises you encounter in the variance of styles, thoughts and situations. ex. Alice Walker followed by Pema Chodron or Gary Snyder followed by Bell Hooks.

I'm thankful for Melvin McLeod's cleaver, thoughtful and hopeful work. Try this series and I guarantee, if you are stuck looking for new books, you won't be looking for long.