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April 19, 2010


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Forget the cup. Just pour the tea directly into your mouth.



I've just finished the "Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursula k Le Guin a novel full of wisdom. See my post http://thushaveiread.blogspot.com/2010/04/to-be-atheist-is-to-maintain-god.html for example. Her Earth Sea series are also wonderful and similarly full of wisdom.

I am now reading World Crisis and Buddhist Humanism ~ End Games: Collapse or Renewal of Civilisation by Dr John Crook (my teacher). http://www.westernchanfellowship.org/books-shengyen-crook.html Interesting and thorough look at the relevance of the Buddha's teachings to our contemporary world situation without the cultural dogma.

Also still reading (slowly) Daughters of Emptiness http://www.amazon.co.uk/Daughters-Emptiness-Poems-Buddhist-China/dp/0861713621 an amazing book of poetry by Chinese Buddhist nuns.

Highly recommend all of the above!

David Clark

I'm always reading a few books at a time.
Currently I'm working on "Dogen's Extensive Record - a Translation of the Eihei Koroku". this is the new Taigen Dan Leighton & Shohaku Okumura translation just released by Wisdom Publications. It is a real treasure house, with hundreds of short Dharma Hall discourses, plus some wonderful poems in the last section.

I rarely read fiction any more, but someone gave me a advance copy of "Matterhorn" by Karl Marlantes and it is an amazingly powerful story told from the perspective of a young Marine infantry Lieutenant in Vietnam, circa 1969. This book is so powerfully evocative that, as a combat vet, I have to read it in stages, setting it down for a while to cool off! Perhaps one not of interest to Ox Herding readers, but a stunning book and I think one destined to be remembered as a classic.


Trauma and the Body. It's one of those books that you read a sentence, think you got it, then realize it got you!

Teachings of the Insentient by Daido Loori. Caught my eye last night and swallowed me up!

Trying to finish Shake Hands with the Devil by Romeo Dallaire.

Oh... ANNNNDDDD just got my copy of John Cage's Ox Herding Pictures! Wooo-Hooo!!!!


To prove that my journey, unlike everyone else, is full of doubt and trepidation my two memorable books on the subject are " Sit Down and Shut Up" and "Novice to Master- An ongoing lesson in the extent of my own stupidity.
"Matterhorn" is excellent.


I actually have the Upanishads on the ottoman next to my couch. This could be me!

Barry Briggs

Thanks for the great reading ideas, everyone! As it turns out, I have "Matterhorn" on hold at the library, so I'll soon have a chance to read it. I've never read Ursula LeGuin, so maybe now its time!

Hi Joanne - it's exactly how I imagine you - same hairdo!


Erm, I'm actually reading an omnibus of three Blanding's novels right now - P.G.Wodehouse, you can't get better! LOL!


Just read "Uncle Fred in the Springtime" - again, Wodehouse - such a master of writing about nothing terribly important in such a masterful way. Recently read The Idiot by Dostoyevsky and a book by a friend, The Half-Slave by Trevor Bloom - set in Saxon Britain and an incredible page-turner!

I never, ever read anything about non-duality or Zen. This is it already!

Barry Briggs

Oh, I love PG Wodehouse - Bertie and Jeeves! I have one of the books just a few feet away. I used to read them out loud to my daughter when she was in middle and high school, doing all the goofy voices. How fun! And what a master stylist Wodehouse was.


"such a master of writing about nothing terribly important in such a masterful way"

Of course! Ding! Flash of recognition! Thank you Suzanne! And thank you again so much Barry!

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