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In the Shadow of the Buddha makes Booklist's 2011 Top Ten

Top 10 Books in Religion and Spirituality.
Booklist: Cooper, Ilene (author).
November 15, 2011

This year’s top 10 religion books pay homage to the King James Bible, with 4 of the 10 titles addressing aspects of the book’s 400-year history. Other selections explore Indian spirituality, the history of Jerusalem, and the challenge of bringing compassion to daily life. — Read More 
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Claude Arpi's review of In the Shadow of the Buddha

Some books come at the right time on the shelves; it is the case of “In the Shadow of the Buddha” (one Man’s Journey of Spiritual and Political Danger in Tibet) written by author and spiritual seeker Matteo Pistono.

For the past few weeks, Tibetan activists have been in the news trying to bring the horrifying self-immolations of Tibetans monks and nuns to the attention of the world leaders. Hundreds them, shouting, “Tibet is burning”, invited themselves to Cannes on the French Riviera where the G20 Summit was held. That the leaders have remained deaf is another matter, but the Tibetan issue is alive.

In the book’s Foreword, Hollywood actor and practicing, Buddhist Richard Gere explains:  Read More 
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Thich Nhat Hanh on self-immolation

The image of monks and nuns burning themselves in protest in Tibet is reminiscent of the Vietnamese monk Thich Quang Due’s self-immolation in 1963.

Fellow monk and countryman Thich Nhat Hanh wrote a few years after the incident, “The Vietnamese monk, by burning himself, says with all his strength and determination that he can  Read More 
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Tibet is burning: What compels a Buddhist nun to burn herself alive?

Tibet is burning
Opinion: What compels a Buddhist nun to burn herself alive?

Global Post by Matteo Pistono November 4, 2011

BIHAR, India — There is only one road to Kirti monastery, and it is rough.

Snow peaks tower to the north and west of the sprawling complex in eastern Tibet. Nomads who visit the chapels to pray let their yaks graze on the grasslands rolling in every direction.

Kirti, located in the region of Ngaba, which the Chinese refer to as Aba, is a spiritual hub and a center for Buddhist scholarship.  Read More 
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