The United Nations has investigated homelessness in the U.S. and determined that the United States is in violation of providing human rights to adequate housing for all its citizens. The United... More > Nations calls failure of the U.S. to address the homeless crisis ‘shameful.’ The 2009 census puts the number of homeless Americans at 14.3 million! Current policies prevent the homeless from receiving social services benefits. We have excluded the homeless from being part of human society, precisely because they are homeless. They have become pariahs, outcasts, a class of untouchables, in this land where all men are created equal. The homeless crisis is not just ‘shameful,’ it is a national tragedy, our national disgrace. As Americans we have lost all claim to moral supremacy so long as this inequality exists. This book is the face and the voice of the homeless, a window on their world. It provides a graphic look at homelessness. If you have the courage, turn the page.... ILLUSTRATED< Less
"Is It Okay for Buddhists to Send e-Mail?" is a collection of Buddhist jokes & humor. Laughter is the music of the gods. We all know that laughter is the best medicine. Laughter is... More > good for the soul. Jokes and humor have often been used as a profound teaching device. Laughter is good for us in many ways. So in the finest spirit of Buddhism, here is a collection of Buddhist jokes and humor for you to enjoy and to make you laugh and chuckle ‘til your jiggle bits shake all over.< Less
This is a screenplay, based on the short novel by Paul Carus. It is set in India, c. 500 b.c., and is a colorful parable, which illustrates the Buddhist principle of karma.
Any non-profit group is... More > welcome to produce this screenplay as a film or live production without permission from the author.< Less
I live on a mountain, among the pines above a sea of cloud. When the tide is in the clouds sometimes come close enough to lap at the boards of the front porch. In the distance pine covered peaks... More > rise above the clouds like floating islands. Eagles glide past my door, deer eat from my hand. My companions are wild things and the wind in the pines. I keep a vegetable garden, cut my own firewood, fish in the stream, watch the seasons pass. When it's cold I gather wood and make a fire. I always love the smell of pines and woodsmoke. The road to this place is steep and hard to find. Once you are here it can be hard to go back.< Less
It is a tradition among the haiku poets of Japan, as life approaches its conclusion, to write poems expressing their views or feelings about death. These are known as "death songs." This... More > book is a collection of haiku death songs and other poems, ancient and modern, that speak of the death experience. The collection began as an effort to answer questions posed by a teenage friend as he approached the end of a lifelong struggle with leukemia. Not comfortable that I could offer clear answers to these questions, I began to seek haiku death songs and other short examples of Buddhist poetry that might provide insight. The collection has since grown into this book that can now be shared with others. It includes selections by contemporary western Buddhists such as Woody Allen, Bob Dylan, Richard Bach and Timothy Leary. This book is provocative, insightful, reassuring; not at all morbid or grim. It even brings some welcome levity in places. It is great reading for those dealing with mortality issues.< Less
COLD MOUNTAIN Transcendental Poetry is a revised and expanded 6th edition collection of 96 poems by the T'ang Zen poet, Han-Shan. The introduction includes a unique autobiography of the poet,... More > written with information drawn exclusively from the poems. The poems were found written on the rocks in a remote, mountainous region in Southern China. They tell the story of a gentle recluse and of his long life on Cold Mountain as a "guest" of nature, living in a cave and foraging for food. Though simple and childlike, the poems are majestic and have the power to lift the reader to share a moment in the poet's heaven. These poems have been carefully translated and polished. They are the very best you will find in English. They are rich with metaphor, and the poetry is close to the heart of Cold Mountain. Happy reading!< Less
way n. 1. A road or route for travel from one place to another 2. A door or gate for passage 3. A course traveled from place to place 4. A non-spatial course, as a sequence of events,... More > leading toward an objective 5. A manner or method of doing or accomplishing or happening 6. A state of being 7. Movement or progress along a course 8. Means 9. Direction 10. Freedom of action.
'The Way' is a collection of maps & signs from the ancient east, favorite poems and poets from days long gone, when men were wiser, living simply and close to the source. Lao and Chuang, Buddha, Hui Neng, Huang Po, Hanshan, Li Po, Ryokan, and more. This is a book you will want to keep close during your journey and refer to often.< Less