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The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Awakening Upon Dying
Written by Padmasambhava and Karma Lingpa
Translated by Elio Guarisco and Nancy Simmons
Introduction by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-555-1 (1-58394-555-5)

The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Awakening Upon Dying, with introductory commentary by Dzogchen Buddhist master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, is a new translation of the ancient text also known as The Great Liberation through Hearing in the Intermediate State. Both a practical guide and intriguing historical, cultural, and spiritual document, this new version... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Elimination
A survivor of the Khmer Rouge confronts his past and the commandant of the killing fields
Written by Rithy Panh and Christophe Bataille
Translated by John Cullen


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-558-7 (1-59051-558-7)

From the internationally acclaimed director of S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, a survivor’s autobiography that confronts the evils of the Khmer Rouge dictatorship.

Rithy Panh was only thirteen years old when the Khmer Rouge expelled his family from Phnom Penh in 1975. In the months and years that followed, his entire... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Wuhu Diary
On Taking My Adopted Daughter Back to Her Hometown in China
Written by Emily Prager


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72199-8 (0-385-72199-4)

In 1994 an American writer named Emily Prager met her new daughter LuLu. All she knew about her was that the baby had been born in Wuhu, a city in southern China, and left near a police station in her first three days of life. Her birth mother had left a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting
Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity
Written by Vijay Prashad


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 18, 2002
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5011-8 (0-8070-5011-3)

Selected as One of the Village Voice’s Favorite 25 Books of 2001

In this landmark work, historian Vijay Prashad refuses to engage the typical racial discussion that matches people of color against each other while institutionalizing the primacy of the white majority. Instead he examines more than five centuries of remarkable historical... Read more >

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Me, Chi, and Bruce Lee
Adventures in Martial Arts from the Shaolin Temple to the Ultimate Fighting Championship
Written by Brian Preston


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Blue Snake Books
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-268-0 (1-58394-268-8)

What happens when a self-styled wuss sets out to earn a black belt? Why have Eastern martial arts become so popular worldwide? Is the Ultimate Fighting Championship a beautiful fusion of East-meets-West martial technique, or shameless commercialization? These questions and more find answers in Me, Chi, and Bruce Lee, a rollicking... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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To Uphold the World
A Call for a New Global Ethic from Ancient India
Written by Bruce Rich


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 1, 2010
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0613-9 (0-8070-0613-0)

In 1991, Bruce Rich traveled to Orissa and gazed upon the rock edicts erected by the Indian emperor Ashoka over 2,200 years ago. Intrigued by the stone inscriptions that declared religious tolerance, conservation, nonviolence, species protection, and human rights, Rich was drawn into Ashoka’s world. Ashoka was a powerful conqueror who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Buton's History of Buddhism in India and Its Spread to Tibet
A Treasury of Priceless Scripture
Written by Buton Richen Drup
Translated by Lisa Stein and Ngawang Zangpo


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion
On Sale: August 20, 2013
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-1-55939-413-0 (1-55939-413-7)

This 14th century lively history introduces basic Buddhism as practiced throughout India and Tibet and describes the process of entering the Buddhist path through study and reflection. In the first chapter, we read about the structure of Buddhist education and the range of its subjects, and we’re treated to a rousing... Read more >

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Walk Like a Buddha
Even if Your Boss Sucks, Your Ex Is Torturing You, and You're Hungover Again
Written by Lodro Rinzler


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61180-093-7 (1-61180-093-5)

Since the summer of 2010, young Buddhist teacher Lodro Rinzler has been writing a popular advice column for the Huffington Post and the Interdependence Project called “What Would Sid Do?” (“Sid” being Lodro’s nickname for Siddhartha Gautama–the prince who became the Buddha). Lodro’s insightful and often funny answers to questions–ranging from... Read more >

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Japanese Masterworks from the Price Collection

Edited by Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 1, 2007
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-258-4 (1-58834-258-1)

This lavishly illustrated volume of Japanese masterpieces from the Etsuko and Joe Price Collection, widely recognized as one of the finest private collections of Edo-period art in the world, features 225 full-color and 114 black-and-white images representing the rich aesthetic diversity that characterized the Edo period. At the collection’s core are... Read more >

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The Hope Factory
A Novel
Written by Lavanya Sankaran


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: The Dial Press
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33819-6 (0-385-33819-8)

With humor, intelligence, and masterly prose, Lavanya Sankaran’s debut novel brilliantly captures the vitality and danger of a newly industrialized city and how it shapes the dreams and aspirations of two very different families.

Anand is a Bangalore success story: successful, well married, rich. At least, that’s how he appears. But if... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Honda Myth: The Genius and His Wake

Written by Masaaki Sato


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: December 19, 2006
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-932234-26-8 (1-932234-26-8)

Winner of the Ohya Award

From the top Japanese auto-industry journalist comes this inimatably informed account of Honda Motor Company's birth out of the ashes of World War II and subsequent rise.

Honda was the brainchild of two very different men. One, a genius engineer who never went to college but became... Read more >

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Encyclopedia Japanese Pop Culture

Written by Mark Schilling


Format: Trade Paperback, 344 pages
Publisher: Weatherhill
On Sale: May 1, 1997
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-8348-0380-0 (0-8348-0380-1)

In the West, Japanese culture comes in the form of Power Rangers, Godzilla movies, and Sanrio products, but of course the indigenous pop culture is much richer. Rather than focus on what the rest of the world has already encountered, Mark Schilling provides an encyclopedic compendium of books, movies, music, comedians... Read more >

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The Yamato Dynasty
The Secret History of Japan's Imperial Family
Written by Sterling Seagrave and Peggy Seagrave


Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0497-1 (0-7679-0497-4)

The history of the world’s longest-reigning dynasty is revealed in this exposé of the Yamato Dynasty of Japan. Past events of the imperial rule, Japan’s relationship with the United States, and the modern role of the Dynasty are examined in this comprehensive look at the workings of the Japanese elite. The... Read more >

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Shanghai Girls
A Novel
Written by Lisa See


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8053-0 (0-8129-8053-0)

HONOR BOOK, ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN LIBRARIANS ASSOCIATION (APALA)
LITERATURE AWARD - FICTION


In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father’s... Read more >

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Shanghai Girls
A Novel
Written by Lisa See


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: May 26, 2009
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6711-4 (1-4000-6711-1)

In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father’s prosperous rickshaw business, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger... Read more >

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
A Novel
Written by Lisa See


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 21, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6806-4 (0-8129-6806-9)

"A nuanced exploration of women's friendship and women's writing in a remote corner of Imperial China."
Kirkus Reviews

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. With the period detail and deep resonance of... Read more >

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
A Novel
Written by Lisa See


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 28, 2005
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6028-3 (1-4000-6028-1)

Lily is haunted by memories–of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness.

In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost... Read more >

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Tiger's Heart
The Story of a Modern Chinese Woman
Written by Aisling Juanjuan Shen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: July 1, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-648-2 (1-56947-648-9)

Born to illiterate peasants, Aisling Juanjuan Shen was the first in her village to go to college. Assigned to a low-paying government job, she left for southern China to find success. Her story embodies the changes in China in recent decades.

“Heart-rending.”–Boston Herald

“Riveting. . . . All readers interested in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Orthodox Chinese Buddhism
A Contemporary Chan Master's Answers to Common Questions
Written by Chan Master Sheng Yen
Translated by Otto Chang and Douglas Gildow


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: August 7, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-657-4 (1-55643-657-2)

As a well-known scholar and meditation master–His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama called him “extremely modest, a true spiritual practitioner of deep and broad learning”–Sheng Yen is uniquely qualified to guide Western seekers into the world of contemporary Chinese Buddhism. Written while the author was secluded in solitary retreat in southern... Read more >

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Trying Not to Try
The Art and Science of Spontaneity
Written by Edward Slingerland


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3761-9 (0-7704-3761-3)

Why is it always so hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or to relax into a productive writing zone? In every case, striving seems to backfire. In Trying Not to Try, Edward Slingerland explores the power of spontaneity—a state valued by early Chinese thinkers that modern cognitive... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Everything Is the Way
Ordinary Mind Zen
Written by Elihu Genmyo Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-972-8 (1-59030-972-3)

These days, when Zen has become a kind of shorthand for anything that’s enigmatic or aesthetically spare, it’s refreshing be reminded that Zen is at heart a practice for waking up from the dream we inhabit—in order to free ourselves from the suffering the dream imposes on us. Elihu Genmyo Smith’s... Read more >

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The Unfettered Mind
Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman
Written by Takuan Soho
Translated by William Scott Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-986-5 (1-59030-986-3)

This classic samurai-era text fused Japanese swordsmanship with Zen and influenced the direction that the art has taken ever since. Written by the seventeenth-century Zen master Takuan Soho (1573—1645), The Unfettered Mind is a book of advice on swordsmanship and the cultivation of right mind and intention. It was written as... Read more >

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The Guest
A Novel
Written by Hwang Sok-Yong
Translated by Kyung-Ja Chun and Maya West


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-751-0 (1-58322-751-2)

Based on actual events, The Guest is a profound portrait of a divided people haunted by a painful past, and a generation’s search for reconciliation.

During the Korean War, Hwanghae Province in North Korea was the setting of a gruesome fifty-two day massacre. In an act of collective amnesia the atrocities were... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Zen Bow, Zen Arrow
The Life and Teachings of Awa Kenzo, the Archery Master from "Zen in the Art of Archery"
Written by John Stevens


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 20, 2007
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-442-6 (1-59030-442-X)

ZEN BOW, ZEN ARROW contains the inspirational life and teachings of Awa Kenzo (1880–1939), the Zen and kyudo (archery) master who gained worldwide renown after the publication of Eugen Herrigel's cult classic ZEN IN THE ART OF ARCHERY in 1953. Kenzo lived and taught at a pivotal time in Japan's history... Read more >

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Enlightenment through Aikido

Written by Kanshu Sunadomari


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Blue Snake Books
On Sale: April 23, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-487-7 (1-55643-487-1)

Enlightenment through Aikido focuses on Aikido's spiritual teachings, drawing on Sunadomari's experiences as a direct student of Morihei Ueshiba. Quotes from the founder and the author's interpretations show how Aikido can develop inner strength and tranquility. This book is an excellent companion for those practitioners who aspire to go beyond the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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