The Best Buddhist Writing 2010 (Paperback)

By Melvin Mcleod (Editor)

Shambhala, 9781590308264, 320pp.

Publication Date: September 28, 2010



Here is this year's installment in the series Publishers Weekly says "does a great service by highlighting views and themes as they modulate with each passing year." The Best Buddhist Writing 2010 is an eclectic, inspiring collection of writings from the Buddhist perspective. Selected by the editors of the Shambhala Sun, North America's leading Buddhist-inspired magazine, the essays, articles, and interviews in this anthology offer an entertaining mix of writing styles and reflect on a wide range of issues.

The Best Buddhist Writing 2010 includes:

- A question and answer session between children and Thich Nhat Hanh
- Stan Goldberg on becoming a hospice volunteer, shortly after his own diagnosis of prostate cancer

- Buddhist author and death-row inmate Jarvis Jay Masters on experiencing a few unexpected hours of freedom

- Jan Chozen Bays on eating mindfully

- Norman Fischer contemplates the death of his best friend

- Meditation instructions from Tibetan teacher Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

- Sylvia Boorstein on the deep human connection that emerges when we engage with the joy and suffering of others

- Carolyn Rose Gimian on the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's advice to "smile at fear"

- Gaylon Ferguson on recognizing our natural wakefulness

- Pema Chodron on being open to the opportunities that arise when we experience pain and discomfort in our lives

- Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche on finding joy in the midst of life's difficulties

- Steve Silberman's account of love, prejudice, Buddhism, and marriage

- Mary Pipher on moving past despair

- Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on meditation that directs our thoughts and intentions in a positive direction

- Jaimal Yogis on his misguided attempt to use Zen to improve his surfing

- Lauren Fraser on the Zen-inspired cooks who have influenced the way we cook and eat

- And much more.

About the Author

Melvin McLeod is the editor-in-chief of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly. He is also the author of Mindful Politics: A Buddhist Guide to Making the World a Better Place.

Praise For The Best Buddhist Writing 2010

“Each year I greet with great pleasure—and a divine delight—another new edition of The Best Buddhist Writing. And 2010, seventh in the series, is no exception. If an anthology is a critical act, The Best Buddhist Writing exemplifies high standards.”—Gary Gach, American Book Review

“This excellent anthology embraces a range of issues from Buddhist perspectives, becoming a demonstration of the ongoing and powerful interrelationship between Buddhism and life in the West. According to editor McLeod, Buddhism continues to have influence beyond our awareness, but collections such as this go a long way toward enlightening us.”—Library Journal

“How would you like to have a collection of excellent Buddhist writings all in one book for your library? That’s exactly what Melvin McLeod and the Shambhala editors have offered up in The Best Buddhist Writing series. This year they have compiled one of their best, and it’s not simply Buddhist masters featured.”—The Buddhist Blog

“An eclectic, inspiring collection of writings.”—Eastern Horizon