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  • From Stone to Flesh: A Short History of the Buddha

    From Stone to Flesh: A Short History of the Buddha

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Donald S. Lopez Jr.
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   University Of Chicago Press (2013, Apr 19th).
    Pages:   304

    We have come to admire Buddhism for being profound but accessible, as much a lifestyle as a religion. The credit for creating Buddhism goes to the Buddha, a figure widely respected across the Western world for his philosophical insight, his teachings of nonviolence, and his practice of meditation. But who was this Buddha, and how did he become the Buddha we know and love today? Leading historian of Buddhism Donald S. Lopez Jr. tells the story of how various idols carved in stone—variously named Beddou, Codam, Xaca, and Fo—became the man of flesh and blood that we know simply as the Buddha. He reveals that the positive view of the Buddha in Europe and America is rather recent, originating a little more than a hundred and fifty years ago. more

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  • The Invisible Girls: A Memoir

    The Invisible Girls: A Memoir

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Sarah Thebarge
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Jericho Books (2013, Apr 16th).
    Pages:   272

    Twenty-seven-year-old Sarah Thebarge had it all - a loving boyfriend, an Ivy League degree, and a successful career - when her life was derailed by an unthinkable diagnosis: aggressive breast cancer. After surviving the grueling treatments - though just barely - Sarah moved to Portland, Oregon to start over. There, a chance encounter with an exhausted African mother and her daughters transformed her life again. A Somali refugee whose husband had left her, Hadhi was struggling to raise five young daughters, half a world a way from her war-torn homeland. Alone in a strange country, Hadhi and the girls were on the brink of starvation in their own home, "invisible" to their neighbors and to the world. As Sarah helped Hadhi and the girls navigate American life, her outreach to the family became a source of courage and a lifeline for herself. more

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