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Best of American Poetry (Spoken Word)
Best of American Poetry (Spoken Word)
by Various
Edition: Audio CD

5.0 out of 5 stars US Poetry, 12 Sept. 2011
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I'm glad that what is on show here does not favour over hyped jingo of Xenophobic ignorent of slendour that USA culture quietly can produced.
The readings here are expresive & expresive enough with a choice of topics & poems expanded across varid themes brought here to the fore.
We have poets that range from Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson via Edgar Allan Poe to quite recent Allen Ginsberg.
All good stuff as a poetic journey from across the pond as this CD also brings to us William Carlos Williams and E E Cumings or Ezra Pound.
There is even a version of Frankie & Johnny writen by that favourite poet called Anonymous.
This is an investment worth every penny of your hard earned cash.

Where's the Tune, Johnny?
Where's the Tune, Johnny?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz Piano, 12 Sept. 2011
A quiet introspective ramble from Ronnie Scotts old mate & piano player.
Nice sounds of relaxed humour that evolves at its own pace.
Pleasant music for a quiet evening over a glass of whisky.
Let the good times roll.

Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4, & 5
Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4, & 5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart, 19 July 2011
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This CD has been on my CD player for the majority of the time since it arrived.
This is unique because my CD collection is quite big & covers many kinds of music not only classical.
Though structured the music displays interweaving of themes that can at times float towards ethereal dimsinsions.
No doubt that what I have said has been uttered before.
For those who may only buy a more popular greatest hits of Mozart I groan "Please try his lesser known works."
There is more to this than just the popular views & opinions.

Tan Dun - Symphony 1997
Tan Dun - Symphony 1997
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chinese music, 19 July 2011
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This review is from: Tan Dun - Symphony 1997 (Audio CD)
Composer Tan Dun to commemorate the reunification of Hong Kong with mainland China in 1997 wrote this series of pieces of music.
Yo Yo Ma is featured in this recording & there are hints of recognisable Beethoven themes that float through certain passages heard.
In 1978 dureing the excavations at the Tomb of Maquis Yi in Hubei province 65 bronze bells called (Bianzong) which had been unearthed.
They had been burried in 433 BC & were played for this historic occasion of reunification.
One story narrated on this CD is "One day a guy really shocked me" said Shu Zhi Mei (Director of Hubei Museum) "After hearing the bianzhong in the museum, he shouted crazily "Long Live Music, long live music."
I asked him his name "Luciano Pavaroti" he answered.
How wonderful to be hear recordings of bells that had been buried & lost for over two milenium mixed with a top cello player.
In reality Tan Dun has taken Chinese folk tunes to add the Chinese flavour to all of this using a choir of children to partake.
The session takes in three themes to summons hope for the future which follow as "Heaven", "Earth" & "Mankind" as a soundscae of hope for the future.

The Truth (Discworld Novels)
The Truth (Discworld Novels)
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Audio Cassette

5.0 out of 5 stars Read all about the "Truth", 19 July 2011
I came across this book in syconicity to the emerging News of the World scandal 2011 & drew comparisons to what is going on at News International & this view of things in the Discworld.
How this relates to Sir Terry Pratchett is that the book {The Truth} is about a news paper's demise as the editor tires to keep the presses rolling.
William de Worde becomes the editor of the Ankh Morpork times as another company tries to dominate the popular tastes.
Of course there are many digs as fun is poked at the establishment.
Who said that humour can't be taken seriously?

8 Concertos:  Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni
8 Concertos: Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michala Petri, 12 Jun. 2011
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From another age here comes a great recording which is also dignified.
The pure sounding recorder floats across the air with intricate harmonies.
Peace floats across the street as song birds outside sing in harmony with the sound floating on the breeze away from the CD.
Precise and peacefull music for a Sunday afternoon that heralds a day of stress free ease.
Pure but wonderful.

Zen Teaching, Zen Practice: Philip Kapleau and the Three Pillars of Zen
Zen Teaching, Zen Practice: Philip Kapleau and the Three Pillars of Zen
by Kenneth Kraft
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars Three Pillars of Zen, 12 Jun. 2011
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Philip Kapleau and the Three Pillars of Zen dispayed a need by some people wishing to try to undersatnd the practice of Zen Sitting dureing the last part of the 20th century.
This book is generaly from his students & doesn't go over the top; it speaks with clear lucidity and good advice that fits for all Buddhist traditions.
A quiet book for a quiet day and good day for all even if the day is hidden behind a light deprivation from slow rain beating a stacato on the Sycamore leaves outside my window as drops form crystals that hang from the swaying branch.
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Lawudo Lama: Stories of Reincarnation from the Mount Everest Region
Lawudo Lama: Stories of Reincarnation from the Mount Everest Region
by Jamyang Wangmo
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lama Zopa Rinpoche, 12 Jun. 2011
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Here we go again thinking about the Lawudo Lama.
There are many kinds of Tibetan Lamas who give good advice & teachings but Lama Zopa Rinpoche displays a unique way of teaching.
Though at times I think he tries to test his audience by speaking in time loops that wrap around the topic with a repeated phrase that was a topic an hour before in the teachings.
Then a chuckle as he mentions Emptiness before moving forward.
Though dedicated to the long life of Lama Zopa this is a book about the Sherpa people from Lawudo which is a remote valley on the Nepal side of Mount Everest.
Jamyang Wangmo is a Tibetan Buddhist Spanish nun who here concentrates on myth & legend in a land where Yetis roam.
The book at first focuses onto legends & how this band of Nyingma Tibetans who settled in this remote area on the roof of the world.
Here is the tale of previous incarnations before Lama Zopa was in this life.
After his birth & recognition as a Lama plus almost drowning while trying to contact a strange creature known in Tibetan as an Ingie or white man who was exploring Everest eventualy Lama Zopa goes to Tibet to further his studies.
He was there to take part the exile and the movement of the people Lama Zopa was sent to Buxor an ex Raj jail used as a refugee centre.
Eventual with Lama Thupten Yeshe they developed Tibetan teaching classes which attracted a Hippi audience of the sixties who on returning home to the west developed Tibetan Buddhist Centres globaly which became FPMT with many centres globaly.
It is for the benifit of all beings that we are able to gain teachings from these elevated personages & we should treasure their words of wisdom as much as possible in this world of confusion.
Though the central topic by Jamyang Wangmo is of Buddhism it must be said that there are few books published about the Sherpa people.
This is an area that after a trek into the next valley is Tibet where now refugees dodge Chinese bullets hoping to escape into Nepal or India
This book is well worth the exenditure for the book and flavour of Mo-Mo mixed with localy grown potatoes & stewed tea abounds.
One thinks that if a yeti does exist then it would try to steer clear of many predating hunter gatherer from the species of man.
Fortunatly the Lawudo Lama exists for another agenda which is to teach all to be free from the rebirths and head towards global compassion & the exit from samsara.

The Meaning of Life: From a Buddhist Perspective
The Meaning of Life: From a Buddhist Perspective
by Dalai Lama Bstan-ʾdzin-rgya-mtsho IV
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Tibetan Book of the Dead, 12 Jun. 2011
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Prior to the publcation of {The Tibean Book of the Dead} published 1927 by Evens Wentz & Lama Kazi Dawa Samdup there was a need for a more in depth teachings around rebirth.
A few years ago there eventualy came out a more definitive verson Gyurme Dorje & edited by Graham Coleman with Geshe Thupten Jimpa the above book was the first version to give direct instructions into the after death process leading towards a new rebirth.
Bit the first book that gave in depth instruction into this after death topic was {The meaning of Life from a Buddhist Perspctive} comes from a series of talks by the present Dalai Lama on the after death experince in lectures given in 1984.
The text centres around famed picture the wheel of life.
From the central hub in which are three creaturs {A Pig, a Snake & a Cock that is at times depicted as a pigeon}. These creatures represent greed, anger & desire fueld by ignorent greed.
Beyond the next circle which is of ordinary people who develop into monks from lay practitioners into a new re-birth.
Another circle dispays varied realms from Hellish realms via Animal to Human which is the only realm from which escape is possible.
There are realms for Gods & Demi Gods which is a realm of super celbrity star light splendour which all are temporary in nature which coem to an end eventualy.
Around the edge of the wheel is sections of twelve links of dependent arising or different states & actions which from actions done & devlop into new situations.
The book is very lucid & is a book that needs to be followed as a meditaion practice guide after reading slowly to aid digestion.
Even if as an individual we still are not aware of the time of our death.
The Buddhist practioner aims towards a form of control that creates the karmic actions that help create a future re-birth in able to be able to help all being's devlop.
Take your time and digest this book slowly, you have all the time in eternity to mature & grow up to our full potential.
All the book is centred around a drawing tradionaly made as a teaching device created by the historic Buddha to explain Buddist rebirth teachings to a lay practioner.
Translated by Jeffey Hopkins this is a good book that covers a concept which all Buddhism follows no mater what tradition is followed or counrty of origin.

Douduk: the Sound of Armenia
Douduk: the Sound of Armenia
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5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Armenian music, 12 Jun. 2011
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This is a collection of traditional music played on traditional instruments.
Full of the breath of life from a different time with a tone that is almost full of Pathos.
Here the music flows slowly along as it meanders across the plain needing only a horse to ride across the Steppes.
It is meditative and full of Sufi flavoured ease that hints that a god stands just around the corner.
Music coming from an entirely diffent world of modern western popular music.
There is no western pop music here that seems to be caught in a time loop of endless cycles & repeats.

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