Key West Tara Mandala 
   A Tibetan Buddhist Sangha
  May All Beings Benefit

Key West Tara Mandala Media Center  

Dharma Books, CDs and DVDs 


TheA celebration of Frank
Romano’s life will be held at
4 p.m. Friday,
June 3, 2011,
at Tennessee
Wi l l i a m s
T h e a t r e ,
5901 College
Road, Stock
Island.

The Key West Tara Mandala Buddhist Sangha offers a media center with a variety of books, CDs and DVDs on the dharma.


Materials are set out for viewing at most sangha events and can be checked out by filling out the card associated with the item you want to borrow and placing it in the orange plastic box you'll find nearby.  


To return, simply put the items in the orange box and they will be put back on display.  


There are no "due dates," but you may receive a reminder phone call or email if you've kept something for a long time.  all sangha media center materials are marked with a small label to help you remember where they came from.

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For your summer enjoyment, the sangha media center offers three Eliot Pattison novels with Buddhist themes.

 

In Beautiful Ghosts, a murder in a ruined monastery, an FBI agent on the trail of stolen art, a British relief worker, an American billionaire in cahoots with a Chinese minister, and a beautiful woman with a dual heritage are the key ingredients in this thriller. Released unofficially from a work camp in Tibet and now living with the forbidden lamas he has sworn to protect from Chinese efforts to eradicate them and their culture, former Beijing detective inspector Shan Tao Yun is caught in a web of political intrigue between the Chinese official who arranged his release and the pompous and corrupt Minister of Culture who will stop at nothing, including murder, to possess the ancient treasure believed hidden in the monastery.

 

At the heart of The Skull Mantra is a forced labor camp where the Chinese imprison Buddhist monks and other local dissidents they've swept up since taking over Tibet. The prison also holds a few special Chinese prisoners--including Shan Tao Yun, once the inspector general of the Ministry of Economy in Beijing. For reasons even he doesn't understand, he has been imprisoned and brutalized, and now he spends his days breaking rocks high in the Himalayas on a road crew. Shan manages to survive under these harsh conditions thanks to the spiritual guidance of his fellow prisoners, but this precarious balance is threatened by the discovery of the headless body of a local Chinese official near a road construction site. The dead man's head soon turns up in a famous shrine--a cave that contains the skulls of heroic monks. And that’s just the beginning of the intrigue!

 

In Water Touching Stone, Gendun, the senior lama at the monastery that has given Shan sanctuary, announces, 'You are needed in the north. A woman named Lau has been killed. A teacher. And a lama is missing.' It turns out that Lau had taken upon herself the care of the zheli, a group of orphaned children from all corners of Xianjiang, and strove to help the children retain a sense of native identity in the face of the Poverty Eradication Scheme, which is Beijing-speak for the destruction of the herding clans and the transformation of the western steppes into a region of exploitable resources. Shan wonders whether officials from the People's Brigade (perhaps the "Jade Bitch," Prosecutor Xu Li), or the feared secret police "knobs" from Public Security decided to put a stop to her subversive activities. But when the children from the zheli begin dying amid horrific tales of the "demon" that came for them, bleak politics must grapple with darker imaginings.

 

Are these great beach reads or what?!