The Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive has FREE (YES! I SAID FREE!) books available, including the book at the left, Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment by the Dalai Lama. Go here and have a look. They make great Christmas presents for those folks you'd like to give a gift to, but you know they'd feel weird if you spent money on them. :)
I wrap these books up all *Christmas-pretty* and include ordering information, if they should want to order more. If you know non-Christians, progressive Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, Wiccans, pagans, etc... most are usually very pleased with these gifts, and you can also have some great (if highly esoteric!) discussions afterwards! (I've never given them to any atheists, so you're on your own there; agnostics seem fine.)
Bonus: Some of the books have Richard Gere's name in the acknowledgments! :D
Of course, you should send money for postage and whatever you can afford. Charity (Dana) is one of the six requisites of Buddhist discipline: Giving leads to being reborn in happy states and material wealth. Alternatively, lack of giving leads to unhappy states and poverty. Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archives is generously providing us lovely, new books, and we should give back.
So, yes, they are free, but I always give something.
Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day of memorial for all transgender persons who have died as a result of intolerance and violence.
Thanks to Lisa at Questioning Transphobia for the heads-up.
More at Transgender Day of Remembrance and Remembering Our Dead.
Anthony wants you should contribute to his blog carnival, Surfer's Paradise Hullabaloo. Deadline midnight! Go to Anthony McCune's blog for the details.
New Grateful Dead Hour shows are posted every Wednesday on the fabulous and invaluable Dead.net. Click on FEATURES and then GD HOUR. Great stuff to get you through your working week!
Listening to: New York Dolls - Personality Crisis