The Bodhisattva's Brain: Buddhism Naturalized by Owen Flanagan — Having authored several books and article on the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, Owen Flanagan's perspective on the intersection of Buddhism, psychology and Western philosophy is well informed and generally unbiased. Bracketing supernatural elements that are inconsistent with science, this treatise emphasizes the practical potential of Buddhist spirituality for attaining a philosophically informed state of happiness. Buddhist principles are examined in light of Aristotle's emphasis on reason and virtue, with added focus on compassion.
Watching and listenting to guitar master Robin Bullock might temp the average guitarist to put his or her instrument down, forever! The challenge is to take at least one element of Bullock's exceptional performances on guitar and citern and apply it to one's own style or repertoire. While the Mel Bay Guitar Masters Live series is oriented to musicians, this video should also be of interest to enthusiasts of Celtic and World Music.
The new CD by The Derek Truck Band, Already Free, is a good example of how root forms of the blues have been transformed, yet preserved, by rock music. Trucks has an excellent pedigree in Southern blues-rock, taking up Duane Allman's mantel as the best living slide guitarist and incorporating a range of world music influences into his playing.