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Lincoln in the Bardo

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review of a George Saunders novel

by Michelle Welch

I’m often on the lookout for Buddhist-themed novels, and Lincoln in the Bardo is a new novel that received numerous critical accolades. More recently, Lion’s Roar magazine featured an interview with the author, George Saunders. I was particularly drawn to the novel after I attended a sukhavati ceremony, which is intended to help a deceased person in their passage through the bardo. In Tibetan Buddhist thought, the bardo is an intermediate state where the deceased await rebirth. Continue…

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no responses - Posted 05.25.17
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2 responses - Posted 05.23.17
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no responses - Posted 05.21.17
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2 responses - Posted 05.18.17
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no responses - Posted 05.15.17
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1 response - Posted 05.11.17
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no responses - Posted 05.09.17
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