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61. Graceful Exits : How Great Beings Die
by SUSHILA BLACKMAN
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Asin: 1590302702
Catlog: Book (2005-05-10)
Publisher: Shambhala
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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In a society in which the fact of death is obscured by fear anddenial, we are in dire need of teachers who can show us how to leavethis world with grace and dignity, and to place death in its trueperspective.Graceful Exits offers such guidance in the form of 108stories recounting the ways in which Hindu, Tibetan, and Zen Buddhistmasters, both ancient and modern, have confronted their own deaths.Bydirectly presenting the grace, clarity, and even humor with which greatspiritual teachers have met the end of their days, it providesinspiration and nourishment to anyone truly concerned with thefundamental issues of life and death. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A most unusual book on spirituality
My favorite story was about the 97-year-old Zen nun Nogami Senryo who wanted to, and did, die standing up.What a great story!There are many little gems throughout the book, though it is kind of morbid and I couldonly read a page or so at a time.The stories from India are prettyfantastical and hard to believe, though.I found the afterward to bestunning, how Ms. Blackman discovered she had advanced lung cancer and wasgoing to die.It was the captstone of the whole volume.This book makessobering but good reading for anyone, even those who are in the bloom ofhealth and are young.

5-0 out of 5 stars MUST READING FOR EVERYONE WHO IS GOING TO DIE
I read an excerpt of this book in a magazine and had to read the whole thing. The author,for reasons unknown to her,was compelled to collect death stories of Hindu,Buddhist and Zen masters.The stories she reports are awe inspiring.These men and women faced died with poise and courage, inspirations to all who must die. The book has a deeper message:Sushila Blackman was herself dying as she wrote the book.A trip to the emergency room while compiling the stories revealed that she wasn't suffering a mild heart attack as she thought.She was dying from incurable lung cancer.This is the story of a remarkable woman who used the material in this book to guide her own death.It gives me chills. ... Read more


62. Start Where You Are : A Guide to Compassionate Living (Shambhala Classics)
by PEMA CHODRON
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-21)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, insightful, useful
I absolutely loved this book. I read it for a class about wisdom and of the 10 books we had to read I'm only keeping three; this is one. I didn't know anything about Buddhism before reading this and I don't feel that I need to be a Buddhist in order to benefit from Pema's insights. Her advice for living (taken right from lojong slogans from Buddhist traditions) can be taken on many different levels. I don't feel that you need to go deep into the practice in order to benefit from any of this books teachings. You take from it what you need to. I'm adding my voice to the many here who have praised her, Pema Chodron has written a wonderful, helpful book. If you're in pain emotionally I highly recommend it. If you just want to get some peace in your life I highly recommend it. Everyone needs help coping with living, even if it's just a little. Pema has given us a guide to one way of coping.

5-0 out of 5 stars Start Where You Are Was my Bible
I highly recommend Start Where You Are for anyone who is serious about meditation practice and wants an earthy, no frills, no pretentions guide to compassionate living. Pema Chodron stresses that in order to act with compassion toward others, one must start with themselves, openning up that can of worms full of all the messy stuff that we would all rather not fess up to.

At a very difficult time in my life, I just kept starting at the beginning every time I finished reading it. I felt as if I knew Pema Chodron personally by reading her books. And having read everything of Chogyam Trungpa's that I could find prior, I had a strong grasp of the foundation from which she learned, but that is certainly not a prerequisite to benefiting from her teachings.

I would also strongly recommend her earlier book: The Wisdom of No Escape.

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars Plus! This book changed my life!
Pema Chodron does an amazing job of being down to earth, yet on a whole different plane of thinking and feeling. Her writings made me question the way I see the world, the way I feel about the world and the way I feel about myself. Through her words and practices, I learned to be at peace with myself and the world around me.

5-0 out of 5 stars teachings for better living
Pema Chodron's writing style is brilliant, straightforward, conversation, easy, warm. & in this book writing in that style she gives so many great teachings that will make your life easier. She teaches meditations, Buddhist philosophies, & lessons she's learned from her own experience. One thing she talk about a lot is lightening up. It seems simple, but she means it. This is a great book to learn about a good life from. She's one of the best writers we have in eastern thought. Breathe in the dark & heavy, breathe out bright & airy --

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple Truth
This book is extraordinarly well written in plain, simple, accessible English. It is like Pema Chodron is sitting at your kitchen table explaining life in clear and easy to understand language, And the message is even better: pure simple truth about what is important in life. Pema Chodron has great wisdom and shares it through this wonderful book. A book worth reading and re-reading. ... Read more


63. Zen in the Art of Archery (Vintage Spiritual Classics)
by EUGEN HERRIGEL
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Catlog: Book (1999-01-26)
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Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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An illuminating account of how to understand Zen through archery. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificent introduction to re-thinking your "techniques"
Several years ago I read Ray Bradbury's "Zen in the Art of Writing." In it, he said he was inspired by Herrigel's book, and said it was a must-read for writing students. That's what I was, so that's what I did.

Describing the whole Zen approach to, for example, art is something I will leave to the late Prof. Herrigel. My opinion is that this book is one of the three books that made me re-think my approach to writing and a few other of my life's objectives. There are some things which must be studied and analyzed in order to become more proficient/knowledgable (e.g., Scrabble, History, automotive repair, fly fishing), some things which transcend study and analysis and move into creativity and the subconscious (e.g., cooking, salesmanship, customer service), and then things which are about 5% mentally attentive study and 95% "Zen." Such things might be creative writing, dance, archery, target shooting, martial arts, and other fields of study where the practitioner occasionally does something terrific and says "How did I do that?!"

I will not try to sell the reader on the notion that this book will teach how to tap into some inner identity that, when allowed, takes over our conscious selves and brings us to greater performance. I will say, however, that it makes a convincing argument that the typically Western notion of the conscious mind being responsible for our abilities is very flawed. Every practitioner of a martial art will affirm the truism that after diligent study and hard work, your fists and feet will find their targets even before your eyes and your mind see them. Well, coarse as that might seem, that is the heart and soul of Zen. Humans have a strange dual nature; our rational/conscious minds are responsible for so much of our perception of the world, that we tend to overemphasize the value of attentive thought. Easterners have long known that, if you study carefully under a good instructor, some time down the road something takes over and brings you to new levels of proficiency. Easterners call this Zen.

Zen has so many proponents and pundits that I don't wish to insert myself here and presume to the reader that I am among them. I would like to say, however, that if you are interested in getting a well-written, intelligent and thought-provoking book (and a small one at that) which will introduce you to a new way of looking at your objectives and techniques for achieving them, "Zen in the Art of Archery" is a superb selection. It is not some silly, Anthony Robbins-esque promise-filled cookbook of personal growth. It is merely an introduction to a very old way of looking at ourselves and our performance at endeavors which call upon something more than conscious thought.

When you stop to consider the plethora of self-help garbage and personal growth tripe that springs out of Oprah and her idiot guru buddies, gems like this one come as a refreshing reminder that there still are some books worth reading for those of us who are inquisitive enough to pursue them.

5-0 out of 5 stars a classic study of a Westerner learning Zen

This brief book (81 pages) can be read in an hour or two, but it has become a classic in the literature about Zen, the inspiration for "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" and other works. In the 1950s, German philosopher Eugen Herrigel traveled to Japan, studied under Buddhist monks, and wrote about the experience of a Westerner trying to comprehend Zen Buddhism.

Herrigel detailed his archery training at the hands of Buddhist monks, of not being allowed to draw a bow for months and months, and finally, in a scene worthy of a Hollywood movie, of being shown a demonstration of incredible archery skill by a monk in the dead of night.

3-0 out of 5 stars from AN ACTING STUDENT's point of view...
I thought the story as a whole could have been better. I recognize what Herrigel was attempting to do: not bring Zen to the reader, but rather let the reader discover it for himself - much like he had to allow himself to "be breathed" rather than breathing, and allow "It" to shoot the arrow rather than shooting it himself. But the way that he went about it served to confuse me rather than enlighten me. By the end of his story, I was still expecting to come to a complete comprehension of, well, Zen in the art of archery. Perhaps I was not open-minded enough, and therefore the understanding could not fully get through to me. But if that is so, I don't blame myself in the least. I think that Herrigel went into his lessons with a very set, pre-formed idea of what Zen and therefore kyudo was all about. Therefore I don't think that a book written by him is the best way to learn about the subjects. If I want to truly learn about Zen, kyudo, Buddhism, and other Japanese and Eastern concepts, I will go about it the way I always have - with skepticism regarding other people's accounts. I want to go to Japan and learn for myself, rather than place my learning experience in the hands of an author I'm not sure I completely trust.

I am inclined to think that the Master was right, and that anyone introduced to the Western concepts of philosophy will have a great deal of trouble adjusting to the Eastern concepts of Zen.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book that helped me play and teach piano better
I have played the piano for thirty-five years and taught it for over twenty. I have written a book on teaching piano that is in the Lincoln Center Library for Performing Arts. The ideas and examples in this book, along with my mentor, helped me achieve breakthroughs in music when many other methods failed. In a way, I owe much of my teaching success to this book.

The book's beauty lies in a westerner's desperate attempts to make logical sense of concepts that are irrational and experiential. For example, the master told the author to let go of the string but also to not let go... Let the spirit "It" pull the string from the hand. Gradually releasing it, the string should leave the hand as though passing through butter.

I can attest to this idea's power. In piano, achieving pleasant tone is a contradictory skill. On the one hand, you have to play with enough force to project tone, on the other hand, you have to attack the key gently to create a rounded sound. The solution I found is called the "controlled drop," where you must let the arm drop but catch it. Like letting go of a bowstring, letting go of my arm to make pleasant sound at the piano is a joint effort between conscious and unconscious will.

Illustrating the sometimes difficult ideas are great anecdotes and quotes in the book. Like when the author challenged the master to shoot blindfolded, thinking it would be a rhetorical request. Instead, the master did just that, hitting the bullseye and splitting the first arrow with a second. And like when the master said, when you make a good shot, do not celebrate, bow and thank the spirit It. You are not responsible.

Perhaps the quotes and stories in this book anger some students of kyudo because they are kind of movie cliches by now, but at the time, it was new. And more important than the sensational stories are the concepts and conundrums present in an entertaining, short memoir.

I have read it many times and will go back again. Perhaps it is not exactly what Zen masters are teaching nowadays, but it has the solid feel of strong, cogent ideas. And the reader works struggles to understand the ideas along with author in what seems like real time.

5-0 out of 5 stars What I took from this book...
was that when we use short cuts we cheat our inner development. There is a point in his training when Mr.Herrigel, begins to hit the target. As he does so the Master becomes suspicious and begins to watch his technique.

When the Master discovers that Mr.Herrigel has found a western solution to his learning difficulties, the Zen Master expels him immediately. Explaining to him that what Mr.Herrigel has done was create a hollow illusion of success. True connection with the target first happens in the mind's ey and heart.

Great lesson to be learned for anyone. Loved this book I attempted to use some of the principles to change the way I did archery. I don't think I succeeded with all of the philosophies, but it did change my perspective.

Good luck reading it. ... Read more


64. Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your Life
by Taro Gold
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-12)
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No one is perfect-in fact, we all are perfectly imperfect. That is the paradoxical first lesson shared by Taro Gold in Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your Life. What is Wabi Sabi? A universal ideal of beauty, Wabi Sabi celebrates the basic, the unique, and the imperfect parts of our lives. Wabi Sabi is the comfortable joy you felt as a child, happily singing off key, creatively coloring outside the lines, and mispronouncing words with gusto. On a deeper level, Wabi Sabi is the profound awareness of our oneness with all life and the environment. It includes a deep awareness of the choices we make each day, the power we have to accept or reject each moment of our lives, and to find value in every experience."Appreciate this and every moment, no matter how imperfect, for this moment is your life. When you reject this moment, you reject your life. You don't have to settle for this moment, you are free to steer a different course, but for now, this moment is yours, so be mindful to make the most of it."Living Wabi Sabi leads us to discover the true beauty of our lives, to know true joy here and now, to reveal the most powerfully positive sides of imperfection. Illustrated with stunning yet simple watercolor art, Living Wabi Sabi is a beautiful keepsake that is sure to become a beloved resource for wisdom in the joy of living. ... Read more


65. The Tao of Star Wars
by John M. Porter, John Porter
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Asin: 0893343854
Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
Publisher: Humanics Trade Group
Sales Rank: 81384
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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The Tao Te Ching, after the Bible, is the most translated book in the world. Its reputed author, Lao Tzu, lived about 2600 years ago. Faced with a corrupt, competitive, egocentric society, which had lost its way (sound familiar), he left society riding upon an ox. He felt that society had lost the Tao and that was the cause of the decline of the civilization. Humans have always had an insatiable hunger for spiritual guidance and recently westerners have had a rekindled interest in the Tao. Perhaps it is because we see the same problems today that Lao Tzu saw in his day.

The "Star Wars" series contains, for some, a philosophical basis. "The Tao of Star Wars" uses the motifs from the "Star Wars" series to explain the basic tenets of Taoism. Although some of these concepts are relatively familiar, such as acceptance, patience and simplicity, their nuances as they apply to Taoism are invigorated utilizing the "Star Wars" motifs. Other tenets, such as wu wei, yin-yang and p’u, may be completely foreign to the western mind and deep philosophical explanations are not practical for application to daily living. Since following the Tao is walking a living path in harmony with the way the world is sensible definitions are needed. These Taoist concepts have life breathed into them by the "Star Wars" themes. This will allow the reader to apply these concepts to one’s life as the essence of the Tao is to experience life in the present moment. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Small book with Excellent content
This book is a delightful read. Effectively uses quotes from the Tao Te Ching and blends them with quotes from the Star Wars trilogy, plus the Phantom Menace. Very readable book. I'm surprised the auther didn't use a bigger distributor. The book cover is ridiculus looking, but the content excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ancient and useful wisdom in a modern archetype!
After you have read the first few pages, or randomly choose where to begin, you will realize that you are not simply reading a book but you are on an adventure. The words and imagery flow. It, as someone who is familiar with the Tao would realize, takes on the simplicity of that wisdom. For others who may be Star Wars enthusiasts, the common thread of Yoda and the other Masters using and teaching the "Force", may feel an instant connection with the Tao. This book is truly unique and very readable. Take the adventure...

4-0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to taoism for Star Wars fans
This is a good, simple book that shows the correlation between taoist philosophy and the Star Wars films. The author's writing style is enjoyable and the book is very easy to follow. If you are a fan of the Star Wars films and would like to learn about taoism, then I recommend this book. Of course, you should also pick up a copy of the Tao Te Ching, which is the cornerstone of the philosophy -- I recommend the translations by Jonathan Star and Brian Browne Walker.

5-0 out of 5 stars SUPERB BOOK FOR UNDERSTANDING TAOISM
There are many "Tao of" books on the market today. Most, if not all of them deviate from the essence of Taoism. That is not that case in this book. This book is excellent, both for beginners seeking to learn the Tao, as well as for those with experience who may need to be renewed in the Tao. The Star Wars analogies make it an enjoyable read. I recommend this book highly to all.

1-0 out of 5 stars DONT BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe from a Tao perspective this book means something, but I doubt it. I am a starwars fan and let me tell you, I hope George Lucas got royalties from this piece of dung. All John did was copy, verbatim, lines from the starwars script and trivially explain how they related to a Tao concept. The whole book was read in 20 minutes (because of how much depth it lacked) and for 16 bucks, what a waste. It also looks like all the pages were photocopied on a really cheap machine. If you want a book with more insight and depth, read 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' or a CareBear book. The words in the book are larger font than any of those in a childrens book (I guess he used large print for lack of anything to say). This book is a prime example of yet another person with the need to publish a book and the lack of anything to contribute to society. If you are looking for a lighthearted read full of stuff you already know about starwars (literally, not beyond the words in the original script) then waste your money. ... Read more


66. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Zen Living (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback))
by Gary McClain, Eve Adamson
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Catlog: Book (2000-11-26)
Publisher: Alpha Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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As an adult who leads a busy life, you have to deal with the stresses of home, work, and family.The Buddhist idea of Zen seeks to help you reduce stress so that you can remain calm when conflicts arise.This book begins with the basics, telling you what Zen is and how you can use it to deal with the situations that come up in your fast-paced life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book on applying zen to your everyday life
This book clearly explains many Zen principles and shows applications to everyday life. It is an excellent first book for people getting interested in Zen. For me (I've been practicing for about a year), it was also a good book to show more examples of applying Zen. It demystifies Zen, and discusses how things (like planning) that can seem contradictory to Zen really aren't a problem.

Finally, the title of the book is great: It shows that the authors really get Zen. It's NOT the guide to understanding zen, or to learning zen; it's the guide to Zen LIVING.

5-0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than Anticipated
Yes, I'm aware of the irony here of preconceived notions and Zen, although I've been pleasantly surprised with a good result.

The Complete Idiot's Guide To Zen Living is a great introduction to Zen. It's easy to read, entertaining and engaging. It also presents itself as a great follow through or next step as to living Zen.

Depending on what you're looking for regarding Zen. This book gives you an overview of Buddhism with a quick 5 cent tour and with wit, humor and a sense of familiarity introduces you to Zen, Zen terms, Zen thought and a Zen perspective regarding life, home, work and family.

Another reviewer had mentioned that so many other books on Zen don't really "explain" Zen in the Western sense of the word. I've notice that too - it's like you're not in on the inside joke - or something like that. This book explains Zen and explains it well without the sense of you not being in on the joke. It's not just a collection of koans or an illustration of Zen through stories. Don't misunderstand me; I'm not saying that those stories or illustrations through tales are bad. For me I find them difficult as an introduction and after reading this book I actually want to continue my Zen path through those very tales and stories.

I got a lot out of this book and enjoyed reading it. It's a great introduction to Zen and more.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent practical guide to Zen
Many books on Zen fall into one of two categories: the "jump on the cool buzzword bandwagon" books that really have nothing to do with Zen, and the very dry and overly rigid books that are filled with many words and yet very little that a person would find helpful in everyday life. I am pleased to say this book falls into neither of those categories, and instead fits into a more enjoyable one: the kind of book that helps you learn to live better.

This is not a book about Zen history, or extensive rules for how to "properly" meditate. As the title states, this is a book about Zen *living*. It is like a flash light, which you can shine into the darkest corners of your mind and use as a guide to simplifying the psychological and emotional clutter therein. The authors have filled this book with many practical examples of how a Zen perspective can ease your mental burden and allow you to get more out of each moment.

If you're looking for lots of dry, philosophical blather, this is not the book for you. But if you are genuinely interested in gaining a new perspective on life, and learning how simple it can be to live in a more satisfying way, you've definitely come to the right place. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to clean out the dusty attic of the mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great place to start.
This book is a great place to start for beginers of a Zen way of living. Its to the point. Zen living is covered for every aspect of your life. The authors put much time into making the basic understanding of Zen very easy to comprehend. Numerous ideas and excercises really put you into an understanding of what is wrong,why it's wrong and how to fix it through a Zen way of living. From work to creativity to just walking down the street this book will help.
Now I feel I can expand my Zen life style having learned the basic's. In the now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy it, read it, burn it, live it
I have been studying Zen off and on for years but was continually frustrated by the relentless obscurantism. On several occasions I asked questions on Zen newsgroups and was disappointed when people would answer my questions with riddles. Also, when I asked a Zen Roshi to answer some questions (even offering to pay him for his time) I found myself railroaded into taking his beginner's course a second time! I began to suspect that there are a lot of people out there who are so attached to some FORM of Zen that they have lost the ability to communicate the essentials in a compelling manner. They asked me, in effect, to "just have faith", perhaps inspired by their reports of bliss.

Sorry, but I've been there, done that! If you can't explain your valuable insight without a modicum of understanding of who I am and what I can grasp, then I'm not interested.

That's why I found "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Zen Living" (hereinafter TCIGTZL), so very refreshing. While I'm sure that some Zen purists will scoff, I was happy to have some perplexing questions answered. For example, I once asked on a Zen newsgroup, "What is the benefit of Zen? Why should I entrust the next 20 years of my life to some teacher whose qualifications I'm not able to assess?" In response, I got a lot of Zentastic blathering. It was as if they were trying to teach somebody calculus before arithmetic.

TCIGTZL, on the other hand, lays out the benefits quite clearly. I fail to see the harm in that; the authors carefully explain the "goaless goal" aspect of Zen, so there should be little danger of readers striving to attain and cling to those benefits. (If I may draw an analogy: you can explain the advantages of learning to read without getting people fixated on the actual process once they acquire the skill.)

So, at last, a bit of clarity! While Zen has long appealed to me at a gut level, I was getting to the point where I was asking, "After hundreds of years, why hasn't Zen improved its method of introducing itself to neophytes?" Maybe that's not fair -- maybe I wasn't looking in the right places -- but until I found TCIGTZL I was starting to think that I'd been wrong about Zen all along.

TCIGTZL does include a lot of material that is perplexing. I expected that. I also expect to find my future exploration of Zen frustrating. Now, though, I've read an accessible overview. I won't keep the book -- that would be too "clingy" -- but at least I now have some validation of my initial (favourable) gut reaction to Zen. ... Read more


67. Buddhism for Beginners
by Thubten Chodron, Thubten Chodron
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Catlog: Book (2001-02-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Buddhism
Great Introduction to Buddhism

This book was written in response to many - "can I ask you a question about Buddhism?"

I really enjoyed the question and answer style that this is written in - for example in chapter one the question is asked - "What is the essence of Buddha's teachings?" and an excellent and easy to understand answer given. "What is the goal of the Buddhist path?" and again another easy to understand and terrific answer given etc -

These and other great questions throughout the book are questions that someone looking into Buddhism would be asking.

Some of the questions I hadn't really considered before, but was really glad they were asked and fully interested in the answers and learned new things.

This is an easy and enjoyable book to read. Great for the beginner or someone just curious about Buddhism. Great for someone further along the path to sit, smile and enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buddhism 101
I was looking for a good beginner's book on Buddhism, and found it with this one. Thubten Chodron did an excellent job in teaching the basics of Buddhism, it's history, and the difference in interpretations by various nations. She breaks down the chapters into various topics, from "Meditation" to "Social Activism & Ethical Issues." Each chapter is composed of Q&A's, like "What is karma? How does it work?" After reading this book, I got a great idea of how Buddhists view their world. This book is rather brief (150 pages) but it accomplishes it's intended purpose well.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Flawed Materpiece
These are questions and then their answers by a Tibetan Buddhist nun. And they are very very good. Because they are questions that students rarely ask. Some issues seem remote from Buddhism.
But they are not. So this book is a real gem. But it should have included a really good prelude to each of the 21 chapters.
One feels a little like one missed the main discussion and arrived only for the question and answer period. Please buy
"Open Heart, Clear Mind" by the author and make these two books a dynamic duo.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for those new to Buddhism & their families!
Venerable Thubten Chodron is a wonderful writer - she explains things simply and sometimes humorously, and always holds the reader's interest. If you are beginning to practice Buddhism or are contemplating doing so, this book is a great place to start. It is the perfect book to give to friends or family members who are not familiar with Buddhism but want to understand your newfound spirituality.

4-0 out of 5 stars Have questions about Buddhism?
I read this book after I finished a more scholarly book on Buddhism. It was quite refreshing to read "Buddhism For Beginners", as it is an easy read. The book is full of questions and answers from cover to cover. You can pick up the book, read it for an hour or so, or just read it for 5 minutes with ease. You can thumb through it looking for subjects that interest you, or you can go from cover to cover. Either way, it is a nicely written book, with clear and simple text. For one who actually wants to begin studying and practicing Buddhism I also suggest they read "Buddhism Plain and Simple" by Steven Hagen. These are both very good books! ... Read more


68. The Art of Mindful Living: How to Bring Love, Compassion and Inner Peace into Your Daily Life
by Thich Nhat Hanh
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Zen meditation master and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh offers his practical teachings about how to bring love and mindful awareness into our daily experience. These rare moments were recorded during a family meditation retreat. Kind – purposeful – illuminating – here is an abundant treasure of traditional gathas (teachings) that unify meditation practice with the challenges we face in today’s world. Enhanced features include traditional Vietnamese music performed by the monks and nuns of Plum Village, a meditation practice from Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindful Movements video, and an interview with the author. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Life changing
This CD is dynamic and subtle. It changes your life and therefore the lives of those around you. The exercises bring a breath of fresh air to daily practice.

5-0 out of 5 stars The voice of the Buddha - just beside you
The first book I bought from Tich Nhat Hanh had the following statement by Sogyal Rinpoche "He writes with the voice of the Buddha". I found it to be true up to the last word. I would now dare to say that Tie also speaks with the voice of the Buddha. If you are on the path of mindfulness, these CDs are to be listened over and over, always fresh and new touches of mindfulness.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy it!
I put this in my CD player on the night stand and go to sleep to it. I also listen to it in my car. It's great relief in a traffic jam. It changed my way of thinking.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this tape!
After reading Thich Nhat Hahn's book "Peace is Every Step" (outstanding), I bought this tape. You'll see several reviewers on this page saying that they have nearly worn out their copy from listening to it again and again. I've done the same. The tape is a series of talks given by Thich Nhat Hahn in one of his visits to the United States. Beginning simply, with exercises in mindful breathing, he speaks about a wide range of topics and teachings that will undoubtedly touch many areas of your own life.

Many other works by Thay (teacher) Nhat Hahn deserve consideration. The tapes "Being Peace" and "The Present Moment" are both excellent follow-ups to The Art of Mindful Living.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have Spiritual Tape.
Excellent production. Superb content. Inspirational observations and elegant, simple, beautiful metaphors. Worth listening to again and again and again. ... Read more


69. Ethics for the New Millennium: His Holiness the Dalai Lama
by Dalai Lama, Dalai Lama
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Here is a moral system based on universal rather than religious principles. Its ultimate goal is happiness for every individual regardless of religious belief. Though the Dalai Lama is himself a practicing Buddhist, his approach to life and the moral compass that guides him can lead each and every one of us-Muslim, Christian, Jew, or Atheist-to a happier, more fulfilling life. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Wise advice
How can we be happy in today's materialistic, competitive world? Not by amassing more wealth and possessions, according to the Dalai Lama. He recommends that we focus on internal, spiritual issues: we need to recognize our connectedness with all human beings, learn to restrain anger and other negative thoughts and emotions, and develop patience and compassion for others. For the way to be happy is by being a good, ethical person. This is useful advice that can help anyone who takes it seriously. But self-change is difficult; considerable effort is required. Getting ahead by pulling other people down is widely accepted in our society, and I'm afraid those who most need the Dalai Lama's advice may be the least likely to read this book and follow his teachings. I also highly recommend "Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Book of Eastern Wisdom" by Taro Gold.

5-0 out of 5 stars Compelling and sincere
Despite being a book by the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, this is not a religious work. Nor is it spiritual or a plea to act against the miserable state of Tibet. It is as void of pretence as a scientific book on ethics. Well, which is what it is: a scientific, sociologic book on ethics.

But the Dalai Lama manages to make more from it. He is teaching the reader on his subject, not by preaching or swaying, but purely by illustrating and logic. He doesn't use easy language the entire time, nor does he put everything in metaphor or make a thrilling story of it. Yet, there is something between the lines of exposition with which he manages to instil on the reader that he speaks words of wisdom and truth.

I could find only one word that describes this text accurately: convincing. This is the sort of book that, upon finishing, needs to be read again - purely out of angst that the lesson you have just received, might dissipate with time. It leaves you feeling that with a little patience and devotion, you will be a happier, warmer person.

This book needs no preaching or swaying, this book will make you stand up and act out of own impulse. And get this: it will work too.

This book gets five stars.

Bram Janssen,
The Netherlands

5-0 out of 5 stars The tradition continues
Simple, straight forward argument for compassion and tolerance, the christian protestant or catholic, the atheist, the jew or gentile can or rather shouldn't have any problem with this. Lovely and uplifting read.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Potentially Life and World Changing Experience
This is in the top 5 of my favorite books. The Dalai Lama masterfully articulates some of the most important principals that are set forth by the Buddhist religion into understandable everyday language. When these principals are applied to one's life the effects are dramatic and carry incredible impact. He makes a point of the fact that this life is a journey and that we must continually be mindful of these principals. He quite skillfully is able to breakdown what can sometimes seem like a hectic and empty existance into very simply understood terms. Pointing out that all humans have two main desires; to acheive happiness and avoid suffering. He goes on to give seemingly simplistic, but often overlooked guidelines in order to acheive these two main desires. He links many of these thoughts with superb logical reasoning. Empathy is a main theme and the book does a wonderfull job stressing this eternally important principle. You will not regret reading this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Simple and Persuasive Discourse on How to Live
Honestly, who's going to give the Dalai Lama less than five stars? Few people in history have been more admired or deserved more respect. This man has been forcibly removed from his homeland and stood helplessly by as it has been systematically raped by China. Through it all, he has never wavered from the fundamental precepts of Buddhist teaching. He has shown nothing but compassion and respect to his oppressors and is rightly venerated by a world community in awe of his forbearance and strength of character. The Dalai Lama is a remarkable example and when he speaks about ethics, people listen.

Fortunately, I can give him five stars and maintain my intellectual integrity, because this is an excellent book. It is a simple and open discourse about how to develop and follow a moral compass in the modern world. With lucid and earnest language, the Dalai Lama outlines the fundamental ideas of a system of ethics based on compassion and the cultivation of constructive emotions. The ideas in this book are not new. They amount to a principle that has become so time-worn that it has almost (unfortunately) cliché. To make the world and more peaceful and loving place, start with yourself.

No magic here. But from a Nobel Peace laureate with such stature, the cliché is transformed. These principles, coming from the pen of this man, demand to be listened to.

This book is an excellent guide to the "right" way to live, as well as a meaningful non-sectarian introduction to the tenets of Buddhist morality. It is also a persuasive appeal for each and every one of us to foster moral discipline, compassion and respect within ourselves. If you have not been exposed to the Dalai Lama's writings, this book good place to start. If you have, this book is among the most commendable of his works. ... Read more


70. The Dhammapada
by Eknath Easwaran, Easwaran
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According to Eknath Easwaran, if all of the Buddhist sutras had been lost except the Dhammapada, it alone would be enough for readers to understand and appreciate the wisdom of the Buddha. Easwaran's version of the Dhammapada goes a long way toward proving this. In a lengthy introduction, Easwaran summarizes the life of the Buddha and the main tenets of his thought, including key concepts such as dharma, karma, and nirvana. The language of the Dhammapada is as lucid and flowing as the Psalms or the Sermon on the Mount, and this is why it is one of the most loved and remembered of all Buddhist sutras. Its subject matter, succinctly, is about training the mind, which leads to kind thoughts and deeds, which bring peace and freedom from suffering. If you are interested in reading one of the gems of Buddhist literature, this is a good place to start; and if you are looking for a great version of this beloved scripture, you can't do better. Like all great world scripture, the verses here reward rereading and reflection, prompting you to "strive for wisdom always." --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wisdom in words..
Eknath Easwaran's translation of "The Dhammapada" is superb. I'm not a Buddhist and you don't have to be to glean an ounce of wisdom from these pages. The Buddha's words can apply to anyone and everyone who reads with an open mind and heart.

Easwaran begins with a fantastic, lengthy, introduction detailing the Buddha's life. The concepts of Karma, Dharma and Nirvana are also explained.

The Bhudda's words are comprised in 25 chapters, grouped by topic. Each chapter recieves an introduction by Stephen Ruppenthal.

If you enjoy this version of "The Dhammapada", might I also recommend "The Bhagavad Gita" and the "Upanishads", also by Easwaran. These two books provide a wonderful spiritual and philosophic look into the Hindu religion.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Dhammapada to travel.
"Our life is shaped by our mind," the Buddha tells us in the opening lines of The Dhammapada, "we become what we think" (p. 78). This is the essence of Buddhism, and the central theme of The Dhammapada ("the path of dharma"), a collection of teachings preserved most likely by the Buddha's original students in the sixth century before Christ. And as Eknath Easwaran tells us, it is a collection of discourses "meant for everyone," not just monks and nuns (p. 75). "If everything else were lost," Easwaran observes in his excellent, 65-page Introduction to this translation, "we would need nothing more than the Dhammapada to follow the way of the Buddha" (p. 7). Although I'm not qualified to comment on his abilities as a translator, Easwaran succeeds at conveying the essence of the Buddha's teachings that point the way down a path less traveled, but a path that makes all the difference when it comes to self-realization. In my opinion, Easwaran's translation is the one to travel.

G. Merritt

5-0 out of 5 stars Eternal Freedom from Suffering. A MUST Read!
The Dammapada went to the core of my being like few books have done before. This book literally transformed previous pain into genuine compassion and understanding. The work of Eknath Easwarren is a noble gift to humanity. His introduction brings you into the life of Buddha, where you "feel" what He went through, and how he overcame the same doubts, anxieties, and responses from ego that we all strive to overcome.
There is no preaching in this tradition, only the heartfelt and breathtaking teaching of the way out of pain.
This book reads like a jewel that brings light to your mind and your soul. It encompasses the greatest teachings of Buddha, and will show you exactly how to achieve Nirvana. This is not a religion, it is a way of life, paved with the eightfold path, that is for all of humanity equally, even if you subscribe to another religion. It will reach your human mind, and help you transform into an "awakened" one. HIGHLY Recommended for the everlasting peace you deserve.
Barbara Rose, author of 'Individual Power' and 'If God Was Like Man'

4-0 out of 5 stars Just a good book
I just liked this book. I like that the introduction has a brief on the four noble truths and the eightfold path, encouraging one to look deeper. I also like the explinations and or insites that come before the verses, not in-between the verses like some other publications which tend to muddy the lesson. Its just a very comfortable book to read and re-read time and again, and because of this I think the lessons unfold in a more natural fashion. No hurry, just relax.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buddhism defined
Another soothing gem by Easwaran. I had earlier read The Upanishads by the same author, and was inspired into further exploration of his writing. A few words on the author before the book is due here. Easwaran can definitely be counted as one of those individuals who has made a sincere and thorough attempt to understand numerous religions and draw out their common parallels and apply them to his life, in an almost saint-like manner. Easwaran influence on thought can be said to be similar to Parthasarathy's, another great writer more focused on Hinduism. It is in reading such authors, that we are left with an indelible impact on our psyche, and within a few weeks of regular reading, can see our daily lives transformed by the power of our own tranquil thinking.

In The Dhammapada, Easwaran now embarks on a similar voyage of peace and calm in the exploration of Buddhism, as he did with the Upanishads. The introduction of the book once again gives a brief backrgound into the life of Siddharta, the prince and charts his transformation into the Buddha, the "one who is awake". The book then goes on to describe one of the fundamental "religious-books" of Buddhism, the Dhammapada and its teachings. The parallels with the Upanishadic teachings, the mystic sufis and the Sermon on the Mount is often illustrated, thus underlining Easwaran's belief of the unity of fundamental thought across religions.

Every two chapters are preceeded with an introduction to the concepts and principles enshrined in them, and hence makes reading and comprehension and indeed, personal thinking and evaluation that much more effective. Buddhism in the end, comes out as it should, another monumental religion based on very basic truths and grounded in infallible and extremely rigorous logic. The book is a pure delight to read and has an almost immediate impact on the reader's approach to life itself.

Incidentally, another wonderful book and religion on similar lines is "The way of Zen", by Alan Watts, and I am out to procure it. This is supposed to describe the confluence of Taoism and Mahayana Buddhism to create the Zen.

Somewhere out there lies the truth, our own selves shining in the dark. ... Read more


71. Infinite Life: Seven Virtues for Living Well
by Robert Thurman
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Robert Thurman--father of Uma, outspoken critic of George Bush'sadministration and one of the first Westerners to bring popularize Buddhismin America—has written what is arguably his finest book. In InfiniteLife he invites readers into a fascinating new way of thinking livingand meditating that might do more to save the world than any political actknown to humans. In recognizing that our lives and even our moment-to-moment choices choices haveeternal ramifications, we are at once free from the burden of pettypursuits yet suddenly saddled with the weight of infinite responsibility.Thurman helps students understand that carrying this weight is the only waywe can free ourselves and the rest of the world form suffering. Buddhistsrecognize this as the path of "the bodhisattva," dedicated to the well-beingof all beings. In order to help readers make this quantum shift in awareness, Thurmanstructure his chapters around the paramitas, or transcendent virtues:wisdom, generosity, patience, contemplation, justice (usually called"discipline"), and creativity ("diligence"). He adds a seventh virtue:art—as in the "art of infinite living." Each chapter includes a lesson on avirtue as well as meditations and life choices that support personal andglobal transformation.

"You can try out a whole new approach to life," he promises. "Then we'llexplore how can put your new ideas into practice in the world, turning yourthoughts into action. We'll examine the repercussions of your personalchange on society and on the fragile, opalescent planet. We'll see howpersonal transformation is social transformation."

He delivers his promise with political and spiritual punch. Some criticizeThurman for his outspokenness against the current Bush administration. Butfor those who want to use their spirituality to create political change—thisbook is filled with excellent meditations and lifestyle suggestions forbringing about global compassion and humanity. --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Infinite Life- 7 Virtues et al. by Robert Thurman
This is an excellent but somewhat controversial work which embellishes the Mahayana School of Buddhism. The author espouses the virtues inherent in selflessness and individual/collective
wisdom. He challenges the reader to embrace creativity and
generosity in interpersonal relationships. Most importantly,
the work demands that we do a critical self-examination to
determine what is within us. It is only by knowing ourselves
thoroughly that we can transcend our current condition.
This self-transformation is a condition precedent to achieving the creativity and generosity of spirit needed to help others.
The book challenges us to transcend ourselves and achieve
levels of learning and experience outside the normal everyday
patterns of life. It is an important contribution to
religion, philosophy and the psycho-social sciences.

5-0 out of 5 stars Infinite Life, A True Inspiring Message of Infinite Hope
There are so many facets of Buddhism -one compliments the others-, the true embodiment of emptiness at the very heart of Buddhist teachings that nothing has an inherent existence of its own. No one does a better job than Robert Thurman, one of the most prominent Buddhist scholars representing the Mahayana school of thoughts, in giving a cerebral erudition of the meanings and interpretations of old manuscripts and their relevance to our contemporary life. That is represented, again, in his latest craft. The Mahayana tradition puts a huge emphasis on infinite and universal compassion for all sentient beings, it is the basis of every effort toward self-transformation, that ultimately entails self-transcendence in the selfless spirit of the altruistic mind seeking for enlightenment for the benefits of all. His book works on that basis in a very forceful, dense, idealistic fashion but accessible at the same time.

This Bodhisatva ideal is so infinitely lofty to the point that many people might find it impractical and unrealistic. However, as Thurman point-blankly elaborates throughout the book, that ideal isn't an empty dream of a romantic fool, but it's based on the infinite outlook of life with infinite room for personal growth; infinity that stretches to the "past" and "future" through infinite numbers of past and future lives, intimately intertwined and interrelated.

In this infinite universe, that is supported by science needless to say, there are infinite possibilities. That is one thing. The other is the proclamation that we are all Buddha now, we just need to be awakened to that fact. So if we are all enlightened beings with built-in infinite capacity for altruism and infinite deadlines to fulfill our Bodhisatva ideal, aiming high isn't that crazily unrealistic. If anything, it jumpstarts and single mindedly focus our commitment to practice to get closer to that ideal in our own pace and time.

This notion leads to a troubling theory (at least to some) of reincarnation that in Buddhism is more aptly coined as rebirth. How are the two different? And is there any scientific basis for either theory? Or is it a mere belief as theists believe in heaven or hell as the final destination after one's death?

Buddhism goes far deeper than a mere belief system which is an end to itself that gives you a not so comforting alternative of eternal damnation for stubbornly resisting to "see the truth." Buddhism is a sophisticated, surprisingly modern, consistent and scientific system of psychology. Thurman calls it "joyous science of the heart.

Some people who belongs to the hardcore materialist camp (usually atheists, scientists and thus, Nihilists) may just lump the Buddhist doctrine of rebirth as superstition and as unfounded as the belief in God, angels, heaven and hell of the theists. Their prejudice and dogmatism assumes that just as theistic belief in heaven is solely founded by the inherent fear of death, then so is the Buddhist doctrine of rebirth, unaware of the point blank assertion of the Buddha that birth, sickness, death are unavoidable facts of life and the failing world is a samsara (a cycle of birth and death) reeked in sufferings, the cure of which is Nirvana (liberation from the cycle which shouldn't be construed as extinction into nothingness, by the way). The Theravada tradition, which in a sense provides a basic interpretation of the Buddha's teachings, stops at that, while the Mahayanese, driven by infinite compassion for all beings, vows to delay the attainment of Nirvana until every single being is liberated.

So why rebirth? It boils down to the Buddhist tenet of selflessness. The self according to the Buddha is a relative and subjective reality that is not independent to myriad factors that create it in the first place. There is no enduring, unchanging part of it than in itself makes what we call "the self." The body and mind work together to become self, each of which is breakable into different elements that have also causes for their existence. To the Buddhists both matter and mind exist separately, yet interdependently. And Thurman points out something can't become nothing, it is scientifically unsustainable. The center of the contention between the Nihilists and the Buddhists is whether consciousness resides in the brain, whether the former is a mere side effect of physical activities of the neuron cells which will cease one the brain stops functioning and decays. The Nihilist materialists obviously believe so. The Buddhists don't, hence consciousness (or mind) is a something, a form or energy, and the law of physics dictates that energy can't be created nor destroyed.

In that sense both camps part ways in the move that seemingly lumps the Buddhists in the same league with the monotheist eternalists. However, the Buddhists warn us that even though there is a continuation of the mind, this mind is much less personal than the fixed soul that the eternalists hold onto so tightly. The mind (or the Buddhist relative soul) is fluid and so much less identifiable -hence selflessness- and is a fluctuative process driven by karma (in this case can be translated into obsessions and fixations).

Hence, Buddhism is literally sandwiched between two extremes of the atheist Nihilists and theist Eternalists, giving a candid point in case that the Buddha didn't call his Dharma "the Middle Path" for no reason.

On that basis then the rest of the book goes on with Seven Virtues of wisdom, generosity, justice, patience, creativity, contemplation and the art of infinite living to live a happy bountiful life, a life with minimum ego frictions and aggravations. In the nutshell, we can only be happy if we loosen up our ego boundaries, if we focus less in our self-preoccupations, realize the relativity of our "self" and start to care more about others since self and others are interchangeable. It is mighty difficult, needless to say, but we can gradually get there through practices outlined in this book. This is a message of hope, let's embrace it.

5-0 out of 5 stars "WOW!!! this is it!!!!!!!!! NIRVANA NOW!!!!!!
All I can say is that this book touched me in the most profound way, after the power of now, and the sedona method, I feel as if I've finally tuned into my true self, at every moment in constant change, no longer stuck in old habits or self imposed limits, although based on Mahayana buddhism, this truly is a bible for contemporary living, every sentence is to be read very carefully, and deeply pondered, for within this text lies the key for unlocking the door to your soul, and making your life fuller and richer.
Mind you buddhism has never been my thing, I'm not pushing any type of eastern dogma, or new age doctrine.This book and it's message have renewed my hope, and made me more aware of my inner psyche,this is our missing manual.
I hope that it's within your dharma to pick up this book,and ponder it , and share it with everyone around you.
Mr. Thurman thank you for this gift.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Book On Karma
This book (recently released) redeemed my esteem for Thurman. Following his book "Essential Tibetan Buddhism" I thought perhaps his style of Buddhist thought was not up my alley. But this book is much more natural. Robert perhaps is America's most admired and appealing Buddhist writer/scholar. His first book, Inner Revolution, is an international hit and his lectures at places like Harvard sell out to thousands of participants. Infinite Life shows that all of our actions have countless consequences for ourselves and others, here and now, and after we are gone; in short, we are constantly creating some sort of karma. Here we are introduced to the "Seven Virtues" to reforming our body and mind wisely in order to diminish the more harmful karma created and nurture the more positive variety. In a skilled and practical style, he gives invigorating instructions on understanding human virtue and emotion. Thurman calls us to take on accountability for our actions and their consequences by remaining mindful that our lives are truly immeasurable. This book is one of the best guidebooks for understanding our place in the world and appreciating ways which we can universally thrive in serving other beings. This was a good book.

5-0 out of 5 stars infinitely good ...
This book is not what I expected it to be, yet I am not certain what, exactly, I expected. Mr. Thurman effortlessly tows the line in not being too self-helpy, too New Age, too academic, too boring, or too Buddhist. I think that's quite an achievement given the fact that many (if not most) books in this category are painful to read.

I give this book 5 stars based solely upon his very, very readable and effective explanation of "infinite life"----the fact that life is without beginning or end. The argument for reincarnation is so strong and undeniable that I cannot fathom anyone doing a better job. I have been drawn to Buddhism for years and years and never have I understood so clearly its true meaning.

I consider this book a must-read for those who are interested in Buddhism or people who are already Buddhist practitioners; this book provides a nondogmatic and fresh-look into the purpose behind the practice that I think even the devoted would find helpful. This book would serve as an invaluable resource to anyone: Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc., because this book is not an argument for conversion, only a plea to open one's mind. This is one book that certainly opened mine. ... Read more


72. Tibetan Book of the Dead
by ROBERT THURMAN
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Imagine that as you leave your body at death, you hear the voice of a loved one whispering in your ear explanations of everything you see in the world beyond. Unlike other translations of Bar do thos grol (or TheTibetan Book of the Dead), Robert Thurman's takes literally the entire gamut of metaphysical assumptions.Thurman translates Bar do thos grol as The Great Book of NaturalLiberation through Understanding in the Between. It is one of many mortuarytexts of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism and is commonly recited to or by aperson facing imminent death. Thurman reproduces it for this purpose, explainingin some depth the Tibetan conception of postmortem existence. Over as many as 12days, the deceased person is given explanations of what he or she sees andexperiences and is guided through innumerable visions of the realms beyond toreach eventual liberation, or, failing that, a safe rebirth. Like a backpacker'sguide to a foreign land, Thurman's version is clear, detailed, and sympatheticto the inexperienced voyager. It includes background and supplementaryinformation, and even illustrations (sorry, no maps). Don't wait until thejourney has begun. Every page should be read and memorized well ahead of time.--Brian Bruya ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE REAL NECRONOMICON
IF YOU WANT THE REAL NECRONOMICON, THIS IS IT. A MUST HAVE

3-0 out of 5 stars The study of the process of death.
This is an interesting book that brings to life many of the teachings and beliefs of the Tibetan Bhuddists. This book is primarily about the migration of souls and the process of death and rebirth. I particularly liked the background information given by the author leading into the main text that discusses the basics of this flavor of Bhuddism and the evolution of its teachings. The author retranslates the title for the purposes of reading and after reading the text, I certainly agree with him. The two major teachings that I see are what to expect after death and how to prepare for death while still alive. Although I think the emphasis is on the latter. I think you'll find that the basic tenets of this faith are found in all major religious beliefs along with noticable differences the further one defines the system. Overall, this would be a good starter text for a student of religions as well as bridge for those whose preconceived notions of religions outside their own are faulty and ignorant.

5-0 out of 5 stars An important book
This is a must have title for anyone who has an interest in Tibetan Buddism. Thurman's translation of this central Tibetan text is lucid and inspiring. His personal experience as an ordained monk, student of the Dalai Lama's and his many years of bringing the Dharma to west make him thoroughly and uniquely qualified to offer this brilliant translation. I find that Thurman writes in such a way that makes it easy to " hear ", the strong tradition of oral transmition that plays such as important role in the practice of Tibetan Buddhist teaching.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Highly Accessible Guide to Liberation in the Between
With this translation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, or Natural Liberation in the Between, Thurman fulfills the function of a Bodhisattva in helping others attain liberation. This is the most accessible, down-to-earth and learned rendering of this guide to spiritual liberation that I have encountered in modern American English. Thurman even manages to work in a little humor on the edges.

What this translation makes abundantly clear is just how many chances in the in-between we have for liberation. Apparently one has to be very non-aware to go through the in-between and miss the chance for stepping off the carousel. of samsara. (So why am I still here?)

It would be interesting to devote some time to a cross cultural/cross discipline study of death, dying and beyond. In particular, a study comparing Stan Grof's 3rd perinatal matrix; Sufi descriptions of the interworld (barzakh) and the world of Harqalya (see Corbin's Celestial Body); some schools of visualization/dream work; descriptions of the astral world (Robert Bruce's and Robert Monroe's works in particular); and shamanic traditions would be illuminating. Throw Dante in for good measure. There appear to be large areas of overlap and agreement as to what happens during death, and what happens next. (Get enough blind men together and compare their impressions of the elephant and a clearer picture may come to light.)

The best thing about this book, however, is that it invites the reader to learn the Tibetan death ritual for oneself. It helps that, as the book explains, our after-death mind is nine times more intelligent than our current mind. So just a little application now in learning these texts will go a long way later.

Face it. At some moment in the near future you will close your eyes for the last time on this world. Death is more certain than retirement - and longer. Like anything else, the more you learn about it and get acquainted with it, the less shocking and scary it will be.

5-0 out of 5 stars The commentary is worth the price of admission
While most of us are not ready to use this book, the cosmology and the explanation of what we can expect is invaluable. ... Read more


73. The Wisdom of No Escape : And the Path of Loving Kindness (Shambhala Classics)
by PEMA CHODRON
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5-0 out of 5 stars Like salve for the soul
This was the first Pema Chodron book I'd ever read and it was transforming! I was familiar with Buddhist teachings prior to reading this, but found that her book made those sometimes complex teachings very accessible. Don't be scared off if you're not Buddhist, however. The principles here give one a different perspective on life--it's a psychological approach rather than a religious approach. Pema Chodron's THE WISDOM OF NO ESCAPE gave me an excitement about exploring my inner world and helped me to see that wherever I'm at in life is okay--I don't have to struggle against the process of Life. It's a book I've returned to time and again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just marvelous!
This is my favorite Pema Chodron book! You can open its pages anywhere, any time, in any frame of mind, and receive wide benefit to mind and heart. It is spiritual teaching of the only useful kind, practical teaching deliberately intended not to implant, but rather to unsheathe what is already native, but hidden. Pema Chodron leaves one to oneself -the very best teaching!- and by the faintest strokes of wisdom, insight, and practiced sensibilities leaves one higher, deeper, and more able to live freely within oneself. I think she is an extraordinary teacher, in the very best tradition of Western Buddhist training. If Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia is fortunate indeed to be gifted with this extraordinary woman, likewise are we. It seems I open that amazing turquoise cover (a more illustrious blue than even the fine photo on this page indicates!) several times a week. It is a book one gratefully lives with. I have given it to friends, family, and even a few strangers! I recommend it with confidence, compassionate purpose, and indeed a great deal of joy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Faith, hope and charity
This book came to me after suffering a severe Gout attack. My life was a mess, manifesting itself in my poor dietary habits. After limping home from the hospital, I scanned my bookshelves for something to read, as I convalesced. The Wisdom of No Escape sat on my bookshelf for a few years. Everytime I would see the title, I'd think, "sounds depressing". Well, it's not. It is a very honest and straight forward guide book for the human creature. It basically tells you that life is hard and it's that hardness that makes it worth living. I also got the impression that the author believes that Heaven and Hell and reincarnation are all part of everyone's daily experience. Everytime something repeats itself in your life, you are experiencing a living reincarnation. The key seems to be in keeping it all new and fresh.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Wisdom of The Wisdom of No Escape
I found this book to be extraordinarily simple to ingest. I enjoyed reading it one short chapter at a time and contemplating that chapter until I had time to read another. Pema has an elegantly straightforward manner of writing, and she has a great deal of helpful information to convey.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Jewel fo Dhamma
Simply a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful book. This book entered my life by accident (?) in the Tibetian colony of Sikkim, India, and has finally found its path to my bookshelf and coffee table. The gentlness of Tibetian buddhism revealed in a language accessable to anyone. A life changing book, as gentle as early morning breeze. The talk of a true warrior of the heart. ... Read more


74. True Love : A Practice for Awakening the Heart
by THICH NHAT HANH
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75. An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life
by The Dalai Lama, The Dalai Lama
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In the summer of 1999, the Dalai Lama addressed an audience of over 40,000 in Central Park on how to live a better life. Open Heart is derived from this and other popular lectures given in New York. Here, the Dalai Lama progresses beyond his bestsellers The Art of Happiness and Ethics for the New Millennium by introducing specific practices that can engender happiness. Spiritual practice, according to the Dalai Lama, is a matter of taming unwanted emotions, which means becoming aware of how the mind works. Through the methods of analytical and settled meditation, the Dalai Lama shows how we can cultivate helpful states of mind and eliminate harmful states, leading us to develop compassion for others and happiness for ourselves. But there is no preaching of a single, right method. This revered but humble monk merely invites the reader to understand the causes of one's suffering and consider how best to alleviate it. Open Heart should draw crowds to the bookstores and lead us all to more satisfactory living. --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Truth!
Freedom of religion, as practiced in the United States of America, is an awful and illogical liberty. In our quest to be inoffensive, we act as if multiple, mutually exclusive, truth claims can all be valid at the same time, and religious preference is merely a matter of personal taste. As a consequence of our corporate irresponsibility, many are left free to follow lies and the path to eternal corruption.

I am a conservative Christian, who believes that the only path to truth lies through God's grace as presented to us in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, whom Christians confess to be the Messiah. I, personally, believe that Buddhists and followers of non-Christian religions are wrong.

BUT... My personal faith claims do not undermine the wisdom of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama's teachings on meditation and compassion. In his little book, the Dalai Lama lays out for us a path to a more inhabitable planet. Demonstrating that he fully comprehends the flawed, sinful nature of all people, His Holiness goes on to show us how all creatures can live together in a more peaceful world. He gives us a practical method by which to change ourselves for the good of all.

AND... He even warmed this grumpy, old Lutheran's heart.

Read the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Meaningful Spiritual Guidance for Today's Troubled Times
Sometimes adding a new spiritual perspective can help deepen one's understanding of one's own spiritual tradition and beliefs. Certainly, that was my experience in reading this heart-warming book.

The book is structured into a series of brief essays, based on three days of teaching that the Dalai Lama did in New York City during 1999. The essays separated in time and space some very profound thoughts, in ways that made them easier to grasp. This is a book that you will want to reread many times, especially when you find your mind troubled or your compassion at a low ebb.

The Dalai Lama expresses a timeless Buddhist perspective here, but in an inclusive way. "We are all the same, mentally and emotionally." Our other differences are minor, and unimportant.

In thinking about the current war on terrorism, I was struck by his observation that "In harming our enemy, we are harmed." "Dialogue is the only appropriate method [for resolving disputes]." What harm are we doing now in this war to innocent people, to ourselves, to unborn generations, and to the environment of the world we inhabit?

The Dalai Lama explains that "In Buddhism compassion is . . . the wish that all beings be free of their suffering." Interestingly, he points out that "If we have a positive mental attitude, then even when surrounded by hostility, we shall not lack inner peace." Have we looked enough within in mentally and physically responding to the attacks of September 11th?

The book contains many worthy thoughts about how to create a "better balance between material preoccupations and inner spiritual growth."

An Open Heart will probably be most meaningful to those who are very interested in spiritual questions (of whatever religious persuasion or philosophy) and who pray or meditate regularly. If you are externally oriented, you may not find that the words and thoughts resonate within you.

As a person who prays and meditates several times a day, I found his expressions of ways to improve the benefits of conscious (or analytical) meditation and settled meditation very interesting and helpful. I especially liked his invocation for how to be more humble. "We can always find some quality in someone else where we are outshone." And "reflect upon the kindness of others" upon which we all depend. He advises beginning with strangers as a conscious object of compassionate meditation, so that we can strengthen our empathy with those we feel most distant towards. As we get better at this empathizing, we can move on to building compassion for those we dislike or fear.

I was pleased to see that we are encouraged to practice the right things, and to focus away from the speed of our progress.

Whether or not you agree with the concept of reincarnation as expressed here, this book can certainly help guide you to greater spiritual peace, more ethical actions, and achieving greater wisdom. I found it particularly freeing and fulfilling to think about creating a life dedicated to "the sake of all sentient beings" as part of my focus.

May your heart, mind, and spirit constantly grow in openness and caring!

5-0 out of 5 stars Pathway to a Better Life and a Better World
I'm not a Buddhist scholar, nor am I a Christian theologian. This book puts forth a tremendously powerful approach to dealing with interpersonal, as well as international, problems. The Buddhist teachings on compassion are numerous and complex. However, this book provides a clear discussion of the benefits of compassion and the use of specific meditation techniques to foster it. It seems that these teachings integrate well with Christian, Islamic and other religious frameworks. If more religious fundamentalists took these teachings to heart, terrorism would wither and die of neglect.

4-0 out of 5 stars In your heart, you know he is right
Timeless wisdom but hard to implement....Combine this with Confucius and Marcus Aurelius, and you have a pretty good philosophy to live by.

3-0 out of 5 stars No...
This is a badly constructed book. There is a book written by the
Dali Lama that is just incredible!!! And will blast you to the moon. I'll get to that in a bit. Because His Holiness refuses
to go native, his books center around a sort of floppy disc
form of global Buddhism (Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's Buddhism in the West).
The book is not well-thought out. Based on three sacred texts,
we try to deal with the topic of compassion. And we do so to an
extent. Mostly based on His Holiness'es talks in August, 1999,
we are left with a lot of form and little substance. This is a good book if you are an adept practioner. Geshe Kelsang Gyato's
books, on the otherhand, are a dream. This is even admitted by
followers of the Dali Lama (there was a deep rift between the two parties in 1996-1998 that split Tibetan Buddhism into two
sects; Tibetan Buddhism and global Buddhism). Gysatso's books are clear and lucid. What makes me quite frustrated is that the
Dali Lama has written an absolutely tremendous book for you and me called "How to Practice." This book is tremondous and it deals virtually with everything one could possibly want to know in order to do Tibetan Buddhism in one's kitchen sink with a minimum of fuss. For those of you who want to give me a negative vote for
knocking the Dali Lama, I am not doing so. Nobody pays attention to "How to Practice" by the Dali Lama and my friends just get a bored look. I say, "It's not what you think! He even tells you how many pillows to put under your [bottom]." And they say, "Yeah. Yeah. The Dali Lama is kewl man." Buy Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's books. But then find yourself very suprised. In "How
to Practice," the Dali Lama hits a home run that is a grand slam. "How to Practice" came out in 2002, so keep an eye out for
it. Buy the book above for helping out the Tibetans. And it can add
some useful information. But that is all. ... Read more


76. The Heart Of The World: A Journey To The Last Secret Place
by Ian Baker, Dalai Lama
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The myth of Shangri-la originates in Tibetan Buddhist beliefs in beyul, or hidden lands, sacred sanctuaries that reveal themselves to devout pilgrims and in times of crisis. The more remote and inaccessible the beyul, the vaster its reputed qualities. Ancient Tibetan prophecies declare that the greatest of all hidden lands lies at the heart of the forbidding Tsangpo Gorge, deep in the Himalayas and veiled by a colossal waterfall. Nineteenth-century accounts of this fabled waterfall inspired a series of ill-fated European expeditions that ended prematurely in 1925 when the intrepid British plant collector Frank Kingdon-Ward penetrated all but a five-mile section of the Tsangpo's innermost gorge and declared that the falls were no more than a "religious myth" and a "romance of geography." The heart of the Tsangpo Gorge remained a blank spot on the map of world exploration until world-class climber and Buddhist scholar Ian Baker delved into the legends. Whatever cryptic Tibetan scrolls or past explorers had said about the Tsangpo's innermost gorge, Baker determined, could be verified only by exploring the uncharted five-mile gap. After several years of encountering sheer cliffs, maelstroms of impassable white water, and dense leech-infested jungles, on the last of a series of extraordinary expeditions, Baker and his National Geographic-sponsored team reached the depths of the Tsangpo Gorge. They made news worldwide by finding there a 108-foot-high waterfall, the legendary grail of Western explorers and Tibetan seekers alike.

The Heart of the World is one of the most captivating stories of exploration and discovery in recent memory-an extraordinary journey to one of the wildest and most inaccessible places on earth and a pilgrimage to the heart of the Tibetan Buddhist faith.
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77. The Dalai Lama's Book of Wisdom
by Dalai Lama, Dalai Lama
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The Dalai Lama provides simple advice on the importance of compassion and forgiveness. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Useful advice!
An excellent little book filled with advice from the Lama's best writings. Good insight for persons from any religion or any situation. Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST book!
I read this book daily. Easy to use, portable, and full of helpful insights. Always helps me put things in the right perspective. I give this as gifts just because I love this book so much!

5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Dalai Lama Book So Far
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I've read a few books by His Holiness the Dalai Lama so far and honestly I've struggled through all of them.

The Dalai Lama's Book Of Wisdom is the best one I've read to date. It's the easiest to read as well as being very simple and at the same time deep in it's content.

It's divided into 4 short wonderful sections:

Contentment, Joy and Living Well
Facing Death and Dying
Dealing With Anger and Emotion
Giving and Receiving

It's one of those books that you can keep by your night table or in your meditation area or wherever and take a look at it every so often.

The cover is so warm, inviting and peaceful that I might just have to get another copy, cut the cover out and frame it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
In this pocket-size text, His Holiness the XIV Dali Lama offers simple but profound counsel to those who wish to change their lives for the better. Buy it. Read it. Then, put it in your desk drawer at work, beside your bed, on a coffee table, or in your glove compartment where you can easily find it when you are tempted to deal harshly with other fallible human beings.

4-0 out of 5 stars Simple advice
Inspirational words form one of the leading spiritual figures of our time. The Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, offers simple advice to those who want to bring more compassion into their lives. I also highly recommend "Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Little Book of Eastern Wisdom" by Taro Gold. ... Read more


78. The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (Teachings of the Buddha)
by Bhikkhu Nanamoli, Bhikkhu Bodhi
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5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and close to the source
These are sutras from the Therevadan traddition of Buddhism. This book contains many of the fundamental teachings of the Buddha. They are translated from the Pali Cannon, which is a collection of teachings initially passed on verbally by rote by the early Buddhist monks. It was spoken monk to monk, teacher to learner in the Pali language of ancient India for many years before being written down. As far as I can tell, this is a good translation (I don't speak Pali and haven't read more than one translations of most of these teachings), but it is easily readable. The book itself is very well presented - as befits a sacred text. I, as a buddhist, find it very moving. The teachings are very direct, both in terms of being passed person to person through a continuous lineage of monks from the Buddhas own disciples and in terms of the teachings are there for you to read and reflect on for yourself without a teacher/guru. However, they do contain much of the ritualistic frills and formalities common to original Buddhist sutras (eg. most of them start with "Thus I have heard...", contain much repetition and end by whoever is the subject being converted/becomming enlightenned. I sometime wish I had them as a .txt document so I could cut them down to their essence. However, I find them an Inspiring and Sacred text - And this book has made a big difference to the depth of my going for refuge :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars The closest we can come to the Buddha's actual words
If there is one book in English that all Buddhists should read, this is the one. The Majjhima Nikaya (Middle-length Discourses) is, along with the other nikayas of the Pali Canon, probably as close as we can come today to reading the actual words of the Buddha. The Mahayana sutras have their own great virtues, with their lofty vision and profound scope, but these Middle-length Discourses are on a much more human scale. What a joy and inspiration it is to walk with the Buddha through the villages of ancient India and hear his teachings to monks, royalty, peasants and members of the other religious sects of the time. Although his teachings weren't put into writing for several centuries after his death, the monks of that period put great emphasis on memorization and group recitals to ensure that nothing was lost. This lovely English translation is a great treasure for the modern world, and particularly for all Buddhists.

5-0 out of 5 stars Supreme & Sublime
This is the CORE of Buddhism in its most pristine, exact, direct & subtle expression. Excellent Translation by Venerable Nyanamoli, which enable the Blessed Buddha to speak across 2500 years. Probably the most important book around to day! Not likely to ever be superseeded...

5-0 out of 5 stars By arousing true knowledge one can end suffering here & now.
I bought this book back in 1995 when it first came out. After reading the first 10 pages or so and tackling a few of the suttas, I set it back on the shelf unread and left it there for 7 years. For various reasons, i.e. more lessons in humility, this Summer about mid July 2002, I dusted it off and started reading again. Wow-what a blast, a direct shot from the Buddha to me! It was clear, simple and unmistakable. "If you do and think this way, you will receive that kind of result." Across the centuries and millenia flew the dhamma! As they say when the student is ready the teacher will appear. Maybe I needed to suffer another 7 years before I'd consent to read the dhamma in its original form. Yeah the Mayahana cannon is brillant too. As other reviewers have mentioned this is not a book for the faint hearted. If you buy it be prepared to read something like the King James version of the Bible, but with one important difference--the Majjhima Nikaya (MN) reveals the Ultimate and realtive truth about you and your immediate situation. Its actually a little more readable than the King James. I can only say "ditto" to all the other reviewers who have mentioned "why only read the second hand information from contemporary authors when the real dirt is right here". If you wanted to keep a secret from an Amercian Buddhist the best place to hide it would be somewhere in the Majjhima Nikaya! That's the last place they'll ever look. Sure I've had Buddhist teachers suggest to the group that we read the suttas but somehow Rumi or Mary Oliver always seemed a lot more inspiring. And Rumi and Mary Oliver are great writers of the universal dhamma. I hope this doesn't sound angry or cynical because I'm smiling and joyful as I write it. But in reading the MN I find myself feeling that practicing and living the Buddha Dharma is a lot more simple and reachable here and now than I ever got from reading recent authors. If you buy it, try reading the simple suttas first. Jump around and read whatever topic catches your eye. Use the summaries and subject index. In fact, read through all 152 summaries first and then pick the discourse that seems most interesting to you. By the way, I'm only about 2/3 of the way through the book right now. I still have another 40 discourses or so to go. I'm grateful to Bhikkus Bodhi, Nanamoli and Wisdom Publications for having provided me with the original and best teachings directly written for my benefit right in the palms of my hands. I'll come back and add another note when I get through the next 40 discourses. Metta to you friends.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful reference guide
Hard work, diligent effort, and a commitment to share the Dharma, all combine into this one book. This is an extensive piece of work. Bhikkhu Bodhi has compiled the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha into a fine reference guide for us all to enjoy.

The discourses, which are talks that the Buddha gave, were chanted for over a hundred years after the passing of the Buddha and were eventually written down. They were written in the same form as the chants, which offer many repetitions, which like any song/chant, makes it easier to remember.

I would not suggest this to be the first book on Buddhism or the Buddha's teachings for most people unless you are a scholarly type. There are numerous wonderful books available that would benefit most people before delving into such a comprehensive book. That being said, once you have done some reading and want to explore the teachings of the Buddha in more depth, this is the perfect book. For me, I feel this is as close to the original teachings of the Buddha as we can get, now some 2,500+ years later.

I find myself returning to this book often. Reading a discourse, and then contemplating and seeing how it applies in my life, brings much happiness and joy. ... Read more


79. Lovingkindness : The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Shambhala Classics)
by SHARON SALZBERG
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Call To Action
Loving-kindness meditation is unique to our Buddhist traditions, and in this book Sharon Salzburg presents us with an informative body of work on it's practice. She uses her understanding and know-how drawn from many years of practice to point each and every one of us to the realization that the light of love is already within us all. Loving-kindness must be aimed at two sources: ourselves and all beings.

Sharon talks a bit about what holds us back from this realization, ranging from our attachments to antagonism. One of the first rules to breaking down these impediments is the act of giving, not just giving in a material sense but ultimately giving the breadth of our very being; compassionate action, not just loving-kindness thoughts. This book should speak to all of us, and for this reason alone I give it 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars You'll read it again and again
Sharon Salzberg is such a capable, warm, and inspiring voice for Western Buddhism. This work beautifully weaves together Buddhist philosophy and practice, reality and practicality, compassion and joy. She fleshes out concepts of meditation and mindfulness using her own experiences, often amusing, without drawing attention to herself. Rather, she is a skilled teacher who guides the student on his/her own journey.

Whether Buddhist or not, beginner mind or monk, most readers will celebrate this work.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorite books!!
Lovingkindness : The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg is by far one of the best books ever written. And contrary to what others have said in their reviews, I believe that this book can be read by anyone. If meditation makes you uncomfortable, thing of it as a positive affirmation. Ms. Salzberg teaches us how to appreciate life and those around us. It really is a great book: one of three that I always keep by my bedside and refer to frequently! I highly, highly recommend it!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazingly eye opening
This is one of the few books I would actually read over and over. It's incredibly down-to-earth and is full of great quotes you keep in mind all day long. It invites you to think about your perception of yourself and others in a very different light. There is so much common sense in the buddhist way of relating to each other, but we don't often use our common sense.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reading this book will help heal your heart and soul.
Practice compassion, and heal the Earth. Kindness is the balm of Gilead, the salve of sadhus, the alchemy of avatars. Practicing loving kindness (and compassion) is so basic that it bypasses most of us. We often just don't "get" it, and then cause pain and suffering for ourselves and others.

Send love and compassion and kindness to all through prayer and meditation. The Earth will change in response. Guaranteed!! ... Read more


80. The Simple Feeling of Being : Visionary, Spiritual, and Poetic Writings
by KEN WILBER
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5-0 out of 5 stars Simple.....
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Writing as someone who's read everything of Wilber's, I can attest that this book is a welcome addition to Wilber's corpus. The volume is finely edited and superbly designed. It is a compilation so it contains no previously unpublished materials (although it does bring to light some obscure but valuable passages). The book consists of nine sections into which some of the most powerful pieces of Wilber's writing have been collected and organized.

The section titles are as follows: The Witness; Memoirs; Spirit-in-Action; Immediate Awareness; Passionate Philosophy; Always Already; Being-in-the-World; One without a Second; The Brilliant Clarity of Ever-Present Awareness.

As can be gleaned from these headings, this is a book that distils and makes available a particular aspect of Wilber's vision- the mystical. While it could be argued that insight into the Divine is the catalyst behind all his writing; no one would claim that the freeing Dionysian energy dripping off the passages in this book seep into all his meticulous system building.

This book does not read like his others. It is not a detailed matrix of knowledge, not a blueprint of the possible, not a many-roomed mansion of human potentials. Rather, it is a simple and radiant testament. It is beautiful.

So, perhaps the most valuable aspect of the book is that it will not be misunderstood (although I'm sure some critic may be able to manage).

To conclude, if you're looking for an intro to Wilber's system don't look here (look instead to Integral Psychology or A Brief History of Everything). But, if you're looking for an invitation to party for One, this book will do that- throwing you back against your self and leaving you alone. But it may just take you from that alone to the Alone. ... Read more


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