Buddhism

Liberation in One Lifetime

Biographies and Teachings of Milarepa

Written by Francis V. Tiso
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Milarepa (1052-1135), a major figure in the history of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism and known as one of Tibet's greatest lamas and poets, continues to inspire Buddhist practitioners worldwide to the present day. Liberation in One Lifetime explores the history and spirituality of the Kagyu lineage in relationship to...

The Heart of Zen

Enlightenment, Emotional Maturity, and What It Really Takes for Spiritual Liberation

Written by Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi and Keith Martin-Smith
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While we are more and more familiar with popular ideas of enlightenment and spiritual awakening, life still comes at us full force, and hope can turn to frustration as the gulf between our spiritual belief and our everyday life seems to loom ever larger. Through spirited Q&A sessions with Zen master...

Evolving Dharma

Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment

Written by Jay Michaelson
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Evolving Dharma is the definitive guide to the meditation revolution. Fearless, unorthodox, and irreverent scholar and activist Jay Michaelson shows how meditation and mindfulness have moved from ashrams and self-help groups to classrooms and hospitals, and offers unusually straight talk about the “Big E”— enlightenment. Michaelson introduces us to maverick brainhackers...

Tibetan Yoga of Movement

The Art and Practice of Yantra Yoga

Written by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and Fabio Andrico
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Tibetan Yoga of Movement introduces the method of Yantra Yoga, a traditional Tibetan form that is one of the oldest recorded systems of yoga in the world. Derived from an eighth-century Tibetan Buddhist text, Yantra Yoga includes many positions similar to those of Hatha Yoga in form, but different in the dynamics...

Essence of Mind

An Approach to Dzogchen

Written by Jes Bertelsen, Translated by Marianne Bentzen, Foreword by Martijn van Beek and Jens-Erik Risom
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This handbook to spirituality gathers together Danish meditation teacher Jes Bertelsen's advice on training the mind through wordless prayer and meditation to realize the essence of consciousness. Bertelsen has been teaching philosophy and meditation since the early 1970s; in 1989, he met the Tibetan lama Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, who authorized Jes...

A History of Zhang Zhung and Tibet, Volume One

The Early Period

Written by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, Edited by Donatella Rossi and Nancy Simmons, Translated by Donatella Rossi
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A History of Zhang Zhung and Tibet, Volume One explores ancient Tibet's Zhang Zhung kingdom and Bon religion that preceded the advent of Buddhism in the seventh century. Countering the long-held idea that Tibet's pre-Buddhist indigenous culture was primitive and undeveloped, this book shares the rich cultural origins of the kingdom...

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Awakening Upon Dying

Written by Padmasambhava and Karma Lingpa, Translated by Elio Guarisco and Nancy Simmons, Introduction by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
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The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Awakening Upon Dying, with introductory commentary by Dzogchen Buddhist master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, is a new translation of the ancient text also known as The Great Liberation through Hearing in the Intermediate State. Both a practical guide and intriguing historical, cultural, and spiritual document, this new version incorporates...

Rainbow Body

The Life and Realization of a Tibetan Yogin, Togden Ugyen Tendzin

Written by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, Translated by Andriano Clemente
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Rainbow Body: The Life and Realization of a Tibetan Yogin, Togden Ugyen Tendzin, presents the remarkable life story of Togden Ugyen Tendzin (1888–1962), a Tibetan yogin who in death achieved the “rainbow body,” the release of the physical body in the essence of the five elements and one of the highest...

The Lamp That Enlightens Narrow Minds

The Life and Times of a Realized Tibetan Master, Khyentse Chokyi Wangchug

Written by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, Annotations by Enrico Dell'Angelo, Translated by Enrico Dell'Angelo and Nancy Simmons
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The Lamp That Enlightens Narrow Minds: The Life and Times of a Realized Tibetan Master, Khyentse Chökyi Wangchug presents an engaging account of the life of Khyentse Chökyi Wangchug, a realized Tibetan tulku (reincarnated lama or teacher). The book's historical references provide a detailed portrait of Tibet on the verge of...

Dark Pool of Light, Volume Two

Consciousness in Psychospiritual and Psychic Ranges

Written by Richard Grossinger, Foreword by John Friedlander and Kenneth Warren
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In books like Embyogenesis and Embryos, Galaxies, and Sentient Beings, author Richard Grossinger brought together the subjects of biological embryology and the esoteric process of human consciousness becoming embodied ("The embryo is the universe writing itself on its own body"). In Dark Pool of Light, his three-volume series of books discussing...

Nothing and Everything - The Influence of Buddhism on the American Avant Garde

1942 - 1962

Written by Ellen Pearlman
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In America in the late 1950s and early 60s, the world—and life itself—became a legitimate artist’s tool, aligning with Zen Buddhism’s emphasis on “enlightenment at any moment” and living in the now. Simultaneously and independently, parallel movements were occurring in Japan, as artists there, too, strove to break down artistic boundaries...

The Four Global Truths

Awakening to the Peril and Promise of Our Times

Written by Darrin Drda
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With the planet increasingly threatened with catastrophe and perhaps even collapse, many seekers are looking to past, proven models to create meaningful change in their lives. One such model is Buddhism’s Four Noble Truths: the reality of suffering, the root cause of suffering, the end of suffering, and the path to the...

Sailing Home

Using the Wisdom of Homer's Odyssey to Navigate Life's Perils and Pitfalls

Written by Norman Fischer
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Homer’s Odyssey holds a timeless allure. It is an ancient story for every generation: the struggle of a man on a long and difficult voyage longing to return to love and family. Odysseus’s strivings to overcome both divine and earthly obstacles and to control his own impulsive nature hold valuable lessons...

Endless Path

Awakening Within the Buddhist Imagination: Jataka Tales, Zen Practice, and Daily Life

Written by Rafe Martin, Illustrated by Richard Wehrman
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***WINNER, 2011 Storytelling World Resource Award – Best Storytelling Collection

The jataka tales—stories of the Buddha’s past lives (in both human and animal form)—were first said to have been told by the Buddha himself 2,500 years ago. Five hundred and fifty jataka tales comprise part of the oldest Buddhist text, the Pali...

Presence Meditation

The Practice of Life Awareness

Written by Jens-Erik Risom, Introduction by Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.
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First developed as a short manual for students in a yearlong meditation course, Presence Meditation offers a step-by-step program for increasing self-awareness through simple but revelatory exercises. The practice of presence meditation involves becoming present to whatever is going on and letting things be just as they are. This awareness is...

Mind Body Zen

Waking Up to Your Life

Written by Jeffrey Maitland, Preface by Kendo Hal Roth
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In Mind Body Zen, long-time Zen student, world-renowned Rolfer, and former philosophy professor Jeffrey Maitland combines his expertise across the mind-body-zen spectrum to help bridge the East-West gap in spiritual practice.

Tackling the prevailing misconception that Zen is a philosophy, Maitland provides an in-depth explanation of why Zen is an eminently practical...

Spiritual Bypassing

When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters

Written by Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D.
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Spiritual bypassing—the use of spiritual beliefs to avoid dealing with painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs—is so pervasive that it goes largely unnoticed. The spiritual ideals of any tradition, whether Christian commandments or Buddhist precepts, can provide easy justification for practitioners to duck uncomfortable feelings in favor of more seemingly...

The Book of Not Knowing

Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness

Written by Peter Ralston
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Over decades of martial arts and meditation practice, Peter Ralston discovered a curious and paradoxical fact: that true awareness arises from a state of not-knowing. Even the most sincere investigation of self and spirit, he says, is often sabotaged by our tendency to grab too quickly for answers and ideas as...

The Circle of Fire

The Metaphysics of Yoga

Written by P.J. Mazumdar
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The Circle of Fire examines the eternal metaphysical questions “What is God?” and “What is the purpose of life?” The book discusses the answers to these questions given by Western science and different schools of Indian thought, specifically detailing the answers to be found in India's two most developed atheistic traditions...

Orthodox Chinese Buddhism

A Contemporary Chan Master's Answers to Common Questions

Written by Chan Master Sheng Yen, Translated by Otto Chang and Douglas Gildow
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As a well-known scholar and meditation master—His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama called him “extremely modest, a true spiritual practitioner of deep and broad learning”—Sheng Yen is uniquely qualified to guide Western seekers into the world of contemporary Chinese Buddhism. Written while the author was secluded in solitary retreat in southern...

Buddha Takes No Prisoners

A Meditator's Survival Guide

Written by Patrick Ophuls, Foreword by Jack Kornfield
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This insightful, easy-to-read handbook offers a non-traditional perspective on meditation. Written primarily for American insight meditation students, it delivers the Buddha's essential teachings clearly, straightforwardly, and without spiritual jargon, and helps make sense of practices often laden with traditional terminology. Practical explanations of the meditation process, its benefits and applicability to...

Thich Nhat Hanh

The Joy of Full Consciousness

Written by Rachel Cartier and Jean-Pierre Cartier, Translated by Joseph Rowe
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In 1999 two French journalists spent time with Buddhist Zen master and Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village, the religious community he founded in southwestern France. This account of their experience shows what daily life is like in this celebrated community and provides a glimpse of the personality and...

Reflections from the Journey of Life

Collected Sayings of the Dalai Lama

Edited by Catherine Barry, Translated by Joseph Rowe
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Reflections from the Journey of Life presents quotations from the Dalai Lama selected from personal conversations with editor Catherine Barry. The Fourteenth Dalai Lama is known throughout the world for his promotion of justice, truthfulness, and compassion for all cultures, races, and religions. Inside these pages you will read the Dalai...

Tenzin Gyatso

The Early Life of the Dalai Lama

Written by Claude B. Levenson, Translated by Joseph Rowe
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This exciting and often intense biography describes the Dalai Lama's rigorous education and his full assumption of power at the age of fifteen following the Chinese invasion in 1950. Though Tibetan tradition holds that the Dalai Lama is a reincarnation of his predecessors, one still marvels at the level of responsibility...

There Is No Suffering

A Commentary on the Heart Sutra

Written by Chan Master Sheng Yen
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The Heart Sutra, just over a page long, distills the teachings of the Buddha to their purest essence. Perhaps the best known of all Buddhist sutras, it is recited in Buddhist centers and monasteries around the world. Emphasizing a living wisdom directly experienced, the schools of Chan have revered the Heart...

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