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Jack Kornfield is a bestselling American author and teacher in the vipassana movement in American Theravada Buddhism. He is the founder of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County, California.
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The Book of Joy
Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
by Dalai Lama (Sep 20, 2016)
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Two great spiritual masters share their own hard-won wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity.  The occasion was a big birthday. And it inspired two close friends to get together in Dharamsala for a talk about something very important to them. The friends were His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The subject wa...
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A wonderful book.     source
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The Better Angels of Our Nature
Why Violence Has Declined
by Steven Pinker (Sep 25, 2012)
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Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence. In his gripping and controversial new work, New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. Exploding myths abou...
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One of my favorite recent books.     source
Be Here Now
by Ram Dass (Oct 12, 1978)
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Describes one man's transformation upon his acceptance of the principles of Yoga & gives a modern restatement of the importance of the spiritual side of human nature. Illustrated.The book is divided into four sections:Journey: The Transformation: Dr Richard Alpert, PhD into Baba Ram DassFrom Bindu to Ojas: The Core BookCookbook for a Sacred Life: A...
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Changed countless lives.     source
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Radical Acceptance
Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha
by Tara Brach (Nov 23, 2004)
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For many of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesnt take much--just hearing of someone elses accomplishments, being criticized, getting into an argument, making a mistake at work--to make us feel that we are not okay. Beginning to understand how our lives have become ensnared in this trance of unworthiness is our first ste...
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Radical Acceptance offers gentle wisdom and tender healing, a most excellent medicine for our unworthiness and longing. Breathe, soften, and let these compassionate teachings bless your heart.     source
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Everyday Zen
Love and Work (Plus)
by Charlotte J. Beck (Sep 04, 2007)
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Charlotte Joko Beck offers a warm, engaging, uniquely American approach to using Zen to deal with the problems of daily livinglove, relationships, work, fear, ambition, and suffering. Everyday Zen shows us how to live each moment to the fullest. This Plus edition includes an interview with the author....
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Deals with the most important spiritual practice of all--how we can live awakened in our daily life.     source
Awake in the Wild
Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery
by Mark Coleman (Nov 01, 2006)
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Nature deficit disorder has become an increasingly challenging problem in our hyper modern world. In Awake in the Wild, Mark Coleman shows seekers how to remedy this widespread malady by reconnecting with nature through Buddhism. Each short (two to three pages) chapter includes a concrete nature meditation relating to such topics as Attuning to the...
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Read Awake in the Wild slowly, not in a passive way, but as instructions to your heart.     source
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Bury the Chains
Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves
by Adam Hochschild (Feb 09, 2006)
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From the author of the widely acclaimed King Leopold's Ghost comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organized social justice campaigns in history - the fight to free the slaves of the British Empire. In early 1787, twelve men - a printer, a lawyer, a clergyman, and others united by their hatred of slavery - came together in...
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Wonderful book, about the ending of slavery in the British Empire.     source
In Love with the World
A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying
by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche (May 07, 2019)
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At thirty-six years old, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche was a rising star within his generation of Tibetan masters and the respected abbot of three monasteries. Then one night, telling no one, he slipped out of his monastery in India with the intention of spending the next four years on a wandering retreat, following the ancient practice of holy mendicant...
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In Love with the World is a magnificent story—moving and inspiring, profound and utterly human. It will certainly be a dharma classic.     source
The Road Home
A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path
by Ethan Nichtern (Jul 12, 2016)
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In this wise and witty invitation to Buddhist meditation, Ethan Nichtern, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, investigates the journey each of us takes to find where we belong. Drawing from contemporary research on meditation and mindfulness and from his experience as a teacher and practitioner of Buddhism, Nichtern describes in f...
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A beautiful guide and invitation to a sane life. Refreshingly straightforward, accessible, skillful and kind.     source
The Deepest Acceptance
Radical Awakening in Ordinary Life
by Jeff Foster (Mar 01, 2017)
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So much of our lives are spent runningfrom pain, from vulnerability, and from everyday struggle. Jeff Foster understands that sense of pursuit. After years of depression and illness, he came to realize that what he had been seeking had been available to him all alonghe needed only to shed his resistance and step into the limitless ocean of the pres...
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Wise, spacious, and loving. Teachings that can free the heart.     source
Dancing With Life
Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering
by Phillip Moffitt (Mar 27, 2012)
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Why do we suffer? Is there a purpose to our pain? Noting that human beings have wrestled with such questions for thousands of years, Phillip Moffitt has found answers for his own life in Buddhist philosophy and meditation. Reflecting on his own journey from Esquire magazine editor-in-chief to Buddhist meditation teacher, Moffitt provides a fresh pe...
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Dancing with Life is a classic teaching that is both profound and accessible. this is a book that will be on the reading lists for sincere Buddhist students for generations ahead.     source
Manual of Insight
by Mahasi Sayadaw (May 17, 2016)
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The most comprehensive manual of the practice of insight meditation (vipassana), written by one of its foremost 20th century proponents, is translated into English for the first time.Manual of Insight is the magnum opus of Mahasi Sayadaw, one of the originators of the vipassana movement that has swept through the Buddhist world over the last hundre...
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A truly important work of one of the greatest contemporary masters, with rich detail and profound insight.     source
Perspectives on Satipatthana
by Bhikkhu Analayo (Mar 18, 2014)
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"In this new book, Analayo builds on his earlier ground-breaking work, Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization. Here, he enlarges our perspective on this seminal teaching by exploring the practices of mindfulness as presented in both the Pali and Chinese versions of this important discourse. The brilliance of his scholarly research, combined w...
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Analayo's work is a treasury of impeccable scholarship and practice, offering a wise, open-minded and deep understanding of the Buddha's original teachings. His approach makes an inspiring contribution to the modern Dharma world.     source
Moment by Moment
The Art and Practice of Mindfulness
by Jerry Braza Ph.D. (May 15, 1997)
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"This is a very useful guide for living mindfully. I hope you will return to it again and again and practice wholeheartedly the exercises Dr. Braza offers." Thich Nhat Hanh, from the forward"Moment by Moment offers a simple and elegant teaching that can change your life." Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart"For anyone seeking more 'real mom...
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Moment by Moment offers a simple and elegant teaching that can change your life.     source
Make Peace with Your Mind
How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic
by Mark Coleman (Nov 15, 2016)
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The inner critic is the voice inside our heads reminding us that we are never good enough. Its behind the insidious thoughts that can make us second-guess our every action and doubt our own value. The inner critic might feel overpowering, but it can be managed effectively. Meditation teacher and therapist Mark Coleman helps readers understand and f...
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Both insightful and helpful, with gifts of wisdom and many practical tools to work with your own mind and heart.     source
Stay Woke
A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us
by Justin Michael Williams (Feb 11, 2020)
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A no-nonsense guide to establishing a personal meditation practice, changing your life, and taking hold of your dreams.CONFESSION: This is not really a meditation book.Yes, youre going to learn everything you need to know about meditation, but if you came looking for a typical guide to mindfulness, youre in the wrong place. We are modern people in ...
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Clear, empowering, practical, and joyful.     source
Light on Enlightenment
by Christopher Titmuss (Nov 16, 1999)
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A former journalist and Buddhist monk shares his straightforward observations about Buddhism, presenting simple exercises for incorporating Buddhist practice into ordinary life. Original....
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Christopher's book offers readers enormous gifts. It is filled with a profound spirit of inquiry. It challenges us to awaken.     source
The Authentic Heart
An Eightfold Path to Midlife Love
by John Amodeo Ph.D. (Feb 08, 2001)
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The richest, most fulfilling love of your life is yet to come! "The Authentic Heart offers practical, wise, and compassionate guidance for midlife love."--Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry "The Authentic Heart is a groundbreaking, insightful, warmly written book that I highly recommend to anyone wanting ...
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Offers practical, wise, and compassionate guidance for midlife love.     source
The Art of Happiness
Teachings of Buddhist Psychology
by Mirko Fryba (Aug 26, 1989)
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Here is an extraordinarily lucid and intelligent self-help book, inspired by the Abhidamma, an ethical-psychological teaching presented in the body of ancient Buddhist scriptures of the same name. Based on various techniques of Buddhist mind training, the Abhidamma represents the systematic knowledge of the Dharma, or "good teaching"that is, the li...
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This book is a widely ranging exploration of the principles of Buddhist psychology and one of the first to make abhidharma psychology understandable to the West. Dr. Frýba's commentary and reflections show how these principles can bring understanding and be applied in modern life. I recommend it.     source
Aging with Wisdom
Reflections, Stories and Teachings
by Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle (Nov 21, 2017)
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How do we find beauty and meaning in old age? How do we overturn the paradigm of ageism? How do we age consciously and cultivate an inner life resilient enough to withstand the vicissitudes of old age? An extended meditation on how to age consciously and embrace life in all its fullness and wonder, Aging with Wisdom answers these questions....
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Opens the door to aging’s wisdom and love in a beautiful and heartfelt way.     source
The Telomere Effect
A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer
by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn (Jan 02, 2018)
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The New York Times bestselling book coauthored by the Nobel Prize winner who discovered telomerase and telomeres' role in the aging process and the health psychologist who has done original research into how specific lifestyle and psychological habits can protect telomeres, slowing disease and improving life.Have you wondered why some sixty-year-ol...
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It turns out that your cells listen to your heart and to your intention, that consciousness affects your body.     source
A Journey to the Heart of Being Human (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)
by Daniel J. Siegel M.D. (Oct 18, 2016)
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What is the mind? What is the experience of the self truly made of? How does the mind differ from the brain? Though the mind’s contents—its emotions, thoughts, and memories—are often described, the essence of mind is rarely, if ever, defined.In this book, noted neuropsychiatrist and New York Times best-selling author Daniel J. Siegel, MD, uses his ...
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We can feel empathy with one another when someone’s sad and someone’s angry, someone’s hurting.     source
Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks
by Ravi Chandra (Oct 10, 2017)
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Winner of the 2017 Nautilus Silver Award for Religion/Spirituality of Eastern Thought! Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks is a rich modern Asian American cross-cultural memoir of relationship online and off, an exploration of psychological research about social media, and an engaging introduction to Buddhism. We are who happe...
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Facebuddha is both personal journey and social commentary, a good-hearted meander across cultural, artistic and occupational worlds that explores a deep concern for our modern dilemmas with the perspective of a devoted Buddhist.     source
Big Bang, The Buddha, and the Baby Boom
The Spiritual Experiments of My Generation
by Wes Nisker (Apr 01, 2003)
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Some deep alternative current has begun flowing out of the spiritual adventures and identity struggles of recent generations. Of course, we didn't create the conditions or questions of this new age; we got caught in them. The ground shifted, the old gods departed, the economic and political utopias crumbled, and the traditional answers were washed ...
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A joyful, thoughtful romp of remarkable breadth...a wise, funny, and truly wonderful journey.     source