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Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace (Compass)

Angel Kyodo Williams

2002    224 pages    (Penguin Books)

ISBN 13: 9780140196306    ISBN 10: 0140196307

Being Black has gained an enthusiastic following in African American and Zen communities. Angel Kyodo Williams shows black Americans how to develop a "warrior-spirit" of truth and responsibility that can lead to happiness and personal transformation. The principles and tools she offers provide a framework for addressing the African American community's unique worries, hopes, challenges, and expectations. Williams uses an eloquent, hip, and honest approach to share personal stories [...]

Being Black has gained an enthusiastic following in African American and Zen communities. Angel Kyodo Williams shows black Americans how to develop a "warrior-spirit" of truth and responsibility that can lead to happiness and personal transformation. The principles and tools she offers provide a framework for addressing the African American community's unique worries, hopes, challenges, and expectations. Williams uses an eloquent, hip, and honest approach to share personal stories, time-tested teachings, and simple guidelines that invite readers of all faiths to discover how to step into the freedom of a life lived with fearlessness, grace, and fluidity. [less]

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Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, The

Alan Watts

1989    163 pages    (Vintage Books)

ISBN 13: 9780679723004    ISBN 10: 0679723005

A witty attack on the illusion that the self is a separate ego that confronts a universe of alien physical objects.

A witty attack on the illusion that the self is a separate ego that confronts a universe of alien physical objects. [less]

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Buddhism

Alan Watts

1996    112 pages    (Tuttle Publishing)

ISBN 13: 9780804830560    ISBN 10: 0804830568

In this dynamic series of lectures recorded in 1965 and 1969, Alan Watts joyfully takes us on an exploration of Buddhism, from its roots in India over 2,500 years ago to the explosion of interest in Zen and the Tibetan tradition in the West. These lectures have been transcribed and edited by the author's son, Mark Watts, who also provides an introduction that sets them in their historical context. This book then begins with Journey From India, which presents a brief explanation of the Indian [...]

In this dynamic series of lectures recorded in 1965 and 1969, Alan Watts joyfully takes us on an exploration of Buddhism, from its roots in India over 2,500 years ago to the explosion of interest in Zen and the Tibetan tradition in the West. These lectures have been transcribed and edited by the author's son, Mark Watts, who also provides an introduction that sets them in their historical context. This book then begins with Journey From India, which presents a brief explanation of the Indian worldview and cosmology followed by a discussion of the important differences between Hinduism and Buddhism. The Middle Way offers an insight into the radical methods of the Mahayana, or "great vehicle", and reviews the basic Buddhist terms and teaching, including the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Alan Watts then turns his attention to Zen and Tibetan Buddhism in the remaining four chapters. In Religion of No-Religion he discusses how the Buddha taught the method of awakening through the experience of no-self, no-concept, and no-religion. This technique of short-circuiting the mind is seen today in the method of instruction centered upon Zen koans. In contrast to the intellectual methods of Zen, the Tibetan, or Vajrayana school, retained much more of the original Indian flavor of Mahayana Buddhism, and in Wisdom of the Mountains Watts provides an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism by explaining its unique practices. In the final chapter, Transcending Duality, Alan Watts explores the male and female symbolism of Tantric yoga and explores the unity of polar opposites as a form of resonance. [less]

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Buddhist I Ching, The

Chih-hsu Ou-i

240 pages    (Shambhala)

ISBN 13: 9780877734086    ISBN 10: 0877734089

A new translation of the I Ching, with a commentary on its Buddhist meaning.

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Contemplative Prayer

Thomas Merton

1971    128 pages    (Image)

ISBN 13: 9780385092197    ISBN 10: 0385092199

In this classic text, Thomas Merton offers valuable guidance for prayer. He brings together a wealth of meditative and mystical influences–from John of the Cross to Eastern desert monasticism–to create a spiritual path for today. Most important, he shows how the peace contacted through meditation should not be sought in order to evade the problems of contemporary life, but can instead be directed back out into the world to affect positive change.Contemplative Prayer is one of the [...]

In this classic text, Thomas Merton offers valuable guidance for prayer. He brings together a wealth of meditative and mystical influences–from John of the Cross to Eastern desert monasticism–to create a spiritual path for today. Most important, he shows how the peace contacted through meditation should not be sought in order to evade the problems of contemporary life, but can instead be directed back out into the world to affect positive change.Contemplative Prayer is one of the most well-known works of spirituality of the last one hundred years, and it is a must-read for all seeking to live a life of purpose in today’s world.In a moving and profound introduction, Thich Nhat Hanh offers his personal recollections of Merton and compares the contemplative traditions of East and West. [less]

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Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks (Penguin Classics), The

2003    240 pages    (Penguin Classics)

ISBN 13: 9780140447316    ISBN 10: 0140447318

The Desert Fathers were the first Christian monks, living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. In contrast to the formalized and official theology of the "founding fathers" of the Church, they were ordinary Christians who chose to renounce the world and live lives of celibacy, fasting, vigil, prayer, and poverty in direct and simple response to the gospel. First recorded in the fourth century, their Sayings—consisting of spiritual advice, anecdotes, parables [...]

The Desert Fathers were the first Christian monks, living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. In contrast to the formalized and official theology of the "founding fathers" of the Church, they were ordinary Christians who chose to renounce the world and live lives of celibacy, fasting, vigil, prayer, and poverty in direct and simple response to the gospel. First recorded in the fourth century, their Sayings—consisting of spiritual advice, anecdotes, parables, and reflections on life—influenced the rule of St. Benedict, set the pattern for Western monasticism, and have inspired centuries of poetry, opera, and art. Organized around key themes—Charity, Fortitude, Lust, Patience, Prayer, Self-control, and Visions—this edition of the Sayings is fresh, accessible, and authoritative. [less]

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Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, The

Starhawk

2011    304 pages    (New Society Publishers)

ISBN 13: 9780865716971    ISBN 10: 0865716978

A Transition Town group involved in preparations for peak oil and climate change; an intentional community, founded with the highest ideals; a nonprofit dedicated to social change—millions of such voluntary groups exist around the world. These collaborative organizations have the unique potential to harness their members' ideals, passions, skills, and knowledge—if they can succeed in getting along together. The Empowerment Manual is a comprehensive manual for groups seeking to [...]

A Transition Town group involved in preparations for peak oil and climate change; an intentional community, founded with the highest ideals; a nonprofit dedicated to social change—millions of such voluntary groups exist around the world. These collaborative organizations have the unique potential to harness their members' ideals, passions, skills, and knowledge—if they can succeed in getting along together. The Empowerment Manual is a comprehensive manual for groups seeking to organize with shared power and bottom-up leadership to foster vision, trust, accountability, and responsibility. This desperately needed toolkit provides keys to: Understanding group dynamics Facilitating communication and collective decision-making Dealing effectively with difficult people. Drawing on four decades of experience, Starhawk shows how collaborative groups can generate the cooperation, efficacy, and commitment critical to success. Her extensive exploration of group process is woven together with the story of RootBound—a fictional ecovillage mired in conflict—and rounded out with a series of real-life case studies. The included exercises and facilitator toolbox show how to establish the necessary structures, ground rules, and healthy norms. The Empowerment Manual is required reading for anyone who wants to help their group avoid disagreement and disillusionment and become a wellspring of creativity and innovation. Starhawk is the author of eleven previous books including the award-winning Webs of Power. A highly influential voice for global justice and the environment, she is deeply committed to bringing the creative power of spirituality to political activism. [less]

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Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion

Ingrid Fischer-Schreiber, Franz-Karl Ehrhard, Kurt Friedrichs, Michael S. Diener

1994    488 pages    (Shambhala)

ISBN 13: 9780877739807    ISBN 10: 0877739803

With more than four thousand entries and over one hundred illustrations, this encyclopedia offers a complete survey of the four major religious traditions of Asia. It is designed not only for students and scholars but also to help general readers find their way through the thicket of unfamiliar words and concepts that are often encountered today in various fields such as the health professions, psychotherapy, the sciences, and the media. Among the subjects covered are:    •& [...]

With more than four thousand entries and over one hundred illustrations, this encyclopedia offers a complete survey of the four major religious traditions of Asia. It is designed not only for students and scholars but also to help general readers find their way through the thicket of unfamiliar words and concepts that are often encountered today in various fields such as the health professions, psychotherapy, the sciences, and the media. Among the subjects covered are:    •  Important terms such as chakra, karma, koan, nirvana, tantra, Tao, and yin-yang    •  The lives and teachings of mystics, philosophers, and masters of meditation    •  Basic texts and scriptures    •  Sects and schools of thought    •  Mythological figures and events In addition, pronunciation tables, a comprehensive bibliography, and a Ch'an/Zen Lineage Chart are provided. [less]

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Enlightened Mind: An Anthology of Sacred Prose, The

223 pages    (Harpercollins)

ISBN 13: 9780060165284    ISBN 10: 0060165286

Bolts of wisdom from the world's greatest spiritual masters, philosophers, and writers. Mitchell is one of the leading voices in the contemporary spiritual landscape. 2 cassettes.

Bolts of wisdom from the world's greatest spiritual masters, philosophers, and writers. Mitchell is one of the leading voices in the contemporary spiritual landscape. 2 cassettes. [less]

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Flame of Attention

Krishnamurti

ISBN 10: 0060648147

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Francis of Assisi - The Saint: Early Documents, vol. 1 (Francis of Assisi: Early Documents)

Regis J. Armstrong

1999    640 pages    (New City Press)

ISBN 13: 9781565481107    ISBN 10: 1565481100

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents presents a translation of the extant texts of the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth centuries that present the life and writings of Francis of Assisi. The Saint includes The Writings by Francis, The Life of Francis by Thomas of Celano, The Liturgical Texts, The Life of Francis by Julian of Speyer, The Versified Life of Francis by Henri DAvranches, The Sacred Exchange between Saint Francis and Lady Poverty and Related Documents. Also included is a general [...]

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents presents a translation of the extant texts of the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth centuries that present the life and writings of Francis of Assisi. The Saint includes The Writings by Francis, The Life of Francis by Thomas of Celano, The Liturgical Texts, The Life of Francis by Julian of Speyer, The Versified Life of Francis by Henri DAvranches, The Sacred Exchange between Saint Francis and Lady Poverty and Related Documents. Also included is a general introduction to the series by Regis Armstrong, helpful introductions to each section, colored maps, extensive annotation. [less]

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Heart of the Koran (Quest Book)

Lex Hixon

1988    267 pages    (Quest Books)

ISBN 13: 9780835606363    ISBN 10: 0835606368

Modern meditation on Islam's Koran in free English prose. Companion video.

Modern meditation on Islam's Koran in free English prose. Companion video. [less]

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Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

Anne Lamott

2012    112 pages    (Riverhead Hardcover)

ISBN 13: 9781594631290    ISBN 10: 1594631298

New York Times-bestselling author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life. Readers of all ages have followed and cherished Anne Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error. And in her new book, Help, Thanks, Wow, she has coalesced everything she knows about prayer to these fundamentals. It is these three prayers – asking for assistance from a [...]

New York Times-bestselling author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life. Readers of all ages have followed and cherished Anne Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error. And in her new book, Help, Thanks, Wow, she has coalesced everything she knows about prayer to these fundamentals. It is these three prayers – asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us – that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward. In Help, Thanks, Wow, Lamott recounts how she came to these insights, explains what they mean to her and how they have helped, and explores how others have embraced these same ideas. Insightful and honest as only Anne Lamott can be, Help, Thanks, Wow is the everyday faith book that new Lamott readers will love and longtime Lamott fans will treasure. [less]

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I Ching (Shambhala Pocket Classics)

Thomas Cleary

1992    169 pages    (Shambhala)

ISBN 13: 9780877736615    ISBN 10: 0877736618

The I Ching is the most ancient and profound of the Chinese classics, venerated for over three thousand years as an oracle of fortune, a guide to success, and a dispensary of wisdom. This new translation, with commentary by Confucius, emphasizes applying practical wisdom in everyday affairs. Complete instructions for consulting the I Ching are included.

The I Ching is the most ancient and profound of the Chinese classics, venerated for over three thousand years as an oracle of fortune, a guide to success, and a dispensary of wisdom. This new translation, with commentary by Confucius, emphasizes applying practical wisdom in everyday affairs. Complete instructions for consulting the I Ching are included. [less]

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I Ching: The Book of Change (Compass)

John Blofeld

1991    240 pages    (Penguin Books)

ISBN 13: 9780140193350    ISBN 10: 0140193359

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Jewish Meditation

Aryeh Kaplan

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Komboloi and its history

Evangelinos

ISBN 10: 9608627117

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Living in New consciousness

Hugh Enomiya-Lasalle

ISBN 10: 0877734496

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Mindful Jewish Living

Jonathan P. Slater

2007    380 pages    (Rabbinical Assembly)

ISBN 13: 9780916219345    ISBN 10: 0916219348

In this popular introduction to Jewish mindfulness practice, Rabbi Jonathan P. Slater examines Jewish sources and applies their teachings to the practices of mindfulness and meditation. Drawing from Hasidic texts, as well as liturgical, talmudic, and midrashic sources, the author demonstrates how Jewish teachings can make us aware of the spiritual essence of our lives.

In this popular introduction to Jewish mindfulness practice, Rabbi Jonathan P. Slater examines Jewish sources and applies their teachings to the practices of mindfulness and meditation. Drawing from Hasidic texts, as well as liturgical, talmudic, and midrashic sources, the author demonstrates how Jewish teachings can make us aware of the spiritual essence of our lives. [less]

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Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, The

1997    1136 pages    (Oxford University Press)

ISBN 13: 9780192139658    ISBN 10: 0192139657

IThe Oxford Dictionary of World Religions is an exceptionally wide-ranging A-Z reference guide to the history, beliefs, dogmas, practices, individuals, customs, and artifacts of the worlds religions past and present. As well as detailed information on individual religious traditions, there are fascinating general entries on common topics such as prayer, ethics, asceticism, confession, cosmology, art and architecture, and music.

IThe Oxford Dictionary of World Religions is an exceptionally wide-ranging A-Z reference guide to the history, beliefs, dogmas, practices, individuals, customs, and artifacts of the worlds religions past and present. As well as detailed information on individual religious traditions, there are fascinating general entries on common topics such as prayer, ethics, asceticism, confession, cosmology, art and architecture, and music. [less]

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Religion and Nothingness (Nanzan Studies in Religion and Culture)

Keiji Nishitani

1983    366 pages    (University of California Press)

ISBN 13: 9780520049468    ISBN 10: 0520049462

In Religion and Nothingness the leading representative of the Kyoto School of Philosophy lays the foundation of thought for a world in the making, for a world united beyond the differences of East and West. Keiji Nishitani notes the irreversible trend of Western civilization to nihilism, and singles out the conquest of nihilism as the task for contemporary philosophy. Nihility, or relative nothingness, can only be overcome by being radicalized to Emptiness, or absolute nothingness. Taking [...]

In Religion and Nothingness the leading representative of the Kyoto School of Philosophy lays the foundation of thought for a world in the making, for a world united beyond the differences of East and West. Keiji Nishitani notes the irreversible trend of Western civilization to nihilism, and singles out the conquest of nihilism as the task for contemporary philosophy. Nihility, or relative nothingness, can only be overcome by being radicalized to Emptiness, or absolute nothingness. Taking absolute nothingness as the fundamental notion in rational explanations of the Eastern experience of human life, Professor Nishitani examines the relevance of this notion for contemporary life, and in particular for Western philosophical theories and religious believes. Everywhere his basic intention remains the same: to direct our modern predicament to a resolution through this insight.The challenge that the thought of Keiji Nishitani presents to the West, as a modern version of an Eastern speculative tradition that is every bit as old and as variegated as our own, is one that brings into unity the principle of reality and the principle of salvation. In the process, one traditional Western idea after another comes under scrutiny: the dichotomy of faith and reason, of being and substance, the personal and transcendent notions of God, the exaggerated role given to the knowing ego, and even the Judeo-Christian view of history itself.Religion and Nothingness represents the major work of one of Japan's most powerful and committed philosophical minds. [less]

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Sayings of Zhuang Zi

Goh Beng Choo

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Selected Works of St Thomas Aquinas

Thos Aquinas

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Speak Peace in a World of Conflict: What You Say Next Will Change Your World

Marshall B. Rosenberg PhD

2005    240 pages    (Puddledancer Press)

ISBN 13: 9781892005175    ISBN 10: 1892005174

In every interaction, every conversation and in every thought, you have a choice – to promote peace or perpetuate violence. International peacemaker, mediator and healer, Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg shows you how the language you use is the key to enriching life. Take the first step to reduce violence, heal pain, resolve conflicts and spread peace on our planet – by developing an internal consciousness of peace rooted in the language you use each day.Speak Peace is filled with [...]

In every interaction, every conversation and in every thought, you have a choice – to promote peace or perpetuate violence. International peacemaker, mediator and healer, Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg shows you how the language you use is the key to enriching life. Take the first step to reduce violence, heal pain, resolve conflicts and spread peace on our planet – by developing an internal consciousness of peace rooted in the language you use each day.Speak Peace is filled with inspiring stories, lessons and ideas drawn from over 40 years of mediating conflicts and healing relationships in some of the most war torn, impoverished, and violent corners of the world. Speak Peace offers insight, practical skills, and powerful tools that will profoundly change your relationships and the course of your life for the better.Bestselling author of the internationally acclaimed, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. Discover how you can create an internal consciousness of peace as the first step toward effective personal, professional, and social change. Find complete chapters on the mechanics of Nonviolent Communication, effective conflict resolution, transforming business culture, transforming enemy images, addressing terrorism, transforming authoritarian structures, expressing and receiving gratitude, and social change. [less]

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Speaking of Faith: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Women, Religion and Social Change

1986    288 pages    (The Women's Press Ltd)

ISBN 13: 9780704340169    ISBN 10: 070434016X

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Spirituality of African Peoples, The

Peter J. Paris

1994    208 pages    (Fortress Press)

ISBN 13: 9780800628543    ISBN 10: 0800628543

Eminent black social ethicist Peter Paris focuses on African "spirituality"--the religious and moral values pervading traditional African religious worldviews. Paris's careful scholarship and his eye for value in varying cultural milieus combine to model comparative cultural analysis and to clarify cultural foundations of black ethical life.

Eminent black social ethicist Peter Paris focuses on African "spirituality"--the religious and moral values pervading traditional African religious worldviews. Paris's careful scholarship and his eye for value in varying cultural milieus combine to model comparative cultural analysis and to clarify cultural foundations of black ethical life. [less]

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The Earth Path

Starhawk

(HarperSanFrancisco)

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We Can Work It Out: Resolving Conflicts Peacefully and Powerfully (Nonviolent Communication Guides)

Marshall B. Rosenberg PhD

2004    32 pages    (Puddledancer Press)

ISBN 13: 9781892005120    ISBN 10: 1892005123

In over 40 years of mediating conflicts—between parents and children, husbands and wives, management and workers, police and communities, and warring groups around the world—Marshall Rosenberg has learned it is possible to resolve conflicts peacefully, and to everyone's satisfaction. It's not compromise—it's a caring and respectful quality of connection between the parties in conflict that meets everyone's needs. Get to the Heart of the Matter—Most of [...]

In over 40 years of mediating conflicts—between parents and children, husbands and wives, management and workers, police and communities, and warring groups around the world—Marshall Rosenberg has learned it is possible to resolve conflicts peacefully, and to everyone's satisfaction. It's not compromise—it's a caring and respectful quality of connection between the parties in conflict that meets everyone's needs. Get to the Heart of the Matter—Most of us lack the vocabulary to express what we're feeling or needing, but we are well trained at pointing fingers at others as the "cause" of our pain. When people trust that their feelings and needs are valued - and heard - it immediately helps reduce tension and hostility, opening the door for peaceful resolution. Applying Dr. Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process inspires genuine cooperation by focusing on the unmet needs behind the conflict. Whether you're a professional mediator or wishing to resolve a conflict with your spouse, child or colleague, NVC offers practical, usable technique to get to the heart of the issue. [less]

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Welcoming Flowers

Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

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