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Sri Aurobindo VOL 35 – Letters On Himself And The Ashram

Letters On Himself And The Ashram is volume 35 in Aurobindo’s collected works.It contains letters in which Sri Aurobindo referred to his life and works, his sadhana or practice of yoga, and the sadhana of members of his ashram.Many of the letters appeared earlier in Sri Aurobindo on Himself and on the Mother (1953) and […]

Great Mysteries by Andrew Greeley

The Great Mysteries – Experiencing the Catholic Faith from the Inside Out by Father Andrew M. Greeley is an attempt to write a new catechism approaching modern questions.  Father Andrew M. Greeley is a catholic priest and sociologist. He is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Ireland in Dublin. He divides his time between teaching […]

The Miracles of Antichrist by Selma Lagerlöf

The Miracles of Antichrist is a novel by Selma Lagerlöf. I posted another book by her last week: Christ Legends. The Miracles of Antichrist was first published in Sweden in 1897 and two years later translated to English.  The book is the third Selma Lagerlöf wrote. While most of Lagerlöfs writing takes place in her […]

A Manual of the Excellent Man by Ledi Sayadaw

A Manual of the Excellent Man – Uttamapurisa Dīpanī. Ledi Sayadaw was the “father” of the insight meditation tradition in Burma. Before he became famous, only a few monks practised insight meditation, and even fewer lay people. He lived during the time of the British Raj, when many ignorant Buddhists were converting to Christianity. Because of […]

Fundamentals of Vipassana Meditation

Fundamentals of Vipassana Meditation by Mahasi Sayadaw was published in 1991. Vipassana meditation also called insight meditation is a basic approach used by diverse traditions. Mahasi Sayadaw, died in 1982, was a Burmese Theravada Buddhist monk and meditation master who had a significant impact on the teaching of Vipassana meditation in the West and throughout Asia. […]

The Birth of Tragedy by Friedrich Nietzsche

The Birth of Tragedy was the first book written by Friedrich Nietzsche. It was published in 1872, while he was just 28 years old. It did not meet a saluting audience at that time. The Birth of Tragedy was further entitled: Hellenism and Pessimism. Nietzsche found in the classic tragedies a meaningful way in the […]

Truth and Actuality by J Krishnamurti

Truth and Actuality by J Krishnamurti has 3 parts. The first consists of rounds of discussions with Krishnamurti’s friend David Bohm from 1975. Second part is transcriptions from public talks in Brockwood Park, England and the third is six dialogues with people at meetings in Saanen in Switzerland also from 1975. From the book: “The moment you have a […]

Christ Legends by Selma Lagerlöf

Christ Legends – Selma Lagerlöf was the first woman to win the Nobel Price in literature. Here are her amazing stories about Christ, Christ Legends. If you are not familiar with Selma Lagerlöf you might object to the idea of creating stories about Christ out of the historical context, but Selma does this in an a […]

Real, Whole, Here and Happy! by James Waite

Real, Whole, Here and Happy! with the subtitle: Natural happiness begins when your story end is a 156 page book by James Waite from 2009. James Waite might be known to some of you, he runs the website Nondualityliving.com. Real, Whole, Here and Happy! is based on the problem of happiness as it is pursued and perceived in western cultures. Here is […]

Buddhist Suttas A-Z – The MegaPack

Sutra Books: Here are loads of goodies for the ones who read Sustras like others watch television. These 15 books contain hundreds of poems, instructions, fairy tales and deep insights.  A random beauty I picked up last night: “The tongue is burning, favors are burning, gustative consciousness is burning, gustative impression is burning, also whatever sensation, pleasant or painful or neither […]

The Path of Purification – The Classic Manual of Buddhist Doctrine and Meditation. Foreword by Dalai Lama.

The Path of Purification is a direct translation from Pali of the work Visuddhimagga by Bhadantacariya Buddhaghosa pusblished in 2000. This edition has a foreword by H H Dalai Lama. He writes: “The very title of the work, the Path of Purification, refers to the essential Buddhist understanding of the basic nature of the mind as clear […]

Leaves of Morya’s Garden by Master Morya and Helena Roerich

Leaves of Morya’s Garden by Master Morya and Helena Roerich. I was pointed in the direction of the Roerich’s and Agni Yoga and especially the double volume Leaves of Morya´s Garden the other day. What caught my initial interest was the similarities between the approach of Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way and Helena Roerich simultaneous developed Agni […]

Brutal Beginnings by The Ruthless Arena

I got at mail from Ciaran who runs the Ruthless Arena. Some months ago he and the hardworking forum members published a book with the best stuff from the first months work on the forum. If you don´t know about the Ruthless Arena, you should take a look (The forum has been shut down now). The […]

The Practical Way To Nibbana – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

The Practical Way To Nibbana  a series of lectures drawing on the original instructions from Mahasatipatthana Sutta – The Great Discourse on the Establishing of Mindfulness. This is one of the core texts in Theravada Buddhism and it has something that most of the old scriptures lack – an understanding of the individual practitioners personality and how it affects his meditations […]

Silavanta Sutta

This book “Silavanta Sutta” is a discourse on the Silavantasutta given by Venerable U Silananda during a nine-day Special Retreat at Tathagata Meditation Center in 2001. The Sutta is about a conversation between Sariputta and Mahakothika, two of the greatest disciples of the Buddha, regarding the objects of mindfulness meditation. This is, therefore, one of the Suttas directly related to the practice of […]

The Bitter Book of Anger by Manflesh

The Bitter Book of Anger by Manflesh is hard to get a hold on. It starts out citing the author himself: “Enlightenment is just something unenlightened people made up,” and it goes on following a 70-year old zen-guru´s travel through USA and Mexico. This book is different, read it for fun or for the sake […]

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad With commentary of Sri Sankaracharya

The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is one of the oldest Upanishads and one of the largest and important ones. It was written by Ajnavalkya in the mid-first millennium BCE. Brhadaranyaka Upanishad means the “great forest-book” – meaning that is should be read in solitude – and it consists of three part called kandas: the Madhu kanda, the Yajnavalkya or the Muni […]

Appearance and Reality by F.H. Bradley

Appearance and Reality,1897, by F.H. Bradley is an interesting work that is often appraised in non-dual discussions even though F.H. Bradley was British and probably never had heard of non-duality or any eastern traditions dealing with these problems. F.H. Bradley was known to be reclusive and had a reputation for shooting cats. But at some […]

Look at Yourself by John Sherman

Look at Yourself by John Sherman is dedicated to to Gangaji and contains the edited transcriptions of the meetings during the 2007 Retreat with John Sherman in Ojai, California on November 2 through 6, 2007. From the book: “Not more preaching, not more understanding, not more states that come and go, not more samadhis, just […]

Beyond Violence by J Krishnamurti

Beyond Violence by J Krishnamurti is a collection of public talks and discussions Krishnamurti held in the  USA in the  1970s. From the book: “Look sirs, thought has created a centre as the ‘me’ – me, my opinions, my country, my God, my experience, my house, my furniture, my wife, my children, you know, me, […]

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