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The Sacred Books of the East – all 50 volumes

The Sacred Books of the East is an enormous project undertaken by Max Müller and various authors from 1879 and 1910. The group’s work was published by Oxford University Press and to this day many of the translations are the only ones existing or the most precise. These translations might be some of the most […]

SELVES & NOT-SELF – THE BUDDHIST TEACHING ON ANATTA

Not all books here are 2.500 years old. This little gem, written by Thanissaro Bhikkhu was published in August 2011. The subtitle reveals the subject: Anatta – the Sanskrit word often translated to not-self. This book is written on the notes Thanissaro Bhikkhu wrote for at retreat in France with focus on Anatta. The book draws on […]

Buddha in Blue Jeans – An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide To Sitting Quietly and Being Buddha

Buddha in Blue Jeans – An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide To Sitting Quietly and Being Buddha is a universal guide to the meditation practice of sitting quietly and being yourself. Sitting quietly can teach you many ways to accept life, meet pain, age gracefully, and die without regret. From the book: “Be Who You Are Don’t […]

The Science of the Soul – On Consciousness and the Structure of Reality by Geoffrey D. Falk

The Science of the Soul by Geoffrey D. Falk was written in 2003. This book and others by Geoffrey can be found here: www.geoffreyfalk.com, and if you have patience I will post them here in the coming weeks. From the intro: “I have attempted to provide in this book is a non-reductionistic model of the behavior of consciousness as […]

Truth and Actuality by J Krishnamurti

Truth and Actuality by J Krishnamurti have 3 parts. The first consists of rounds of discussions with Krishnamurti’s friend David Bohm from 1975. The 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 […]

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 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 […]

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, […]

The Direct and Unmistaken Method by Lama Zope Rinpoche

The Direct and Unmistaken Method of Purifying Yourself of and Protecting Yourself Against the Causes of Problems deals with the practice and benefits of the eight precepts of Mahayana Buddhism. “Practicing the eight-limbed Mahayana Method of Restoring and Purifying is the supreme method for avoiding harm to all sentient beings and bringing them happiness and […]

Mind is a Myth – Disquieting conversations with a man called U.G.

Mind is a Myth is last of the three available books transcribed from talks with U.G. Krishnamurti. The first pages outline his extraordinary life and his calamity  as he calls the all-changing transformation that took place on his 47th birthday: “U.G. ceased to act any longer via the separative thought structure. A bit of energy entered his […]

Clarity by Nathan Gill

Clarity is the short autobiography by Nathan Gill wherein he describes his spiritual search and non-dramatic awakening. From the book: “There does not need to be any kind of ‘event’ associated with the recognition of our true nature. Well, as it happened, in September 1998 an event arose. I was gardening and the rain was […]

Thought is your Enemy – Mind-shattering Conversations with a Man called U.G

Thought is your Enemy – Mind-shattering Conversations with a Man called U.G. This quote caught my interest: “Is there any such thing as happiness? I would say, no. So, the quest for happiness is a cultural input, and that is the common desire that we know exists everywhere, in every part of the world. That […]

The Mystique of Enlightenment: The unrational ideas of a man called U.G.

The Mystique of Enlightenment: The unrational ideas of a man called U.G. is perhaps the most straightforward, no-nonsense book yet written about that truth which many ‘spiritual seekers’ are seeking – what most gurus call ‘enlightenment’ or ‘spiritual liberation’, and what U.G. Krishnamurti calls the ‘natural state’. U.G. maintains, in this selection from his conversations, that […]

Brutal Beginnings

The rebels of enlightenment over at the forum/blog RuthlessTruth.com have for some months worked with some new and radical approaches to free people from the veil of Samsara. Their work are truly impressive and fresh. Their main idea is to get people in a large scale to understand that there is no “I”, and seeing this fact is […]

The Real Way to Awakening by Chao Khun Sobhana Dammasudhi

The Teaching of the Buddha contains the solution to all problems involving self-discipline and detachment from greed, hatred and self-delusion, but Insight Meditation has always been the only way to perceive both the problem, and the solution, for oneself. The Buddha used to tell his followers, ‘ Here is a tree (or other sheltered spot). […]

Heart, Diamond and Lankavatara Sutras

The Heart Sutra is a member of the Perfection of Wisdom (Prajñāpāramitā) class of Mahāyāna Buddhist literature, and along with the Diamond Sutra, is perhaps the most prominent representative of the genre. Its Sanskrit name Prajñāpāramitā Hṛdaya literally translates to the “Heart of the Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom.” From the book: Since in emptiness nothing […]

The Lazy Mans Guide to Enlightenment

The Lazy Mans Guide to Enlightenment by Thadeus Golas. From the foreword: “The universe is so vast and complex that if we needed books like this to become enlightened, we’d never make it. But on the other hand the universe is so simple in design that there’s no reason for anyone to be puzzled or […]

The Open Secret – by Tony Parson

The Open Secret by Tony Parson is a straight forward book on practical liberation / enlightenment. From the book: “One day I was walking across a park in a suburb of London. I noticed as I walked that my mind was totally occupied with expectations about future events that might or might not happen. I […]

The No-Nonsense Guide to Enlightenment

The No-Nonsense Guide to Enlightenment by Blair Warren. From the intro: “It is my position that enlightenment is not necessarily the elusive mystical experience it has been made out to be. It doesn’t require years of struggle to attain. It doesn’t require that you chant in lotus position at the feet of some guru. And it doesn’t […]

Letters from Russia by Ouspensky

Letters from Russia by Ouspensky. From 1907 until 1913 P. D. Ouspensky wrote for a Russian newspaper, mostly on foreign affairs. At the same time he was working on various books based on the idea that our consciousness is an incomplete state not far removed from sleep, and also that our three-dimensional view of the […]

The Book On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

The Book On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Allan Watts is a radical piece about the unrecognised but mighty taboo—our tacit conspiracy to ignore who, or what, we really are. Briefly, the thesis is that the prevalent sensation of oneself as a separate ego enclosed in a bag of skin is a […]

The Master Game By Robert S. de Ropp

The Master Game is a book CONCERNED with GAMES and AIMS.. Seek, above all, for a game worth playing. Such is the advice of the oracle to modern man. Having found the game, play it with intensity – play as if your life and sanity depended on it. (They do depend on it.) Follow the example […]

Ashtavakra Gita – Complete PDF-ebook

The Ashtavakra Gita is an ancient Hindu spiritual document of great purity and power. Pure, because it is relentlessly one-pointed. Every word in this complete and free pdf version of Ashtavakra Gita is aimed at triggering Self-realization -no suggestions for self-improvement, no rules for moral behavior, no practical wisdom for daily life. Powerful, because the mere […]

Siddhartha – an Indian Tale by Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha – an Indian Tale by Hermann Hesse is about a son of a Brahman who in his quest for the truth rejects his father’s faith. His way is through asceticism, meeting with the Buddha, love adventures and a secular life until he calms down and finally finds enlightenment. In many ways, the novel is […]

The Psychology of Mans Possible Evolution

P. D. Ouspenskys ‘The Psychology of Mans Possible Evolution’ was published shortly after his death in 1947 together with In Search of the Miraculous. It describes how and why man must work simultaneously on his knowledge and his being to find inner unity. From the book: And here we come at once to a very important […]

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