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Vedanta-Sutras With the Commentary by Sankaracharya

Vedanta-Sutras With the Commentary by Sankaracharya. The doctrine advocated by Sankaracharya’s comments is the most important and interesting one which has arisen on Indian soil; neither those forms of the Vedânta which diverge from the view represented by Sañkara nor any of the non-Vedantic systems can be compared with orthodox Vedânta in boldness, depth, and […]

Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Hatha Yoga Pradipika the original Sanskrit Swatmarama translated by James Mallinson and published in 2004. Hatha Yoga Pradipika is a classic root text of Hatha Yoga written in 15th century CE. The book is build around four chapters, including material on asanas, pranayama, chakras, kundalini, bandhas, kriyas, shakti, nadis and mudras among other topics. Download […]

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 […]

The Shape of Suffering – A Study of Dependent Co-arising

The Shape of Suffering – A Study of Dependent Co-arising by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Dependent co-arising—paticca samuppada—is the Buddha’s most complete analysis of the conditions leading to suffering, together with the conditions leading to suffering’s end. A passage in the Canon states that this was the topic he contemplated on emerging from his first week of […]

Intuitive Awareness by Ajahn Sumedho

Intuitive Awareness  is compiled from talks given mainly in 2001 by Ajahn Sumedho; they convey an intuitive understanding of the Buddha’s teaching which has arisen from over 35 years of practice as a Buddhist monk. Ajahn Sumedho’s approach starts with accepting ourselves as we are. By doing this a relaxation can take place that creates […]

Mara and the Mangala by Ajahn Amaro

Mara and the Mangala by Ajahn Amaro is intended to be both a partner to the novel ‘The Pilgrim Kāmanīta,’ written by Karl Gjellerup in 1906, and a tale that stands on its own. This book was originally projected to be published entirely as a serial novel, appearing one chapter at a time on the first […]

Rude Awakenings and Great Patient One by Ajahn Sucitto and Nick Scott

Rude Awakenings and Great Patient One by Ajahn Sucitto and Nick Scott are based on the notes of their six months pilgramage, retracing the footsteps of the Buddha thorugh India. Rude Awakenings and the sequel Great Patient One are the heady record of survival and spirituality set against the dramatic backdrop of one of India’s most lawless […]

Stripping the Gurus by Geoffrey D Falk

Stripping the Gurus by Geoffrey D. Falk, 2009, is an important document about the life and pitfalls in spiritual communities around the world. The author himself has spent months in an ashram and many more researching a number of the worlds most known gurus. The research is meticulous, the writing engaging, and the overall thesis: devastatingly true. “Don’t get suckered in. Be prepared. Be […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle wrote this short book, Stillness Speaks, (43 pages) in what he himself calls sutra-like style. He writes: Just like the ancient sutras, the writings contained within this book are sacred and have come out of a state of consciousness we may call stillness. Unlike those sutras, however, they don’t belong to any one […]

Native American Spirituality: Path of Heart Don Juan Matus, Eagle, and Others

Native American Spirituality: Path of Heart Don Juan Matus, Eagle, and Others is an overview by Russian author Vladimir Antonov of native american spirituality as described in primary sources from brujos, shamans and medicine men like Silvio Manuel, Juanito, Eagle, Eaglestform, Don Genaro and Don Juan Matus from the Toltec traditions. Most importantly Vladimir Antonov […]

Conscience by Ouspensky

Conscience with the subtitle The Search for Truth, is a collection of shorter works by P. D. Ouspensky the author of Tertium Organum and In Search of the Miraculous, and also the man known as “O” in the circles around G. I. Gurdjieff in the early days in Russia. The book starts by introducing Ouspensky […]

Views from the Real World by G. I. Gurdjieff

Views from the Real World is a collection of early talks by G. I. Gurdjieff. The book has been compiled from meeting notes during sessions in Moscow, Essentuki, Tiflis, Berlin, London, Paris, New York and Chicago by his pupils. The first part of the book is the text: Glimpses of Truth – an account written […]

Clarity by Nathan Gill

This short autobiography by Nathan Gill 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 drizzling down. I looked […]

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 […]

Gadsby by Ernest Vincent Wright – 50.000 words without the letter “e”

This bizarre book, Gadsby, is a lipogram written in 1939 by the american Ernest Vincent Wright. The concept is the total absence of the letter “e” from all sentences on all pages. An article in the Oshkosh Daily in 1937 wrote that the manuscript was “amazingly smooth. No halting parts. A continuity of plot and almost classic clarity obtains.”  Wright […]

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 […]

A Burden Off the Mind – A Study Guide on the Five Aggregates

Buddha’s awakening gave him a new perspective on the limitations of words. He had discovered a reality—the Deathless—that no words could describe. At the same time, he discoveredthat the path to Awakening could be described, although it involved a new wayof seeing and conceptualizing the problem of suffering and stress. Because ordinary concepts were often […]

Walking with Awareness – A Guide to Walking Meditation

Walking with Awareness A Guide to Walking Meditation Written by Luang Por Liem Áhitadhammo –  a Buddhist monk in the Thai Forest Tradition, was born in 1941. After higher ordination at twenty years of age, he first practiced in several village monasteries until he joined Wat Nong PahPong, Ajahn Chah’s famous forest monastery in UbonProvince, in […]

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