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Earth Prayers : From Around the World, 365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations for Honoring the Earth / by Elizabeth J. Roberts (Editor), Elias L. Amidon (Editor)

In forest clearings, beneath star-filled skies, in cathedrals, and before the hearth...women and men have always given voice to the impulse to celebrate the world that surrounds and sustains them. Now, as we face a diminished present and an uncertain future, the need to honor the interconnection between people and the planet is heightened. From Walt Whitman, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Black Elk, to Margaret Atwood, the Rig Veda, and the chant of a Samar fisherman, the varied voices linked here offer songs and prayers for land, sea, and air; graces for food; and invocations, poems, and passages that reveal in the common spiritual heritage of all who cherish creation.

SELECTOR'S NOTE: I firmly recommend this as a gift or for yourself. This book is timeless and priceless to those walk a nature spiritual path. I have found it invaluable in my own library and my practical life.

Buddhism Plain and Simple / by Steve Hagen

Amazon.com You might want to digest this book slowly, a few pages at a time. Although Zen teacher Steve Hagen has a knack for putting the philosophy of Buddhism in a "plain and simple" package, it may take a while to sink in. There is so much there. Seeing reality, realizing the wisdom of the self, breaking free of dualistic thinking--this is pretty heady stuff. Thankfully, Hagen passes it along in the form of examples from life, psychological tidbits, and stories from Buddhist teachers past and present. And when it clicks in, it can be life-transforming. Hagen explains this shift in outlook and how the fundamental way we look at the world affects everything we do. As an outline, Hagen follows the basic teachings of the Buddha, and we see that, rather than dogmatic truths, they are reminders for us as we reconsider the life we have taken for granted for so long. As it turns out, Buddhism is life, plain and simple. --Brian Bruya

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Tibetan Book of the Dead / by W. Y. Evans-Wentz (Editor)

Reviewer: Gavin Jocius from The first "Bordo" (I hope). Unless you are immortal...you must read this book! The "BORDO" (the afterlife) is a giant maze that everyone will one day have to navagate themselves through. This book tells you what to expect and how to deal with the demons that you may find along the way. Skip the intro, and go strait to the goods. You'll be amazed as one of life's greatest mysteries become much more clear.

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This real-life adventure is the story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian who, during World War II, escaped from a British internment camp in India and walked across the Himalayas. Harrer eventually arrived in Tibet, where he spent seven years with the Dalai Lama.

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A comprehensive guide to Tibetan Buddhism introduces the concepts of the religion and shares advice on how to incorporate this ancient religion into everyday life, find peace in personal relationship, and meditate more effectively.

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beingpeacebk.gif (5962 bytes) Being Peace / by Thich Nhat Hanh, Arnold Kotler (Editor), Mayumi Oda (Illustrator)

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Hanh's Being Peace integrates spiritual practice with social action. "If we are peaceful . . . our entire society will benefit from our peace."

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joylivingbk.gif (11955 bytes) The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace (Library of Tibet Series , Vol 3) / by Bstan-Dzin-Rgya-Mtsho, Donald S., Jr Lopez (Editor)

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, exiled spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. The Dalai Lama's gentle, accessible, and eloquently phrased teachings are one of the world's great spiritual treasures. In the third volume of the landmark Library of Tibet series on Buddhist spiritual wisdom, the Dalai Lama offers his teachings on death and dying and living a meaningful life.

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by Nh at Hanh, Thich Nhat Hanh, Elaine Pagels

 

From Booklist , 09/15/95 Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, author of more than 70 books, is truly a universal spiritual teacher whose mission is to translate Buddhist precepts into language everyone can understand and to explain the practice of mindfulness in terms of contemporary life. These efforts are in keeping with the Buddhist belief in open-mindedness and the acceptance of change, as is Nhat Hanh's recognition of Jesus as "one of his spiritual ancestors." As he carefully compares key aspects of Christianity with Buddhism, Nhat Hanh distinguishes between the historical and the living Jesus and Buddha, celebrates common ground shared by their teachings, and explicates important differences. His ability to see beyond dogma is in sharp contrast to the rigidity of certain Christian perspectives, a contrast Nhat Hanh discusses with respect and urgency. If there is to be understanding, compassion, and peace in the world, spiritual teachers must learn to honor the "jewels," or "best values," at the heart of diverse traditions, and to keep their own alive by interpreting them in light of the here and now. Donna Seaman  Copyrightę 1995, American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title.

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longroadbk.gif (11025 bytes) The Long Road Turns to Joy : A Guide to Walking Meditation / by Nhat Hanh, Thich Nhat Hanh, Nhat Hanh Guide to Walking Meditation, Robert Aitken

 

A reader from Freeport, Maine , 03/10/98
Walking is the essence of life. Although we have our automobiles and bikes, elevators and escalators, walking is something that we cannot avoid in this society. Many of us may rush off to business meetings or appointments and forget about the beauty of nature that surrounds us everyday. This book teaches how to put our mind on the simple things of life again in order to recover our peace of mind in our "instant" society. This Vietnemese Zen Master teaches "walking just for
the sake of walking"; something I think we all should learn.

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goodheartbk.gif (6036 bytes) The Good Heart : A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus /
by Bstan-Dzin-Rgya-Mtsho, Robert Kiely (Editor), the Dalai Lama, Dom Laurence Freeman

 


In this very accessible book, one of the world's most loved spiritual teachers omments on well-known passages from each of the four Gospels, providing a unique reading of these familiar sources of faith. The Dalai Lama opens a windows of understanding of spiritual transformation, meditation, and the "good heart" for seekers of any faith. 2 photos. 4 illustrations.

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meditativemindbk.gif (3496 bytes) The Meditative Mind : Varieties of Meditative Experience / by Daniel P.Goleman, Ram Dass

One associate says: "The definitive guide to the meditation experience.  Though I know it isn't beneficial, I spent years trying to fit all the pegs in their proper holes in my meditative practice. Questions like "If they feel that why do we feel this?" or "Is this experience the same as that, only named differently?" or "Who's really correct?". With one read this book resolved all my issues and doubts about the validity of my own path, Vipassana, and how my practice relates to all others. I've learned how everything does sort of fit together, at least generally so, and much to my teachers' delight I am able to plunge more deeply into practice without reservation. I have no more doubts!"

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by Venerable Henepola Gunaratana, Venerable Henepole

 

This step by step guide to Insight meditation is truly practical and direct.  Venerable Gunarantana's conversational style  and use of everyday examples imbue the basic teachings of Vipassana meditation with unsurpassable clarity and wit.  His deeply spiritual yet nondenominational approach invites readers of all backgrounds to experience the fruits of meditative awareness.

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miraclebk.gif (5639 bytes) The Miracle of Mindfulness : A Manual on Meditation / by Thich Nhat Hanh, Thich Nhat Hanh


Make this a gift presentation for any interested in the healing powers of meditation: it provides a techniques-oriented guide to Buddhist meditation by a Zen master, providing stories and exercises on how meditation works in everyday life. "Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves", Hanh maintains.

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peacebk.gif (6072 bytes) Peace Is Every Step : The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life / by Thich Nhat Hanh

 

In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. For him a ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to "mindfulness" -- the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. The most profound satisfactions, the deepest feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now.

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