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Challenging Paradigms & Expanding Consciousness

Buddhism, or following the teachings of Buddha, has many offshoots and a long and established tradition of peace and tranquility. 

Boundless Heart by Christina Feldman
Title: Boundless Heart: The Buddha's Path of Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity
Author(s): Christina Feldman
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
Publication Date: March 7, 2017

A course in the Buddhist practice of the brahma viharas, or "heavenly abodes."

Our Rating

3/5

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Awakening From the Daydream by David Nichtern
Title: Awakening from the Daydream: Reimagining the Buddha's Wheel of Life
Author(s): David Nichtern
Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.
Publication Date: 4 Nov. 2016

In Awakening from the Daydream meditation teacher David Nichtern reimagines the ancient Buddhist allegory of the Wheel of Life and reveals a teaching about how to make sense of life and how to find peace within an uncertain world. 

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4/5

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Chan Heart Chan Mind by Master Guojun
Title: Chan Heart, Chan Mind: A Meditation on Serenity and Growth
Author(s): Master Guojun
Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.
Publication Date: 8 April 2016

Enter the essence of Chinese Zen from the perspective of a young, dynamic, Western-educated teacher. Master Guojun offers an intimate, lyrical portrayal of life lived in the rich tradition of Chan, from his apprenticeship with a master Zen calligrapher to the lessons learned from building and running a major practice center.

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3/5

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Hardcore Zen by Brad Warner
Title: Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality
Author(s): Brad Warner
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Publication Date: December 1, 2015

This is not your typical ''Zen'' book. Brad Warner, the young punk who grew up to be a Zen master, spares no one - just like Reality itself. This bold new approach to the Why of Zen Buddhism is as strongly grounded in the tradition of Zen as it is utterly revolutionary

Our Rating

4/5

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The Great Spring by Natalie Goldberg
Title: The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life
Author(s): Natalie Goldberg
Publisher: Shambhala; Reprint edition
Publication Date: February 14, 2017

Natalie Goldberg shares the moments that have sprung from her own life of writing, teaching, and Zen practice--moments of searching, wandering, zigzagging, losing, and leaping where she has found herself and her voice.

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2/5

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The Vow-Powered Life by Jan Chozen Bays
Title: The Vow-Powered Life: A Simple Method for Living with Purpose
Author(s): Jan Chozen Bays
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: January 19, 2016

Zen teacher Jan Chozen Bays looks to traditional Buddhist teachings to show the power of vows—and then applies that teaching broadly to the many vows we make.

Our Rating

4/5

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Don't Be a Jerk by Brad Warner
Title: Don't Be a Jerk: And Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan's Greatest Zen Master
Author(s): Brad Warner
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: March 15, 2016

The Shobogenzo is a revered but seldom-read 800-year-old Zen Buddhism classic. Great books often meet such fates but Brad Warner, a Zen priest who is a tad contrary by nature, has long been drawn to this writing.

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4/5

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The Teacup and the Skullcup by Chögyam Trungpa
Title: The Teacup and the Skullcup: Where Zen and Tantra Meet
Author(s): Chögyam Trungpa
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: December 22, 2015

The Teacup and the Skullcup is made up of edited transcripts from two seminars that Chögyam Trungpa gave near the beginning of his North American teaching career in 1974--one in Barnet, Vermont, and one in Boston--called "Zen and Tantra."

Our Rating

4/5

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The Dharma of Star Wars by Matthew Bortolin
Title: The Dharma of Star Wars
Author(s): Matthew Bortolin
Publisher: Wisdom Publications; Film Tie-In edition
Publication Date: November 10, 2015

The Dharma of Star Wars uses George Lucas' beloved modern saga and the universal discoveries of the Buddha to illuminate each other in playful and unexpectedly rewarding ways.

Our Rating

4/5

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Living Beautifully by Pema Chodron
Title: Living Beautifully: With Uncertainty and Change
Author(s): Pema Chodron
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; Reprint edition
Publication Date: 8 Oct. 2013

The best-selling author and spiritual teacher shares practices for living with wisdom and integrity even in confusing and uncertain situations.

Our Rating

4/5

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Right Concentration by Leigh Brasington
Title: Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas
Author(s): Leigh Brasington
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc.
Publication Date: 13 Nov. 2015

One of the elements of the Eightfold Path the Buddha taught is Right Concentration: the one-pointedness of mind that, together with ethics, livelihood, meditation, and so forth, leads to the ultimate freedom from suffering. 

Our Rating - Book of the Month: December 2015

5/5

Freedom Is Your Only Choice by Ajay Kapoor
Title: Freedom is Your Only Choice: 108 Questions to Discover Your True Self
Author(s): Ajay Kapoor
Publisher: Divine Arts
Publication Date: 1 Sept. 2015

In Freedom Is Your Only Choice, Ajay Kapoor answers 108 questions related to the common issues that all of us -- meditators or non-meditators -- face in life, especially on how to attain freedom from our restlessness and pain.

Our Rating

3/5

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An Intelligent Life by Koitsu Yokoyama
Title: An Intelligent Life: Buddhist Psychology of Self-Transformation
Author(s): Koitsu Yokoyama
Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.
Publication Date: 3 Nov. 2015

An Intelligent Life uses the principles of Buddhist philosophy to explore how best to make use of our lives in order to benefit ourselves and others.

Our Rating

4/5

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Buddhism for Dudes by Gerry Stribling
Title: Buddhism for Dudes: A Jarhead's Field Guide to Mindfulness
Author(s): Gerry Stribling
Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.
Publication Date: 25 Sept. 2015

A tough former Marine leads Buddhist basic training for the average Joe. In Buddhism for Dudes, Gerry Strib Stribling, former Marine and all-around good guy, answers questions on life and living with a healthy dose of Buddhist wisdom for the regular guy.

Our Rating

4/5

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Zen: The Authentic Gate by Yamada Koun
Title: Zen: The Authentic Gate
Author(s): Yamada Koun
Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.
Publication Date: 14 Aug. 2015

Why practice Zen? What sets Zen apart from religion? What are its different practices? These questions, and more, are examined and answered by Zen Master Koun Yamada, whose Dharma heirs include Robert Aitken, Ruben Habito, and David Loy.

Our Rating

5/5

Freedom from Anger by Alubomulle Sumanasara
Title: Freedom from Anger: Understanding it, Overcoming it, and Finding Joy
Author(s): Alubomulle Sumanasara
Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.
Publication Date: 9 July 2015

Anger is a potent poison that ruins health and damages relationships. In today s world of Twitter feuds, road rage, and internet trolls, it is all too easy for anger to grab hold of us. 

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4/5

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Make Me One with Everything by Lama Surya Das
Title: Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation
Author(s): Lama Surya Das
Publisher: Sounds True Inc; 1st Edition edition
Publication Date: 6 Jun. 2015

With "Make Me One with Everything," Lama Surya Das invites us to experience this expansive dimension of the dharma through the art of intermeditation.

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4/5

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Time to Stand Up by Thanissara
Title: Time to Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth -- The Buddha's Life and Message through Feminine Eyes
Author(s): Thanissara
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: 18 Aug. 2015

 Evolving onward from the patriarchal template of spiritual warriors and their quests, former nun Thanissara explores awakening from within a feminine view where the archetypes of lover and nurturer are placed as central and essential for a sustainable world.

Our Rating

5/5

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Jewels of Enlightenment by Erik Pema Kunsang
Title: Jewels of Enlightenment: Wisdom Teachings from the Great Tibetan Masters
Author(s): Erik Pema Kunsang
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: 3 Mar. 2015

Jewels of Enlightenment represents over a millennium of wisdom from masters such as Milarepa, Gampopa, Machig Labdrön, Jigmey Lingpa, Shabkar, Jamgön Kongtrül, and more on how to live a meaningful life.

Our Rating

3/5

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Feeling Wisdom by Rob Preece
Title: Feeling Wisdom: Working with Emotions Using Buddhist Teachings and Western Psychology
Author(s): Rob Preece
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publication Date: 13 Feb. 2015

A psychologist and longtime practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism shows how emotions relate to spiritual practice--that our feeling life is truly at the heart of our awakening. 

Our Rating

5/5

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No Mud No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh
Title: No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering
Author(s): Thich Nhat Hanh
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication Date: 2 Mar. 2015

In No Mud, No Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh offers practices and inspiration for transforming suffering and finding true joy. 

Our Rating

3/5

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Taming the Drunken Monkey by William L Mikulas
Title: Taming the Drunken Monkey: The Path to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Increased Concentration
Author(s): William L Mikulas
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Publication Date: 11 Sept. 2014

Taming the Drunken Monkey shows how to tame your consciousness and manage the stress, anxiety, and frustration that we experience all too frequently.

Our Rating

3/5

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