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Challenging Paradigms and Expanding Consciousness

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

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

Review Credit: Review copy kindly supplied by PGUK, London, UK
Chan Heart Chan Mind by Master Guojun

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

Hardcore Zen by Brad Warner

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

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4/5

The Great Spring by Natalie Goldberg

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

The Vow-Powered Life by Jan Chozen Bays

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.

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4/5

Don't Be a Jerk by Brad Warner

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

The Teacup and the Skullcup by Chögyam Trungpa

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."

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4/5

The Dharma of Star Wars by Matthew Bortolin

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.

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4/5

Living Beautifully by Pema Chodron

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

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4/5

Right Concentration by Leigh Brasington

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

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.

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3/5

An Intelligent Life by Koitsu Yokoyama

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.

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4/5

Buddhism for Dudes by Gerry Stribling

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.

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4/5

Zen: The Authentic Gate by Yamada Koun

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.

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5/5

Freedom from Anger by Alubomulle Sumanasara

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

Make Me One with Everything by Lama Surya Das

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

Time to Stand Up by Thanissara

 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.

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5/5

Jewels of Enlightenment by Erik Pema Kunsang

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.

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3/5

Feeling Wisdom by Rob Preece

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. 

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5/5

No Mud No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh

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

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3/5

Taming the Drunken Monkey by William L Mikulas

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

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3/5