An intimate account of the development of a spiritual tradition and a biography of its creators–told by one of the Diamond Approach cofounders. The Jeweled Path invites you to enter into the story of how the modern spiritual path of the Diamond Approach emerged. With humor and intimacy, Karen Johnson, cofounder with A. H. Almaas, reveals the personal experiences that birthed the teaching and furthered its development. These profound awakenings—occurring amidst ordinary life—became the building blocks of a remarkable new approach to human nature and to our understanding of reality.
Description The Shobogenzo, or The True Treasury of the Dharma Eye is an 800-year-old Zen commentary written by the Japanese monk Eihei Dogen. It is considered to be one of the classics of philosophical literature; though, as Soto Zen priest and popular blogger Brad Warner observes in his book It Came From Beyond Zen it was largely ignored for the first seven hundred years of its existence. It was not until the eighteenth century that there was a small revival of interest in its author by Japanese scholars. A New Audience In the introduction to his book Warner reveals how his thirty year love of this text led him to create an… Read More
Thorough guidance from one of the twentieth-century’s most influential Theravadan masters. In The State of Mind Called Beautiful, meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita lays out the breadth, depth, and wealth of the Theravadan tradition of Buddhism. U Pandita begins with the basic guidelines of Buddhism, and moves on to various practices: those that can be done for one minute a day, those that sweeten and strengthen the mind, those that heal societies and families, and those that lead to liberation. This book features are complete teachings on vipassana or insight meditation, from how to do it, to how to refine it, to how to deal with difficulties, to how to… Read More
One of the world’s most popular Tibetan lamas shares accessible advice for working with adversity and living a spiritual life. Enjoy a variety of meditations on topics from flattery and jealousy to karma and compassion. In each brief chapter Khenpo Sodargye weaves in stories from ancient classics and modern headlines. Drawing on adages from the Buddha, Confucius, and even Mark Twain, he delivers simple and timeless insights about facing adversity and developing a good heart. With this English-language edition, you can now join the tens of millions who have already benefitted from this ageless advice on money, relationships, mortality, and more.
Zen Master Raven is an exposition of Zen through over a hundred koan-like encounters by one of the most esteemed and influential Zen masters of the twentieth century Robert Aitken (1917 – 2010). Aitken was a teacher in the Harada-Yasutani lineage and co-founded the Honolulu Diamond Sangha in 1959 together with his wife. One of the original founders of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship he is considered to be of seminal importance in shaping the expression of modern American Zen. The Sources Zen Master Raven follows a thousand year old literary tradition within the archives of Ch’an and Zen writings. These accounts focus on brief, free-standing dialogues that Zen’s Great masters… Read More
Woven within Buddhist teachings and the Buddha’s path of Awakening the student will find the process of developing the ‘boundless heart’. These are governed by the brahma viharas – or Four Immeasurables, which offer guidance for the cultivation of equanimity, joy, kindness and compassion. In her book on the subject, Boundless Heart, cofounder of the Gaia House retreat center in the U.K and established spiritual author Christina Feldman, explains that the word brama refers to the ‘noble tenet’ of these qualities whilst vihara is roughly translated as ‘the place we abide and make our home. She explains how it is these qualities of kindness and compassion that form the embodiment… Read More
Psychotherapy East and West was originally published in 1961 and was the culmination of the author’s thirty years research into the varying divergent nature of Eastern and Western spiritualities. At the point of the book’s inception very few had dared to attempt to reconcile the loose Western approach to self-analysis through psychotherapy with the stricter disciplines inherent within Buddhism, Vedanta, Yoga, and Taoism. Inspired by such works as Richard Wilhelm’s The Secret of the Golden Flower (1929) and Geraldine’s Yoga and Western Psychology i(1934) Watts felt encouraged to share his own ideas in his work Psychotherapy East and West. Counterculture Hero Alan Watts was a characterful individual. He was a chaplain at North-Western… Read More
The Wheel of Life is a Buddhist allegorical painting that has been dated back to the times of ancient India. The painting is said to illustrate how it is that our sense of self and the world that we live in are determined by how we act and feel – in short, how we impose ourselves upon our own reality. In his book Awakening From the Daydream meditation teacher David Nichtern interprets the Wheel of Life as an indicator of the way that we live life by what he refers to as ‘the internal dramas that we project onto them.” It is this clouded daydream state that we struggle to… Read More
Master Guojum is a guiding teacher of the Chan Community Canada and was the abbot of Dharma Drum Retreat Center in Pine Bush, New York. He is currently the abbot of Mahabodhi Temple in Singapore. In his book Chan Heart, Chan Mind: A Meditation on Serenity and Growth he pays homage to his ordination master, Songnian – a teacher who was also credited for his intricate and expert use of calligraphy. Making Ink Chan Heart, Chan Mind opens with the author recounting his early experiences with Songnian both as an artist as well as a teacher. Within the book he shares stories of his many one-one-one lessons in writing held… Read More
One’s spiritual calling can come in odd and strange ways. For many it emerges at a moment of divine connection – perhaps through meditation or via communing with nature whilst for others it can occur in the blink of an eye. For some it only arrives after years of personal searching and introspective analysis which shows that there are no rules that govern the process but when the Universe calls you had better make sure that you are ready. Down in the Basement Brad Warner, author of Harcore Zen, describes in the opening to his book how his ‘calling to spiritual action’ was initiated in a crummy basement bar in… Read More