Sunday, May 08, 2005

Book Recommendations

Shantideva's "The Way of the Bodhisattva"
Dalai Lama "Ancient Wisdom Modern World"
Soygal Rinpoche "Tibet Book of Living and Dying".
"The Upanishads"
"The Future of Mankind - Affluence without wisdom is Self-destructive" , "A
Gift for all Mankind" Tara Singh
"Awakening a Child from within"
"The Buddha's Law among the Birds" translated by Conze.
"The Way of the White Clouds" by Lama Anagarika Govinda - tale of a devoted westerner's pilgrammage to live and learn with a great master in the Himalayas.
"Essays in Idleness" from the 14th Century Japanese monk Kenko is a classic.
"Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda
and "God talks with Arjuna: the Bhagavad Gita"
"Raja Yoga" by Swami Vivekenanda
"Self-Enquiry" and "A Practical guide to Know Yourself - Conversations
with Ramana Maharishi"- the conversations of Bhagavan Ramana are unique.
"The Awakening of Intelligence." Jiddu Krishnamurti
"The Gospel of Ramakrishna" is worth a read.
Sufi poetry by Hafiz and Rumi
Books on the Sufis by Idries Shah are illuminating
Of Western writers, I am fond of Emerson. Whitman, Thoreau and Lincoln.
John Keats is marvelous. I also like the jottings of John Ruskin.
"A Course in Miracles" is a breath of fresh air to christian thought
(given to man by Christ himself).
"Authentic Happiness" by Martin Seligman. He was the founder of "Positive Psychology", a subject which explores the pysiological and pyschological aspects of the state of happiness. An excellent read with some good research.
"The Anatomy of Thought" by Ian Glynn. He discusses the biochemistry of the mind.

Valmiki's "Ramayana", I think you will enjoy it, because Valmiki was a man of
violence (rapist, thief, murderer) who underwent an amazing transformation and wrote Ramayana, which is so full of wisdom and beauty.

Dilgo Khyenste Rinpoche - The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened
- Sits amongst the tomes that must form the teachings of any aspiring
Buddhist

"The Conference of the Birds." An old Sufi
"Enneads" Plotonius - the quintessential gold of Greece
"The Multiorgasmic Man." Mantak Chia

I will leave you with a poem by Hafiz,

"Where is the door to God?
In the sound of a barking dog,
In the ring of a hammer,
In a drop of rain,
In the face of Everyone I see"

Hafiz

One from Wordsworth:

With deep devotion, Nature, did I feel
In that great City what I owed to thee
High thoughts of God and Man, and love of Man,
Triumphant over all those loathsome sights
Of wretchedness and vice; a watchful eye,
Which with the outside of human life
Not satisfied, must read the inner mind.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Films

Go see "We Love Huckabees," with Lily Tomlin, Dustin Hoffman, et al. It's
a quasi-existential comedy that will keep you hopping!

Jeff