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Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe
**spoiler alert** I read this book at the prompting of a friend from a church I frequent. He is an emeritus professor of biology who recommended this ...more
Aug 17, 2012
Aug 09, 2012
The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha
I read this book at the urging of a friend. He figured that as an instructor of comparative and Asian religion and someone who is involved in Buddhist ...more
Jun 30, 2006
Jul 15, 2009
Meditation: Advice to Beginners
This slim volume, a collection of talks given by Bokar Rinpoche to his students in France, is a wonderful resource for beginning (and not so beginning ...more
Jun 07, 2006
Jul 15, 2009
The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation (Shambhala Dragon Editions)

For starters, this is not a book for reading only; instead, it is a companion to regular contemplative practice (albeit not necessarily one that is "B
Mar 21, 2006
Jul 15, 2009
Profound Wisdom of the Heart Sutra and Other Teachings
It is difficult for me to be critical of a work by an author whose goal was not egoic, seeking to be a literary star, but rather selfless and compassi ...more
Jun 09, 2006
Jul 15, 2009
The Holographic Universe
"Considered together, Bohm and Pribram's theories provide a profound new way of looking at the world: Our brains mathematically construct objective re ...more
Aug 15, 2010
Aug 01, 2010
Cosmic Trigger 2: Down to Earth
Reading the Comic Trigger books is like listening to one of Bob's hilarious talks.

In this, volume 2, he lays down his rules for dealing with BS (i.e.
Nov 29, 2009
Jul 15, 2009
The Life And Teaching Of Naropa
In this volume, the late Tibetologist and Buddhist philosopher Herbert V. Guenther provides an incredibly dense and erudite translation of and comment ...more
Jan 11, 2014
Mar 10, 2010
Illusion's Game: The Life and Teaching of Naropa
In my twenty-year involvement with all things Trungpa (from The Naropa Institute/Naropa University to Shambhala Training to The Myth of Freedom and ...more
Jan 19, 2014
Sep 23, 2009
The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi)
José recommended this book for me back in 1998 or '99, when we were browsing through the titles in the Gregory Village Shopping Center Goodwill in Ple ...more
Feb 18, 2013
Sep 23, 2012
Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered
**spoiler alert**
I started by saying that one of the most fateful errors of our age is the belief that the problem of production has been solved. Thi
May 02, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
Hidden Teachings of Tibet
"I have written this unprecedented composition with the wish that if there could be any chance that there are a few people who are genuinely and studi ...more
Feb 09, 2010
Sep 23, 2009
The Head Trip: Adventures on the Wheel of Consciousness
This book is wonderful from so many different angles that it almost boggles my mind (like, wow, man):

—the author's Gen X sensibility and sense of hum
Sep 24, 2014
Jun 30, 2010
The Silence of God: The Answer of the Buddha
"Eruption of Truth: An Interview with Raimon Panikkar"

How to review this book? Well, suffice it to say it came down to either 5-stars or 1-star, and 5
Jul 07, 2012
Dec 26, 2011
Axial Stones: An Art of Precarious Balance
My one-time PhD advisor, Dr. Steven D. Goodman, posted something about this book/art/exhibit/artist to his Facebook page, and it sounded so intriguing ...more
May 13, 2012
Aug 10, 2010
The Spiral Cage
3.5 stars

The angelic images of the author as a young man, learning to walk in spite of being told it was impossible and defending himself against scho
May 31, 2012
Aug 20, 2011
Architectonic Thought Forms: A Survey of the Art of Paul Laffoley, 1968 - 1999
My dad made his living as a draftsman, designer, and fabricator of sheet metal. In addition he was, and remains, a devout Christian for whom the Bible ...more
Aug 20, 2011
Aug 03, 2011
Quantum Psychology: How Brain Software Programs You & Your World
This one has been in my "to read" pile (pile #4 or #5, I can't remember which) for quite a while, and this online Quantum Psychology group reading fin ...more
Nov 17, 2012
Jul 15, 2009
Pluralism in the World Religions: A Short Introduction
Time and again in history, multiple religions have existed within one another's spheres of influence, and consequently each tradition has generated mu ...more
Aug 2014
Sep 20, 2009
The Illustrated World's Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions
I've always found Huston Smith insightful, lucid, and fun to read, and so I chose this as one of my course textbooks (when the previous textbook came ...more
Apr 11, 2010
Dec 17, 2009
Buddha's Lions: The Lives of the Eight-Four Siddhas
The text presents a translation of traditional accounts of the lives of the 84 mahasiddhas, Indian spiritual masters of the first millennium CE whose ...more
Mar 09, 2010
Mar 03, 2010
The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei
Fascinating book provides background information on Japanese Tendai Buddhism, a complete description of the marathon practice itself, and biographical ...more
Apr 21, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
The Sandman: The Dream Hunters
Gaiman's recasting of a Japanese fairy tale into an episode from the life of Dream of the Endless is really well-crafted, but Yoshitaka Amano's accomp ...more
Apr 16, 2013
Apr 12, 2013
Essential Chinese Mythology: Stories That Change The World
A fascinating insight on Chinese religion and mythology from the authors, that "the main feature of the backdrop to Chinese mythologies [is] the fact ...more
Jul 15, 2012
Dec 26, 2011
Eastern Ways to the Center: An Introduction to the Religions of Asia
This was the textbook I used for my first class in Asian religions in 1998.
Jan 1998
Aug 17, 2012
God and Mankind: Comparative Religion
Lots of great material in this series of lectures, although most is about the study of religion in general and less about the specific discipline of c ...more
Aug 06, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
Lots of gorgeous photos brought back memories of my trip there in fall 2002. The book also visits locales that were beyond the scope of our two-week o ...more
Nov 26, 2009
Nov 26, 2009
Can't Get No
I can see where other reviewers are coming from when they describe this book as "pretentious," but I won't go that far. There is some substance here ( ...more
Dec 11, 2011
Aug 20, 2011
The Great Naropa Poetry Wars
I read this to provide an antidote to the cult-like atmosphere that pervaded The Naropa Institute in the mid-1990s.
Oct 1994
Jul 16, 2009
Tintin in Tibet (Tintin, #20)
Dec 05, 2011
Aug 20, 2011
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