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The Awakened Ape by Jevan Pradas
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The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa
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I've only read about half of this book so far, but I'm going to go ahead and give it five stars since it changed my life. If you're interested in making meditation a serious part of your life, you want to learn things from books, and you want a non-r ...more
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The Awakened Ape by Jevan Pradas
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You know the drill. The paleo story: blahblahblah adapted for nomadic tribal hunter gather life blahblahblah in some ways hunter-gatherers had it better blahblahblah sleep lots lift heavy things don't eat processed foods blahblahblah. And the Buddhis ...more
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With Each and Every Breath by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
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A short and sometimes-to-the-point and often excellent book on meditation. I'm tempted to give five stars. If you want to read one practical advice book about meditation, I think I'd recommend reading (parts of) thise one. (If you have time and incli ...more
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Joyful Wisdom by Yongey Mingyur
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A fine addition to the Buddhist canon. A mix of philosophy and semi-practical instruction. I especially appreciated Mingyur's perspective, his discussions of his own struggles and what he still struggles with.

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Autofocus Off by Stephen Monroe Williams
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On the one hand, I want to praise the author, because I feel that he is genuinely motivated by a deep-rooted desire to help people and that means a lot. On the other hand, to me, this book wasn't even a little bit helpful, and worse, it was misleadin ...more
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Waking Up by Sam Harris
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Sam Harris, a well-known atheist, is not anti-spiritualism. He views the purpose of spiritualism as realizing that our sense of self is an illusion, and that realizing this will reduce the suffering in the world.

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Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright
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The title is misleadingish, but I would say this book fits into the "explanation of (non-religious forms of) Buddhism for Westerners" mini-genre.

I can imagine somebody liking this, but I did not like it at all. I've studied Buddhism only a little, b
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The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt
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Escapist scifi with a touch of horror. It's got wisecracks, romance, wacky aliens, scary aliens, you name it. It feels a little slow at times in the middle. There's a "big reveal" midway through, when you understand (most of) what's going on, and aft ...more
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The Issue at Hand by Gil Fronsdal
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Delightful little book on mindfulness and Buddhism. Lots of wisdom. Will read again. Choosing between this and "Mindfulness for Beginners", I found this better written and more accessible, but they're in a similar vein: short Buddhism-relevant essays ...more
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