books by Shambhala
The Art of War
Best read possible for war and business!!
Absolute best must read for understanding war and business. It's too bad our own commanders in the Middle East - who as course material MUST read this book at the military academies - don't follow what's outlined in this book or we would win or get out. My reading says Sun TZU would have said - 'You can't win, so don't fight.'
The Pocket Pema Chodron (Shambhala Pocket Classics)
Need to have!
Even if you have all of Pema's books, you'll want this little treasure. It's the best of Pema distilled into pure golden nuggets of wisdom. Everyone should have some Pema for their pocket!
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (Shambhala Library)
The book was in beautiful condition and arrived within the time specified. I couldn't be more pleased.
Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears
This book is for everyone who wants to become more open to getting to know and respect themselves which breeds compassion for others. It's easier than you think. Another hit by Pema Chodron.
This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity
Great Book for Any Age
Susan Moon has a great sense of humor and kept me completely interested and engaged in this collection of essays of being over 60. She celebrates the fact of growing older, rather than taking pity for it. Staying honest, funny and warm, Moon talks frankly of how she and her mother could annoy each other and the joys of being a grandma. Everyone is getting older, and no matter what your age, I ...
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (Shambhala Library)
Seminal Classic. Perfect for the beginner but also the "experienced" practicioner
So flipping through the channels on the television you come across Zen air freshener. A friend says that they just had a Zen experience at a rock concert. In the grocery store you see Zen Hamburgers. This zen thing is everywhere. Do you really understand it? Do I? If you are just checking Buddhism out for the first time, this book is a perfect jumping off point to the sometimes confusing sect ...
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala Library)
Helpful in facing death and dying
I was given this book as my 34 year old husband was dying of cancer. I credit it with reframing my attitude towards my loss. I have returned to several sections since his death as reminders about living in the present and not letting outside circumstances strip away inner joy.
The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times (Shambhala Library)
A master of compassionate mindfulness practice
What lies at the core of what we most fear are those parts of ourselves that we run away from either deliberately, or more often simply as a result of habitual conditioning. The path of mindfulness is about turning this around and approaching our fears with courage and the spacious compassionate dimension of being that is mindfulness. This is learning the innate fearlessness that lies within, the ...
How to Be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving
Should be required reading for any married couple, or those who think they are ready for marriage. Highly recommended to any and all looking for guidance in life.
The Book of Five Rings
Comprised of five chapters (scrolls) Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, and Emptiness; this book is not only a vague guide to Musashi's style of swordsmanship, but also contains very useful philosophical points. While the final scroll, emptiness is the shortest, I believe it contains the most useful information and points, so whoever reads this book and my review, i strongly suggest CAREFUL consideration ...
The Reality of Being: The Fourth Way of Gurdjieff
Jeanne De Salzmann
As the closest pupil of the charismatic spiritual master G. I. Gurdjieff (1866?1949), Jeanne de Salzmann was charged with carrying on his teachings of spiritual transformation. Known as the Fourth Way or "the Work," Gurdjieff?s system was based on teachings of the East that he adapted for modern life in the West. Now, some twenty years after de Salzmann's death, the notebooks that she filled with her insights over a forty-year period (and ...
True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart
Thich Nhat Hanh
What love is, what it is not, and how to do it right
I purchased the 2 disc audiobook and am completely entranced. I am putting actions and principles into practice right away. It is the most truthful, simple, to the heart teaching on interpersonal love to which I have ever been exposed. I am very grateful - for the teachings, and more so for all the love around me that I receive and can give even better now. It shows the way for fixing messed up ...
The Wisdom of No Escape: And the Path of Loving-Kindness (Shambhala Library)
Pema Chodron rocks
I have read many of her books, but this one seems to top them all. It is a 30 day retreat where each chapter highlights the topic for the day. I've been a meditator for many years, but Pema reminds me how to do it gently. It seems we all have a need to do it 'right'. She is gentle, humorous and pragmatic. I frequently forget the exact title name and so I call it 'No Way Out'. It sounds ...
Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
This has become a staple of my therapy practice. Lovingkindness (metta) meditation is a reliable resource for those interested in Buddhism and for those who know nothing of it. It speaks elegantly about how we regard ourselves, how we regard others, and the inseparability of the two. It reassures us that intentionally working toward loving ourselves is not "selfish" because is opens the ...
The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind--A New Perspective on Christ and His Message
A Refreshing Naming of the Problem
Abject moral depravity from birth as the problem for which Western Christianity is the answer has never struck me as an accurate naming of the problem. Given the growing number of people drifting away from church and the many more who pay no attention to the church at all, it appears I am not alone. If only we could do a better job naming the problem. Perhaps then we could see Jesus as the one ...
Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion (Shambhala Library)
An excellent meditation tool
I enjoy this book. Each entry is short (two pages) and poignant. I read one or two each morning before I meditate. While I don't use this as a focus of my mediation, I find that it helps me get into the appropriate frame of mind. I also feel I am being gently supported in my practice when I read Ms Chodron's brief entries.
The Five Things We Cannot Change: And the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them
The Five Things You Cannot Change
This is a great book that helps in finding peace of mind and heart. Releasing our attachment to HAVING things different often allows us to EXPERIENCE life differently, and after all, isn't that what change really is? It is a guide to the Serenity Prayer...grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. ...
Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery
Chogyam Trungpa was truly a brilliant teacher. This book was written from his teachings on looking at your fears and overcoming them. It's well written and just makes you feel good after reading it.
Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living (Shambhala Library)
This is the first book I've read by Pema Chodron, and I really got a lot out of it. Like every other human being, I struggle with emotions like anger, resentment, envy ... and for so long, I just didn't know what to do with such feelings. Acting out on them is no good, but repressing them isn't either. Pema offers advice and practices for using afflictive emotions to wake up and increase your ...
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