Monday, December 31, 2012

Meditation : The Art and Ecstasy By Baghwan Shree Rajneesh (OSHO)

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In this book, Baghwan Shree Rajneesh (OSHO) gave us a complete guide to start to meditate. He starts by teaching us the oriental concept of meditation, much different from that the occidental people have in mind (i.e. to reflect on something). The real meditation, according to Rajneesh, is the lack of thoughts.

The book is divided in three different parts : In the first one, he establishes the principles of meditation, explains the main techniques and explains why the need of a master as the easiest way to reach the illumination. The second part is dedicated to answer questions related to meditation made by his disciples during his discourses. The last part of the book is dedicated to explain the main techniques of meditation, both the traditional ones and that created by Rajneesh specially for the ocidental people.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

When the Shoe Fits: Stories of the Taoist Mystic Chuang Tzu By Osho

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“Only that which is attained through effortlessness will never be a burden to you.” That is the message of the renowned Indian philosopher Osho, one of the 10 people (others include Gandhi, Nehru, and Buddha) said to have changed the very destiny of his nation. This previously little-known study—a true classic of interpretation—presents his distinctive and highly illuminating exploration of Taoism.

Osho offers penetrating commentary on the stories of Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu, the tradition's founder, as well as inspirational anecdotes on the quest for love, spiritual understanding, and true happiness. The powerful combination of Taoist wisdom and Osho's insightful interpretation make this a true gem, appropriate for the growing audience interested in Eastern thought.

Tao : The Pathless Path By Osho

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Truth cannot be expressed: that inexpressibility is intrinsic to truth. Thousands and thousands of people have tried to express it – very few have succeeded even in giving a reflection of it.

In his commentaries on five parables from the Leih Tzu, Osho brings a fresh and contemporary interpretation to the ancient wisdom of Tao. Leih Tzu was a well-known Taoist master in the fourth century B.C., and his sly critiques of a Confucius provide abundant opportunities for the reader to explore the contrasts between the rational and irrational, the male and female, the structured and the spontaneous.

"Who Is Really Happy" uses the discovery of a human skull on the roadside to probe into the question of immortality and how misery arises out of the existence of the ego.

"A Man Who Knows How to Console Himself" looks beneath the apparent cheerfulness of a wandering monk and asks if there is really a happiness that endures through life's ups and downs.

"No Regrets" is a parable about the difference between the knowledge that is gathered from the outside and the "knowing" that arises from within.

"No Rest for the Living" uses a dialogue between a despondent seeker and his master to reveal the limits of philosophy and the crippling consequences of living for the sake of some future goal.

"Best Be Still, Best Be Empty" discusses the difference between the path of the will, the via affirmitiva of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, versus the path of the mystic, the via negativa of Buddha and Lao Tzu.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Tao Shiatsu: Revolution in Oriental Medicine By Ryokyu Endo

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Human beings in the modern age are increasingly wired into a global computer network that surrounds and interconnects the whole earth. Yet ironically, the distortions and stresses of urban living cut people off from the direct experience of the earth as one single living entity. The healing that Tao Shiatsu brings is for all who suffer and wish to be healed. It is for everyone.

A holistic understanding of the interconnected nature of all life underlies the philosophy of Taoism and Tao Shiatsu. Just as a drop of rain becomes a stream, then flows into a river and finally fills an ocean, a new way of approaching tsubo and shiatsu treatment began with just one idea. This, then, is the story of the journey from that one idea.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Guide to the Sanctuary of Dao : Daoist Traditions of Restoration, Transformation, and Immortality By Dao Yuan & Valley Spirit Arts Phoenix, Arizona

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Mission Statement :

Dedicated to the preservation and propagation of Daoist meditation,
health, and spiritual teachings for the betterment of Western
society, the Sanctuary of Dao holds five primary goals:

• To produce and distribute Daoist literary and media
materials for the educational and spiritual benefit of
the general public.

• To establish an educational and practice center
for presenting Daoist teachings.

• To maintain a website that provide educational,
cultural, and spiritual services and materials for
the Daoist community.

• To develop strong ties with active Daoist temples
in China.

The Sanctuary of Dao welcomes all Daoist adherents of any sect,
organization, or group to join us in promoting Daoist teachings....

Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony By Ming-Dao Deng

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The Taoist spirit comes to life, made vibrant and contemporary through the Chinese ideograms whose images and stories speak of living in harmony with the Tao. Everyday Tao revives an ancient approach to meditation and reflection by using these stories as sources of insight for spiritual growth.

Tao is a person running along a path A companion volume to the bestselling 365 Tao, Everyday Tao offers clear, specific directions on bringing the Taoist spirit into our work, our relationships, and other aspects of our everyday lives. Each ideogram provides the starting point for a Taoist lesson. The narrative that follows shows how we can achieve an intimate relationship with nature, others, and our natural selves.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Dhyana Vahini By Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

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There are three stages of spiritual development : first, the hazy uncertain stage; then, the active stage of striving; and last, the highest stage. These are the stages of passivity (thamas), activity (rajas), and purity (sathwa). When growing out of the first stage into the second, it is unnatural for a person not to improve step by step.

The wayward mind wanders hither and thither, but it is possible to fasten it on one fixed point by means of steady discipline and persistent training in spiritual discipline. This condition is called onepointedness (ekagratha). It is also referred to as singlemindedness (dharana). The uninterrupted flow of oil from one vessel to another is a fine symbol of the mental process called single-mindedness.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Slowing Down to the Speed of Life: How To Create A More Peaceful, Simpler Life From the Inside Out By Richard Carlson & Joseph Bailey

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Not knowing, that is, being willing to admit that we don’t know, is one of the keys that opens the door to creative intelligence. It takes humility to open that door. Our ego doesn’t like not knowing and would prefer to go over and over what we already think and believe rather than trust in a subtle, unknown process like creative intelligence. 

But opening ourselves to the unknown is a peaceful, productive alternative to our business-as-usual processing mode where we pretend (or hope) that we know what’s going on. By clearing the mind and admitting to ourselves that we don’t know, we receive answers that are often brilliant, unexpected, and just right for the situation.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Handbook of Ancient Religions By John R. Hinnells

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Ancient civilisations exercise an intense fascination for people the world over. This Handbook provides a vivid, scholarly, and eminently readable account of ancient cultures around the world, from China to India, the Middle East, Egypt, Europe, and the Americas. It examines the development of religious belief from the time of the Palaeolithic cave paintings to the Aztecs and Incas. 

Covering the whole of society not just the elite, the Handbook outlines the history of the different societies so that their religion and culture can be understood in context. Each chapter includes discussion of the broad field of relevant studies alerting the reader to wider debates on each subject. An international team of scholars convey their own deep enthusiasm for their subject and provide a unique study of both popular and 'official' religion in the ancient world.

Living in the Light By Shakti Gawain

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In the first edition of Living in the Light, Shakti Gawain introduced to millions of readers a powerful new way of life - one where we listen to our intuition and rely on it as a guiding force. In this new revision of her classic bestseller, Shakti addresses the importance of acknowledging and embracing our disowned energies - our shadow side. 

This new and exciting material has given the phrase living in the light a deeper and richer meaning. It shows us how to have far more power and balance in our lives by focusing the light of our awareness on of the many aspects of who we are, including what we have feared and rejected. Both first-time readers and long-time fans will be inspired on their journey of self-discovery by this new edition of Living in the Light. Personal fulfillment, aliveness, and creativity await those who open themselves to the ideas of this remarkable book.
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