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A Drifting Boat: Chinese Zen Poetry
A Drifting Boat: Chinese Zen Poetry
by Jerome P. Seaton
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 12 Aug. 2015
Deep dhamma the introduction alone is worth the entrance fee.


Living with the Devil: A Buddhist Meditation On Good and Evil
Living with the Devil: A Buddhist Meditation On Good and Evil
by Stephen Batchelor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars simply wonderful., 16 May 2015
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I gave up bookmarking the pages as there were far more than not. An incredible tour de force. Words fail me, simply wonderful.


Becoming a Writer
Becoming a Writer
by Dorothea Brande
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Profound Pragmatism, 26 April 2015
This review is from: Becoming a Writer (Paperback)
This might seem strange.

I am moved to write.

Not as a poet/songwriter.

It is as a Buddhist.

Rejoicing in a profound pragmatism addressing the creative tension of discipline and letting go.


Being Good: Buddhist Ethics for Everyday Life
Being Good: Buddhist Ethics for Everyday Life
Price: £7.48

5.0 out of 5 stars I found this book of practical use in the application ..., 18 April 2015
I found this book of practical use in the application of Buddhist practice in daily life in particular when communicating compassion based ethics to friends and family. Buddhism is nothing if not pragmatic and these teaching reflect this well.


Monogamy
Monogamy
by Adam Phillips
Edition: Paperback

10 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book should come with a public mental health warning, 10 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Monogamy (Paperback)
Monogamy is not, despite the premise of this book, a peculiarly modern concern.

A peculiarly post-modern phenomenon is the overly analytical confused solipsistic psychological ruminations which one finds in the covers of this patronizing, confused and quite frankly nihilistic little book.

An author who pontificates on high casting trite aphorism to the unenlightened has a responsibility for such hubris. Instead our relationships are conflated into a disordered psychological rubric cube which it appears only the author can unravel for us

Inevitably there is an occasional insight; you can't cast your net this wide without catching something!

Insights which are quickly followed by contradictory, and completely unrelated reflections or worst nihilistic nonsense which questions the very ability to be in a relationship with anyone except oneself and of course one's tragic existential pain of not being able to attain wholeness after the separation from mummy. Freud where are you now?

Be warned if you are having a difficult time with a relationship, stay well clear of this book. At best it will scramble your head and at worst could potentially seed some off the wall interpretation of your relationship and possibly some unskillful response.

I pity this guys clients and anyone he is in an intimate relationship with, if he has not already thought them into complete confusion and dependency then I hope they can get out while the going is good.

Meanwhile do yourself a favour and read something that promotes practical decency, respect and compassionate understanding for yourself and others.


The Positive Psychology of Buddhism and Yoga, 2nd Edition: Paths to A Mature Happiness
The Positive Psychology of Buddhism and Yoga, 2nd Edition: Paths to A Mature Happiness
by Marvin Levine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super mature happiness for Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike, 26 April 2010
As a practicing Buddhist of some 15 years I find this book a refreshingly rigorous, without being dry, exploration of Buddhism and Yoga as positive psychologies in their own right and in relation to the relatively new discipline of positive psychology, in which I have a keen interest.

Levine is that rare creature a world renowned empirical psychologist and practicing Buddhist and Yogi. His explanation of the difference between Western and Eastern concepts of maturity and how this relates to a sustainable happiness is by itself worth buying the book for.

There is though so much more here for practitioner and lay reader alike it is an accessible tour de force of the disciplines expressed as a positive synthesis of Eastern and Western theories and practices that lead to what he calls "super mature" happiness.

If that is not enough he throws in an examination of how to apply this to dealing with anger, again its worth the buy just for this.

So if you want to develop a resilient super mature happiness, that is not the fleeting happiness of the self help genre, then get your mind and body around this one.


THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU: Going Beyond Self-Hate, A Compassionate Process for Learning to Accept Yourself Exactly as You Are
THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU: Going Beyond Self-Hate, A Compassionate Process for Learning to Accept Yourself Exactly as You Are
by HUBER CHERI
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Applied Buddhism, 15 Dec. 2009
I've been studying and practicing Buddhism for some 15 years, if I was to have one book this would be it. Why?

Despite the title which is a bit sort of marketing self helpish stuff, it is the most straightforward exposition of the Buddhist teachings on the liberation through applied compassion.

If you want to grasp why self hate is a function of dealing with the day-to-day realities of our lives and how you can turn this to live an open liberated life then, get this book. Oh and I really enjoyed the way its written, `cuase its like a letter from a friend rather than all that dense text stuff that you have to wade through, the book is itself and expression of what it is teaching.


Be Your Own Life Coach: How to take control of your life and achieve your wildest dreams: How to Have the Best Life Possible
Be Your Own Life Coach: How to take control of your life and achieve your wildest dreams: How to Have the Best Life Possible
by Fiona Harrold
Edition: Audio Cassette

46 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Be Your Own Life Coach: How to Have the Best Life Possible [, 13 Sept. 2004
Fiona Harrold, audio book is a rehash of goal setting from other more reflective practitioners of positive psychology such as Tony Robins. For those who already have grounding in this area this might be a straight forward review of the material.
However, this is not a life coach method as it is far too proselytising, for those who are struggling with self-confidence this audio will come like a truck full-on. Fiona's approach lacks compassion for those she has worked with seeing them as a justification of her life not theirs. She has no time, or apparent awareness, of those who need to cultivate a more measured approach to life rather than the slash and burn dogmatic, ideological, cliché ridden techniques Fiona berates the listener with.
Beware the preacher, to quote Fiona, "don't let them govern you!"


Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (Shambhala Classics)
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (Shambhala Classics)
by Sakyong Mipham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Die Laughing, 22 Aug. 2004
Chogyam Trungpa, gives it to you straight no chaser. The first half of the book examines your motivations for embarking on the spiritual path. This no-nonsense master challenges us to understand that for most the path is too fraught with pain and isolation to embark upon.
Now if you can take this, and its relentless, maintain and cultivate your sense of humour, critical to Trungpa's teaching, then he willingly reveals the Buddhist vehicle for engaging on the spiritual path.
This is authentic Buddhism. Forget being good or bad, forget hoping to get anything, read Chogyam Trungpa and understand there is nothing to get and everything to attain.
Embrace this authentic practice, if your really fortunate you may die laughing!
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