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The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You?
The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You?
by Dr Miguel Farias
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps a bit light weight, but well argued., 4 Feb. 2016
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Interesting and apparently scientifically rigorous. I'm not sure that many of the meditation teachers would expect that just the practice of meditation without the context of the teachings that their version comes from would have much effect beneficial or otherwise. However I was interested that the description of TM did seem to say 'just do it and things will happen' which certainly was my experience in my early days of that version of meditation.


The Mindful Way Workbook: An 8-Week Program to Free Yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress
The Mindful Way Workbook: An 8-Week Program to Free Yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress
by John Teasdale
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.47

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the effort., 4 Feb. 2016
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The best description of therapeutic mindfulness I have come across. Doing the structured exercises takes some effort, but it pays off. After doing this course I bought the technical book for therapists it is based on to learn more about how the authors' convincing model of how the mind works and the mechanisms of therapeutic mindfulness. So far in my reading it is very helpful. I would love one of the authors to write a book blending their ideas with the Buddhist foundations they are drawn from.


How to See Yourself As You Really Are
How to See Yourself As You Really Are
by Dalai Lama
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Zero waffle., 4 Feb. 2016
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I almost understand the author's impression of emptiness. The best description I have read and contemplated so far. Perhaps he can help me to understand the seemingly odd idea of rebirth and the ending of it too.


Are You an Illusion? (Heretics)
Are You an Illusion? (Heretics)
by Mary Midgley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.24

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable reading, but does it miss the point?, 14 July 2014
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A thought provoking book that opened up new ways of thinking to me. I liked the suggestion that sensing a table by sight and touch give two perceptions that are different about the same thing, what you get depends on the instrument for observation you are using.(I wonder if that is why subatomic particles e.g. photons appear as both waves and particles)
On a more confused note the author seems to take the possibility of the self being an illusion as meaning it does not exist, I thought being an illusion meant that it is not quite what it seems. My other reading suggests the self is often taken to be consciousness and be in control of the person, whereas there is some evidence that this is not the whole story, hence the claim that the self may be an illusion.


Mindfulness for Life: How to Use Mindfulness Meditation to Improve Your Life
Mindfulness for Life: How to Use Mindfulness Meditation to Improve Your Life
by Stephen McKenzie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book with a lovely broad review of the current state of related disciplines., 2 May 2014
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I was impressed by the clarity of description, and how other lines of reading were offered e.g. Elllen Langer's book on Mindfulness that I hadn't heard of before and who doesn't subscribe to formal meditation. Most, if not all, of the academics who write about mindfulness that I have read, agree on the basics and describe them in lots of different ways that probably resonate with a section of the readers and thus probably reach a wide audience. This book hits a lot of targets.


Crash Course: Acoustic Guitar
Crash Course: Acoustic Guitar
by David Mead
Edition: Sheet music

5.0 out of 5 stars Super book, also mentioned in another super book called Guitar Zero by Gary Marcus, 2 May 2014
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The initial quite long description of the starting phases of learning is really clear and detailed, just what I need to confirm the expertise of the author.


Acoustic Guitar Package 3/4 Sized (36' inch) Classical Nylon String Childs Guitar Pack Natural
Acoustic Guitar Package 3/4 Sized (36' inch) Classical Nylon String Childs Guitar Pack Natural
Offered by Rock Star Academy
Price: £79.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Loss of money on return, too much to make this a sensible purchase., 2 May 2014
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On the face of it this was a good deal, but on receipt the finish around the sound hole was poor, and when played it jangled as if there was something loose. Checking the strings were properly located and shaking it about didn't reveal the cause. Perhaps I was just unlucky. The return procedure worked OK (as most things connected to Amazon) but I lost £15 on the whole business. Perhaps they should role the delivery price in with the article so you get that back in the event of a return, I guess paying the return shipping is fair, but other net suppliers offer free returns too. So shipping costs make this exploration of the suitability of a guitar a bit risky. But on balance the supplier played fair.


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