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The Survival Guide to Staying Conscious
The Survival Guide to Staying Conscious
by Burgs
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Can't recommend this enough, 12 Oct. 2016
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This is Epic... Can't recommend this enough. Such a simple yet profound approach to how we can embody a life fully lived, honoring it without harming our beautiful world and mucking everything up for those to come. So glad that Burgs has written this and that someone is talking so sensibly. Such a good read...


Fearless in Tibet: The Life Of The Mystic Terton Sogyal
Fearless in Tibet: The Life Of The Mystic Terton Sogyal
by Matteo Pistono
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.., 8 Jun. 2015
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Awesome... loved it, very nicely written, historical account interspersed with some teachings. definitely worth a read, amazing and inspiring to hear of the life of Terton Soygal and his true unwavering devotion to the Dhamma. Highly Recommended. Wonderful.


The Flavour of Liberation, Volume Three: Practice of Vipassana and the Path to the Deathless State
The Flavour of Liberation, Volume Three: Practice of Vipassana and the Path to the Deathless State
by Burgs
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Treasure, 13 Nov. 2012
This really is a unique book. I have read many books on this subject and also reviewed similar books on this site, but this book truly is something else. It sits in a class of it's own. There is nothing out there quite like it. Not only is it extremely thorough in its detail of the path of insight meditation it expresses the experience of the dhamma. It is like you can feel and touch the profound liberation that the practice brings. The insight and the practice comes to life as you read the book and there is nothing dry about it. The material takes you through the preliminary practices that you should complete before practicing Vipassana. There is then an extremely thorough account of Vipassana practice itself and then on to an incredibility inspiring explanation of the awakened experience. Don't expect this book to be methodical regurgitation of the standardized systematic approach, more it is a series of pointing out instructions on how to practice, therefore it is recommended for a practioner to use this manual alongside one of the standard texts like the Vissudhimagga. I cannot recommend this book enough, this truly is a practioner's manual, and it connects you to the deepest aspects of our lives and our experience.


Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding (Seven Treasuries Series)
Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding (Seven Treasuries Series)
by Longchen Rabjam
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Treasure, 2 Nov. 2012
This truely is an exceptional book. It is a profound transmission of the awakened experience and as such connects you to the domain that is beyond conventional reality. Most Highly Recommended


The Experience of Samadhi: An In-depth Exploration of Buddhist Meditation
The Experience of Samadhi: An In-depth Exploration of Buddhist Meditation
by Richard Shankman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.72

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well put together, 2 Nov. 2012
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The first part of the book is more of a scholastic work that documents the differing textual sources of what jhana is and is well put together in these terms.

The next part is a series of interviews which are effectively discussions on why people have different opinions about what samadhi is. As such I would not recommend it for a meditation practice manual but more for reading and interest around the subject but be wary of some of what the teachers he interviews say about jhana. I think its worth making the point that you probably will not get much of the sense of the Experience of Samadhi like the title suggests but more a sense of the contemporary debate around Samadhi.


Prana and Pranayama
Prana and Pranayama
by Niranjanananda Saraswati
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, 2 Nov. 2012
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This is a useful text for anyone who wants to learn about pranayama in more detail. It describes the theory and practices clearly and lucidly. It's got a lot in it with useful advice. I would recommend it but its quite scientific in its tone.


The Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga (Vipassana Meditation and the Buddha's Teachings)
The Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga (Vipassana Meditation and the Buddha's Teachings)
by Bhadantacariya Buddhaghosa
Edition: Paperback
Price: £33.50

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, 2 Nov. 2012
This is of course an absolute classic. Its got everything in it. Certainly it is one of the key reference points for traditional Buddhist meditation practice.


Yoga and Kriya: A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques: 1
Yoga and Kriya: A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques: 1
by Saraswati Satyananda Swami
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £74.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Systematic and Thorough Text, 2 Nov. 2012
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This book contains a very detailed and thorough account of asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha and kriya and the philosophy and history of yoga.

I would really recommend it for anyone who is looking to develop their yoga practice in a systematic way. The book takes the form of a course which starts from the very beginning opening up the body slowly and in a balanced way and introduces new aspects to the practice in a manageable and structured manner. It takes you from the beginning all the way through to the advanced practices of pranayama and then kriya. There are practice plans in each section, so you can be sure to balance your asanas and these are developed over the course of the book. If you practice according to their instructions you will get a very nice experience of how this type of yoga develops.

The practical lessons have contextual passages as well detailing the history of yoga and the thought behind it.

I would really recommend this to anyone who is looking to commit to more serious yoga practice, who feels confident enough to develop on their own but of course the should have access to a teacher. It is worth noting that in the book they say that the book is intended to act as a teacher and I think it's quite successful at this.

The only thing I would say though is that there is a lot of colorful language and some of the attempts to equate the realizations that come from practice to modern science are not entirely convincing, successful, or necessary. You will also have to be prepared to work through quite alot of text to get to the nub of it all. If you are looking for a concise transmission I would suggest Hatha Yoga Pradipika. This cuts straight to the point, but leaves the yogi who is not familiar with the practice to do their homework.
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Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha: An Unusally Hardcore Dharma Book
Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha: An Unusally Hardcore Dharma Book
by Daniel M. Ingram
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.99

12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not the Dhamma, 1 Nov. 2012
I have considered carefully whether or not to write this review as I do not like to be critical in general. However, I have decided to write this in the interests of those who are really looking for practical direction and who seek genuine Dhamma and to learn how to meditate. If you seek the Dhamma this is not the book for you. The author is lost in view, please do not take this as a geniune practice manual. You will waste your time and may even give up on the Dhamma and meditation practice because there is no feeling of selflessness in this method. If you lost faith because of reading this book it would be a great shame.

I think it is important to understand that the author's attainments have not been verified by any teachers of genuine traditions, the attainments he claims do not correlate with accepted standards nor does his behavior suggest that he is a functional being free of any volition which is what an arahant is. Please make the effort to understand what the Buddha is really teaching and beware of charlatans.
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A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: Pali Text, Translation and Explanatory Guide (Vipassana Meditation and the Buddha's Teachings)
A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: Pali Text, Translation and Explanatory Guide (Vipassana Meditation and the Buddha's Teachings)
by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definative Text, 19 Oct. 2012
The Abhidhamma is a very special book. It is a complete compendium of mind and matter and as such it accounts for everything within the realm of experience. Bhikkhu Bodhi translates it and organizes the work in a concise and clear manner and the work is well put together. I would recommend this for anyone that wants to get an overview of the Buddhist Path as well as for serious practioners.


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