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Trying Not to Try: Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power o...
by Edward Slingerland

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English

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306

Publication Date

March 04, 2014

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<b>A deeply original exploration of the power of spontaneity—an ancient Chinese ideal that cognitive scientists are only now beginning to understand—and why it is so essential to our well-being</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> Why is it always hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or be charming and relaxed on a first date? What <i>is</i> it about a politician who seems wooden or a comedian whose jokes fall flat or an athlete who chokes? In all of these cases, striving seems to backfire. <br />  <br /> In <i>Trying Not To Try, </i>Edward Slingerland explains why we find spontaneity so elusive, and shows how early Chinese thought points the way to happier, more authentic lives. We’ve long been told that the way to achieve our goals is through careful reasoning and conscious effort. But recent research suggests that many aspects of a satisfying life, like happiness and spontaneity, are best pursued indirectly. The early Chinese philosophers knew this, and they wrote extensively about an effortless way of being in the world, which they called <i>wu-wei</i> (ooo-way). They believed it was the source of all success in life, and they developed various strategies for getting it and hanging on to it. <br />  <br /> With clarity and wit, Slingerland introduces us to these thinkers and the marvelous characters in their texts, from the butcher whose blade glides effortlessly through an ox to the wood carver who sees his sculpture simply emerge from a solid block. Slingerland uncovers a direct line from <i>wu-wei</i> to the Force in Star Wars, explains why <i>wu-wei</i> is more powerful than flow, and tells us what it all means for getting a date. He also shows how new research reveals what’s happening in the brain when we’re in a state of <i>wu-wei</i>—why it makes us happy and effective and trustworthy, and how it might have even made civilization possible. <br />  <br /> Through stories of mythical creatures and drunken cart riders, jazz musicians and Japanese motorcycle gangs, Slingerland effortlessly blends Eastern thought and cutting-edge science to show us how we can live more fulfilling lives. <i>Trying Not To Try</i> is mind-expanding and deeply pleasurable, the perfect antidote to our striving modern culture.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
by Robert M. Pirsig

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English

Pages

404

Publication Date

April 10, 2009

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Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions. This 25th Anniversary Quill Edition features a new introduction by the author; important typographical changes; and a Reader's Guide that includes discussion topics, an interview with the author, and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live. The narrator's relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. Resonant with the confusions of existence, <em>Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance</em> is a touching and transcendent book of life.
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambha...
by Pema Chodron

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English

Pages

211

Publication Date

September 26, 2000

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The beautiful practicality of her teaching has made Pema Chödrön one of the most beloved of contemporary American spiritual authors among Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. A collection of talks she gave between 1987 and 1994, the book is a treasury of wisdom for going on living when we are overcome by pain and difficulties. Chödrön discusses:<br /><br />· Using painful emotions to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and courage<br /> · Communicating so as to encourage others to open up rather than shut down<br /> · Practices for reversing habitual patterns<br /> · Methods for working with chaotic situations<br /> · Ways for creating effective social action
The Bhagavad Gita (Easwaran's Classics of Indian Spirituality)
by Eknath Easwaran Ed.

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

June 01, 2009

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<p>Easwaran’s best-selling translation of the Bhagavad Gita is reliable, readable, and profound. His 55-page introduction places the Gita in its historical context, presents key concepts, and brings out the universality and timelessness of its teachings. This edition includes chapter introductions, notes and a Sanskrit glossary.</p><br /><br /><p>Easwaran grew up in the Hindu tradition in India, learned Sanskrit from a young age, and became a professor of English literature before coming to the West. He is a gifted teacher and an authority on the Indian classics and world mysticism. </p><br /><br /><p>The Gita opens, dramatically, on a battlefield, as the warrior Arjuna turns in anguish to his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, for answers to the fundamental questions of life. Yet the Gita is not what it seems – it’s not a dialogue between two mythical figures at the dawn of Indian history. “The battlefield is a perfect backdrop, but the Gita’s subject is the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage if he or she is to emerge from life victorious.”</p><br />
The Lost Art of Good Conversation: A Mindful Way to Connect with ...
by Sakyong Mipham

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English

Pages

242

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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Cutting through all the white noise, chatter, and superficiality our cell phones and social media cause, one of Tibet's highest and most respected spiritual leaders offers simple and practical advice to help us increase our attentions spans, become better listeners, and strive to appreciate the people around us.<br /><br />In a world of iPhones and connectivity to social media and email, we are all in constant connection with one another. Then why are so many people feeling burned out, distant from colleagues, and abandoned by family and friends? In this new book from the bestselling author of Running with the Mind of Meditation, the Sakyong uses the basic principles of the Shambhala tradition--meditation and a sincere belief in the inherent wisdom, compassion, and courage of all beings--to help readers to listen and speak more mindfully with loved ones, co-workers, strangers, and even ourselves. <br /><br />In this easy to understand and helpful book, Sakyong Mipham provides inspiring ideas and practical tips on how to be more present in your day-to-day life, helping us to communicate in ways that elevates the dignity of everyone involved. Great for families, employees and employers and everyone who spend too much time on Facebook, Instagram, and feel "disconnected" in our "connected" world, Good Conversation is a journey back to basics.
Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-Year-Old Spiritual Maste...
by Christopher D Wallis

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English

Pages

544

Publication Date

October 06, 2017

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<DIV>One thousand years ago, in the valley of Kashmir, a great Tantric master named Kshemaraja wrote his masterpiece: the Pratyabhijnahrdayam, which means "The Essence of the Recognition Philosophy". This text was a concise primer, written to introduce spiritual seekers to the Recognition philosophy in less formally philosophical, more approachable language. What Kshemaraja created turned out to be one of the world's great spiritual masterpieces, breathtaking in its brevity but stunning in its power. It came to be considered equivalent to scripture itself by later generations, because of its undeniable inspiration. This book expounds the subtleties of this spiritual and philosophical classic. One of the most powerful and revelatory spiritual masterpieces of world history, the Pratyabhijnahrdayam is one of the primary sources for the study and practice of nondual Tantrik Yoga, and it has never been accurately translated or fully explained until now.</DIV>
मिस्र का ब्रह्माण्ड विज...
by मुस्तफा़ ...

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Hindi

Pages

205

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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ब्रह्मांड, सृष्टि, विज्ञान और दर्शन की प्रकृति के बारे में हमारी आधुनिक समझ की कसौटी पर मिस्र की ब्रह्माण्ड संबंधी अवधारणाओं की व्यावहारिकता की पड़ताल।<br /><br />हिन्दीभाषामेंअनुदितयहपुस्तक, ब्रह्मांड, सृष्टि, विज्ञानऔरदर्शनकीप्रकृतिकेबारेमेंहमारीआधुनिकसमझकेसाथमिस्रकीब्रह्माण्डसंबंधीअवधारणाओंकेव्यावहारिकताकाअध्ययनकरतीहै।मिस्रकाब्रह्माण्डविज्ञान, मानवीय, संबद्ध, व्यापक, सुसंगत, तार्किक, विश्लेषणात्मक, औरतर्कसंगतहै।यहपुस्तकआपकोसृजनप्रक्रियाकीमिस्रीअवधारणातथासार्वभौमिकऊर्जाआव्यूहकेबारेमेंबताएगी।इसमेंआप, अंकज्योतिष, द्वैत, त्रिमूर्तियां, आदिकेबारेमेंपढ़ेंगे; यहबताएगीकिइंसानब्रह्मांडसेकिसप्रकारसंबंधितहै; इसकेअलावामिस्रकीखगोलीयचेतना; सांसारिकयात्रा; तथास्रोत्रसेपुनर्मिलनकेलिएस्वर्गकीसोपानपरचढ़नेकेबारेजानकारियाँआपकोइसकेअंदरमिलेंगी।<br /><br />इस पुस्तक को पाँच भागों में बांटा गया है, जिसमें कुल 17 अध्याय हैं।<br /><br />भाग I: मिस्र का रहस्यमय एकेश्वरवाद में एक अध्याय हैः<br /><br />अध्याय 1: सबसे अधिक धार्मिक अध्याय में अतिधार्मिक मिस्री लोगों के एकेश्वरवाद के गहरे रहस्यमय अर्थ के साथ ही उनके ब्रह्मांडीय चेतना की समीक्षा को समाविष्ट किया जाएगा।<br /><br />भाग II: सृष्टि के सिद्धांत में दो अध्याय हैं—2 और 3:<br /><br />अध्याय 2: ब्रह्मांड की प्राणदायी ऊर्जा वाले अध्याय में जगत की सृष्टि से पूर्व की अवस्था और सृजन चक्र की प्राणदायी दिव्य ऊर्जा के बारे में मिस्रियों की वैज्ञानिक समझ को शामिल किया जाएगा।<br /><br />अध्याय 3: सृजन प्रक्रिया का मिस्री वृत्तांत में सृजन चक्र के तीन प्राथमिक चरणों की समीक्षा को समाविष्ट किया जाएगा।<br /><br />भाग III: सृष्टि के संख्यात्मक कोड में अध्याय 4 से लेकर अध्याय 13 तक कुल दस अध्याय हैं:<br /><br />अध्याय 4: सृजन प्रक्रिया की अंकविद्या में प्राचीन मिस्र के संख्यात्मक रहस्यवाद को समेटा जाएगा तथा संख्या दो, तीन और पाँच का विश्लेषण किया जाएगा।<br /><br />अध्याय 5: द्वैतवादी प्रकृति में सृजन की द्वैतवादी प्रकृति को शामिल किया जाएगा तथा प्राचीन मिस्री प्रणाली के 14 विभिन्न अनुप्रयोगों का विश्लेषण किया जाएगा।<br /><br />अध्याय 6: तीन—एक संयुक्त त्रिमूर्ति में इस पहली विषम संख्या (एक संख्या नहीं है) को शामिल किया जाएगा, तथा ब्रह्मांड में त्रिमूर्ति के त्रिआयामी शक्तियों के महत्व एवं प्राचीन मिस्री प्रणाली में इस सिद्धांत के कुछ अनुप्रयोगों पर प्रकाश डाला जाएगा।<br /><br />अध्याय 7 से लेकर 13 तक में संख्या चार से लेकर दस तक के रहस्यमय पहलुओं को समेटा जाएगा।<br /><br />भाग IV: जैसा ऊपर वैसा नीचे में दो अध्याय हैं—14 और 15:<br /><br />अध्याय 14: मानव—ब्रह्मांड का प्रतिरूप में बताया जाएगा कि मानव के शारीरिक और आध्यात्मिक अवयव, किस प्रकार समस्त सृष्टि की एक छवि हैं।<br /><br />अध्याय 15: खगोलीय चेतनामेंप्राचीनमिस्रकेखगोलविज्ञानतथासमयगणनाकेउन्नतज्ञानकोसमाविष्टकियाजाएगा, जिसमेंराशिचक्रऔरसोथिकचक्र; केसाथ-साथ (सात) दायरोंकेसामंजस्यकीप्रकृतिऔरउसकेपालनमेंआमभागीदारीकेबारेमेंबतायाजाएगा।<br /><br />भाग V: नश्वर से अनश्वर की ओर में दो अध्याय हैं—16 और 17:<br /><br />अध्याय 16: हमारी सांसारिक यात्रा में एक व्यक्ति के दिव्य स्रोत के साथ एकाकार होने के लिए सूफ़ी मत, कीमिया, सहित तमाम उपलब्ध पंथों के बारे में जानकारियाँ समेटी जाएंगी।<br /><br />अध्याय 17: स्वर्ग की सीढ़ी पर चढ़ना— मेंसंसारकेबादकाजीवन, आत्माकेकायांतरण, देवत्वतथामोक्षकेमार्गकेविभिन्नस्थानोंकोसमाविष्टकियाजाएगा।<br />
Tao Te Ching: A New English Version (Perennial Classics)
by Stephen Mitchell

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English

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144

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October 13, 2009

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<p>Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living and one of the wonders of the world. In eighty-one brief chapters, the Tao Te Ching llods at the basic predicatment of being alive and gives advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit. This book is about wisdom in action. It teaches how wo work for the good with the efforless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao (the basic principle of the universe) and applies equally to good government and sexual love, to childrearing, business, and ecology.</p><p>The Tao Te Ching is the most widely traslated book in world literature, after the Bible. Yet the gemlike lucidity of the original has eluded most previous translations, and they have obscured some of its central ideas. Now the Tao Te ching has been rendered into English by the eminent scholar and traslator Stephen Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell's <em>Dropping Ashes on the Buddha </em>is a modern Zen classic, and his translations of Rilke and of the Book of Job have already been called definitive for our time.</p><p></p>
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutras ...
by Swami Satchidananda

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English

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272

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October 24, 2012

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This valuable book provides a complete manual for the study and practice of Raja Yoga, the path of concentration and meditation. This new deluxe printing of these timeless teachings is a treasure to be read and referred to again and again by seekers treading the spiritual path. The classic Sutras (thought-threads), at least 4,000 years old, cover the yogic teachings on ethics, meditation, and physical postures, and provide directions for dealing with situations in daily life. The Sutras are presented here in the purest form, with the original Sanskrit and with translation, transliteration, and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda, one of the most respected and revered contemporary Yoga masters. In this classic context, Sri Swamiji offers practical advice based on his own experience for mastering the mind and achieving physical, mental and emotional harmony.
Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success,...
by , Jon Kabat-Zinn

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English

Pages

291

Publication Date

April 24, 2012

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<p>With <em>Search Inside Yourself</em>, Chade-Meng Tan, one of Google’s earliest engineers and personal growth pioneer, offers a proven method for enhancing mindfulness and emotional intelligence in life and work.</p><p>Meng’s job is to teach Google’s best and brightest how to apply mindfulness techniques in the office and beyond; now, readers everywhere can get insider access to one of the most sought after classes in the country, a course in health, happiness and creativity that is improving the livelihood and productivity of those responsible for one of the most successful businesses in the world.</p><p>With forewords by Daniel Goleman, author of the international bestseller <em>Emotional Intelligence</em>, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, renowned mindfulness expert and author of <em>Coming To Our Senses</em>, Meng’s <em>Search Inside Yourself</em> is an invaluable guide to achieving your own best potential.</p>

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