The Dharma of Westworld

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The Dharma of Westworld Westworld is a recent 10-epsiode science fiction TV show on HBO that is based on the original book and film by Michael Crichton.  In this world, android AI robots have advanced to the point where they are nearly indistinguishable from humans and are called “hosts”. They’re made for a Western-themed park where the “guests” (those who pay to get in) can have the ultimate them park experience with little to no consequences for their actions.  In this world, guests can act out their darkest fantasies which includes murdering the robots (who die in a spectacularly human … Continue reading

True Refuge by Tara Brach

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True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Awakened Heart Book Title:   True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Awakened Heart Author: Tara Brach Publisher: Bantam Books Year Published: 2012 Pages: 320 Hardcover Price: $10.36 Kindle Price: $11.99 Tara Brach is one of the most successful meditation teachers in the world.  She has faced her own illness and helped many others to begin to be mindful of their lives no matter what it going on.  She is also a clinical psychologist who has helped others get through their own difficult situations.  She effectively blends psychology with Eastern spiritual practices and is a distinctive voice … Continue reading

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond Book Review

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond Book Review Book Title:  Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: A Meditator’s Handbook Author:  Ajahn Brahm Publisher:  Wisdom Publications Year Published: 2006 Pages: 240 Paperback Price:$14.95 Kindle Price: $13.99 This book was written by Buddhist monk and author Ajahn Brahm.  He is a Theravadin Buddhist monk of the Thai Forest tradition.  He was once a teacher at Cambridge University, who now utilizes his experiences in order to teach Buddhism. Originally British-born, he is now the Abbot of Bodhinaya Monastery and is one of the many disciples of the late Ajahn Chah.  His writing successfully illustrates and clarifies the teachings (dharma) … Continue reading

The Parable of the Poisoned Arrow

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The Parable of the Poisoned Arrow The Parable of the Poisoned Arrow is one of the Buddha’s most famous parables which is contained in the Cula-Malunkyovada Sutta (aka The Shorter Instructions to Malunkya) which is part of the middle length discourses called the “Mjjhima Nikaya”. A Monk’s Unanswered Questions The sutta (or sutra in the Sanskrit language) takes place in a monastery garden named Jetavana where the monk named Malunkyaputta becomes troubled by the fact that the Buddha replies with silence to his questions about the nature of the universe. He then meets with the Buddha and demands the answers … Continue reading

Rebel Buddha Book Review

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Rebel Buddha Book Review Book Title: Rebel Buddha: A Guide to A Revolution of Mind Author: Dzogchen Ponlop Publisher: Shambhala Year Published: 2011 Pages: 224 Paperback Price: $11.24  Kindle Price: $9.99 The author of this book is the 7th Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche who is the abbot of Dzogchen Monastery, a renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar, meditation master and is also one of the highest Tulkus (reincarnations of previous lamas) in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He is also the author of such works as: “Emotional Rescue”, “Penetrating Wisdom”, and “Wild Awakening: The Heart of Mahamudra and Dzogchen”.  He is a witty and humorous speaker who … Continue reading