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

After Buddhism Book Review

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After Buddhism Book Review Book Title: After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age Author: Stephen Batchelor Publisher: Yale University Press Year Published: 2015 Pages: 400 Paperback Price: $ 20.11 Kindle Price: $14.99 Stephen Batchelor is a renowned Buddhist author, teacher, and scholar from the UK who also routinely writes articles and leads meditation retreats around the world.  He is a noted proponent of agnostic/secular Buddhism. He has studied in Dharamsala, India under Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey and was ordained as a Buddhist monk in the Gelug tradition in 1974.  After this he studied with Geshe Rabten who was residing … Continue reading

Karma What It Is, What It Isn’t , Why It Matters

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Karma What It Is, What It Isn’t, Why It Matters Book Title: Karma: What It Is, What It Isn’t, Why It Matters Author: Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche Publisher: Shambhala Year Published: 2015 Pages: 160 Paperback Price: $11.27 Kindle Price: $9.99   Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche (1955-2012) was born in eastern Tibet and was the ninth incarnation of the Traleg Tulku line. He was educated by many great Buddhist philosophers of all four of the main lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He is also the founder of the Kagyu E-Vam Buddhist Institute in Australia where he was a pioneer in bringing Buddhism to Australia.  … Continue reading

What Makes You Not A Buddhist Review

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What Makes You Not A Buddhist Review Book Title: What Makes You Not A Buddhist Author: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Publisher: Shambhala Year Published: 2008 Pages: 134 Paperback Price: $11.94 Kindle Price: $10.99   The author of this book is Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, a lama from a prominent and influential Tibetan Buddhist family living in Bhutan.  He is also a filmmaker and directed a movie called “The Cup” (1999) which is about a group of Tibetan monks who become obsessed with soccer. He also directed two other films, “Travellers and Magicians” (2003) and “Vara: A Blessing” (2013).  And he is the … Continue reading