Buddhism & Zen

Cultivating the Still Point Buddhism & Christianity through the Lens of Depth Psychology

$25.00

"In a world enthralled by speed and characterized by convenience and self-benefit, individuation has become an imperative. Each person must discover a path that confers meaning and purpose in a context of increasing complexity and accelerating change. In this soul-awakening book on Buddhism, Christianity, and Jungian psychology, Dr. Joseph Bogorad offers a contemplative approach to contemporary spirituality that engenders spiritual clarity and psychological wholeness." - Dr. Patrick Mahaffey

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9780983765325
Publication Date: 
2016-10-31

Your True Home The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh

$17.95

Bringing the energy of true presence into our lives really does change things for the better and all it takes is a little training. This treasury of 365 gems of daily wisdom from one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers of our age is a help and support for anyone who wants to train to meet every moment of life with 100 percent attention. Thich Nhat Hanh shows how practicing mindfulness can transform every area of our lives and how its benefits radiate beyond us to affect others and the whole, larger world."

ISBN/SKU: 
9781590309261
Publication Date: 
2011-11-01
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The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology

$20.00

Experience the Transformational Power of Buddhism’s Psychology of the Heart with Bestselling Author Jack Kornfield

You have within you unlimited capacities for extraordinary love, for joy, for communion with life, and for unshakable freedom—and here is how to awaken them. In The Wise Heart, celebrated author and psychologist Jack Kornfield offers the most accessible, comprehensive, and illuminating guide to Buddhist psychology ever published in the West. For meditators and mental health professionals, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, here is a vision of radiant human dignity, a journey to the highest expression of human possibility—and a practical path for realizing it in our own lives.

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9780553382334

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice For Difficult Times

$14.00

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:



   •  Using painful emotions to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and courage
   •  Communicating so as to encourage others to open up rather than shut down
   •  Practices for reversing habitual patterns
   •  Methods for working with chaotic situations
   •  Ways for creating effective social action

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9781570623448

The Vimalakirti Sutra

$29.00

One of the most popular Asian classics for roughly two thousand years, the Vimalakirti Sutra stands out among the sacred texts of Mahayana Buddhism for its conciseness, its vivid and humorous episodes, its dramatic narratives, and its eloquent exposition of the key doctrine of emptiness or nondualism. Unlike most sutras, its central figure is not a Buddha but a wealthy townsman, who, in his mastery of doctrine and religious practice, epitomizes the ideal lay believer. For this reason, the sutra has held particular significance for men and women of the laity in Buddhist countries of Asia, assuring them that they can reach levels of spiritual attainment fully comparable to those accessible to monks and nuns of the monastic order.

Esteemed translator Burton Watson has rendered a beautiful English translation from the popular Chinese version produced in 406 C.E. by the Central Asian scholar-monk Kumarajiva, which is widely acknowledged to be the most felicitous of the various Chinese translations of the sutra (the Sanskrit original of which was lost long ago) and is the form in which it has had the greatest influence in China, Japan, and other countries of East Asia. Watson's illuminating introduction discusses the background of the sutra, its place in the development of Buddhist thought, and the profundities of its principal doctrine: emptiness.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780231106573
Publication Date: 
2000-11-23

The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation Through Hearing In The Bardo

$16.95

In this classic scripture of Tibetan Buddhism--traditionally read aloud to the dying to help them attain liberation--death and rebirth are seen as a process that provides an opportunity to recognize the true nature of mind. This translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead emphasizes the practical advice that the book offers to the living. The insightful commentary by Chogyam Trungpa, written in clear, concise language, explains what the text teaches us about human psychology. This book will be of interest to people concerned with death and dying, as well as those who seek greater spiritual understanding in everyday life.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781570627477
Publication Date: 
2000-10-10
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The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

$14.00

We always have a choice, Pema Chodron teaches: We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us and make us increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder. Here Pema provides the tools to deal with the problems and difficulties that life throws our way. This wisdom is always available to us, she teaches, but we usually block it with habitual patterns rooted in fear. Beyond that fear lies a state of openheartedness and tenderness. This book teaches us how to awaken our basic goodness and connect with others, to accept ourselves and others complete with faults and imperfections, and to stay in the present moment by seeing through the strategies of ego that cause us to resist life as it is."

ISBN/SKU: 
9781570629211
Publication Date: 
2002-08-01
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No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva

$18.95

Over the years, Pema Chödrön's books have offered readers an exciting new way of living: developing fearlessness, generosity, and compassion in all aspects of their lives. In No Time to Lose Pema invites readers to venture further along the path of the "bodhisattva warrior," explaining in depth how we can awaken the softness of our hearts and develop true confidence amid the challenges of daily living.

Pema reveals the traditional Buddhist teachings that guide her own life: those of The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara), a text written by the eighth-century sage Shantideva. This treasured Buddhist work is remarkably relevant for our times, describing the steps we can take to cultivate courage, caring, and joy—the keys to healing ourselves and our troubled world. Pema offers us a highly practical and engaging commentary on this essential text, explaining how its profound teachings can be applied to our daily lives.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781590304242

Living Dharma

$18.95

In this book, Jack Kornfield presents the heart of Buddhist practice as taught by twelve highly respected masters from Southeast Asia. These renowned teachers offer a rich variety of meditation techniques: the practices include traditional instructions for dissolving the solid sense of self, for awakening insight, for realizing Nirvana, and for cultivating compassion for all beings.
Jack Kornfield's first three chapters give an overview of Buddhist philosophy and, specifically, the meditation practices of Burma, Thailand, and Laos. The teachings in this volume are from Achaan Chaa, Mahasi Sayadaw, Sunlun Sayadaw, Achaan Buddhadasa, Achaan Naeb, Achaan Maha Boowa, Tuangpulu Sayadaw, Mohnyin Sayadaw, Mogok Sayadaw, U Ba Khin, Achaan Dhammadaro, and Achaan Jumnien.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781590308325
Publication Date: 
2010-10-12
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Lighting the Way

$15.95
ISBN/SKU: 
9781559392280

Going on Being: Life at the Crossroads of Buddhism and Psychotherapy

$16.95

Before he began training as a psychiatrist, Mark Epstein immersed himself in Buddhism through influential teachers such as Ram Dass, Joseph Goldstein, and Jack Kornfield. Buddhism's positive outlook and the meditative principle of living in the moment profoundly influenced his study and practice of psychotherapy. Going on Being is an intimate chronicle of Epstein's formative years as well as a practical guide to how a Buddhist understanding of psychological problems can help anyone change for the better. Epstein gives readers a deeply personal look into his life, thoughts, fears, and hopes, while detailing the influences that have shaped his worldview. Inspiring in its honesty and humility, Going on Being is a compassionate, brilliant look at how uniting the worlds of psyche and spirit can lead to a new way of seeing reality.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780861715695
Publication Date: 
2009-01-27
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Going to Pieces without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness

$14.95

For decades, Western psychology has promised fulfillment through building and strengthening the ego. We are taught that the ideal is a strong, individuated self, constructed and reinforced over a lifetime. But Buddhist psychiatrist Mark Epstein has found a different way.

Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart shows us that happiness doesn't come from any kind of acquisitiveness, be it material or psychological. Happiness comes from letting go. Weaving together the accumulated wisdom of his two worlds--Buddhism and Western psychotherapy--Epstein shows how "the happiness that we seek depends on our ability to balance the ego's need to do with our inherent capacity to be." He encourages us to relax the ever-vigilant mind in order to experience the freedom that comes only from relinquishing control.

Drawing on events in his own life and stories from his patients, Going to Pieces  Without Falling Apart teaches us that only by letting go can we start on the path to a more peaceful and spiritually satisfying life.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780767902359
Publication Date: 
1999-06-01
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Essential Tibetan Buddhism

$14.95

WINNER OF THE TRICYCLE PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE

Expertly and lucidly surveying the basic varieties and teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, renowned scholar Robert Thurman makes this authentic spiritual tradition available to contemporary Western audiences

ISBN/SKU: 
9780062510518
Publication Date: 
1996-11-08
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Essence of the Heart Sutra: The Dalai Lama's Heart of Wisdom Teachings

$22.95

"Essence of the Heart Sutra" includes the complete text of the Heart of Wisdom teachings given over several days by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to 8,000 enthralled attendees in San Jose, California.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780861713189
Publication Date: 
2002-07-01

Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light

$16.95

In Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu gives instructions for developing clarity within the sleep and dream states. He goes beyond the practices of lucid dreaming that have been popularized in the West by presenting methods for guiding dream states that are part of a broader system for enhancing self-awareness called Dzogchen. In this tradition, the development of lucidity in the dream state is understood in the context of generating greater awareness for the ultimate purpose of attaining liberation.

This revised and expanded edition includes additional material from a profound and personal Dzogchen book, which Chögyal Namkhai Norbu wrote over many years. This material deepens the first edition's emphasis on specific exercises to develop awareness within the dream and sleep states. Also included in this book is a text written by Mipham, the nineteenth-century master of Dzogchen, which offers additional insights into this extraordinary form of meditation and awareness.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781559391610

Discovering Kwan Yin, Buddhist Goddess of Compassion: A Path Toward Clarity and Peace

$14.00

Sandy Boucher, celebrated author of Opening the Lotus and Turning the Wheel, now offers North American readers their first opportunity to share in Kwan Yin's illuminating wisdom. Along with providing meditations, chants, and prayers this lovely, illustrated volume recounts the stories of this bodhisattva (one who delays her own full enlightenment to work for the liberation of all beings) and explains Kwan Yin's role in Buddhism. Discovering Kwan Yin is sure to become an important spiritual touchstone for those who seek to celebrate the goddess in their lives, to give and receive the loving power of her presence.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780807013410

Dakinis Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism

$24.95

The primary emblem of the feminine in Tibetan Buddhism is the dakini, or "sky-dancer," a semi-wrathful spirit-woman who manifests in visions, dreams, and meditation experiences. Western scholars and interpreters of the dakini, influenced by Jungian psychology and feminist goddess theology, have shaped a contemporary critique of Tibetan Buddhism in which the dakini is seen as a psychological "shadow," a feminine savior, or an objectified product of patriarchal fantasy. According to Judith Simmer-Brown who writes from the point of view of an experienced practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism such interpretations are inadequate.
In the spiritual journey of the meditator, Simmer-Brown demonstrates, the dakini symbolizes levels of personal realization: the sacredness of the body, both female and male; the profound meeting point of body and mind in meditation; the visionary realm of ritual practice; and the empty, spacious qualities of mind itself. When the meditator encounters the dakini, living spiritual experience is activated in a nonconceptual manner by her direct gaze, her radiant body, and her compassionate revelation of reality. Grounded in the author's personal encounter with the dakini, this unique study will appeal to both male and female spiritual seekers interested in goddess worship, women's spirituality, and the tantric tradition."

ISBN/SKU: 
9781570629204
Publication Date: 
2002-11-30
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Songs of Kuan Yin - CD

$17.98

In the legend of Kuan Yin, the ascended bodhisattva turns away from the gates of Nirvana in order to stay in the world until all sentient beings are free from suffering.

With Songs of Kuan Yin, a gathering of some of today's most passionate and talented female performers bring you music inspired by this beloved deity—10 devotional offerings to immerse you in the "cool, cleansing waters of Kuan Yin's compassion. 65 minutes.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781591799603

True Happiness - Abridged - 6 CDs (7 hours)

$19.95

Happiness is your birthright and it is readily available at any given moment, teaches Pema Chödrön. So why do we live in such suffering?

The potential for happiness is not based on outer things—they come and go, causing us misery, she begins. We're always chasing after something, trying to avoid the difficult places. But there are a lot of small sweetnesses that we ignore because they're so fleeting.

On True Happiness, Pema Chödrön guides you through simple-yet-effective practices that show you how to recognize and nurture these moments of delight, cultivating them until they become more and more frequent, accessible, and real as a constant influence in our lives.

At the root of everything is basic goodness, a Buddhist view that each of us is fundamentally awake and compassionate, yet we tend to look at ourselves from a place of badness, explains Ani Pema. We spend our lives in self-doubt and confusion, attempting to be perfect and get it right. But life is about being open to whatever might arise, including feelings of uneasiness as well as feelings of contentment and peace.

Rather than asking "How can I get out of this?" ask "How can I stay in this moment of discomfort and begin to soften?" It is in that moment of softening that you will find your open heart, teaches Pema Chödrön. Everyone has the longing to feel the open heart, because it is a deep happiness that can never be taken away.

Recorded at Gampo Abbey Monastery in Nova Scotia, True Happiness gives you the opportunity to spend yarne, or winter retreat, with Pema Chödrön in the warmth and comfort of your own home. Join this bestselling author and teacher as she guides you through seven hours of effective meditations and practices to dissolve the barriers to your heart, reconnect with the source of basic goodness, and cultivate a sense of happiness if only to touch upon it for brief but precious moments at a time.

Happiness is your birthright and it is readily available at any given moment, teaches Pema Chodron. So why do we live in such suffering? The potential for happiness is not based on outer things they come and go, causing us misery, she begins. We're always chasing after something, trying to avoid the difficult places. But there are a lot of small sweetnesses that we ignore because they're so fleeting. On True Happiness, Pema Chodron guides us through simple yet effective practices that show us how to recognize and nurture these moments of delight, cultivating them until they become more and more frequent, accessible, and real. Recorded at Gampo Abbey Monastery in Nova Scotia, True Happiness features highlights from Sounds True's full-length audio learning course of the same title, and gives you the opportunity to absorb the teachings of Pema Chodron at your own pace. Join this bestselling author and beloved teacher for classical meditations and practices to dissolve the barriers to your heart, reconnect with your basic goodness, and cultivate a sense of happiness by learning to enter natural windows of spaciousness that open us to freedom."

ISBN/SKU: 
9781591795391
Publication Date: 
2006-09-01
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Perfect Just As You Are - 8 CDs (8 hours)

$39.95

Spiritual practice, Pema Chodron teaches, has nothing to do with self-improvement, since, as the course's title claims, you're already perfect right now. The limitless qualities of loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity are your deep-down, ultimate reality, and those are qualities that can't be improved upon. If you're not feeling particularly kind, compassionate, joyful, or equanimous at the moment, take heart: the Four Limitless Ones are there like seeds, waiting to be cultivated through practice--and, being limitless, they're rich enough to be worked with for a lifetime. This intensive program of study and practice provides the tools you need to access these radiant states and to nurture their growth for sake of all beings, including yourself. Here's some of what you'll learn:

- How cultivating the Four Limitless Ones is the antidote to depression, irritation, and isolation
- Basic meditation instructions to get you started in the foundational practice
- A wealth of guided meditations for generating these radiant qualities to yourself, others, and the world
- Writing and reflection exercises to bring the Four Limitless Ones powerfully into real life
- A simple chant you can use to create love and good will around yourself
- Powerful on-the-spot practices you can use throughout the day, even when there's "no time to practice"

Do the program at your own pace. It fits perfectly with any other kind of meditation you're doing. And since no previous knowledge of Buddhism is required, it's also ideal for those new to spiritual practice. After you've completed the material in Perfect Just as You Are, you'll want to listen to it again periodically-any time you need a refresher course in compassion, loving-kindness, equanimity, and joy.

8 CDs, 8 hours.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781590306284
Publication Date: 
2009-10-13
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Living Without Stress or Fear - 6 CDS, (6 hours, 26 minutes)

$69.95

The Mindful Path to Freedom from the Emotions that Cause Suffering. A life without stress or fear may seem like an impossible dream-yet Thich Nhat Hanh has spent a lifetime proving that it is not only possible, it is also within our grasp. In Living Without Stress or Fear, this treasured Zen master shares a message of hope: that we can, through the practice of mindfulness, find freedom from the grip of emotions like anxiety, anger, and despair. "Suffering persists because we nourish the feelings that cause it," reveals Thich Nhat Hanh. "Through mindful living, we learn to nourish our compassionate nature instead.". Discovering Your "True Home" in the Present Moment. We do not find happiness by suppressing emotions like stress or fear. As Thich Nhat Hanh teaches, you can develop a capacity to deal with such emotions by building a sanctuary-your "true home"-in the present moment. Through techniques such as "mindful breathing" and the "begin anew" practice, you purposefully expand your ability to dwell in a state of peaceful clarity, and develop the insight to see through to the underlying causes of negative emotions. By facing your inner darkness with awakened compassion, you can transform toxic energies within you-and radiate the energy of lovingkindness to everyone around you. Essential Teachings from a Legendary Voice for Peace. Thich Nhat Hanh has lived and taught the path of peace in the most challenging situations-carrying the light of compassion into places stricken by war, famine, and despair. Refined throughout a lifetime of mindfulness in action, he now shares his most transformative teachings and practices to guide you in your own journey to the source of happiness on Living Without Stress or Fear. HIGHLIGHTS: Foundational mindfulness practices: being fully present while walking, breathing, and eating. Seeds of happiness, seeds of suffering: how we choose which emotions to nourish with our attention. The four-pebble meditation for openness, clarity, and grounding "No death and no birth, neither being nor non-being"-embracing the central paradox at the heart of fearless living. The role of community in supporting your practice. "We are all one organis"- perspective-shifting meditations on compassion. Practices for bringing mindfulness into your family and your relationships. Six sessions of Thich Nhat Hanh's core teachings and guided practices on mindfulness, compassion, and finding freedom from suffering. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen master in the Vietnamese tradition, scholar, poet, and peace activist who was nominated for the 1967 Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr. He is the author of more than 40 books in English, including Peace Is Every Step and Living Buddha Living Christ.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781591797258

Buddhism: A Concise Introduction

$12.95

Smith, the dean of religious studies in America, and his former student, philosophy and religion professor Novak, offer a concise, readable, enlightening introduction to Buddhism. They present the history of the man Buddha, born about 563 B.C.E. in what is now Nepal, and of the religion, which they compare with its Hindu roots. They examine Buddhism's original teachings and what Buddhism was (an empirical, pragmatic, therapeutic, and egalitarian response to the world of its founding) and what it was not (a religion devoid of authority, ritual, and tradition). They discuss such Buddhist essentials as the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path and such other basic concepts as nirvana, the three marks of existence, and emptiness. Like most other religions, Buddhism has not been immune to schism, and Smith and Novak explain why it split into its present many divisions. They devote a goodly portion of the book to Zen Buddhism and Buddhism's increasing popularity in the West and to its remarkable resiliency, especially evident in the meditation-centered New Buddhism of America.

A concise and up-to-date guide to the history, teachings, and practice of Buddhism by two luminaries in the field of world religions.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780060730673

The Eight Gates of Zen

$17.95

This accessible introduction to the philosophy and practice of Zen Buddhism includes a program of study that encompasses practically every aspect of life. The American Zen teacher John Daido Loori shows us that Zen practice should include not only meditation, the study of Zen literature and liturgy, and moral and ethical action, but should also manifest in work, artistic, and everyday activities. The Eight Gates are:
1. Zazen, a type of meditation described as "sitting Zen"
2. Face-to-face meetings between teacher and student
3. Academic study of the sutras related to Zen training, other schools of Buddhism, Buddhist history, psychology, and philosophy
4. Zen rites and rituals and their meaning
5. The moral and ethical requirements set in the Buddhist Precepts
6. Art practice as an extension of Zen practice
7. Body practice as an extension of Zen practice
8. Work as an active function of zazen

Beautifully illustrated with Loori's own photographs, this edition also includes a new introduction and an updated reading list."

ISBN/SKU: 
9781570629525
Publication Date: 
2002-09-01
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