Books Category

The Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh, whose work “The Novice: A Story of True Love” was reviewed in our February 2012 issue, is a widely respected spiritual leader and peace activist who is now in his late 80s and continues to travel and teach. He has written over 100 works on meditation, mindfulness and engaged Buddhism. Martin Luther King called him “an Apostle of peace and nonviolence”. He witnessed the ravages of the Vietnam war first-hand and was one of the voices lobbying the Western leaders to end the war.Read More
If you are looking for a spiritual practice to take you higher and higher into bliss so that you can bypass things in your life or yourself that you do not like, be warned: this month’s featured book may pop the bliss bubble. It may challenge you to look at what you are hoping to gain from your meditation practice, and what you are willing to surrender in order to reach the attainment you aspire to. If you wish for your spiritual life to remain comfortable and unchallenged, you mayRead More
In 1968, young Jewish American Neal Rosner made the decision to live in India at the ashram of a Hindu saint, at an age when most of us are not deciding anything more momentous than where to go to college. What led him on this journey, and what brought him over the years on travels to India and Nepal in the company of enlightened masters, before settling down in the south of India at the ashram of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, is the subject of his two-volume book “On theRead More
Perhaps the greatest certainty of our human existence is that one day it will come to an end. Whether young or old, we all eventually come to the border of death and cross over to the other side to whatever awaits beyond. Yet, we mostly do not want to think about this eventuality. Why think of such a distressing subject when we could focus on money to earn, food to enjoy, lovers to desire, families to cherish? And why review a book named “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying”Read More
In the late 1970s in Virginia, a woman named Machaelle Small Wright walked out into the woods by her vegetable garden and said, seemingly to no one, “I want to do at Perelandra what they did in Findhorn. I want to work with devas and I want to work with nature spirits. I invite all of you to make yourselves known to me. I am ready to learn from you.” What resulted from this invitation was a learning experience that challenged Machaelle’s understanding of form, of nature and of co-creation.Read More
“Gwenhwyfar, I would have you bear this in mind – charms often work as you would not that they would do.” – Morgaine It is now thirty years since Marion Zimmer Bradley’s book The Mists of Avalon dominated the New York Times bestseller lists and won the 1984 Locus Award for best fantasy novel. This retelling of the legend of King Arthur from the perspective of Morgaine, or Morgan le Fay, runs to almost 900 pages (yes, really!) and carries the reader through from Arthur’s parentage to the aftermath ofRead More
One of the greatest sources of unsober behavior – whether expressed in overt forms such as substance abuse or compulsive spending, or in subtle forms such as drama, manipulation or self-pity – is a sense of victimhood, of life happening TO us. This is especially the case for those who had a painful childhood in some way. Whether we had a wonderful childhood or we grew up with loss, abuse, alcoholism or other dysfunction, unless we were raised by enlightened saints there were probably times where our emotional needs wereRead More
From ancient times communities of the practice of the Way of Awake Awareness have had six office holders who, as disciples of the Buddha, guide the activities of Awakening the community. Amongst these, the tenzo bears the responsibility of caring for the community’s meals. The Zen Monastic Standards states, “The tenzo functions as the one who makes offerings with reverence to the monks.” Since ancient times this office has been held by realized monks who have the mind of the Way or by senior disciples who have roused the Way-seekingRead More
Where does creativity and imagination fit into our lives? In the article “Can Imagination be Trained? A Crucial Question for Schools Today”, published in the Journal of Anthroposophy and featured in the book, Waldorf Education, author Christy Barnes looks at the value imagination plays in our schools and tackling the challenges we see in our world today. For most, it is common to value how accurate or efficient something may be – whether we are determining what new product to buy or in talks around large-scale issues such as transportationRead More
Recently, the Toronto Star profiled an author’s visit to Toronto to hype a weight loss book called “Weight Loss For People Who Feel Too Much” which contends that some overweight people may be overweight because of poor boundaries and taking on the energies of others. It’s an interesting enough thesis that I wanted to investigate the book further. Colette Baron-Reid already has a significant following in the New Age community as an intuitive counsellor and life coach. She’s chosen to share her own journey with weight loss and what she’sRead More