By Karen Armstrong
In 1962, at age seventeen, Karen Armstrong entered a convent, wanting to meet God. After seven brutally unsatisfied years as a nun, she left her order to pursue English literature at Oxford. yet convent lifestyles had profoundly altered her, and dealing with the skin global and her expiring religion proved to be excruciating. Her deep solitude and a terrifying illness–diagnosed basically years later as epilepsy–marked her ceaselessly as an intruder. In her personal brain she used to be a whole failure: as a nun, as an educational, and as a typical girl able to intimacy. Her destiny appeared greatly in query till she stumbled into comparative theology. What she chanced on, in studying, considering, and writing approximately different religions, used to be the ecstasy and transcendence she had by no means felt as a nun. Gripping, revelatory, and inspirational, The Spiral Staircase is a unprecedented account of an excellent non secular trip.
By Lawrence Wright
The foundation For the recent HBO Documentary. a countrywide booklet Award and nationwide publication Critics Circle Award Finalist.
Scientology offers itself as a systematic method of non secular enlightenment, yet its practices have lengthy been shrouded in secret. Now Lawrence Wright—armed along with his investigative skills, years of archival study, and greater than 2 hundred own interviews with present and previous Scientologists—uncovers the interior workings of the church. We meet founder L. Ron Hubbard, the hugely innovative yet mentally afflicted science-fiction author, and his tricky, pushed successor, David Miscavige. We move inside of their really expert cosmology and language. We find out about the church’s felony assaults at the IRS, its vindictive remedy of critics, and its exceptional wealth. We see the church courtroom celebrities comparable to Tom Cruise whereas consigning its clergy to demanding exertions less than billion-year contracts. via all of it, Wright asks what essentially includes a faith, and if Scientology in reality advantages this Constitutionally-protected label. Brilliantly researched, compellingly written, Going Clear pulls again the curtain on some of the most secretive organisations at paintings today.
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By Paramhansa Yogananda
The human force for happiness is considered one of our so much far-reaching and primary wishes. but, regardless of our determined look for happiness, in response to a contemporary Gallup ballot, just a minority of North americans describe themselves as ?very happy.? it appears only a few folks have really unlocked the secrets and techniques of lasting pleasure and internal peace. Now, during this quantity of all-new, never-before-released fabric, Paramhansa Yogananda? who has thousands of fans and admirers in North America?playfully and powerfully explains nearly every thing had to lead a happier, extra enjoyable lifestyles. issues coated contain: searching for happiness within the correct areas; picking out to be at liberty; instruments and methods for attaining happiness; sharing happiness with others; balancing luck and happiness, and plenty of extra. The knowledge of Yogananda sequence good points writings of Paramhansa Yogananda now not on hand somewhere else. those books seize the Master?s expansive and compassionate knowledge, his feel of enjoyable, and his sensible non secular suggestions. The books contain writings from his earliest years in the United States, in an approachable, easy-to-read layout. The phrases of the grasp are provided with minimum enhancing, to trap the clean and unique voice of 1 of the main very popular religious lecturers of the 20 th century.
By Sogyal Rinpoche, Patrick Gaffney, Andrew Harvey
“A terrific success. In its strength to the touch the center, to evoke cognizance, [The Tibetan e-book of dwelling and Dying] is an inestimable gift.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
A newly revised and up to date variation of the the world over bestselling religious vintage, The Tibetan ebook of residing and Dying, written by way of Sogyal Rinpoche, is the last word creation to Tibetan Buddhist knowledge. An enlightening, inspiring, and comforting guide for all times and dying that the New York Times calls, “The Tibetan identical of [Dante’s] The Divine Comedy,” this is often the fundamental paintings that moved Huston Smith, writer of The World’s Religions, to proclaim, “I have encountered no publication at the interaction of lifestyles and demise that's extra entire, useful, and wise.”
By M. Scott Peck
Further alongside the line much less Traveled takes the lectures of Dr. Peck and provides his profound insights into the problems that confront and problem we all at the present time: spirituality, forgiveness, relationships, and growing to be up. during this relief for dwelling much less simplistically, you'll research to not search for the simple solutions yet to imagine multidimensionally. you are going to learn how to succeed in for the "ultimate step," which brings you eyeball to eyeball together with your own spirituality. it will likely be this that is helping you have fun with the complexity that's existence.
proceed the adventure of private and religious progress with this clever and insightful e-book.
By Lao Tzu
In what could be the such a lot trustworthy translation of the Tao Te Ching, the translators have captured the terse, enigmatic great thing about the unique masterpiece with out embellishing it with own interpretation or bogging it down with explanatory notes. by means of stepping out of how and letting the unique textual content converse for itself, they convey a powerfully direct event of the Tao Te Ching that could be a pleasure back to repeatedly.
And for the 1st time in any translation of the Tao Te Ching, you can now engage with the textual content to event for your self the nuanced paintings of translating. In all of the eighty-one chapters, one major line has been highlighted and along it are the unique chinese language characters with their transliteration. you could then flip to the word list and translate this line by yourself, thereby deepening your figuring out of the unique textual content and of the myriad methods it may be translated into English.
Complementing the textual content are twenty-three amazing ink work brushed via Stephen Addiss and an creation by way of the esteemed Asia student Burton Watson.
The 1st entire presentation of the center teachings of the Kalahari Bushmen as informed through the Tribal Elders
• finds how the Bushmen may be able to obtain direct transmissions of God’s love for therapeutic and non secular transformation
• Explores tribal legends and educating stories, the significance of desires and animals, and the origins in their dances, rituals, and ceremonies
Step into the creative realm of 1 of the oldest non-stop cultures in the world, the Kalahari Ju/’hoansi Bushmen. Translated via Beesa Boo, a Bushman, and interspersed with specified statement from Bradford and Hillary Keeney, this e-book offers the middle teachings of the Kalahari Bushmen as informed by means of the tribal elders themselves. a long time within the making, it constitutes the 1st finished paintings at the world’s oldest culture of therapeutic and non secular event.
Told of their personal phrases, those teachings show how the Bushmen may be able to obtain direct transmissions of God’s love within the kind of the common existence strength, n/om. The people who are jam-packed with this strength describe it as an woke up, energized feeling of affection that conjures up a spontaneous and heightened ecstatic know-how that opens mystical belief. Having your middle transfixed by means of this strength permits actual therapeutic and non secular progress to happen. Experiencing the strength on your whole being, via a imaginative and prescient of “God’s egg”, awakens deep non secular knowledge and remarkable therapeutic presents. those that “own the egg” are blessed being able to have direct conversation with the Divine, a “rope to God,” and will converse with others for all “ropes” are hooked up.
Conveying the deep love that's the dominant emotion of Bushman spirituality, the booklet explores tribal legends and educating stories, the significance of desires and encounters with animals, the origins in their dances, corresponding to the giraffe dance, and particular rituals and ceremonies, together with puberty rites for girls and boys.
“As the elder lecturers of the Ju’/hoan Bushman (San) humans, we carry the main enduring conventional knowledge referring to therapeutic and religious event. This ebook is a sworn statement of our ecstatic methods. We fortunately proportion our easy teachings approximately spirituality and therapeutic with these whose hearts are in actual fact open.”
By Alex Lickerman MD
Legions of self-help authors rightly urge own improvement because the key to happiness, yet they generally fail to target its most crucial aim: hardiness. notwithstanding that which does not kill us could make us more suitable, as Nietzsche tells us, few authors this present day supply any perception into simply how to springboard from adversity to strength.
It does not simply occur instantly, and it takes perform. New medical research suggests that resilience is not anything with which just a lucky few folks were born, yet quite whatever we will all take particular motion to boost. to construct power out of adversity, we'd like a catalyst. What we want, in accordance to Dr. Alex Lickerman, is wisdom―wisdom that adversity has the aptitude to educate us.
Lickerman's underlying premise is that our skill to manage what occurs to us in lifestyles could be constrained, yet we've got the power to set up a life-state to surmount the discomfort existence brings us. The Undefeated brain distills the knowledge we have to create actual resilience into 9 center rules, together with:
--A new definition of victory and its relevance to happiness
--The notion of the altering of poison into drugs
--A option to view prayer as a vow we make to ourselves.
--A approach to surroundings expectancies that boosts our skill to undergo sadness and minimizes the chance of quitting
--An method of taking own accountability and ethical motion that reinforces resilience
--A process to handling pain―both actual and emotional―that allows us to push via hindrances that may another way hinder us from achieving out objectives
--A approach to leveraging our relations with others that is helping us happen our most powerful selves
Through tales of sufferers who've used those rules to beat ache brought on by unemployment, undesirable weight achieve, habit, rejection, persistent ache, retirement, affliction, loss, or even dying, Dr. Lickerman indicates how we can also make those rules functionality inside our personal lives, allowing us to boost for ourselves the resilience we have to in attaining indestructible happiness. At its middle, The Undefeated Mind urges us to forestall hoping for simple lives and concentration as a substitute on cultivating the internal energy we have to benefit from the tricky lives all of us have.
By Shaunti Feldhahn
What is going on in a man's brain? From their early days, each lady has struggled to appreciate why men behave the best way they do. Even long-married ladies who imagine they comprehend males have purely scratched the skin. underneath a man's rugged external is a fair extra rugged, unmapped terrain. What bestselling writer Shaunti Feldhahn's study finds concerning the internal lives of guys will open women's eyes to what the boys of their lifestyles - boyfriends, brothers, husbands, and sons - are rather considering and feeling. males are looking to be understood, yet they are afraid to "freak out" the ladies they love via confessing what's occurring inside of their heads. This e-book will consultant ladies in find out how to give you the loving aid that smooth males wish and wish.