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Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Satya Robyn Aug 4. 5 Replies

I have just completed reading Of Human Bondage, volume I, by Somerset Maugham. It was published in 1915 and is the story - probably substantially autobiographical - of a young man growing up and having great difficulty finding direction in life. I…Continue

POWER, WEALTH & WOMEN ~ Gandavyuha

Started by David Brazier Jun 4. 0 Replies

I am reading Doug Osto’s book Power, Wealth and Women in Indian Mahayana Buddhism: The Gandavyuha-sutra…Continue

THE ASIATICS ~ Frederick Prokosch

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier May 3. 2 Replies

Last night I read a chunk of the novel The Asiatics, by Frederick Prokosch. I say "a chunk", because my copy is missing the first fifty pages or so, so I was plunged into the middle of the action, at which point out hero was already locked up in a…Continue

Hallelujah Anyway by Ann Lamott

Started by Jan Wizinowich May 3. 0 Replies

This little book explores mercy in humorous and insightful ways. Lamott shares her stories as illustrative of our bombu natures with honesty and humor. What I found particularly interesting is that she is Christian, but has what I consider a…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Apr 1. 7 Replies

I am currently reading this work, translated by Cathy Porter, published in London by Alma Books. This paperback edition was published in 2010.I am finding it more interesting than I expected. You can imagine the dynamics of the Tolstoy household. He…Continue


Started by David Brazier Mar 7. 0 Replies

Review by Attila MislaiTulku Thondup Rinpocse' book of The Healing Power of Mind) seems to be so consonant with Zen Therapy as if the authors would have joined with each…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Feb 18. 3 Replies

Iris Murdoch, 1978. The Sea, The Sea. Panther. Fiction. 502 pages. Winner of the Booker Prize. Last night I started reading The Sea The Sea  by Iris Murdoch. This is the third or fourth of her novels that I have read - maybe the fifth. They are each…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Vajrapala Lut Moerman Feb 7. 3 Replies

A new book by…Continue


Started by David Brazier Jan 27. 0 Replies

Submitted by Attila MislaiEveryman by Philip RothThere is a silent desperation that keeps haunting the main character in Roth's excellent novel. Nothing dramatic, nothing hysterical,…Continue

The Incantation of Frida K.

Started by Alexi Francis Jan 27. 0 Replies

I'm about halfway through The Incantation of Frida K. by Kate Braverman. I was a little reluctant to read about the life of Frida Kahlo again - there seems to be a lot about her. I'm struggling with the book because of this but what makes it a very…Continue

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Comment by Robert McCarthy on August 8, 2017 at 0:16

Thank you David. I will be pleased to write a review of this book.

Comment by David Brazier on August 7, 2017 at 13:27

Thanks, Robert. That's very interesting. If you get to the end of the Martinez book and have time it would be nice to have a review of the whole work. Sounds as though he has some stimulating ideas.

Comment by Robert McCarthy on August 7, 2017 at 0:49

I have just started reading Just As You Are and I am rereading a book I only read for he first time last month. This is Creating Freedom by Raoul Martinez. I am drawn very powerfully to his authors understanding of our culture. I will copy a paragraph here that points to the direction of his writing.

' The kind of freedom that would make us truly responsible for our actions- truly worthy of credit or blame- is a dangerous illusion, one that distorts our thinking on the most pressing economic, political and moral issues of our time. Yet it's an illusion central to our lives.  As we will see, examining it exposes as false a number is assumptions at the heart of our culture- ideas about punishment, reward, blame and entitlement- and demands a revolution in the way we organise society and think about ourselves and each other.

Comment by Alexi Francis on August 6, 2017 at 18:46

Hi Charlene, I haven't read Edward Abbey yet but I've read extensively in the genre. I'm not keen on Annie Dilliard though, just don't get on with her books :) Thank you for the wishes :)

Comment by Charlene Diane Jones on August 6, 2017 at 18:40

You might enjoy Edward Abby's works on Utah especially Good News. It's a novel but reflects his experiences in the western US state. He's rather negative, though. You have also heard of Pilgrim at Tinker's Creek, right? Another nature book with fascinating detail. Best of luck with your publishing!


Comment by Alexi Francis on August 6, 2017 at 17:19

Thanks for the suggestions Charlene. I've walked a bit of the Lycian Way myself (and thought it was great) so I'll check out Breaking the Fourth Wall. I'll also look at your website. I'm particularly interested in healing through/in nature and books about that or any nature writing for that matter. I'm currently writing and illustrating a book of nature writing pieces I hope to get published at some point :)

Comment by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on August 6, 2017 at 12:42

Thank you, Charlene, I have made a note in my notebook. It sounds like a very interesting book.

Comment by Charlene Diane Jones on August 5, 2017 at 17:02

Alexi Francis if you like memoir about women who change through physical challenge you would enjoy Breaking the Fourth Wall by Michelle Sevigny. Michelle hiked the Lycian Way in Turkey to help her process her grief over the loss of her beloved pet, and found a number of other areas of her life healing as she went. For more about her and other memoirists who have defeated depression, you might enjoy some of my interviews at www.soulsciences.net       Good reading!

Comment by Charlene Diane Jones on August 5, 2017 at 17:00

Andrew Ralph Cheffings: I have read Seth Speaks and found it fascinating. If you like the books that describe other possibilities you might enjoy Elizabeth Haiche's book Initiation about her experiences with Reincarnation. If memory serves, it is lighter than the Seth material, more personal story based. 

Comment by Charlene Diane Jones on August 5, 2017 at 16:59

I'm finally into Stephen Pinker's work The Language Instinct. Although some of the ideas seem a bit old now, in its day, 1994 it was an instant classic. He refers to a kind of technology called "processors." Anyone else remember those? made me chuckle. 


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Posted by Adam Dunsby on September 9, 2017 at 20:56 0 Comments

Found this on a Chogyam Trungpa video…

''The relationship between student and teacher is like a dance…

In relating with the teacher, your critical input and your surrendering work together. They’re not working against each other. The more input you get from the teacher and the phenomenal world and the more you develop, at the same time, the more you question. So there is a kind of dance taking place between the teacher and yourself. You are not particularly trying to switch off…


Reflections on Foolishness.

Posted by Adam Dunsby on September 5, 2017 at 11:50 2 Comments

I sometimes can’t believe how defective I am!! Whilst despairing of myself the other day I remembered a Shinran teaching that I found some time ago. It really made me think and reinforced my resolve to practice.

It is a Pureland teaching about the depth of our sin preventing us from being genuinely good. Our efforts to be decent, caring beings are always based in and therefore contaminated by our self centredness, greed hatred and delusion. This is due to the…


Korean Version of Workshops

Posted by JAESUNG KIM on August 6, 2017 at 6:58 0 Comments

2017 여름 불교심리치료 및 상담 워크숍 3회 내용




In this workshop we shall introduce and review important aspects of Buddhist psychology including the conditioned and unconditioned mind, object relatedness, skandha process, the unity of path and goal, bodhichitta,…


Great Intentions.

Posted by Adam Dunsby on August 3, 2017 at 22:42 0 Comments

  • The power of intentions is a topic that comes up regularly for me and always provides me with food for thought. In a recent service I was struck by the gravity of the Bodhisattva vows that we sing as part of our liturgy. ”Innumerable…


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