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Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Désirée Verstraete Jul 18. 1 Reply

First announcement and request for sponsorship of my next book by Windhorse publishers.…Continue


Started by David Brazier Mar 9. 0 Replies

I have been reading Ron Purser’s new book, McMindfulness: How mindfulness became the new capitalist spirituality, published by Repeater, London, an imprint of Watkins Media and distributed in the USA by Random House, New York.Mindfulness, in its…Continue

COMING HOME ~ Satya Robyn's new book just out

Started by David Brazier Mar 8. 0 Replies

Kaspa writes...I just wanted to know that the book on refuge that Satya has been working on has just been released. It's a Pureland Buddhist take on what refuge means, illustrated with stories from Satya's own life - including some featuring the…Continue


Started by David Brazier Jun 29, 2018. 0 Replies

I have just completed readingNialle Kishtainy 2017. A Little History of Economics. Yale University Press 249 pages.which is an excellent tour through the many schools and theories that have emerged in economics over the last few centuries. It is a…Continue

Le Miracle Spinoza

Started by David Brazier Feb 6, 2018. 0 Replies

Item from Annette TamulyFrédéric Lenoir, Le Miracle Spinoza (Fayard, novembre 2017)Outre l’extraordinaire modernité de Spinoza (1632-1677), ce qui frappe avant…Continue


Started by Ian Summers-Noble. Last reply by Jan Wizinowich Dec 20, 2017. 1 Reply

Coming towards the end of "GRIT: why passion and resilience are the secrets to success" by Angela Duckworth.  I love that we now have research and  populist books in Positive Psychology and I have enjoyed Marty Seligman's books.  Psychology research…Continue


Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Satya Robyn Aug 4, 2017. 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, 2017. 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, 2017. 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, 2017. 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

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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. 

Comment by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on May 23, 2017 at 11:00

A friend in the USA sent me Seth Speaks to read. I'm finding it heavy-going but I'm interesting in reading a book which was dictated through a medium. In general, life can seem pretty mundane (although there's always the Nembutsu) and I enjoy reading about out-of-the-mundane experiences. I enjoyed reading Roshi Jiyu Kennett's How to Grow a Lotus Blossom for the same reason. I found it even more luminous because of the visual element- it makes it less dry to me. Who knows if I have ever had or will ever have such extraordinary experiences but it's nice to know that some people do!


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Posted by Tamuly Annette on September 29, 2019 at 12:00 1 Comment

En l'absence de Darmavidya, j'ai - en ma qualité de voisine et d'amie - le privilège de m'occuper (un peu) de Tara, la petite chatte. C'est un bonheur  de la voir me faire la fête chaque fois que je me rends à Eleusis: elle s'étire, se roule sur le dos au soleil ou saute sur mes genoux. J'ignore si elle a profité de l'enseignement du maître des lieux, mais j'ai comme l'impression qu'elle me donne une belle leçon de sagesse: elle…



Posted by David Brazier on August 20, 2019 at 21:38 2 Comments

At the moment I am feeling very sad for the state of the planet. As I write the great forests are being consumed by fire, both the tropical forest in Brazil and the tundra forest in Russia. The great forests are the lungs of the earth. I myself have lung problems. When there are parts of the lungs that don’t work anymore one can run out of energy. It can strike suddenly. We will probably not do anything serious about climate change or wildlife extinction…



Posted by David Brazier on June 26, 2019 at 18:04 10 Comments

My medical condition continues to be a mystery. It is clear that I do not have any of the big nasty things - brain tumour, cracked skull, stroke, etc - as these have been ruled out by MRI investigation. Nonetheless I continue to have persistent, continuous head pain that varies in intensity and I become exhausted by the least effort so that I am functioning like an invalid incapable of doing very much. There is always a possibility that the whole syndrome is a…



Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on June 2, 2019 at 1:02 4 Comments

“Do we know what it means to be struck by grace? It does not mean that we suddenly believe that God exists, or that Jesus is the saviour, or that the Bible contains the truth. Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we walk through the dark Valley of a meaningless and empty life. It strikes us when we feel that our separation is deeper than usual, because we have violated another life, a life which we loved, or from which we were estranged. It strikes us… Continue

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