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Encouraging Words
Zen Buddhist Teachings for Western Students
Written by Robert Aitken

Format: Trade Paperback, 252 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: September 6, 1994
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75652-1 (0-679-75652-3)

Nominated for the Tricycle Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Buddhism in America

Encouraging Words is a collection of short talks and brief essays that Aitken Rashi has offered his students at meditation retreats during the past two decades. They are arranged according to themes central to all spiritual seekers—attention, emptiness, coming and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ordinary Recovery
Mindfulness, Addiction, and the Path of Lifelong Sobriety
Written by William Alexander
Foreword by Kevin Griffin

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Trumpeter
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-828-8 (1-59030-828-X)

The key to ongoing freedom from alcoholism or any other kind of addiction is right before us, here and now, in the ordinary and perfect present moment. The problem is that addictions are often the result of our efforts to escape living in the present in the first place. Bill Alexander’s... Read more >

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Dao De Jing
A Philosophical Translation
Written by Roger Ames and David Hall

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-44419-6 (0-345-44419-1)

Composed more than 2,000 years ago during a turbulent period of Chinese history, the Dao de jing set forth an alternative vision of reality in a world torn apart by violence and betrayal. Daoism, as this subtle but enduring philosophy came to be known, offered a comprehensive view of experience grounded... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Tibetan Yoga of Breath
Breathing Practices for Healing the Body and Cultivating Wisdom
Written by Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61180-088-3 (1-61180-088-9)

Vibrance, good health, and longevity have one thing in common–they all begin with the breath. Modern science and classic spiritual traditions agree: regulating the breath leads to radiance and wellness in the body, mind, and spirit.
The Tibetan Yoga of Breath pairs the teachings of Tibetan Yantra Yoga (breathing yoga) with... Read more >

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The Great Transformation
The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
Written by Karen Armstrong

Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72124-0 (0-385-72124-2)

From one of the world’s leading writers on religion and the highly acclaimed author of the bestselling A History of God, The Battle for God and The Spiral Staircase, comes a major new work: a chronicle of one of the most important intellectual revolutions in world history and its relevance to... Read more >

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Buddhist Practice on Western Ground
Reconciling Eastern Ideals and Western Psychology
Written by Harvey Aronson

Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-093-0 (1-59030-093-9)

This is the first book to offer Buddhist meditators a comprehensive and sympathetic examination of the differences between Asian and Western cultural and spiritual values. Harvey B. Aronson, a psychotherapist in private practice and a Buddhist meditation teacher, presents a constructive and practical assessment of common conflicts experiences by Westerners who... Read more >

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Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

Written by Stephen Batchelor

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52707-1 (0-385-52707-1)

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The Supreme Doctrine
Psychological Studies in Zen Thought
Written by H. Benoit

Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: August 21, 2013
Price: $20.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83195-8 (0-307-83195-7)

In its Eastern aspects—Chinese, Hindu, and Japanese—Zen Buddhism has proved a puzzle, although a stimulating one, to the Western mind. Himself a Westerner, Dr. Benoit has approached it through an occidental manner of thinking. “For the first time, Dr. Benoit presents the traditional doctrine of Zen Buddhism in a language that... Read more >

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Ultimate Journey
Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment
Written by Richard Bernstein

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78157-8 (0-679-78157-9)

Richard Bernstein, Time magazine’s first Beijing bureau chief and currently a New York Times book critic, has written a profoundly original account of a journey that is as much a spiritual and intellectual odyssey as it is a physical one.

In 629, the great Buddhist monk Hsuan Tsang set out across Asia... Read more >

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The Healing Power of the Breath
Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions
Written by Richard Brown and Patricia Gerbarg

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-902-5 (1-59030-902-2)

Millions of Americans suffer from mood problems and stress-related issues including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and trauma-induced emotions and behaviors; and most would prefer not to take medication for their conditions due to troublesome side effects, withdrawal symptoms, and disappointing success rates.

Drs. Richard P. Brown and Patricia L. Gerbarg provide a... Read more >

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Mining for Wisdom within Delusion
Maitreya's "Distinction between Phenomena and the Nature of Phenomena" and Its Indian and Tibetan Commentaries
Written by Karl Brunnholzl

Format: Hardcover, 488 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-55939-395-9 (1-55939-395-5)

Maitreya’s Distinction between Phenomena and the Nature of Phenomena distinguishes the illusory phenomenal world of saṃsâra produced by the confused dualistic mind from the ultimate reality that is mind’s true nature. The transition from the one to the other is the process of “mining for wisdom within delusion.” Maitreya’s text calls... Read more >

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Occupy Spirituality
A Radical Vision for a New Generation
Written by Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox
Afterword by Lama Surya Das
Foreword by Mona Eltahawy and Andrew Harvey

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-685-5 (1-58394-685-3)

The Occupy Wall Street movement and protest movements around the world are evidence of a new era of intergenerational activists seeking deeper spiritual meaning in their quest for peace and justice.

This book is a call to action for a new era of spirituality-infused activism. Authors Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox encourage... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Dhammapada
Verses on the Way
Written by Buddha and Glenn Wallis

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7727-1 (0-8129-7727-0)

THE DHAMMAPADA introduced the actual utterances of the Buddha nearly twenty-five hundred years ago, when the master teacher emerged from his long silence to illuminate for his followers the substance of humankind’s deepest and most abiding concerns. The nature of the self, the value of relationships, the importance of moment-to-moment awareness... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and an eBook.

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The Cloud of Unknowing
A New Translation
Translated by Carmen Acevedo Butcher

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: April 14, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-622-2 (1-59030-622-8)

This anonymous fourteenth-century text is the glory of English mysticism, and one of the most practical and useful guides to finding union with God ever written. Carmen Acevedo Butcher’s new translation is the first to bring the text into a modern English idiom—while remaining strictly faithful to the meaning of the... Read more >

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The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces
Decoding Churches, Cathedrals, Temples, Mosques and Other Places of Worship Arou nd the World
Written by Jon Canon

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-84899-111-8 (1-84899-111-8)

Across the globe, pilgrims and tourists, locals and foreigners flock to sacred sites and houses of worship. Why? Because throughout time, humans have directed extraordinary amounts of energy toward the creation of architecture that expresses their religious beliefs.

From Stonehenge to the Sagrada Família; from the Acropolis to Angkor Wat, The... Read more >

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Thank You and Ok!
An American Zen Failure in Japan
Written by David Chadwick

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-470-9 (1-59030-470-5)

David Chadwick began his Zen study under the legendary Japanese master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1966. Much later, Suzuki Roshi’s successor said of Chadwick: “Years of expensive Zen training gone to waste.”

In 1988 Chadwick flew to Japan to begin a four-year period of voluntary exile and remedial education. In THANK YOU... Read more >

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Living Beautifully
with Uncertainty and Change
Written by Pema Chodron

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61180-076-0 (1-61180-076-5)

Is it possible to live well when the very ground we stand on is shaky? Yes, says everyone’s favorite Buddhist nun, it’s even possible to live beautifully, compassionately, and happily on shaky ground–and the secret is: the ground is always shaky. Pema shows how using a traditional Buddhist practice called the... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Why Is God Laughing?
The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism
Written by Deepak Chopra
Foreword by Mike Myers

Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: June 3, 2008
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-40888-4 (0-307-40888-4)

In this refreshing new take on spirituality, bestselling author Deepak Chopra uses a fictional tale of a comedian and his unlikely mentor to show us a path back to hope, joy, and even enlightenment—with a lot of laughter along the way.

Meet Mickey Fellows. A successful L.A. comedian, he’s just a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Blue Cliff Record

Translated by Thomas Cleary and J.C. Cleary

Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-232-3 (1-59030-232-X)

The Blue Cliff Record is a translation of the Pi Yen Lu, a collection of one hundred famous Zen koans accompanied by commentaries and verses from the teachings of Chinese Zen masters. Compiled in the twelfth century, it is considered one of the great treasures of Zen literature and an essential... Read more >

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Minding Mind
A Course in Basic Meditation
Translated by Thomas Cleary

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-685-7 (1-59030-685-6)

Some types of meditation are aimed at promoting a sense of confidence and well-being in everyday life, while other types focus on producing altered states of consciousness, transcending the world, or developing skills for serving other people. The instructions in this book focus on the highest type of all, “pure, clear... Read more >

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The Taoism Reader

Translated by Thomas Cleary

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59030-950-6 (1-59030-950-2)

Taoist teachings have arisen in many forms: abstract aphorisms, philosophical discussions, legends, fables–even jokes. All are represented here, culled from the most popular Taoist classics: the Tao-te Ching, Chuang-tzu, Huai-nan-tzu, and Wen-tzu, stories from the “Tales of Inner Meaning,” and teachings of the Taoist patriarch Ancestor Lü.

The spirit of the... Read more >

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The Zen Reader

Edited by Thomas Cleary

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-59030-946-9 (1-59030-946-4)

This book presents a thousand years of Zen teaching for the modern reader in a way that preserves the dynamic flavor of these talks, sayings, and records of heart-to-heart encounters. From the earliest adepts to the last of the great masters, The Zen Reader is a compendium of Zen at its... Read more >

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Sacred Passage
How to Provide Fearless, Compassionate Care for the Dying
Written by Margaret Coberly, Ph.D, RN

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 11, 2003
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-017-6 (1-59030-017-3)

“An important book for both caregivers and patients. Coberly compellingly demonstrates how terminally ill people can experience emotional and spiritual healing, even when they cannot be cured.” —Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing

“A much-needed, wise, and helpful guidebook.”–Barbara Dossey, R.N., Director of Holistic Nursing Consultants

Margaret Coberly has been a nurse for... Read more >

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Buddhist Wisdom
The Diamond Sutra and The Heart Sutra
Preface by Judith Simmer-Brown
Edited by John F. Thornton and Susan Varenne
Commentaries by Ed Conze
Translated by Ed Conze

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 24, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72600-2 (0-375-72600-4)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

A landmark publication from the its first appearance more than forty years ago, Buddhist Wisdom offers Western readers a unique combination of what Buddhists worldwide consider the holiest of holy texts—The Diamond Sutra and The Heart Sutra, two sutras, or scriptures, ascribed to the early centuries of the... Read more >

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So Close to Heaven
The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas
Written by Barbara Crossette

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 25, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74363-7 (0-679-74363-4)

This fascinating and colorful book takes students into a world that is just emerging from the middle ages and peering warily into the millennium ahead: the reclusive kingdom of Bhutan which remains true to that religion's riotous marriage of esoteric theology and gorgeous ritual, serenely meditating Buddhas and snarling deities entwined... Read more >
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