Tuesday, 22 July 2014

EMOTIONAL AWARENESS - HHDL & PAUL EKMAN







EMOTIONAL AWARENESS - HHDL & PAUL EKMAN

RATING: B-

I related well to HHDL's side of the conversation, probably as I have read so many Buddhist books and have never been in touch with my own Western culture. I can answer the question posed regarding whether or not it is possible to change ones emotional profile - YES! (I did). I enjoyed the analogy on page 68-9 regarding kindergarten/doctorate. I found the mention of emotional resonance and meta attention relatable - in that these are two areas with which I have personal experience. I give the thumbs up to the Darwin quote on page 149. In the section referent to recognition of/avoidance of emotions, I tend to find the hardest part easy and easiest part hard - as usual.

I would recommend the book to those interested in Buddhist psychology, HHDL's views, or understanding emotions.

Friday, 18 July 2014

CHATTY CAT THE FIRST SIX MONTHS - SUZAN COLLINS


CHATTY CAT THE FIRST SIX MONTHS - SUZAN COLLINS


RATING: B-

Taking a break from my usual reading topics of Buddhism, travel and philosophy, I ventured into this book concerning a rescue cat and how it learns to fit into its new home. (I attended the online book launch and won a copy thanks to Chatty Cat selecting me!) The author seems to know her cat's mind as well as I knew those of my pigeon pals back home in Wollongong. The book ends with tips for looking after a cat from both the human and cats' eye view.

This book is dotted with pictures, photos and internet links. My favorite parts are in chapter 4 when the cat first learns about its new abode, chapter 11 as it explores the garden, the burglary in chapter 22 and the video link in the 6th chapter. It is hard to say whether the book should be classed as fiction or non-fiction - in that it is imaginary words coming from a true situation.

I would recommend this book to cat lovers, those interested in how mankind regards the inner mind of feline animals, and those interested in adding a rescue cat to their lives.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

HER FATHER'S GARDEN - JAMES VOLLBRACHT

HER FATHER'S GARDEN - JAMES VOLLBRACHT

RATING: C-

Instead of the Tibetan adult book that I was expecting when I put in an order, it turned out to be a Chinese children's book - oh well... The story is similar to a moralistic fairy-tale and ends happily ever after.

I would recommend the book to... children.


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA infinite compassion for an imperfect world - Watkins Masters of Wisdom

HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA infinite compassion for an imperfect world - Watkins Masters of Wisdom


RATING: B-

A compendium of quotational paragraphs from HHDL relating to various modern matters, sequenced into sections. I particularly related to his Nobel prize speech in chapter 18, where he spoke of turning Tibet into a land of ahimsa, a beautiful idea. Also of specific interest to me personally was the environmental poem on page 156.

I would recommend this book to those wishing to refresh themselves on some of HHDL's stances and attitudes, those interested in a modern Buddhist outlook, and those who want to read everything written by HHDL.


Sunday, 29 June 2014

THE WISDOM OF THE BUDDHIST MASTERS - ROBERT SACHS







THE WISDOM OF THE BUDDHIST MASTERS - ROBERT SACHS


RATING: B-

After detailing the purpose of the book and listing the original questions used for the interviews, the author offers us each interview with a modern Buddhist master in printed form. I personally related best to Ven. Thubten Chodron whose understanding of the way media attempts to influence us is akin to my own. I myself have already chosen to not use TV, newspapers, or radio. The book offers practical and contemplative advice for those interested in either improving the shared world about us or at least surviving this current life.

I would recommend this book to those interested in current affairs from a Buddhist viewpoint, those wishing to make our planet a better place, and those seeking guidance in how to understand the world's current state and direction.


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

SHAMANS OF THE WORLD - NANCY CONNOR & BRADFORD KEENEY


SHAMANS OF THE WORLD - NANCY CONNOR & BRADFORD KEENEY

RATING: B

Dealing with a variety of alternative healers taken from various indiginous cultures, this book covers the better side of medicine to the Western 'pills n profits' too many of us automatically use (though not myself). It opens with a beautiful story of a NAI lady who found she was destined to become a healer in much the same way that I discovered I was destined to practice Tibetan Buddhism.

I connect best to the NAI accounts. I can relate to recognition of technology as destructive to Mother Nature rather than man progressing, for example. I found a book full of preferable alternative to those which my own culture is supposed to use. It is good to know that so many alternatives exist nd can only say that I have more faith in such as these than that of Western medicine.

I would recommend this book to those interested in learning of medical alternatives to the 'expected' modern approach.



Monday, 23 June 2014

WORLD RELIGIONS an illustrated guide - EDITOR SEAN MCLOUGHLIN


WORLD RELIGIONS an illustrated guide - EDITOR SEAN MCLOUGHLIN


RATING: C -
Briefly covering each of the the mainstream religions that have adorned our planet over known awareness of such, none of the religions are taken into any detail. The religions are grouped together by location rather than popularity or time. The book serves well as a basic guide but lacks enough depth for readers to learn sufficiently to fully understand each religion.

I would recommend the book as a guide to the location of various religions and as a time frame, but not for any serious student wanting to know the dull story of any particular religious group.