Monday, 26 January 2015

WHOLESOME FEAR - LAMA ZOPA RINPOCHE & KATHLEEN McDONALD


WHOLESOME FEAR - LAMA ZOPA RINPOCHE & KATHLEEN McDONALD

RATING: B-

A book dealing with death, dying, how we tend to view such, and how we can learn to face such bravely. A guide to basic meditation is included to enable us to begin the journey away from fear and into understanding.

Although I have personally dealt with my own attitudes towards death prior to reading the book, I would recommend this read to those who have not yet reached a place of peace and acceptance on the subject of death.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

FEARLESS SIMPLICITY - TSOKNYI RINPOCHE


FEARLESS SIMPLICITY - TSOKNYI RINPOCHE

RATING: A

The book is divided into courses, as if one is going to eat rather than read the words. The first course relates to shamatha practice and is the best explanation of this practice that I have as yet come across. The book continues with main course and dessert, covering Dzogchen practice.

Whilst it is no substitute for a real-life master in the actual pointing out procedure, it offers extremely useful pointers, pieces of advice, and analogies to ensure one is on the correct track as one progresses with Dzogchen practice. One point that particularly stood out to me is the opportunity we have now to connect to many others, in order to remain connected so as to be of assistance in preparation for when/if we become fully enlightened.

I would recommend this book to those interested in continuing and advancing their Dzogchen practice, those wondering if the are on the right track, and those seeking additional guidance.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Books for sale... (ideal for Christmas gifts)

A few of my blog readers may be aware that I have spent almost a decade writing books as well as reading them for several decades. As a reminder to those readers, and introduction to those unaware, there follows a list of the books written and published to date:
(NB A new book is awaiting a local history publisher's decision, while 2 more books are in the process of being edited/typed up ready for publication via Winterbear)

Brand new Books for sale:

* Autobiography/spiritual philosophy.
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* Fiction.
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* Fiction.
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* Concerning the music scene in San Francisco during the 2000-2005 era.
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* Poetry.
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* Ornithology book concerning the Illawarra region of NSW, Australia.
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* Poetry.
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* Support in making the most of/giving purpose to our lives.
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These books are also available as Ebooks (cheaper) - just click thru to locate them from the links given.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

LIGHT OF FEARLESS INDESTRUCTIBLE WISDOM - KHENPO TSEWANG DONGYAL


LIGHT OF FEARLESS INDESTRUCTIBLE WISDOM - KHENPO TSEWANG DONGYAL

RATNG: B


A complete biography, from former lives to left behind students, of H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, an extremely important figure in the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Written predominantly by one of his students, the book contains verses from HH himself, along with details of his life and teachings given, and embellished with poetic verses written by the author.

I would recommend this book to Nyingma students, Tibetan Buddhists interested in learning more about HH Dudjom Rinpoche, and those who were his students.


Saturday, 8 November 2014

LIGHT COMES THROUGH - DZIGAR KONGTRUL


LIGHT COMES THROUGH - DZIGAR KONGTRUL

RATING: B-

Personally, several pointers to assist my practice and a couple of new Tibetan words and their Buddhist meaning are contained within this book. In general, a book covering three main topics each in its own section - 5 negative emotions, relating to others, and emptiness. These tie together to explain the title.

I would recommend this book to students of DKR, along with people interested in knowing more about/practising any or all of the three sections.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

HOW TO EXPAND LOVE - HHDL



HOW TO EXPAND LOVE - HHDL

RATING: B

A step by step guided teaching giving meditations the reader can practice with to improve themselves. The exercises are listed in order at the end of the book, allowing a recap, or for those who rushed through the reading to practice in sequence without re-reading the entire book, after having read it through. 'Even help a bug out of a puddle' - page 208 - resonates with me - as I naturally find myself checking to see if any flies are drowning before filling the bird bath.

I would recommend this book to readers aiming to improve thier outlook on life, personal attitude, or understanding - and to those who wish to seriously learn techniques to expand their love and resultant activity; also, to those who admire the teachings of HHDL.






Saturday, 18 October 2014

THE POCKET DALAI LAMA - C&E MARY CRAIG


THE POCKET DALAI LAMA - C&E MARY CRAIG

RATING: B

A useful recap of many of HHDL's memorable quotes segmented into various categories. A pleasant and easy read to remind the reader of HHDL's wise advice. Personal favored quotes include those on page 52 concerning nature and pages 68/9 concerning universal responsibility.

I would recommend this book to those wanting a short and easy read on topics of importance to our shared world given as quotes by HHDL and those who want a brief update on HHDL's suggestions to improve both ourselves and the planet we share.