An Initial Book List

 

The Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity’s Hidden Treasure, Sakyong Mipham

 

ShambhalaPrinciple1We humans have come to a crossroads in our history: we can either destroy the world or create a good future. The Shambhala Principle offers the principle of basic goodness as a way of addressing the personal and social challenges that we face. Do we, as humans, have confidence in the basic goodness of humanity, as well as of society itself? As a Tibetan lama and spiritual leader, this strikes me as our most compelling global issue.

 

 

Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chögyam Trungpa

Way of the Warrior
A visionary work offering the path of the peaceful warrior to modern-day women and men. Chögyam Trungpa reveals a method of overcoming aggression and violence in the world and fostering instead an enlightened society.

 

 

 

 

Ruling Your World, Sakyong Mipham

ruling-your-world-cover1An approach to everyday emotions, decisions and dilemmas in our lives. Sakyong Mipham presents the radically simple idea that thinking of others can open our hearts and lead to natural happiness and confidence.

 

 

 

 

Turning the Mind into an Ally, Sakyong Mipham

turning-the-mind-into-allyHow do we train the mind? Sakyong Mipham gives precise and practical instructions on how to turn the mind towards its natural qualities of stability, clarity and strength through the practices of shamatha (calm abiding) meditation and contemplative practice.

 

 

 

The Myth of Freedom, Chögyam Trungpa

themythoffreedom

 

A treatise on the true meaning of freedom. Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa describes how our habitual patterns of thought, behavior and even spiritual practice can become chains binding us to discontent and despair.

 

 

 

 

The Wisdom of No Escape, Pema Chödrön

thewisdomofnoescape

 

A collection of talks for beginning meditators. Pema Chödrön offers a profoundly gentle guide to making friends with ourselves and navigating the ups and downs of life through the practice of meditation.