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Edgar Evans Cayce (March 18, 1877 - January 3, 1945) was a clairvoyant. He channeled answers to questions on subjects such as health or Atlantis, while in a self-induced trance. For this reason he has been called the sleeping prophet. Though Cayce was a devout Christian his teachings were later to become popular in the [...]


Imagining Karma: Ethical Transformation in Amerindian, Buddhist, and Greek RebirthKarma and rebirth: Post Classical DevelopmentsKarma and Rebirth in Classical Indian TraditionsKarma: Dimensions of Asian SpiritualityThe Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Volume 1)This is a classic in the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. This volume contains a lot besides karma: the [...]

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Best Thich Nhat Hanh Books

Anybody interested in Buddhism today knows about Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. His lectures, books and videos are wildly popular because he manages to translate the practice of Vietnamese style Buddhism into something that is relevant to our everyday lives. For this occasion I checked out the top most popular of Thay's books and downloaded them [...]


Best Dalai Lama Books List

Top books by the most inspiring spiritual teacher today: best sellersThe Dalai Lama is that unique mix of a spiritual teacher and a political leader. Unlike the Pope he is virtually uncontested as a spiritual inspiration. His attempts at peaceful dialog with the Chinese government were amazing. Now that he's retired as a political leader, [...]


This is a list of the most popular books introducing Sufism to the spiritual reader.Let me start with The Essential Rumi the Rumi translation by Coleman Barks that warmed the heart of many, and created his reputation as THE Rumi interpreter of our time.As the famous author on religion Huston Smith says :"If Rumi is [...]

The Taqwacores

Taqwacores: A Novel

Some books become legend. This book is one of them. Taqwacores: A Novel was written by an American convert to Islam, as his good bye to the religion. It ended up creating a movement. And that movement kept Michael Muhammad Knight within the Muslim fold and he ended up creating a documentary about the movement he [...]

Wisdom of the Kadam Masters and Kadampa Teachings

Lama Zopa was in the Netherlands over the past few weeks and was scheduled to teach a weekend on the Kadam Masters (*). I went, because I very much enjoyed his book Kadampa Teachings. I felt an affinity to these Kadam masters - there is a freshness about them that captured my interest. So in preparation for the [...]


Pema Chodron is one of the most direct spiritual authors I know. In the first paragraph of 'Taking the Leap' for instance she says:We have the capacity to wake up and live consciously, but, you may have noticed, we also have a strong inclination to stay asleep. It's as if  we are always at a [...]


As Pema Chodron herself says in her foreword: however many books she has written, this is the first time she has written a book that is a commentary on another book. Writing commentaries is the most traditional way of writing books in Tibetan Buddhism.No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva is [...]


It’s no secret I love Pema Chodron’s books. This one focuses on the transformation of our sorrows through the Bodhisattva Path. That is: through transforming our fears into fearlessness and love for all beings.This works, because it takes us out of our own small world to realize that we’re not the only one suffering and we’re [...]

Full Catastrophe Living

Jon Kabat-Zinn is not, as my MBSR trainer said, the best author ever. His book is a bit rambling, the structure is unclear and he seems to find it necessary to touch on every possible topic that just might be related to mindfulness.  That said: the reason this book was recommended for the course I am [...]


France Pastorelli tells her moving story: that of a mother, a musician, whose life turned to deep suffering because of heart problems. She turned her illness into a source of deep wisdom. Whether are ill or not, this book will give you insight into the human condition. France Pastorelli (1880-1958) She started out life a [...]