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Out of this World: Otherworldly Journeys from Gilgamesh to Albert Einstein

November 13, 2013

Real science is always hard to summarize. This book by Ioan Couliano is a book like that. I read the whole thing, but to be honest the most fascinating parts were the introduction and the conclusion. The rest helped flesh it out, but it did get a bit boring. Still, Out of this World: Otherworldly […]

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Buddhist Texts Through the Ages, Edward Conze

November 13, 2013

There are a lot of Books about Buddhism out there. Most of them focus on Buddhism for modern people: what’s relevant today. That’s fine, in fact that’s great. But it’s not what the Buddha taught. It’s not what Buddhists believed in and practiced over the past 2000 years. This book is. In Buddhist Texts Through The […]

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The Letters of H.P. Blavatsky, Volume One

November 13, 2013

This book caused a storm in theosophical circles: how dare they publish letters that many serious theosophists thought were NOT written by H.P. Blavatsky? Well they – the vice president of the Theosophical Society, his wife and an editorial committee – actually thought the reader should decide for themselves whether those letters were by Blavatsky […]

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A World Full Of Gods: The strange triumph of Christianity

November 13, 2013

This is just about the strangest history book I’ve ever read – and am likely to read. An exercise in ‘postmodern’ techniques, it tries to give us a glimpse of what it was like living in the first centuries ‘After Christ’ when Christianity was first a small unknown sect, but grew into a state religion […]

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The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha’s Path to Freedom

November 13, 2013

The Power of an Open Question: the Buddha’s Path to Freedom is a uniquely practical and psychological take on the old philosophical problem of Emptiness, or ‘E’. Elizabeth aims at writing a book in which the word is hardly used, yet the concept is made clear and comes home. She succeeds. The topic of Sunyata, […]

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The Miracles of Exodus: A Scientist’s Discovery of the Extraordinary Natural Causes of the Biblical Stories

November 13, 2013

I’ve had this book in my library for a few years. I suspect the dramatic title and a wariness with trying to find a historical backdrop to ancient myths kept me from reading it. Till one day, looking for something light, I did pick it up. The style of The Miracles of Exodus is a […]

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Best Zen Buddhism Books according to my readers

July 28, 2013

Zen Buddhism is one of the three most popular styles of Buddhism to have migrated West. It’s probably also the style of Buddhism that has moved away from it’s ‘Buddhist’ roots the most. This is true geographically: it moved all the way East to Japan first, after all – as well. In the process it […]

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Best books on Buddhism, according to my readers

July 28, 2013

Online I have various lists of best selling books on Buddhism. This list is different: it’s a list of the books people who visit those pages suggest. That makes this list a lot more eclectic. Lists like this often turn commercial fast, because publishers and authors want THEIR book on the list. However, I don’t […]

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Christian Christmas Books For Children

May 29, 2013

I did not think that being able to find Christian Christmas books for children would be a difficult task and yet the Christmas story is essential to the advent period. It was not an impossible feat but I was amazed that there were so few available for parents and grandparents to buy for children. Oh, there […]

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Best Buddhist Books

February 20, 2013

I should start this post with admitting that I am not a practicing Buddhist so my recommendations may appeal more to the uninitiated or the newly initiated souls seeking enlightenment in their lives. I have read these books as a part of my own journey to find a balance in my spiritual life and to […]

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