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Best Buddhist Writing 2010

Best Buddhist Writing 2010

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Here is this year's installment in the series Publishers Weekly says "does a great service by highlighting views and themes as they modulate with each passing year." The Best Buddhist Writing 2010 is an eclectic, inspiring collection of writings from the Buddhist perspective. Selected by the editors of the Shambhala Sun, North America's leading Buddhist-inspired magazine, the essays, articles, and interviews in this anthology offer an entertaining mix of writing styles and reflect on a wide range of issues.

The Best Buddhist Writing 2010 includes:

- A question and answer session between children and Thich Nhat Hanh
- Stan Goldberg on becoming a hospice volunteer, shortly after his own diagnosis of prostate cancer

- Buddhist author and death-row inmate Jarvis Jay Masters on experiencing a few unexpected hours of freedom

- Jan Chozen Bays on eating mindfully

- Norman Fischer contemplates the death of his best friend

- Meditation instructions from Tibetan teacher Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

- Sylvia Boorstein on the deep human connection that emerges when we engage with the joy and suffering of others

- Carolyn Rose Gimian on the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's advice to "smile at fear"

- Gaylon Ferguson on recognizing our natural wakefulness

- Pema Chodron on being open to the opportunities that arise when we experience pain and discomfort in our lives

- Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche on finding joy in the midst of life's difficulties

- Steve Silberman's account of love, prejudice, Buddhism, and marriage

- Mary Pipher on moving past despair

- Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on meditation that directs our thoughts and intentions in a positive direction

- Jaimal Yogis on his misguided attempt to use Zen to improve his surfing

- Lauren Fraser on the Zen-inspired cooks who have influenced the way we cook and eat

- And much more

Best Buddhist Writing 2011

Best Buddhist Writing 2011

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A thought-provoking mix of the most notable and insightful Buddhism-inspired writing published in the last year.

The Best Buddhist Writing 2011 includes:

- Karen Miller's story of love, marriage, and dishes
- Joanna Macy on the First Noble Truth and healing from the legacy of Chernobyl
- Brian Haycock's taxi ride on the Dharma Road
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama's manifesto on tolerance
- Dzogchen Ponlop on the rebel buddha inside you
- An adoption love story by Leza Lowitz
- Ira Sukrungruang's humorous meditation on death
- Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel on finding the courage to live in reality as it is
- Susan Piver on the wisdom of a broken heart
- Thich Nhat Hanh on healing the wounded child within
- Matthieu Ricard's answer to the question: why meditate?
- Rick Bass on the lessons of the Gulf oil spill
- Pico Iyer's insider's look at the heart of the Dalai Lama
- And much more

Best Buddhist Writing 2012

Best Buddhist Writing 2012

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A treasury of the most notable, profound, and thought-provoking Buddhist-inspired writing published in the last year.

The Best Buddhist Writing 2012 includes:


- His Holiness the Dalai Lama on cultivating a universal ethic of kindness
- Sharon Salzberg on getting your meditation practice started
- Pema Chödrön on how to smile at fear
- The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi on analyzing global problems through the lens of traditional Buddhist teachings
- Bruce Rich on the enlightened model of government of the Buddhist monarch King Ashoka
- Thich Nhat Hanh on fidelity in loving relationships
- Michael A. Stusser's determined--and hilarious--effort to speak--and tweet--no evil
- Norman Fischer on a new and more open understanding of language
- Barry Boyce's fascinating survey of the life and teachings of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
- Michael Stone and David Loy on the basic questions raised by the Occupy Wall Street movement
- Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche's explanation of the meditation practice of kusulu, the pinnacle of simplicity and relaxation
- Nancy Baker on the powerful and useful energy behind anger
- Diane Ackerman on living with her beloved husband's Alzheimer's disease
- Yangzom Brauen's moving account of her grandmother and mother's escape from Tibet following the Chinese invasion
- And much more

Best Buddhist Writing 2013

Best Buddhist Writing 2013

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An eclectic and thought-provoking collection of Buddhist and Buddhist-inspired writings on a wide range of issues published in North America during 2012.
The collection includes writings by Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, Joseph Goldstein, Natalie Goldberg, Sylvia Boorstein, Dzongsar Khyentse, Sakyong Mipham, Norman Fischer, Philip Moffitt, Karen Miller, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Kay Larson, and Lodro Rinzler, among others. Selected by the editors of the Shambhala Sun, North America's leading Buddhist-inspired magazine, this anthology offers an entertaining mix of writing styles and reflects on a wide range of issues from a Buddhist point of view.
Best Spiritual Writing 2010

Best Spiritual Writing 2010

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The renowned nonfiction annual makes its Penguin debut
For more than a decade, Philip Zaleski has collected into a single volume the best spiritual essays and poetry of the year. "The Best Spiritual Writing 2010," featuring essays by John Updike and Diane Ackerman, poems from Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney and Pulitzer Prize-winner Louise Gluck, and personal reflections by Richard Rodriguez and Leon Wieseltier, is sure to expand on the series' already wide recognition and reach the growing audience of readers searching for unsurpassed spiritual writing.
Contributors include:
Mary Jo Bang, Jane Hirshfield, Melissa Range, Rick Bass, Paula Huston, Pattiann Rogers, David Berlinski, Pico Iyer, Amanda Shaw, Joseph Bottum, Charles Johnson, Master Sheng Yen, Nicholas Carr, Jon D. Levenson, Floyd Skloot, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Philip Levine, Meir Soloveichik, Billy Collins, Wilfred M. McClay, Richard Wilbur, Chrisi Cox, Richard John Neuhaus, Seamus Heaney, Robert Pinsky"
Best Spiritual Writing 2011

Best Spiritual Writing 2011

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A trove of well-wrought, luminous, soul-bracing gifts. -Thomas Lynch (on the 2010 edition)

With selection chosen from a vast range of journals and magazines, The Best Spiritual Writing 2011 gathers the finest pieces of spiritual writing to appear in American publications during the past year. The collection offers an opportunity to read intimate and thought-provoking work, ranging from poetry to short fiction to memoir to essay, by some of the nation's most esteemed writers, including Rick Bass, Philip Yancey, Terry Teachout, Robert D. Kaplan, and many others. As Phyllis Tickle said of last year's edition, there is enough here to feed the hungry heart for years to come.

Best Spiritual Writing 2012

Best Spiritual Writing 2012

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Penguin's yearly offering of outstanding essays and poetry on faith and spirituality.

Every year, the acclaimed Best Spiritual Writing series offers readers the opportunity to explore the most intriguing work on spirituality published in the past year. Featuring a splendid and varied selection, The Best Spiritual Writing 2012 is an elegant collection that gathers intimate, thought-provoking work by some of the nation's most esteemed writers, including Philip Yancey, Richard Rodriguez, and Robert Bly. Culled from a wide range of journals and magazines, these spiritual perspectives are expressed in pieces as diverse as the sources from which they've come. A favorite of book clubs, this makes a perfect gift for the holidays or special occasions.

Best Spiritual Writing 2013

Best Spiritual Writing 2013

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A new volume of the critically acclaimed spiritual writing series, with an introduction by bestselling author Stephen Prothero

Boasting an impressive selection of personal essays, articles, and poems by today's leading luminaries, "The Best Spiritual Writing 2013" captures our nation's spiritual pulse and offers readers an opportunity to explore the most nourishing writings on spirituality published in the past year. As in previous editions, Philip Zaleski draws from a wide range of journals and magazines to build an anthology of stimulating works by some of the nation's most esteemed writers such as Adam Gopnik, Edward Hirsch, and Melissa Range. The result is a book, ideal for gift giving, that will appeal to religious thinkers, atheists, and people of all faiths and beliefs.

Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands

Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands

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Are you tired of living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul? Do you find yourself unable to say no even when you should? Are you stuck under the weight of endless demands and responsibilities? The good news is: it doesn't have to be this way.

In The Best Yes, New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst guides you through the insightful lessons she's learned about what it means to live out the purpose that God has in store for you. Lysa demonstrates the incredible power of two words--yes and no--and the way that these simple, daily decisions can shape the story of our lives.

Lysa has learned firsthand that there's a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. Drawing from applicable scriptures and her own personal experiences, Lysa teaches us that if we know and believe that God has a plan for each of us, we'll live it out--serving as living proof of His never-ending grace and kindness.

Throughout The Best Yes, Lysa will give you the practical tools you need to:

  • Stop people-pleasing by embracing a biblical understanding of love
  • Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no
  • Overcome the agony of hard choices by grounding your decisions in wisdom
  • Grow closer to God as you sharpen your own discernment
  • Learn to be intentional with your time, your choices, and yourself
  • Incorporate the Best Yes as a filter for your daily decision making
  • If we take time to slow down and rise above the rush of the world's endless demands, we can rest assured that God's wisdom will help us make decisions that will still be good tomorrow. No matter what season of life you find yourself in, you deserve the chance to make decisions that bring out the best you.

    Between Heaven and Mirth

    Between Heaven and Mirth

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    "Between Heaven and Mirth will make any reader smile. . . . Father Martin reminds us that happiness is the good God's own goal for us." --Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York

    From The Colbert Report's "official chaplain" James Martin, SJ, author of the New York Times bestselling The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, comes a revolutionary look at how joy, humor, and laughter can change our lives and save our spirits. A Jesuit priest with a busy media ministry, Martin understands the intersections between spirituality and daily life. In Between Heaven and Mirth, he uses scriptural passages, the lives of the saints, the spiritual teachings of other traditions, and his own personal reflections to show us why joy is the inevitable result of faith, because a healthy spirituality and a healthy sense of humor go hand-in-hand with God's great plan for humankind.

    Between Heaven and Mirth

    Between Heaven and Mirth

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    "Between Heaven and Mirth will make any reader smile. . . . Father Martin reminds us that happiness is the good God's own goal for us." --Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York

    From one of America's most beloved spiritual leaders and the New York Times bestselling author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and Jesus: A Pilgrimage Father James Martin, SJ, comes a revolutionary look at how you can change your life and save your spirit through joy, humor, and laughter.

    Martin shares how you can strike a healthy balance between spirituality and daily life and live as a joyful believer. In Between Heaven and Mirth, he uses scriptural passages, the lives of the saints, the spiritual teachings of other traditions, and his own personal reflections to show us why joy is the inevitable result of faith, because a healthy spirituality and a healthy sense of humor go hand-in-hand with God's great plan for humankind.

    Bewilderments

    Bewilderments

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    Through the magnificent literary, scholarly, and psychological analysis of the text that is her trademark, Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg tackles the enduring puzzlement of the book of Numbers. What should have been for the Israelites a brief journey from Mount Sinai to the Holy Land becomes a forty-year death march. Both before and after the devastating report of the Spies, the narrative centers on the people's desire to return to slavery in Egypt. At its heart are speeches of complaint and lament. But in the narrative of the book of Numbers that is found in mystical and Hasidic sources, the generation of the wilderness emerges as one of extraordinary spiritual experience, fed on miracles and nurtured directly by God: a generation of ecstatic faith, human partners in an unprecedented conversation with the Deity. Drawing on kabbalistic sources, the Hasidic commentators depict a people who transcend prudent considerations in order to follow God into the wilderness, where their spiritual yearning comes to full expression.

    Is there a way to integrate this narrative of dark murmurings, of obsessive fantasies of a return to Egypt, with the celebration of a love-intoxicated wilderness discourse? What effect does the cumulative trauma of slavery, the miracles of Exodus, and the revelation at Sinai have on a nation that is beginning to speak? In Bewilderments, one of our most admired biblical commentators suggests fascinating answers to these questions.

    Beyond All Religion:

    Beyond All Religion:

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    This book is about the consequences of religion more than whether Christ rose from the dead (Krishna, Mithras, Osiris, Attis of Phrygia, Dionysus, all of whom besides being born on December 25th from a virgin mother, died and were resurrected, except for Mithras - who ascended directly without dying!) or whether the text of the verses of the Qur'an correspond exactly to those revealed to Muhammad directly as the words of God, delivered to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel.. It is more focused on how religious scriptures and writings have been misused to harm, torture or kill others who don't believe, or used for justification to do what most rational persons would consider evil. How is this for religious intolerance? Rabbi Yaacov Perrin said, "One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail." Muhammad married a 6 year old girl. Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism had 24 wives, one was 14 years old. Smith was convicted of fraud (of being an "imposter"- a con man), in a court of law.. Then he wrote "The Book of Mormon..". The story of Moses is patterned after the story of Sargon the Great. Moses did not exist. Christianity was invented for political purposes by the Roman Emperor Constantine ("The Great") in 325 A.D. based on the myth of Mithra (Persian savior god born on December 25th).. Do a web search on: "How Christianity was Invented: The Truth!", without the quotes. Constantine's friend, Eusebius (Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine) has been described as "the first thoroughly dishonest historian of antiquity". He is also described as "The Father of Church History."Destruction of previous conflicting documents and edifices followed, including the destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria. This book is an attempt to create awareness of the true origins and the fraudulent and forged self-serving writings of the main religions. Their purpose is to control and mislead us to follow them, without question, essentially putting us in a prison in our own minds. Like the elephant with the rope around one foot, it is easy for us to break free, but we don't know it. This book is an attempt to encourage us to follow an alternative, a humanitarian secular ethical road moving beyond all religion. The orgins of the main religions are shown to be copycats of previous myths, with outrageous fraud and forgeries exposed. Covers all four major religions.
    Beyond Belief

    Beyond Belief

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    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org--the church's highest ministry, speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    In this tell-all memoir, complete with family photographs from her time in the Church, Jenna Miscavige Hill, a prominent critic of Scientology who now helps others leave the organization, offers an insider's profile of the beliefs, rituals, and secrets of the religion that has captured the fascination of millions, including some of Hollywood's brightest stars such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

    Beyond Belief

    Beyond Belief

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    Beyond Belief addresses what happens when women of extreme religions decide to walk away.

    Editors Susan Tive (a former Orthodox Jew) and Cami Ostman (a de-converted fundamentalist born-again Christian) have compiled a collection of powerful personal stories written by women of varying ages, races, and religious backgrounds who share one commonality: they've all experienced and rejected extreme religions. Covering a wide range of religious communities--including Evangelical, Catholic, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, Calvinist, Moonie, and Jehovah's Witness--and containing contributions from authors like Julia Scheeres (Jesus Land), the stories in Beyond Belief reveal how these women became involved, what their lives were like, and why they came to the decision to eventually abandon their faiths.

    The authors shed a bright light on the rigid expectations and misogyny so often built into religious orthodoxy, yet they also explain the lure--why so many women are attracted to these lifestyles, what they find that's beautiful about living a religious life, and why leaving can be not only very difficult but also bittersweet.

    Beyond Belief

    Beyond Belief

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    In Beyond Belief, renowned religion scholar Elaine Pagels continues her groundbreaking examination of the earliest Christian texts, arguing for an ongoing assessment of faith and a questioning of religious orthodoxy.

    Spurred on by personal tragedy and new scholarship from an international group of researchers, Pagels returns to her investigation of the "secret" Gospel of Thomas, and breathes new life into writings once thought heretical. As she arrives at an ever-deeper conviction in her own faith, Pagels reveals how faith allows for a diversity of interpretations, and that the "rogue" voices of Christianity encourage and sustain "the recognition of the light within us all."

    Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

    Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

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    An unprecedented event: a beloved world religious leader proposes a way to lead an ethical, happy, and spiritual life beyond religion and offers a program of mental training for cultivating key human values
    Ten years ago, in his best-selling "Ethics for a New Millennium," His Holiness the Dalai Lama first proposed an approach to ethics based on universal rather than religious principles. Now, in "Beyond Religion," the Dalai Lama, at his most compassionate and outspoken, elaborates and deepens his vision for the nonreligious way.

    Transcending the mere "religion wars," he outlines a system of ethics for our shared world, one that gives full respect to religion. With the highest level of spiritual and intellectual authority, the Dalai Lama makes a stirring appeal for what he calls a "third way," a path to an ethical and happy life and to a global human community based on understanding and mutual respect.

    "Beyond Religion" is an essential statement from the Dalai Lama, a blueprint for all those who may choose not to identify with a religious tradition, yet still yearn for a life of spiritual fulfillment as they work for a better world.

    Beyond the Pews: Breaking with Tradition and Letting Go of Religious Lockdown

    Beyond the Pews: Breaking with Tradition and Letting Go of Religious Lockdown

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    Intuitive life coach Jillian Backman explores the shift that is currently changing the state of organized religion and provides an essential guide to spiritual fulfilment for those in search of a balance between religious dogma and transcendent awareness.