contemplative practices

Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There

Posted on Sep 15, 2012

Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There

Boorstein, S. (1996). Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat with Sylvia Boorstein. San Francisco:...

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Awakening Loving-Kindness

Posted on Sep 15, 2012

Awakening Loving-Kindness

Chodron, P. (1996). Awakening Loving-Kindness. Boston:...

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When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Posted on Sep 15, 2012

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Chodron, P. (2000). When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times. Boston:...

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Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen

Posted on Sep 15, 2012

Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen

Dogen, E. (1995). Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen. New York: North Point Press. Summary: This collection of the Zen Master’s writings introduces students to the art of the ambiguous. Its metaphors and its juxtapositions themselves are examples of contemplative practice. Comments: “Students love this work, but they need much contextualizing in the history and practice of Zazen.” – SunHee Gertz, Professor of English, Clark...

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Selected Writings

Posted on Sep 15, 2012

Selected Writings

Eckhart, M. (1995). Selected Writings. New York: Penguin Classics. Summary: This collection of sermons and treatises by the Middle High German Dominican explores, and in a sense, defines mystical thought. His metaphors are particularly telling. Comments: “If used in a class, I find that it is more productive to start with an Eastern text. Starting with Meister Eckhart seems to irritate, since the presumption tends to be that Christianity can’t possible have anything mystical about it. Going to Meister Eckhart after an Eastern text allows for acceptance.” – SunHee...

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Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation

Posted on Sep 15, 2012

Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation

Goldstein, J. & Kornfield, J. (2001). Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation. Boston:...

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The Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

The Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience

Goleman, Daniel. (1996). The Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience. New York:...

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Perilous Sitting: Krishnamurti’s Criticisms of Meditation Practice

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Patrik, Linda. “Perilous Sitting: Krishnamurti’s Criticisms of Meditation Practice,” Krishnamurti Monograph Series, #16 (2004).

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The Tree of Yoga

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

The Tree of Yoga

Iyengar, BKS. (2002). The Tree of Yoga (Shambhala Classics). Boston:...

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The Cloud of Unknowing and the Book of Privy Counseling

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

The Cloud of Unknowing and the Book of Privy Counseling

Johnston, W. (ed.) (1996). The Cloud of Unknowing and The Book of Privy Counseling. Garden City, NY: Image...

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Wherever You Go, There You Are

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Wherever You Go, There You Are

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2005). Wherever You Go, There You Are. New York:...

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The Book of Tea

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

The Book of Tea

Kakuzo, O. (2007). The Book of Tea. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge...

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Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel

Keating, T. (2006). Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel. New York: Continuum International Publishing...

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A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life

Kornfield, J. (1993). A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life. New York:...

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Tao Te Ching: A Book About the Way and the Power of the Way

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Tao Te Ching: A Book About the Way and the Power of the Way

Lao Tzu, Le Guin, U. K. (1998). Lao Tzu : Tao Te Ching : A Book About the Way and the Power of the Way. Boston: Shambhala. Summary: This is the classic Chinese manual, in 81 sections, that poetically juxtaposes vignettes and insights. This translation becomes especially interesting when read against that of Ursula Le Guin. Comments: “Students love this book. It enables them to work with difficult concepts by means of recognizable ambiguities and to gain in the reading of it a contemplative experience.” – SunHee Gertz, Professor of English, Clark...

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Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life

Lasater, J. (2000). Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life. Berkeley: Rodmell...

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A Gradual Awakening

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

A Gradual Awakening

Levine, S. (1989). A Gradual Awakening. New York: Anchor...

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Earthy Mysticism

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

Earthy Mysticism

McNamara, W. (1983). Earthy Mysticism: Contemplation and the Life of Passionate Presence. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company.

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The Wisdom of the Desert

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

The Wisdom of the Desert

Merton, T. (1970). The Wisdom of the Desert (New Directions). New York: New Directions...

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Contemplative Prayer

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

Contemplative Prayer

Merton, T. (1971). Contemplative Prayer. New York: Image...

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Come and Sit

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

Come and Sit

Nelson, M. Z. (2001). Come and Sit : A Week Inside Meditation Centers. Woodstock, VT: Skylight...

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The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 1)

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 1)

Palmer, G.E.H, Sherrard, P., and Ware, K., trans. (1983). The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 1); Compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain and St. Markarios of Corinth. London: Faber and...

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Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart

Palmer, G. E. H., and Kadloubovsky, E. (1992). Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart. New York: Faber &...

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The Way of a Pilgrim

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

The Way of a Pilgrim

Pokrovsky, G. (2001). The Way of a Pilgrim: The Jesus Prayer Journey —Annotated & Explained. Woodstock, VT: Skylight...

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What the Buddha Taught

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

What the Buddha Taught

Rahula, W. (1974). What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and Dhammapada. New York:...

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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Rinpoche, S. (1994). The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: The Spiritual Classic & International Bestseller. San Francisco:...

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Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation

Rosenberg, L. (2004). Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation. Boston:...

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Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

Salzberg, S. (2002). Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Shambhala Classics). Boston:...

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Ultimate Questions: An Anthology of Modern Russian Religious Thought

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

Ultimate Questions: An Anthology of Modern Russian Religious Thought

Schmemann, A. (1977). Ultimate Questions: An Anthology of Modern Russian Religious Thought. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary...

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How to Know Higher Worlds

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

How to Know Higher Worlds

Steiner, R. (1994). How to Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation (Classics in Anthroposophy). New York: Steiner...

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Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Suzuki, S. (2011). Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. Boston: Shambhala Publications. Summary: This collection of meditations situates the reader in the practice of zazen. Comments: “I use this book as an introduction to our classroom meditations, which begin each class as well as mark the second half of the class. Students do not have to purchase this book, but more often than not, they do.” – SunHee Gertz, Professor of English, Clark...

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The Science of Yoga, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

The Science of Yoga, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Taimni, I. K. (1967). The Science of Yoga: The Yoga-Sutras of Patanjali in Sanskrit. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical...

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Essential Tibetan Buddhism

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

Essential Tibetan Buddhism

Thurman, R. (1997). Essential Tibetan Buddhism. Edison, NJ: Castle...

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Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Trungpa, C. (1987). Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism. Boston:...

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Meditation in Action

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

Meditation in Action

Trungpa, C. (1996). Meditation in Action. Boston:...

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Speaking of Silence: Christians and Buddhists on the Contemplative Way

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

Speaking of Silence: Christians and Buddhists on the Contemplative Way

Walker, S. (1987). Speaking of Silence: Christians and Buddhists on the Contemplative Way. New York: Paulist Press.

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