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Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life






Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

By Thich Nhat Hanh


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In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. For him a ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to "mindfulness"—the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. The most profound satisfactions, the deepest feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now.

Lucidly and beautifully written, Peace Is Every Step contains commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories from Nhat Hanh's experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader. It begins where the reader already is—in the kitchen, office, driving a car, walking a part—and shows how deep meditative presence is available now. Nhat Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing, which can bring immediate joy and peace. Nhat Hanh also shows how to be aware of relationships with others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its pollution and injustices. the deceptively simple practices of Peace Is Every Step encourage the reader to work for peace in the world as he or she continues to work on sustaining inner peace by turning the "mindless" into the mindful.





I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta



I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta

By Nisargadatta Maharaj

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This collection of the timeless teachings of one of the greatest sages of India, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, regarded by many as a "modern spiritual classic" is a testament to the uniqueness of the seer's life and work "I Am That" preserves Maharaj's dialogues with the followers who came from around the world seeking his guidance in destroying false identities. The sage's sole concern was with human suffering and the ending of suffering. It was his mission to guide the individual to an understanding of his true nature and the timelessness of being. He taught that mind must recognize and penetrate its own state of being, "being this or that, here or that, then or now," but just timeless being.

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A simple man, Nisargadatta Maharaj, was a householder and petty shopkeeper in Bombay where he lived, and died in 1981 at the age of 84. He had not been educated formally, but came to be respected and loved for his insights into the crux of human pain and the extraordinary usidity of his direct discourse. Hundreds of diverse seekers traveled the globe and sought him out in his unpretentious home to hear him. To all of them he gave hope that "beyond the real experience is not the mind, but the self, the light in which everything appears...the awareness in which everything happens."




Real Magic: Creating Miracles in Everyday Life






Real Magic: Creating Miracles in Everyday Life

By Wayne W. Dyer


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In this inspirational guide, Dyer reveals seven beliefs central to working miracles in our everyday lives.  From "creating a miracle mind-set" and achieving change in the areas of personal health, prosperity, and fulfilling love relationships to believing in the magic of miracles on a global scale, Dyer shows us that miracles within our reach -- and within our own minds.


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From Publishers Weekly
"Real magic," according to Dyer ( Your Erroneous Zones ), has nothing to do with sorcerers or fairy godmothers. It occurs in our daily lives when we let go of negativity and self-limiting beliefs about ourselves and our circumstances and instead pursue " perfect equilibrium of the mind." Urging readers to "realign" themselves with the "invisible world," Dyer offers concrete suggestions about how to "get to purpose" through service to others and unconditional love, how to become spiritual beings and how to create a "miracle mindset." He also explores ways readers might improve relationships and find prosperity, personal identity and even physical health. Finally, he explains how "real magic" can be plumbed on the global level to alleviate world problems. With anecdotes from his personal life, Dyer illustrates his own "magnificent transformation," testifying that "real magic" has led him to the higher awareness he cheers his readers toward. $150,000 ad/promo; author tour.
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From Kirkus Reviews
Dyer (You'll See It When You Believe It, 1989, etc.) recaps the major tenets of New Age thinking--power meditation, unified field theory, mind-body healing, and prosperity consciousness, to name a few. ``Real magic,'' according to Dyer, is the seemingly miraculous response of the environment to a unity of purpose and belief in the individual. Whatever you believe, he says, you will create both within and outside yourself. Your present circumstances have also been created by you in the past--and this is not blaming the victim, Dyer insists in the face of criticism that it is cruel to hold the poor and ill responsible for their misfortune; rather, he claims, it is an empowering of the victim by offering the promise of self-created change. Health, prosperity, a more pleasing and successful personality, fulfilling relationships--all are within our power to bring into being. How? By becoming more spiritual beings; by being open to divine guidance; by meditating daily; by being willing to believe in a reality beyond that verifiable by the five senses; by developing a loving, accepting attitude. The power of real magic also radiates beyond the individual, Dyer maintains, so that a person who has gotten ``to purpose'' can change the world just by being. All this is more or less familiar to readers of Deepak Chopra, Jose Silva, Krishnamurti, and others. Dyer's strength is in popularizing these thinkers and their ideas for the mainstream; his weakness is in a certain whiff of infatuation with his own celebrity that now and then wafts up from his pages. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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"* * * * - highly recommended." -- -- Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter

"All the ingredients of a perfect life are here; just add faith." -- -- Dallas Morning News

"Refreshing. . . . Honest -- and honestly motivating." -- -- Washington Post



Toward a True Kinship of Faiths: 

How the World's Religions Can Come Together

~By The Dalai Lama

Toward a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World's Religions Can Come Together


"May the effort of this book be of benefit to the emergence of a genuine understanding between the world's great religions, and may it foster in us deep reverence toward each other." The Dalai Lama

In perhaps his most important book, the Dalai Lama shares his hopeful yet realistic views on how humanity must step into the future.  In our daily lives today no one is untouched by what happens in the rest of the world.  New technology, environmental problems, economic gain and loss, nuclear weapons, and instant communication have all created unprecedented familiarity among the world's many cultures. With this historic development, the Dalai Lama understands that the essential task of humanity in the twenty-first century is to cultivate peaceful coexistence.

Many believe in the inevitability of an escalating “clash of civilizations”.  Peaceful coexistence has long been problematic between religions, and while previous conflicts over religious differences may have been significant and regrettable, they did not threaten the very survival of humanity. Now, when extremists can persuade followers with the immense emotional power of faith and have access to powerful technological resources, a single spark could ignite a powder keg of frightening proportions.

Yet the Dalai Lama shows how the challenges of globalization can also move us in another direction, to a deeper plane where nations, cultures, and individuals connect through their shared human nature.  All major religions confront the same perennial questions; each have distinct forms of expression. But this marvelous diversity of insight has the potential for inspiring dialogue which can enrich everyone’s pursuit of wisdom.

In Toward a True Kinship of Faiths, the Dalai Lama also explores where differences between religions can be genuinely appreciated instead of becoming sources of conflict. Creating genuine harmony does not depend on accepting that all religions are fundamentally the same or that they lead to the same place.  Many fear that recognizing the value of another faith is incompatible with having devotion to the truth of one’s own.  Nevertheless, the Dalai Lama shows how a sincere believer can, with integrity, be a pluralist in relation to other religions without compromising commitment to the essence of the doctrinal teachings of their own faith.

An issue of central importance for the Dalai Lama personally and for the entire world in general, Toward a True Kinship of Faiths offers a hopeful yet realistic look at how humanity must step into the future.

Zen Tails: No Presents Please

~By Nancy Bevington
The Buddha was sitting in the shade of a tree when an angry man came upon him. The angry man started yelling insults, but the Buddha sat there calmly and said nothing. The angry man continued screaming, but received no reply. After a few minutes the man could not keep up his anger at such a level and asked: 

“Do you have nothing to say?” 

The Buddha then asked the man, “If someone gives you a gift and you do not want it, to whom does it belong?” 

The man answered that it must remain with the giver of the gift. Then the Buddha said, 

“I refuse to accept your anger, so you will have to keep it yourself.” 

The angry man is said to have become a disciple of the Buddha.

~By Peter Whitfield - Zen Tails