• About This Booklist

    People often ask me for guidance about books to read, particularly those that would enhance the curriculum outlined in Wake Up To Your Life.

    I will post new titles each week, along with brief comments outlining the main topic, level of practice for which it is appropriate, and how you might use the book. Each entry is also categorized according to the chapter of Wake Up To Your Life it might relate to.

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Creation and Completion (Jamgon Kontrul)

Creation and CompletionFull Title: Creation and Completion: Essential Points of Tantric Meditation
Major Topic: creation and completion phase practice in Vajrayana
Level: experienced and advanced
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Practical exposition of the key points in Vajrayana practice and how to integrate the many different elements of this form of practice. For Vajrayana practitioners, this book will keep you focused on the important points and help you not be distracted by all the ritual and form.

Buddhism: Way of Life and Thoughts (Nancy Wilson Ross)

Way of Life and ThoughtsFull Title: Buddhism: Way of Life and Thoughts: Way of Life and Thoughts
Major Topic: General Buddhism
Level: general reading
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Comprehensive introduction to Buddhism; good place for the interested reader to start. This book has two principal uses: 1) To learn about Buddhism in general; and 2) A source for teachers interested in straightforward clear descriptions of Buddhist history and major Buddhist lines of thought.

Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin (Idries Shah)

Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla NasrudinFull Title: Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin
Major Topic: amusing stories that can be interpreted on many levels
Level: all levels

This Middle Eastern folk hero consistently confounds and delights the reader as he presents one conundrum after another. Find a story that speaks to you and sit with it. They may appear nonsensical, but each story points at an aspect of reaction or awakening.

Cultivating the Empty Field (Taigen Dan Leighton)

Cultivating the Empty FieldFull Title: Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi
Major Topic: Presence, stability, clarity
Level: All levels
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A 12th century ancestor of Dogen gives sparkling descriptions of presence, where stability and clarity are integrated and phenomena are unrestricted. Translated by Taigen Daniel Leighton and Yi Wu.