• 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.

    If you are familiar with a given title and have something to say about it, please add your comments as they will help other viewers find books that will be helpful to them.
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King, Warrior, Magician, Lover (Robert Moore & Douglas Gillette)

King, Warrior, Magician, LoverFull Title: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover
Major Topic: the four archetypes associated with the four ways of working
Level: all levels

Detailed analysis of the reactive, balanced, mature and immature manifestations of these four male archetypes, very helpful in understanding decay and corruption in the four immeasurables. How to use: learn different ways the archetypes manifest and then observe where one is in or out of balance.

Even though the book focuses on the male archetypes, there is much here that is relevant and will speak to women also. Understanding the mature and immature manifestations is helpful in seeing where one is stuck in the past. Understanding the balanced and reactive manifestations is helpful in seeing where one is not present in one’s life.

Great Path of Awakening (Jamgon Kongtrul & Ken McLeod)

Great Path of AwakeningFull Title: Great Path of Awakening: The Classic Guide to Lojong, a Tibetan Buddhist Practice for Cultivating the Heart of Compassion
Major Topic: mind training, taking and sending, lojong, tonglen
Level: middle and experienced

Mind training in the seven points is probably the most widely known mind training instruction. Kongtrul provides clear, authoritative commentary for the root text.. This is a practice manual. Study the fundamentals and let the richness of the teachings unfold in your practice..