• 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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Denial of Death (Ernest Becker)

Denial of DeathFull Title: Denial of Death
Major Topic:
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Classic discussion of the psychology of the fear of death, including the construction of social reality. Many people have found this detailed discussion highly illuminating, shedding light on many of the problems we create for ourselves when we endeavor to ignore the fact that life has an end. Read this to augment and deepen your practice and reflections on death and impermanence. You may also find this book helpful in questioning the way that we, as social animals, construct a reality and then find ourselves imprisoned by it.

Who Dies? (Stephen Levine)

Who Dies?Full Title: Who Dies?: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying
Major Topic: death and dying
Level: all levels

Contemporary exploration of the great matter of life and death. If soneone close to you is dying, read this book. If you are dying, read this book. Do the exercises. If you are training people in how to interact with a dying person, read this book.

Tibetan Book of Living and Dying (Sogyal Rinpoche)

Tibetan Book of Living and DyingFull Title: Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Major Topic: Death
Level: experienced and advanced

Comprehensive book on traditional Tibetan Buddhism written in contemporary language. The language here is totally mythic. Do not take this book literally.