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The Dharma Bums
Jack Kerouac
0140042520
May 1971
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Book Review
One of the best and most popular of Kerouac's autobiographical novels, The Dharma Bums is based on experiences the writer had during the mid-1950s while living in California, after he'd become interested in Buddhism's spiritual mode of understanding. One of the book's main characters, Japhy Ryder, is based on the real poet Gary Snyder, who was a close friend and whose interest in Buddhism influenced Kerouac. This book is a must-read for any serious Kerouac fan.

Book Description
Two ebullient young men are engaged in a passionate search for dharma, or truth. Their major adventure is the pursuit of the Zen way, which takes them climbing into the high Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude, a lesson that has a hard time surviving their forays into the pagan groves of San...


The Dharma of Star Wars
Matthew Bortolin
0861714970
July 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Bortolin, an ordained member of Thich Nhat Hanh's Buddhist community, may be the ideal person to write about the Buddhist themes in Star Wars: he camped out for tickets to all of the movies—even the less than stellar ones—and possesses his very own set of Jedi robes. In short, consistent chapters, Bortolin explores themes such as suffering, mindfulness, karma and transcending the dark side. One especially helpful chapter examines what nirvana is, comparing it to the all-pervasive Force of Star Wars, and clarifying that nirvana isn't a sort of Buddhist heaven or a blissed-out mental condition. Rather, Bortolin asserts, it is "the very absence of ideas and conceptualization." Bortolin looks to Jedi meditation as a parallel discipline to the Buddhist practice of mindfulness meditation. In this state,...


Dharma Punx: A Memoir
Noah Levine
0060008954
May 2004
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Book Description

Fueled by the music of revolution, anger, fear, and despair, we dyed our hair or shaved our heads ... Eating acid like it was candy and chasing speed with cheap vodka, smoking truckloads of weed, all in a vain attempt to get numb and stay numb.

This is the story of a young man and a generation of angry youths who rebelled against their parents and the unfulfilled promise of the sixties. As with many self-destructive kids, Noah Levine's search for meaning led him first to punk rock, drugs, drinking, and dissatisfaction. But the search didn't end there. Having clearly seen the uselessness of drugs and violence, Noah looked for positive ways to channel his rebellion against what he saw as the lies of society. Fueled by his anger at so much injustice and suffering, Levine now uses that energy and the practice of...



Brain Longevity
Cameron Stauth
0446673730
May 1999
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From Booklist
Now, those seeking to restore faded powers (listen up, baby boomers) have a trio of brand-new advisers on doing just that. Weil's Eight Weeks to Optimum Health tells how to improve general health, Klatz and Kahn's Grow Young with HGH tells how to delay and reverse the effects of aging, and anesthesiologist-gerontologist Khalsa and journalist Stauth tell how to tone a sagging mind and stave off that curse of long life, Alzheimer's disease. Like fellow physicians Weil and Klatz, Khalsa proffers a program--brain-longevity therapy. Like Klatz, he targets a particular cause of the deterioration that his scheme addresses. But while too little human growth hormone gives rise to the problems Klatz addresses, too much of the hormone cortisol, produced by the body in response to stress and linked to brain damage,...


True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Three Hundred Koans
John Diado Loori
1590302427
December 2005
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Encountering the Dharma: Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai, and the Globalization of Buddhist Humanism
Richard Hughes Seager
0520245776
March 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
In a readable and engaging study, Hamilton College professor Seager (Buddhism in America) argues that Soka Gakkai, a recent form of Japanese Buddhism, is "best understood as a liberal or modernist movement" that intentionally tries to adapt Buddhism to contemporary society. Peace, culture and education sit at the heart of the movement; adherents understand these as three important ways to express the dharma in a world beset by inequality and injustice. In Seager's view, Daisaku Ikeda, the current president of Soka Gakkai International, has, more than any other leader, developed the movement's Nichiren Buddhist Humanism. Several chapters focus on the exportation of Soka Gakkai to the rest of the world, including the U.S. and Brazil. Soka Gakkai has aroused much controversy over the years—onlookers have...


Meditation As Medicine: Activate the Power of Your Natural Healing Force
Dharma Singh Khalsa
0743400658
January 2001
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Book Review
Long-term meditators experience 80 percent less heart disease and 50 percent less cancer than nonmediators, according to a large body of studies. Meditation has been shown to improve sleep and reduce chronic pain. Not all meditation is equally effective, however. Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., has developed a form of advanced meditation he calls "Medical Meditation," which "more fully addresses every element of our physical and ethereal makeup... a full-service approach." Medical Meditation is an adaptation of kundalini yoga combined with meditation, using specific breathing patterns, posture and movements, mantras, and mental focus.

Different Medical Meditation focus on different physiological benefits for specific conditions, so once you've learned the basics, you can choose a specific Medical Meditation for high blood...



Ambivalent Zen: One Man's Adventures on the Dharma Path
Lawrence Shainberg
067977288X
March 1997
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Book Description
Seeking help with his basketball game, Shainberg embraced Zen Buddhism in 1951 and was catapulted on a life-long spiritual journey. Alternately comic and reverential, Ambivalent Zen chronicles the rewards and dangers of spiritual ambition and presents a poignant reflection of the experiences faced by many Americans involved in the Zen movement.

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Seeking help with his basketball game, Shainberg embraced Zen Buddhism in 1951 and was catapulted on a life-long spiritual journey. Alternately comic and reverential, Ambivalent Zen chronicles the rewards and dangers of spiritual ambition and presents a poignant reflection of the experiences faced by many Americans involved in the Zen movement.


Food As Medicine: How to Use Diet, Vitamins, Juices, and Herbs for a Healthier, Happier, and Longer Life
Dharma Singh Khalsa
0743442288
January 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
The author, a physician and a yogi, follows up on his Meditation as Medicine with this guide to nutritional therapy. Together with drinking recommended juices and taking vitamins and herbs, this diet, according to Khalsa, will lead to a healthier, disease-free life. He bases his program on the seven principles of yoga nutritional therapy: body detoxification; the use of organic products; elimination of genetically engineered foods; eating only clean protein (e.g., fish, soy, beans, legumes); fresh juices and supplements; cooking consciously and eating mindfully; and a complete transition to a yoga nutrition therapy diet. Fans of Andrew Weil (Eating Well for Optimum Health) and Deepak Chopra (How to Know God) will appreciate the author's combination of spirituality and diet. Khalsa offers a low-fat diet that is...


Benedict's Dharma
David Steindl-Rast (Afterword), Patrick Henry (Editor)
1573221902


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Book Review's Best of 2001
When four senior Buddhists sit down to discuss the rules of Christian monasticism, ideas fly. In Benedict's Dharma, Zen priest Norman Fisher, meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein, professor Judith Simmer-Brown, and Yifa, a nun of the Chinese Buddhist tradition, flesh out The Rule of Saint Benedict, which has guided the organization and daily life of the Western Christian monastic tradition since the ninth century. Time after time, these Buddhists find in The Rule of Saint Benedict, which is included in its entirety, points that resonate with the their own experiences--points such as an emphasis on reverence, a pragmatic mindset, and the need for hard work and practice. From these agreements, as well as out of some marked differences, come lively evaluations of both Buddhist and Christian practices. And in the...


The New Golden Rules
Dharma Singh Khalsa
1401904661
Apr 2005
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Book Description
Diving into the depths of practical spiritual thought, The New Golden Rules, by visionary physician and yogi Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., presents simple ways to reach the state of spiritual bliss. In everyday language, Dr. Dharma shares the four steps you can take in your daily life that allow you to live each day in a more happy, loving, and meaningful way. The four steps are: (1) Discover your miracle; (2) listen and agree; (3) dissolve your blocks; and (4) see God everywhere. Simple . . . but so very powerful!

About the Author
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., is the world’s leading expert on the integrative medical approach to overcoming Alzheimer’s disease. President and medical director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Foundation International, Dr. Dharma is a...


Asanas: 608 Yoga Poses
Dharma Mittra
1577314026
April 2003
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Book Description
In 1974, the legendary "teacher of teachers" yogi Dharma Mittra photographed himself in 908 yoga postures. He printed each photo as an 8 x 10 and pasted them together to form a poster, creating the Ultimate Yoga Chart as a gift for his teacher, Swami Kailashananda (Yogi Gupta). Asanas collects 708 of those black-and-white photographs, each accompanied by the English name of the pose and the Sanskrit characters, brief commentary, and specific combinations for vinyasa, ashtanga, and Iyengar practice. Because it builds on basic postures, Asanas will appeal to students of any of the 100 yoga styles. In addition, specific sequences for each of the major styles of yoga; for beginning, intermediate, and advanced yoga students; as well as for particular health problems are also featured.


Food for the Heart : The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah
Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Chah
0861713230
September 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
The Buddhism practiced and preached at the monastery at Wat Pah Pong in northeast Thailand has grown in popularity in part because of its gifted leader and speaker, the late Ajahn Chah. This compilation of talks given by Ajahn (acharya or teacher in Sanskrit) Chah extols the virtues of practice over pedantry, and makes judicious use of the technical vocabulary of Buddhism, which can be daunting to casual readers. But even without the full glossary of terms and explanatory notes, Ajahn Chah's humorous, analogy-laden narration of his tradition's Buddhist practice a practice that is basic and almost reductionistic, similar to modern Zen makes these teachings accessible to beginners and appealing to serious practitioners. More troubling is the lack of context for Ajahn Chah's talks: no dates or details are given. For...


One Dharma
Joseph Goldstein
0062517015
July 2003
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Book Review
Insight Meditation cofounder Joseph Goldstein ponders the possibility that all Buddhist teachings could be distilled into One Dharma. As Buddhism continues to grow in the West, Goldstein shows us the value of uniting this movement rather than allowing it to become fractured by its subtle differences. He does not advocate a watering down or mixing up of the various traditions. Rather, "We can practice each of them in its own integrity and come to a genuine depth of understanding." Readers who are wary of a scholarly analysis of Buddhist nuances need not worry. Goldstein (The Experience of Insight) relies on personal anecdotes and accessible language to explore the common themes in all Buddhist teachings. Though purists will no doubt quibble, Goldstein believes that following one Dharma is the way the West will be won, weaving...


The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons: Buddhist Themes in Modern Fantasy
David R. Loy
0861714768
July 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
A veritable cottage industry now exists to examine Christian themes in popular culture. But what of the Buddhist themes? Loy and his wife, Goodhew, offer a brief but compelling foray into the dharma teachings of modern fantasy in YA literature and film. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, for example, may seem to be entirely un-Buddhist (it features a Christian-influenced resurrection and posits a profound dualism between good and evil), but its preference for non-violence, shown in the repeated sparing of Gollum's life, resonates with Buddhist principles. More importantly, Frodo's quest is one of renunciation; the story is fundamentally a lesson of nonattachment. Other chapters address Michael Ende's Momo, which the authors call "a Zen-like critique of our obsession with time"; two films of Japanese anime...

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