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let the whole thundering world come home

Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home

A Memoir
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: June, 2018
ISBN: 9781611805673
In stock now: 7

 Here’s a moving and clear-looking memoir on being in love with your life even when life brings illness, from longtime Zen practitioner and renowned writing teacher Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones.

When Natalie learns that she has CLL, a potentially fatal form of blood cancer, she is plunged into the world of hospitals, doctors, and medication. While trying to find a footing in this new and strange world, her partner, Yu-kwan, is also diagnosed with cancer. The cancer twins, as Natalie calls herself and Yu-kwan, must each now navigate their own illness while somehow trying to stay in love and heal.

When you go through extreme sickness, when everything you know and lived is tossed out the window and glass shatters… this too is part of life. Don’t give up. Pay attention. We have to make ourselves larger to include the inconceivable.

As the title expresses, Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home is so much more than a cancer memoir. Through a direct and grounded narrative, Natalie illuminates a path through illness: that we need to be in love with the life we have, to embrace the dark and the light in our life. For Natalie, writing and painting represent the light, and her cancer takes her deeper into her art practices. Balanced with a Zen practice that helps her to face death, this book is a moving meditation on living life in full bloom.

“With alert stillness infused with intention, Natalie Goldberg meets mortality head-on. Beautifully written, this is a book about love, loss, and down-to-the-marrow courage.” —Wendy Johnson, author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate

“This riveting and deeply honest book is for all of us. It opens up the road of diagnosis, dying, and life in a way no other book I have read does. It is a powerful narrative of truth and rawness that will touch and teach us.”—Joan Halifax, author of Being with Dying

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Then Come Back

The Lost Neruda Poems
$24.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9781556595325
In stock now: 3

Pablo Neruda’s lost poems—recently discovered in his archive to the delight of readers and scholars—comprise this remarkable and essential volume. Originally composed on napkins, playbills, receipts, and notebooks, Neruda’s lost poems are full of eros and heartache, complex wordplay and deep wonder.

Presented with the Spanish text, full-color reproductions of handwritten poems, and dynamic English translations, Then Come Back simultaneously completes and advances the oeuvre of the world’s most beloved poet.

Crossing the sky I near

the red ray of your hair.

Of earth and wheat I am and as I close-in

your fire kindles itself

inside me and the rocks

and flour ignite.

That's why my heart

expands and rises

into bread for your mouth to devour,

and my blood is wine poured for you.

You and I are the land with its fruit.

Bread, fire, blood and wine

make up the earthly love that sears us.

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.

 “The earliest poem in the collection dates to 1956, and several are love poems, a form Neruda was famous for.” —The New York Times

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Painting Peace

Art in a Time of Global Crisis
$28.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9781611805437
In stock now: 2

Kaz Tanahashi’s dramatic art, which takes traditional Asian calligraphy in strikingly modern directions, has been widely praised and exhibited throughout the world. But for Kaz, that art has always been in service of a higher good: it has been his own way of bearing witness to peace in a world overcome by war, division, and strife. Here, in a deeply personal work, Kaz provides an account of how he came to be such an artist and how the work of activism continues to progress in his life.

Awakening is to realize the infinite value of each moment of your own life as well as of other beings, then to continue to act accordingly.

This book is the record of a life spent acting accordingly: Through his prose, poetry, letters, lyrics, and art, Tanahashi provides an inspirational account of a what it’s been like to work for peace and justice, from his childhood in Japan to the present day. Included are fascinating vignettes of the seminal figures who refined his views—among them Daniel Ellsberg, Gary Snyder, Mayumi Oda, and Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido—as well as thirty full-colour, striking examples of the art he has so famously used to bear witness to the infinite value of life.

“A maker of monumental works of calligraphy that incorporate but far transcend tradition and founder of international activist organizations like Plutonium Free Future and World Without Armies, Kaz is legendary. With unassuming yet indomitable energy, he has used his imagination to confront global problems like disarmament and climate change. His simple, clear, positive, non-hectoring tone (no doubt a result of his lifetime study and groundbreaking translations of Zen Master Dogen) will give you the feeling that a Ten Millennium Human Future is possible if only we will roll up our sleeves and get to work manifesting our vision of a peaceful world. This book could not have come at a better time.”—Norman Fischer, author of What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind

japanese death poems

Japanese Death Poems

Written by Zen Monks and Haiku Poets on the Verge of Death
$19.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Tuttle
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9784805314432
In stock now: 2

“A wonderful introduction the Japanese tradition of jisei, this volume is crammed with exquisite, spontaneous verse and pity, often hilarious, descriptions of the eccentric and committed monastics who wrote the poems.” —Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

Although the consciousness of death is, in most cultures, very much a part of life, this is perhaps nowhere more true than in Japan, where the approach of death has given rise to a centuries-old tradition of writing jisei, or the “death poem.” Such a poem is often written in the very last moments of the poet’s life.

And if this were your last afternoon, what would you write... what would you give?

Hundreds of Japanese death poems, many with a commentary describing the circumstances of the poet's death, have been translated into English here, the vast majority of them for the first time. Yoel Hoffmann explores the attitudes and customs surrounding death in historical and present-day Japan and gives examples of how these have been reflected in the nation’s literature in general. The development of writing jisei is then examined, from the longing poems of the early nobility and the more “masculine” verses of the samurai to the satirical death poems of later centuries.

A last fart:

are these the leaves

of my dream, vainly falling?   Kyo’on

 

A journey of no return:

the wanderer’s sack is

bottomless.      Kyoshu

 

Today, then, is the day

the melting snowman

is a real man.      Fusen

 

Spitting blood

clears up reality

and dream alike.     Sunao

 

When it comes—just so!

When it goes—just so!

Both coming and going occur each day.

The words I am speaking now—just so!

                              Musho Josho

Zen Buddhist ideas about death are also described as a preface to the collection of Chinese death poems by Zen monks that are also included. Finally, the last section contains three hundred twenty haiku, some of which have never been assembled before, in English translation and romanized in Japanese.

creative alchemy

Creative Alchemy

Meditations, Rituals, and Experiments to Free Your Inner Magic
$23.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9781452158778
In stock now: 2

Creativity guru Marlo Johnson guides readers through 88 transformative meditations, rituals, and experiments designed to foster personal growth through the power of conscious creation. Featuring dreamy marbled-paper interiors and a refreshing combination of down-to-earth practical instruction and insightful spiritual guidance, this gem of a book is perfect for anyone looking to break out of old habits and unleash their true creative potential.

Each page has a "meditation," a "ritual," and an "experiment.

Do you feel out of touch with your inner magic? This guide can help you get it flowing again. It is designed to teach you how to wake up and create everything you do with more passion, excitement, success, and authenticity. Whether you are an artist, or would just love to achieve a more fluent and profound level of creativity in your work and life, this book is for you. Put simply: This is a tool for the joyful liberation of your most amazing and magical self.

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More Than True

The Wisdom of Fairy Tales
$34.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9781250158192
In stock now: 2

Award-winning poet and author of the internationally best-selling Iron John, Robert Bly revisits a selection of fairy tales and examines how these enduring narratives capture the essence of human nature

What has endured through human history are the stories. They are amazing trees of sound that grow inside the human memory and are fed by some longing for intimacy with others. The stories examined here are fed by the praise of the group after the last word of the story is spoken. These stories are full of information; they belong to us all.

Few forms of storytelling have greater power to captivate the human mind than fairy tales, but where do these tales originate, and what do they mean? Robert Bly has been asking these questions throughout his career. More Than True looks at six tales that have stood the test of time and have captivated the poet for decades—The Six Swans, The Frog Prince, The Lindworm, The Dark Man, One-Two Man, and The white Bear king Valemon. Drawing on his own creative genius, and the work of a range of thinkers from Kirkegaard and Yeats to Freud and Jung, Bly turns these stories over in his mind to bring new meaning and illumination.

Sometimes fairy tales are stories of incidents, supernatural or otherwise, told and retold, in which the psyche is trying to communicate what it knows, trying to slip something past the guards of the dictator ego, embroidering it, adding elements, altering original effects, until it finally reveals some complicated truth that the fundamental imagination has wanted to see embodied for a long time.

 

So the psychological genius, who might have been an observant shaman or rebel priest or wise woman of the tribe, not only had to convey some important idea—for example, the stages in development of the psyche—but also had the problem of making the stages clear, while creating incidents so vivid, so astounding, so colorful, so amusing, so obscene, so satisfying to the rebellious mind, that these incidents would not be forgotten…

 

Somehow, the old King and the golden-haired Princesses and the dangerous high-crested dragons with evil tempers have resonated for centuries in the unconscious mind. These Princesses and dragons are folded buds that, after several thousand years of development in language, have begun to unfold in the conscious mind, and this book is an attempt to help with the later opening, so that the conscious mind may receive the fragrance of the old stories, tales told centuries ago by male and female geniuses.

Along with illustrations of each story, the book features some of Bly’s unpublished poetry, which peppers his lyric prose and offers a look inside the mind of an American master of letters in the twilight of his singular career.

may cause happiness

May Cause Happiness

A Gratitude Journal
$18.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9781683640578
In stock now: 12

“It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”

Through his books, the viral website gratefulness.org, and his appearances, David Steindl-Rast has shared the blessings of the thankful heart with millions. With this uncommon journal, he invites us to find greater depth and joy amid our daily challenges and burdens.

These visually inspiring pages invite us to spark our own thankfulness when feeling weary or numb, transform our dismissible moments into fresh delights, dance with both the light and dark we encounter, and merge with the stream of the natural world. It is an invitation to experience the joys of gratitude each day through contemplative writing, drawing, and reflection—there is plenty of room, among Brother David’s gems, to write or draw as you wish, making this journal deeply your own.

Most people’s glorious gates of perception creak on rusty hinges. How much of the splendor of life is wasted on us because we plod along half-blind, half-deaf, with all our senses throttled and numbed by habituation. How much joy is lost on us! How many surprises we miss! It is as though Easter eggs had been hidden under every bush, and we were too lazy to look for them. But it need not be so. We can deliberately pay attention each day to one smell, one sound that we never appreciated before, to one color or shape, one texture, one taste to which we never before paid attention.

“The mystic is not a special kind of human being,” writes Brother David, rather, “every human being is a special kind of mystic.” No matter how ordinary we might feel, May Cause Happiness is sure to do just that, as it opens portals to the extraordinary within and all around us to be revisited again and again.

Brother David’s TED Talk “Want to Be Happy? Be Grateful” has been viewed by over 1.5 million and inspired the creation of this book.

ten poems for difficult times

Ten Poems for Difficult Times

$25.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9781608685295
In stock now: 2

Proving how poetry can really help us live, Roger Housden has spent nearly twenty years creating poetry collections that meet the changing needs of readers. Housden has a knack for choosing poems that resonate and then writing about them in ways that prompt smiles of agreement, nods of appreciation, and wows of insight.

You may never have read a poem in your life, and yet you can pick up a volume, open it to any page, and suddenly find yourself blown into a world full of awe, dread, wonder, marvel, deep sorrow, and joy… Poetry not only matters; it is profoundly necessary. Especially in times of darkness and difficulty, both personal and collective. To read or write poetry is a powerful, even subversive, act, and it is one small thing we can do that can make a very big difference.

Ten Poems for Difficult Times is the seventh volume in Housden’s popular Ten Poems series of gift book anthologies. In addition to Roger’s insightful and connective commentary, the book features poems by W.W. Merwin, Wenell Berry, Ellen Bass, Maggie Smith, William Stafford, and more.

While the poems here, in Ten Poems for Difficult Times acknowledge “the Sorrow everywhere” (Jack Gilbert’s A Brief for the Defense) and that “the world is at least fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative estimate” (Maggie Smith’s Good Bones) they also highlight the many and diverse ways a poem, a turn of phrase, a beautifully expressed direction of our attention can turn grief to grit, anger to action, and pain to perseverance.

Poetry can give a human face to our collective struggles and remind us that this human world is not only broken, it is beautiful. That is what the poems in this volume do. There’s a headstone in a Long Island graveyard—the one where Jackson Pollock is buried—that I think encapsulates the value and necessity of poetry in a world of sorrows: ‘Artists and poets are the raw nerve ends of humanity. By themselves they can do little to save h umanity. Without them there would be little worth saving.’

A resonant gift for those suffering, this is also a friend-of-depth for the nightstand of any thinking, feeling human being.

You could make it beautiful.

                         —Maggie Smith

Among Roger Housden’s many other books are Dropping the Struggle and Keeping the Faith without a Religion.

revelations of the aquarian age

Revelations of the Aquarian Age

$22.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: February, 2018
ISBN: 9781591432951
In stock now: 5

This contemporary spiritual and erotic thriller reveals esoteric teachings on Jesus and Mary Magdalene, holy relics, sacred sexuality, and art. Barbara Hand Clow (also author of The Pleiadian Agenda   and The Mayan Code) continues the story from Revelations of the Ruby Crystal.

Shortly after his wedding at his family’s ancient castle in Tuscany, sophisticated and mysterious Armando Pierleoni reveals his richly symbolic painting of the love between Jesus and Mary Magdalene to his bride Jennifer. Deeply affecting all who view it, the alchemical portrayal leads Armando, Jennifer, and their friends on a contemporary journey into the esoteric mysteries of divine marriage, sacred sexuality, the Black Madonna, and the transformative power of holy relics.

The group of friends—Jennifer’s journalist brother Simon, his mystical wife Sarah, Jungian analyst Lorenzo, exotically beautiful and insightful Claudia, and Armando and Jennifer—discover past-life connections and the power of sacred sex as a path to the divine. They explore how the Knights Templar collected the bones of the Jesus family from the Talpiot tomb in Jerusalem and eventually placed them in reliquaries throughout the world—including within the Medici Chapel in Florence and in the Four Corners region of the American Southwest.

When Armando's magical painting of Jesus and Mary Magdalene goes on display in the Medici Chapel and is viewed by thousands, the painting’s power coalesces with Aquarian vibrations to trigger a mass kundalini rising within the Chapel, activating the sacred bones in the reliquaries. The activated bones enable the Light to flow into the world, awakening Christ Consciousness around the globe.

bhakti coloring book

Bhakti Coloring Book

Deities, Mandalas, and the Art of Playful Meditation
$19.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: January, 2018
ISBN: 9781622039197
In stock now: 5

In the yoga tradition, bhakti is the path of the heart. This devotional branch of yoga is growing in popularity as increasing numbers of practitioners seek greater peace and more heartfelt connections in their personal and professional lives. Artist and scholar Ekabhumi Charles Ellik invites us to cultivate these feelings of love and connection through coloring, meditation, and art in The Bhakti Coloring Book.

Following on the success of The Shakti Coloring Book, Ekabhumi has created 40 brand-new, easy-to-color images from the bhakti tradition. Mandalas, deities, and symbols adorn the pages of this heart-centered book along with guidance for using the images both in spiritual practice and for simple pleasure. Devotional art is an important part of the bhakti tradition, as sacred imagery can shift our consciousness into a naturally meditative state. For experienced artists and novices alike, this book offers an enjoyable entry into this powerful practice.

As you color the images in this book, remember that the goal is to transform your inner experience by expanding your sense of self. The artworks are just documentation, evidence of your inner work, the manifestation of a divine principle you have nurtured in your own heart. If you produce a bunch of colorful images but have not grown wiser and more compassionate as a result, then you were refining a skill, not performing a spiritual practice. Following the suggestions given may make the act of coloring inexplicably more difficult than usual, because creating the artwork is just the tip of the iceberg. The majority of the work is done in your heart, unseen. Be patient with yourself, yet consistent. Complete these images, and your karma will be transformed.

Ellik also created 20 original illustrations for Sally Kempton’s book, Awakening Shakti.