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Future Is Open

Good Karma, Bad Karma, and Beyond Karma
$22.95 CAD
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Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781590309537
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Renowned meditation master Chogyam Trungpa here challenges popular misconceptions of the Buddhist doctrines of karma and rebirth, in the process showing how to step beyond karma on the path to awakening.

Karma has become a popular term in the West, often connected with somewhat naive or deterministic ideas of rebirth and reincarnation. It is also often equated with views of morality and guilt. In The Future Is Open, Chogyam Trungpa unpacks this intriguing but misunderstood topic. He viewed an understanding of karma as good news, showing us that liberation is possible and that the future is never predetermined. His unique approach to presenting the Buddhist teachings lends itself to an insightful and profound view of karma, its cause and effects, and how to cut the root of karma itself.

Topics include: the origin of karma; samsara and the world of ego and how they are shaped by karma; traditional teachings on karma; the difference between karma and fate; individual, group, and national karma; good karma, bad karma, beyond karma; karma and reincarnation; buddha activity and how it relates to ordinary practitioners; and meditation practice as the vehicle to step outside of the normal cycle of karma.

Chogyam Trungpa (1940-1987) authored numerous books, among them Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior.

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Gradual Awakening

The Tibetan Buddhist Path of Becoming Fully Human
$20.95 CAD
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Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781683642091
In stock now: 4

Western culture is fascinated by quick fixes, glamorous fads, and celebrity teachers—and spiritual practice is no exception. “What we see in North America today in both the yoga and mindfulness booms,” writes Dr. Miles Neale, “is a presentation of technique alone, sanitized and purged of the dynamic teachings in wisdom and ethics that are essential for true liberation.” For anyone seeking a path dedicated to both authentic personal growth and the overthrow of materialism, hedonism, and nihilism that are threatening our planet, this compelling teacher presents a well-conceived, sustainable solution with Gradual Awakening.

The core of this book is Tibetan Buddhism’s Gradual Path—or LamRim—interpreted with fresh insights from modern scientific research. Through each step, Dr. Neale offers astute guidance on areas where Western audiences get stuck—particularly on the developmental realizations of self-care, altruism, and quantum vision. Here is a landmark book that replaces shallow spirituality with a new paradigm that integrates science with spirit, theory with practice, and personal meditation with the desire to transform the world.

I very much enjoy Dr. Neale’s fresh interpretation of the profound Lam Rim teachings that he has thoughtfully and respectfully examined through the perspectives of neuroscience and psychotherapy. Because of his long years of committed study, practice, teaching, and synthesis done with a sincere, altruistic motivation, I trust this book will reach many people who might otherwise not have had the fortune to be exposed to and to derive benefit from the dharma…
 

May these teachings benefit numberless sentient beings as vast as space and sow the karmic seeds of enlightenment in everyone fortunate enough to encounter them.


May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.

May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.

May all beings never be separated from the supreme happiness of enlightenment.

May all beings abide in equanimity, free from clinging to close ones and aversion to others.

Geshe Tenzin Zopa, from his foreword

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Becoming Bodhisattvas

A Guidebook for Compassionate Action
$29.95 CAD
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Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781611806328
In stock now: 3

Beloved American Buddhist nun Pema Chodron presents a friendly and encouraging guide to spiritual practice for all those who want to take up the path of the bodhisattva--one who aspires to live life with courage, generosity, patience, fearlessness, and compassion.

The Way of the Bodhisattva has long been treasured as an indispensable guide to enlightened living, offering a window into the greatest potential within us all. Written in the eighth century by the scholar and saint Shantideva, it presents a comprehensive view of the Mahayana Buddhist traditions highest ideal—to commit oneself to the life of a bodhisattva warrior, a person who is wholeheartedly dedicated to the freedom and common good of all beings. And it has inspired many of the tradition’s greatest teachers, providing a remarkable source of insight on the means by which we may heal ourselves and our troubled world.

These essential teachings present the core of the Buddhist path, from cultivating deep-seated confidence to infusing one’s life with selflessness, joyfulness, kindness, and compassion. Pema Chodron here invites you to journey more deeply into this liberating way of life, presenting Shantideva’s text verse-by-verse and offering both illuminating stories and practical exercises to enrich the text and bring its timeless teachings to life in our world today.

I am indebted to Shantideva for his determination to get this message across: people like you and me can transform our lives by awakening the longing of bodhicitta. And I am deeply grateful to him for expressing, unrelentingly, that it is urgent, very urgent, that we do so. We have no time to lose. When I look at the state of the world today, I know his message could not possibly be more timely.

And now as long as space endures,

As long as there are beings to be found,

May I continue likewise to remain

To drive away the sorrows of the world.

The Way of the Bodhisattva, V. 10.55

Among Pema Chodron’s many other books are When Things Fall Apart and Comfortable with Uncertainty.

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In Harmony with the Tao

A Guided Journey into the Tao Te Ching
$26.95 CAD
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Publisher: White Cloud Press
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781940468693
In stock now: 13

The Tao Te Ching is one of the most widely read and deeply loved works of ancient spiritual wisdom in the world. But its dense and cryptic lines can sometimes yield more confusion than illumination. If you’ve ever found yourself understanding the printed words but thinking, Yes, but what does this mean and how is it relevant to me? then Francis Pring-Mill’s In Harmony with the Tao: A Guided Journey into the Tao Te Ching is your guide into deeper understanding of this classic work of Chinese philosophy.

Today’s fast-paced world leaves us little time to spend with the timeless questions, such as how to live a meaningful life in harmony with the world around us. Nonetheless we yearn for answers and answers are to be found in the Tao Te Ching, a book written twenty-five hundred years ago that resonates with people everywhere as though it had been written yesterday. Of the many English translations and versions, some are scholarly, others are philosophical.

What’s new in In Harmony with the Tao is the concept of a guided journey accompanying the text of perhaps the best-known English edition: Stephen Mitchell’s elegant, authoritativeTao Te Ching: A New English Version. This book, In Harmony with the Tao, includes the complete text of Stephen Mitchell’s work accompanied by Francis Pring-Mill’s illuminating commentaries on each chapter. In a skillful rendition of ancient wisdom reimagined for modern times, In Harmony with the Tao reveals the common threads weaving through the eighty-one brief chapters. This deeply beautiful book will appeal to anyone keen to understand the ideas contained in, and especially between, the lines of theTao Te Ching.

When you are centered in the Tao there is only emptiness and silence. If you dwell here, all your actions will be in natural harmony with the Tao and thus infinitely capable and inexhaustible. No thoughts. No words, Just dwelling, acting, and letting go…. And we can step into the flow at any time…

 

Children do it unconsciously all the time. As adults, however, we can do it on purpose. And when we do, we discover we can use the Tao “any way we want.”

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Pause, Breathe, Smile

Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough
By: Gary Gach
$19.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781683641759
In stock now: 4

Pause… breathe… smile. Three small words, yet each contains a universe of wisdom. With Pause, Breathe, Smile, Gary Gach (lay-ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh) invites us to bring the practice of mindfulness into every moment of our lives.

Writing freshly and directly for students of all levels, Gach draws on 50-plus years of study and practice in this elegant and accessible presentation of three central aspects of mindful living. The Pause is about setting our intention before we think, speak, or act—the ethical dimension of mindfulness. When we Breathe we unite mind, body, and spirit, making every moment an opportunity for meditation. With a Smile, we open to a wisdom beyond words. This simple process will water your innate seeds of awakening, to help you pave your own path to total fulfillment and peace.

As with a cookbook, this book is not meant to be just read, it’s to be performed, tried out, played with. If you’re relatively new to mindfulness, here are various recipes for a nourishing, wholesome diet. If you’ve already danced with it a bit, this simple handbook offers a comprehensive view, as a top-level reference, with a few possible additions to  your repertoire. And old hands might enjoy seeing already familiar basics in possible new ways…
 

My inmost wish is for these words to water your own, innate seeds of awakening.

For all who may wish to explore mindfulness in their lives as a healing and transformative practice, remember three little words: Pause, Breathe, Smile.

As mindfulness continues to evolve in the West, I hope this simple, threefold approach to its complete scope might help deepen and extend its meaning and potential. It is my experience that anyone can engage it in their lives as a healing and transformative practice, as they wish.

Also by Gary Gach is The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buddhism.

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How to Be Sick (Second Edition)

A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781614294788
In stock now: 3

Now updated with added practices, How to Be Sick is a must-read for anyone who is—or who might one day be—sick. That is, any of us. And it may be a gift of guidance, encouragement, and inspiration to family, friends, and loved ones struggling with the many terrifying or disheartening life changes that come so close on the heels of a diagnosis of a chronic condition or even life-threatening illness.

The author tells the reader how she got sick and, to her and her partner’s bewilderment, stayed that way. Toni had been a longtime meditator, going on long meditation retreats and spending many hours practicing, but soon discovered that she simply could no longer do it. She had to learn ways to make “being sick” the heart of her spiritual practice—and through truly learning how to be sick, she learned how, even with many physical and energetic limitations, to live a life of equanimity, compassion, and joy.

She clearly explains how such Buddhist principles as the four noble truths, impermanence, no-self, and dependent origination help her cope with limited energy and frequent enforced solitude.

No longer able to meditate formally, Bernhard describes a set of easy mental practices, drawn from her own daily experiences as well as vipassana (insight meditation), Zen koans, Tibetan Buddhist compassion exercises, and the “inquiry” technique of Byron Katie, a practice for working with thoughts.

Whether we ourselves are sick now—or later—there is much we can learn of the vital arts of living well in this book.

“Toni Bernhard has written a beautiful and heartfelt account of chronic illness and inner transformation. Her immense courage is present on every page. Truly worth reading.” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness

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In the Cool Shade of Compassion

The Enchanted World of the Buddha in the Jungle
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781611806496
In stock now: 5

This fascinating collection of stories of the Thai forest monks illuminates the Thai Forest tradition as a vibrant, compassionate, and highly appealing way of life.

This work ingeniously intermingles real-life stories about nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Buddhist monks in old Siam (today’s Thailand) with experiences recorded by their Western contemporaries. Stories of giant snakes, bandits, boatmen, midwives, and guardian spirits collectively portray a Buddhist culture in all its imaginative and geographical brilliance. By juxtaposing these eyewitness accounts, Kamala Tiyavanich presents a new and vivid picture of Buddhism as it was lived and of the natural environments in which the Buddha’s teachings were practiced.

This book was previously published under the title The Buddha in the Jungle.

“This is one of the most remarkable, honest, and rich accounts of how Theravada Buddhism actually flourished in Thailand. It gives us a new picture of the true breadth and fullness of the tradition in every part of life.”—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

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Dharma of The Princess Bride

What the Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships
$19.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9780865477773
In stock now: 3

Here’s an engagingly contemporary approach to Buddhism—through the lens of an iconic film and its memorable characters. Drawing from pop culture and from personal experience, The Dharma of The Princess Bride teaches us how to understand and navigate our most important personal relationships from a twenty-first-century Buddhist perspective.

Friendship. Romance. Family. These are the three areas Ethan Nichtern delves into, taking as departure points the indelible characters—Westley, Fezzik, Vizzini, Count Rugen, Princess Buttercup, and others from Rob Reiner's perennially popular film—as he also draws lessons from his own life and his work as a meditation teacher. Nicthern devotes the first section of the book to exploring the dynamics of friendship. Why do people become friends? What can we learn from the sufferings of Inigo Montoya and Fezzik?

Next, he leads us through all the phases of illusion and disillusion we encounter in our romantic pursuits, providing a healthy dose of lightheartedness along the way by sharing his own Princess Buttercup List and the vicissitudes of his dating life as he ponders how we idealize and objectify romantic love. Finally, Nichtern draws upon the demands of his own family history and the film's character the Grandson to explore the dynamics of “the last frontier of awakening,” a reference to his teacher Chogyam Trungpa's claim that it's possible to be enlightened everywhere except around your family. With The Dharma of The Princess Bride in hand, we can set out on the path to contemporary Buddhist enlightenment with the most important relationships in our lives.

Ethan Nichtern is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

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Emptiness

A Practical Guide for Meditators
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Publication Date: August, 2018
ISBN: 9781614295266
In stock now: 1

If everything is empty, then what ceases in Nirvana and—is born in rebirth? Guy Armstrong tackles this question and more in this richly informed, practical guide to emptiness for the meditator.

It may seem odd for emptiness to serve as the central philosophy of a major religion. In fact, emptiness points to something quite different than nothingness or vacancy. And by developing a richer understanding of this complex topic, we can experience freedom as we live consciously in the world.

Guy Armstrong has been a leading figure and beloved teacher of insight meditation for decades. In this book, he makes difficult Buddhist topics easy to understand, weaving together Theravada and Mahayana teachings on emptiness to show how we can liberate our minds and manifest compassion in our lives.

It is not actually possible to cling to reality, because change is so rapid and universal that a graspable thing cannot be found anywhere. All that we can cling to is the memory of something fleeting… For example, bodily processes cannot be stopped or frozen even for a second. When we see that this is true in every facet of life, it changes us deeply…
 

The Buddhist path is different for each person, but there is a common trajectory for most of us, a series of steps in the seeing of emptiness and an accompanying series of releases. It is these insights and the resultant freedom that I do my best to describe in this book.

“For anyone seeking to understand emptiness, this is a clear and fine guidebook, with precise and practical ways to explore and deepen your practice.”Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart

Emptiness is a brilliant and practical introduction to the practice and attainment of liberation. Encapsulating Guy Armstrong's decades of dedicated Buddhist practice and study, Emptiness presents profound Buddhist teachings and describes ways practitioners can experience them for themselves. This is an important foundation for anyone interested in the meditation practices of Buddhism.” Gil Fronsdal, author of The Buddha before Buddhism

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Science of Enlightenment

How Meditation Works
$20.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: August, 2018
ISBN: 9781683642121
In stock now: 5

“Enlightenment”—is it a myth or is it real? In every spiritual tradition, inner explorers have discovered that the liberated state is in fact a natural experience, as real as the sensations you are having right now—and that through the investigation of your own thoughts, feelings, and perceptions you can awaken to clear insight and a happiness independent of conditions.

 In The Science of Enlightenment, Shinzen Young brings to readers an uncommonly lucid guide to mindfulness meditation for the first time: how it works and how to use it to enhance your smarts, your kindness and connection with the world, and the richness of all your experiences.

This unique text, adapted from his talks, is probably most relevant to those who have at least some level of ongoing practice and meditative insight.

As thousands of his students and listeners will confirm, Shinzen is like no other teacher you’ve ever encountered. He merges scientific clarity, a rare grasp of source-language teachings East and West, and a gift for sparking insight through unexpected analogies, illustrations, humor, and firsthand accounts that reveal the inner journey to be as wondrous as any geographical expedition. Join him here to explore: 

Universal insights spanning Buddhism, Christian and Jewish mysticism, shamanism, the yogas of India, and many other paths

How to begin and navigate your own meditation practice

Concentration, clarity, and equanimity—the core catalysts of awakening

Impermanence—its many aspects and how to work with them

Experiencing the “wave” and “particle” natures of self

Purification and clarification—how we digest mental blockages and habits through inner work

Emerging neuroscience research, the future of enlightenment, and much more 

For meditators of all levels and beliefs—especially those who think they’ve heard it all—this many-faceted gem will be sure to surprise, provoke, illuminate, and inspire.

Shinzen the hard-nosed researcher and Shinzen the poetic dharma teacher get along just fine. After all, they’re both just waves. Particles may bang together. Waves automatically integrate.