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mindfulness on the go

Mindfulness on the Go

Simple Meditation Practices You Can Do Anywhere
$14.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: December, 2017
ISBN: 9781611804454
In stock now: 6

Here’s a beautifully useful collection of mindfulness practices anyone can do anytime—from the author of Mindful Eating.

Mindfulness can reduce stress, improve physical health and quality of life, and give you deep insight. Meditation practice is one way to do it, but not the only way. In fact, there are easy ways to fit it into your everyday life. Jan Chozen Bays provides here 25 practices that can be used on the go to cultivate mindfulness. The three-breath practice, the mindfulness of entering rooms, offering compliments, tasting your food one careful bite at a time—these deceptively simple practices can have a cumulative effect for the better. The book is an abridgment of Bays’s longer collection How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness.

This book offers a wide variety of ways to bring mindfulness into your daily life. We call them “mindfulness exercises.” You could also think of them as mindfulness “seeds,” seeds to plant and grow mindfulness in the many nooks and corners of your life, seeds you can watch as they grow and bear fruit each day.

 

Each exercise has several sections. First there is a description of the task and some ideas about how to remind yourself to do it throughout the day and week. Next is a section titled, “Discoveries,” which includes people’s observations, insights, or difficulties with the task, along with any relevant research findings. In the section called “Deeper Lessons” I explore the themes and larger life lessons connected with the exercise. Each exercise is like a window, giving us a glimpse of what an awakened life would be like.  Lastly there are a few “Final Worlds,” which sum up the exercise or inspire you to continue letting it unfold.

This book is part of the Shambhala Pocket Library series, which distill the wisdom and heart of the work Shambhala Publications has published over 50 years into a compact format that is collectible, reader-friendly, and applicable to everyday life.

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Mindful Eating

A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food (Revised Edition)
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781611804652
In stock now: 5

Practiced for centuries in the Zen tradition, mindful eating is an approach that involves bringing one’s full attention to the process of eating—becoming fully present to the tastes, smells, thoughts, and feelings that arise during a meal.

Whether you are overweight, suffer from an eating disorder, or just want to get more out of life, this book offers a simple tool that can make a remarkable difference. Jan Bays, a physician and Zen teacher, offers a wonderfully clear presentation of what mindfulness is and how it can help us create a healthier relationship with food. In Mindful Eating she shows us how to rediscover the simple act of eating, thereby gaining control of our eating problems from the inside out. Along the way she reviews relevant research, offers medical info, and presents many practical exercises drawn from her workshops.

Apply mindfulness to your relationship with food and you may be surprised to find that eating becomes a source of joy-—instead an angst-ridden activity haunted by nutritionally based guilt, calorie-counting, and even more serious problems like eating disorders. For nearly a decade, Jan Bays’s guide to eating mindfully has been transforming people's relationship with food—and based on her continued work with those people as well as new data emerging on the topic, she has created this significantly revised and refined version of the original, which contains even more essential information on mindful eating, as well as inspiring new examples from her workshop participants. She shows how to:

  • Tune into your body's own wisdom about what, when, and how much to eat
  • Eat less while feeling fully satisfied
  • Identify your habits and patterns with food
  • Develop a more compassionate attitude toward your struggles with eating
  • Discover what you're really hungry for.

The 75-minute audio program of exercises from the book has also been revised and is available as an audio download.

In the Zen tradition we practice bringing skillful attention, curiosity and inquiry to all our activities, including the activities of tasting and eating. The Zen teachings encourage us to explore our present moment fully, asking ourselves questions like:

Am I hungry?

Where do I feel hungry? What part of me is hungry?

What am I tasting just now?

Also by Jan Bays are Mindfulness on the Go and Mindfulness on the Go Cards.

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Chuang Tsu

Inner Chapters
$20.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781401946609
In stock now: 0

Chuang Tsu: Inner Chapters is a companion volume to Gia-fu Feng and Jane English’s translation of Tao Te Ching, which has enjoyed great success since its publication in 1972. This is the text-only version of the 2014 photograph edition.

Very little is known about Chuang Tsu, and that little is inextricably woven into legend. It is said that he was a contemporary of Mencius, an official in the Lacquer Garden of Meng in Honan Province around the 4th century B.C. Chuang Tsu was to Lao Tsu as Saint Paul was to Jesus and Plato to Socrates; he was a captivating philosopher who expanded Lao Tsu's teachings. While other philosophers were busy with practical matters of government and rules of conduct, Chuang Tsu transcended the whang cheng, the illusory dust of the world—anticipating Zen Buddhism's emphasis on emptiness or beyond-ego.

While Lao Tzu (author of “The Tao”) can seem “perfect,” Chuang Tzu is more like one of us—just hanging out. Tai chi teacher Al Huang writes in his introduction: “I love and cherish Chuang Tzu. I admire his penetrating insight, acerbic wit, no-nonsense clarity, and his ‘flesh and blood’ humanity. And I treasure his wealth of delightful, thought-provoking anecdotes and parables, his original mind and ‘windflow’ personality...

“He is the master of paradox and relativity. As a supreme storyteller, he liberally exaggerates, sets free wild and imaginary fantasies, and trusts that we, the readers, can keep up with his wit and romantic adventures. Just as we freely allow the humorists to be outrageous and profound at the same time, Chuang Tzu must be read and enjoyed with the same freedom.”

Do not seek fame. Do not make plans. Do not be absorbed by activities. Do not think that you know. Be aware of all this is and dwell in the infinite. Wander where there is no path. Be all that heaven gave you, but act as though you have received nothing. Be empty, that is all.
 

The mind of a perfect man is like a mirror. It grasps nothing. It expects nothing. It reflects but does not hold. Therefore, the perfect man can act without effort.

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Appeal to the World

The Way to Peace in a Time of Division
$18.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9780062835536
In stock now: 4

In this brief, urgent "appeal to the world," His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses our time of division, calling on us to draw upon the innate goodness of our shared humanity to overcome the rancor, mistrust, and divisiveness that threaten world peace and sustainability.

I see with ever greater clarity that our spiritual well-being depends not on religion, but on our innate human nature, our natural affinity for goodness, compassion, and caring for others.

Already an international bestseller, now available in English for the first time: In An Appeal to the World, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet illuminates the way to peace in our time, arguing for a form of universal ethics that goes beyond religion—values we all share as humans that can help us create unity and peace to heal our world.

“All people are united in the pursuit of happiness and the desire to avoid suffering,” His Holiness reminds us. “This is the source of humanity’s greatest achievements.” Our development relies on cooperation, not competition. We need to begin to think and act as “we humans”—we must stop focusing on what divides us and recognize our commonalities. Without secular ethics—what Albert Schweitzer referred to as "reverence for life"—we cannot solve all the problems we face.

Working with trusted collaborator Franz Alt, the Dalai Lama calls on the better angels of our nature to tackle a wide range of contemporary issues, from war, violence, and intolerance to climate change, global hunger, and materialism. Applying the techniques and teachings of Tibetan Buddhism—from listening and contemplation to meditation and nonviolence—His Holiness provides a roadmap forward.

Brief yet profound, An Appeal to the World is an inspiring message of love and optimism that can truly change the world.

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Lost Art of Good Conversation

A Mindful Way to Connect with Others and Enrich Everyday Life
$25.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Harmony
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9780451499431
In stock now: 8

Cutting through all the white noise, chatter, and superficiality our cell phones and social media cause, one of Tibet's highest and most respected spiritual leaders offers simple and practical advice to help us increase our attention spans, become better listeners, and actually appreciate the people around us.

In a world of 24/7 smartphones and connectivity to social media and email, we are all in constant connection with one another. Then why are so many people feeling burned out, distant from colleagues, and abandoned by family and friends? In this new book from the author of Running with the Mind of Meditation, the Sakyong uses the basic principles of the Shambhala tradition—meditation and a sincere belief in the inherent wisdom, compassion, and courage of all beings—to help readers to listen and speak more mindfully with loved ones, co-workers, strangers, and even ourselves.

In this easy to understand and helpful book, Sakyong Mipham provides inspiring ideas and practical tips on how to be more present in your day-to-day life, helping us to communicate in ways that elevates the dignity of everyone involved. Great for families, employees and employers and everyone who spend too much time on Facebook, Instragram, and feel "disconnected" in our "connected" world, Good Conversation is a journey back to basics.

Also by Sakyong Mipham is The Shambhala Principle.

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Divine Gardens

Mayumi Oda and the San Francisco Zen Center
$39.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781941529805
In stock now: 4

Known to many as “the Matisse of Japan,” Mayumi Oda combines traditional Japanese and Buddhist iconography with her own unique sense of color, line, and movement. In this beautiful collection, her groundbreaking artwork is paired with essays by San Francisco Zen Center and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center practitioners (including Richard Baker, Linda Ruth Cutts, Wendy Johnson, Edward Espe Brown, and Norman Fischer) who have owned, loved, and been changed by Oda's work over the years.

Mayumi Oda’s  artwork plays with traditional Japanese and Buddhist images, refiguring them as celebrations of the feminine and the natural world. Where most traditional Buddhist iconography features male figures, Oda introduces female "Goddesses" that seem to jump off the page, imbued with the vibrancy of Oda's color and line.

Originally from Japan, Oda settled in Muir Beach, California in the 1970s and began practicing and painting at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, which Oda calls her “California Buddha Field.”  

Suitable for joyful study by art students or for display on a chai/coffee table, Divine Gardens captures the essence of Mayumi’s art and life as a Zen practitioner. The forty-five full-color works of art and twenty-four essays contained in the collection are a joyful celebration of her work and the community forged through the years at the San Francisco Zen Center.

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Awakening Together

The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781614293514
In stock now: 5

For every center, organization, or individual who wishes to create a welcoming community for all, this book, written by mindfulness teacher Larry Yang, is a must-read. How can we connect our personal spiritual journeys with the larger course of our shared human experience? How do we compassionately and wisely navigate belonging and exclusion in our own hearts? And how can we embrace diverse identities and experiences within our spiritual communities, building sanghas that make good on the promise of liberation for everyone?

If you aren’t sure how to start this work, Awakening Together is for you. If you’ve begun but aren’t sure what the next steps are, this book is for you. If you’re already engaged in this work, this book will remind you none of us do this work alone. Whether you find yourself at the center or at the margins of your community, whether you’re a community member or a community leader, this book is for you.

Especially in times like these, fraught on every side with threats from racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, and anti-queer bias, a welcoming and safe space for meditation practice is the most kind and compassionate thing we can create for each other. And yet, in Dharma settings, people [with marginalized identifies] feel, in Larrys words, unattended, unloved, unseen, and even harmed.

 

Awakening Together provides us with a detailed, step-by-step blueprint of the hard work involved in creating and maintaining a diverse community and, in doing so, shows us how we can begin and continue to build an inclusive sangha.

If you are ready to commit to the idea that we, as a diverse group of Buddhists, ought to be able to awaken together, and to honor and share all of what and who we are in the process, then take up this book, Larry’s loving clarion call. —Jan Willis, from the foreword

Part personal reflection, part guidebook, part manifesto, and part analysis of what ails our society and our Dharma communities, Awakening Together is a treasure-trove of insight and hands-on advice, gleaned from years of experience and offered with clarity and gentleness.

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Pure Joy of Being

An Illustrated Introduction to the Story of the Buddha and the Practice of Meditation
$33.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781611804843
In stock now: 5

The art of Buddhism beautifully depicts enlightened beings who demonstrate the practice of meditation yet, while deeply inspiring, art alone cannot teach one to meditate. In The Pure Joy of Being Fabrice Midal brings together traditional Buddhist art with enlightening text as a way to teach the tradition and practice of meditation. Filled with images of bodhisattvas and awakened beings who illustrate the possibility of freedom, alongside practical instruction, advice, and meditations for the everyday situations we face on a daily basis, this book is an accessible introduction to meditation and the wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings.

There is only one moment in time when it is essential to awaken. That moment is now. —Buddha

To meditate is to remain in the present moment with attention and benevolence, to remove the desire to manage everything, and to open yourself up to life and all that is possible. It’s as simple as that. And yet, meditating is not easy. What is true happiness? How can we overcome difficulties in life with courage? Can meditation help in today’s world? The Pure Joy of Being teaches that the goal of meditation is to turn us into beings that are more human, and capable of thinking, feeling, and loving better. It offers contemporary practices to set us on this path.

The foreword is by Jack Kornfield.

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It Came from Beyond Zen!

More Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan's Greatest Zen Master
$22.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781608685110
In stock now: 3

In Japan in 1253, one of the great thinkers of his time died, and the world barely noticed. That man was the Zen monk Eihei Dogen. For centuries his main work, theShobogenzo, languished in obscurity, locked away in remote monasteries until scholars rediscovered it in the twentieth century. What took so long? In Brad Warner's view, Dogen was too ahead of his time to find an appreciative audience.

I don’t think I can stress enough how important Dogen really is. His philosophy is the key to seeing the world in an absolutely new way that is more realistic than the way you saw things before. Once you get it, you’ll never be the same. Once you go Dogen, you never go back.

In order to bring Dogen’s work to a bigger audience in the West, Warner began paraphrasing theShobogenzo, recasting it in simple, everyday language. The first part of this project resulted in Don’t Be a Jerk, and now Warner presents “Volume 2 of a Radical but Reverent Paraphrasing of Dogen’s Treasury of the True Dharma Eye”, It Came from Beyond Zen. While Warner is sometimes irreverent—and always entertaining—he is also as astute scholar who has studied the Shobogenzo for nearly 30 years. Once again, Warner uses humor and pop-culture references to bridge the gap between past and present, making Dogen’s words clearer and more relevant than ever before.

We humans think about a lot of stuff that’s not actually real. We crave certainty in areas where there can never be any. That’s when we start in with believing the crazy stuff.

 

Dogen is interesting because he tries to cut right to the heart of this. He gets into what is real and what is not. Probably the main reason he’s so difficult to read is that Dogen is trying to say things that can’t actually be said. So he has to bend language to the point where it almost breaks.

Also by Brad Warner are Hardcore Zen and Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate. He’s a Soto Zen priest and punk bassist.

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Beyond the Self

Conversations Between Buddhism and Neuroscience
$39.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Mit Press
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9780262036948
In stock now: 4

Buddhism shares with science the task of examining the mind empirically; it has pursued, for two millennia, direct investigation of the mind through penetrating introspection. Neuroscience, on the other hand, relies on third-person knowledge in the form of scientific observation. In this book, Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk trained as a molecular biologist, and Wolf Singer, a distinguished neuroscientist—close friends, continuing an ongoing dialogue—offer their perspectives on the mind, the self, consciousness, the unconscious, free will, epistemology, meditation, and neuroplasticity.

Ricard and Singer’s wide-ranging conversation stages an enlightening and engaging encounter between Buddhism’s wealth of experiential findings and neuroscience’s abundance of experimental results. They discuss, among many other things, the difference between rumination and meditation (rumination is the scourge of meditation, but psychotherapy depends on it); the distinction between pure awareness and its contents; the Buddhist idea (or lack of one) of the unconscious and neuroscience’s precise criteria for conscious and unconscious processes; and the commonalities between cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation. Their views diverge (Ricard asserts that the third-person approach will never encounter consciousness as a primary experience) and converge (Singer points out that the neuroscientific understanding of perception as reconstruction is very like the Buddhist all-discriminating wisdom) but both keep their vision trained on understanding fundamental aspects of human life.

Also by Matthieu Ricard are Happiness and Altruism.