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in search of wisdom

In Search of Wisdom

A Monk, a Philosopher, and a Psychiatrist on What Matters Most
$21.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: June, 2018
ISBN: 9781683640240
In stock now: 12

In Search of Wisdom is a book born of the friendship of three gifted teachers, exploring the universal human journey and our quest for meaning and understanding. This translation of the French bestseller brings readers an intimate, insightful, and wide-ranging conversation between Buddhist monk and author Matthieu Ricard, philosopher Alexandre Jollien, and psychiatrist Christophe André.

Join these three luminaries as they share their views on how we uncover our deepest aspirations in life, the nature of the ego, living with the full range of human emotion, the art of listening, the temple of the body, the origin of suffering, the joy of altruism, true freedom, and much more.

We don't pretend to be experts on the subject matter or models in accomplishing the work or overcoming the obstacles involved in it. We are only travelers in search of wisdom, aware that the path is long and arduous, and that we have so much still to discover, to clarify, and to assimilate through practice… Our dearest wish is that when you cast your eyes on these pages, you will discover subjects for reflection to inspire you and brighten the light of your life.

Highlights of In Search of Wisdom

Discovering our deepest aspirations

The ego: friend or impostor?

Learning to live with the full spectrum of our emotions

The art of listening

The body: burden or idol?

Suffering and its origins

The joy of altruism

The school of simplicity

Guilt and forgiveness

True freedom

Daily practice

This is not intended to be a book of moral lessons but rather an opportunity to share our views and our experience with you. It seemed to us that our very different paths in life, our three ‘trades’—philosopher, monk, and psychiatrist—might lead to a fertile exchange of ideas on the big subjects that all human beings must reflect upon in considering how to lead our lives.

“Delightfully stimulating for the mind plus full of soulful and practical suggestions for a happier and more loving life. Wow. Highly recommended.” —Rick Hanson, author of Buddha’s Brain

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Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home

A Memoir
$22.95 CAD
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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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Mindful of Race

Transforming Racism from the Inside Out
By: Ruth King
$20.95 CAD
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Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: June, 2018
ISBN: 9781683640813
In stock now: 4

“Racism is a heart disease,” writes Ruth King, “and it’s curable.” Exploring a crucial topic seldom addressed in meditation instruction, this revered teacher takes to her pen to shine a compassionate, provocative, and practical light into a deeply neglected and world-changing domain profoundly relevant to all of us.

With Mindful of Race, Ruth King offers:

Tend first to our suffering, listen to what it is trying to teach us, and direct its energies most effectively for change.

Here, she invites us to explore: 

Ourselves as racial beings, the dynamics of oppression, and our role in racism

The power of paying homage to our most turbulent emotions, and perceiving the wisdom they hold

Key mindfulness tools to understand and engage with racial tension

Identifying our “soft spots” of fear and vulnerability—how we defend them and how to heal them

Embracing discomfort, which is a core competency for transformation

How our thoughts and emotions “rigidify” our sense of self—and how to return to the natural flow of who we are

Body, breath, and relaxation practices to befriend and direct our inner resources

Identifying our most sensitive “activation points” and tending to them with caring awareness

“It’s not just your pain”—the generational constellations of racial rage and ignorance and how to work with them

…and many other compelling topics.

King helps readers of all backgrounds examine with fresh eyes the complexity of racial identity and the dynamics of oppression. She offers guided instructions on how to work with our own role in the story of race and shows us how to cultivate a culture of care to come to a place of greater clarity and compassion.

“Ruth King, a deeply wise and caring meditation teacher and diversity consultant, not only helps us understand the complexity of our great racial divide, she offers a core of practices, reflections, and actions that gives us hope for transformation. Our world needs this book. We need this book. Please read with a receptive heart and share with al you know!” —Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance

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Come of Age

The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble
$25.95 CAD
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Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: June, 2018
ISBN: 9781623172091
In stock now: 21

In his landmark provocative style, Stephen Jenkinson, author of Die Wise, makes the case that we must birth a new generation of elders, one poised and willing to be true stewards of the planet and its species.

Come of Age does not offer tips on how to be a better senior citizen or how to be kinder to our elders. Rather, with lyrical prose and incisive insight, Stephen Jenkinson explores the great paradox of elderhood in North America: how we are awash in the aged and yet somehow lacking in wisdom; how we relegate senior citizens to the corner of the house while simultaneously heralding them as sage elders simply by virtue of their age.

Our own unreconciled relationship with what it means to be an elder has yielded a culture nearly bereft of them. Meanwhile, the planet boils, and the younger generation boils with anger over being left an environment and sociopolitical landscape deeply scarred and broken.

Taking on the sacred cow of the family, Jenkinson argues that elderhood is a function rather than an identity—it is not a position earned simply by the number of years on the planet or the title “parent” or “grandparent.” As with his seminal book Die Wise, Jenkinson interweaves rich personal stories with iconoclastic observations that will leave readers radically rethinking their concept of what it takes to be an elder and the risks of doing otherwise. Part critique, part call to action, Come of Age is a love song inviting all of us to grow up, before it's too late.

Getting older is inevitable, becoming an elder is a skill

 

The sages seem to be departing. Elections enthrone Change, that’s all. The tribal lines deepen.  And there’s the weather, and the waters…

 

In a time like this, contemplation tethered to the troubled world is courageous. Contemplative sorrow: that’s the kind that is willing to learn the trouble of its time in a way that principled anxiety is not. Contemplation worthy of the troubled time: that is something to bequeath to the young among us. Unvanquished give-a-shit: that is something the old among us might be nourished to see.

 

Trade faith and hope for a stranger love of life, one that befriends the darkening sky by learning it. We might yet craft an eloquence that serves the terrible beauty we are about to bequeath to the young. Consequence, after all, is the true companion of grown ups.

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Letter to a Young Farmer

How to Live Richly without Wealth on the New Garden Farm
$24.95 CAD
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Publisher: Chelsea Green
Publication Date: June, 2018
ISBN: 9781603588065
In stock now: 3

For  decades, the self-described contrary farmer Gene Logsdon has commented on the state of North American agriculture. In Letter to a Young Farmer, his final book of essays, Logsdon addresses the next generation—young people moving back to the land to enjoy a better way of life as small-scale garden farmers. It’s a lifestyle that recognizes the beauty of nature, cherishes the land, respects our fellow creatures, and values rural traditions. It’s one that also looks forward and embraces right technologies, including new and innovative ways of working smarter and avoiding premature burnout.

Completed only a few weeks before the author's death, Letter to a Young Farmer is a remarkable testament to the life and wisdom of one of the greatest rural philosophers and writers of our time. Gene's earthy wit and sometimes irreverent humor combines with his valuable perspectives on many wide-ranging subjects—everything from how to show a ram who's boss to enjoying the almost churchlike calmness of a well-built livestock barn.

Can you imagine what a sea of change would take place in the mad world of money if so many people produced their food in the same spirit with which they now play golf, producing maybe a little more to keep the philosophers well fed?

Reading this book is like sitting down on the porch with a neighbor who has learned the ways of farming through years of long observation and practice. And Gene Logsdon was the best kind of teacher: equal parts storyteller, idealist, and rabble-rouser. His vision of a nation filled with garden farmers, based in cities, towns, and countrysides, will resonate with many people, both young and old, who long to create a more sustainable, meaningful life for themselves and a better world for all of us.

Our ways of degrading the climate are in no way distinguishable from our ways of abusing the land. Because he knows this, he speaks exactly at the intersection of economy and ecology, where the world will or will not be made better. —Wendell Berry, fro m the foreword

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No Time Like the Present

Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are
$22.00 CAD
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Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: June, 2018
ISBN: 9781451693706
In stock now: 3

In his first big book in several years, mindfulness meditation teacher Jack Kornfield (author of A Path with Heart, Bringing Home the Dharma, etc.) invites us into a new awareness. Through his wise, warmhearted, poignant, often funny stories, with their Aha moments and O. Henry-like outcomes, Jack shows how we get stuck and how we can free ourselves, wherever we are and whatever our circumstances. Renowned for his mindfulness practices and meditations (he is a teacher of teachers), Jack provides these keys for opening gateways to immediate shifts in perspective and clarity of vision, allowing us to see how to change course, take action, or—when we shouldn’t act—just relax and trust.

Each chapter presents a path to a different kind of freedom—freedom from fear, freedom to start over, to love, to be yourself, and to be happy—and guides you into an active process that engages your mind, heart, and spirit, awakens your spirit, and brings real joy, over and over again.

Drawing from his own life as a son, brother, father, and partner, and on his forty years of face-to-face teaching of thousands of people, Jack presents a stirring call to be here, in the power of the now, the present, as we work through life’s passages. His keys to life will help us find hope, clarity, relief from past disappointments and guilt, and the courage to go forward.

If not now, when?

“With its incomparable blend of deep wisdom, evocative stories, and powerful meditations, No Time Like the Present is the fruit of a lifetime of spiritual teaching. Jack Kornfield’s message is, we don’t have to wait. Love, peace, freedom… it’s all available right here, in this very heart.”

Tara Brach, author of True Refuge

“A consommé of goodness, heart, laughter, tears, and breath, nourishing and delicious. Rich in hope and deep wisdom for these revved up, rattling times." — Anne Lamott author of Grace (Eventually)

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Real Love

The Art of Mindful Connection
$22.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: June, 2018
ISBN: 9781250076519
In stock now: 5

Real Love will help you to truly engage with your present experience and create deeper love relationships with yourself, your partner, friends and family, and with life itself. Senior meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg encourages us to strip away layers of negative habits and obstacles, helping us to experience authentic love based on direct experience, rather than preconceptions.

The how of this book is based on a tool kit of mindfulness techniques and other practices cultivating lovingkindness and compassion that I have been teaching for over forty years. Mindfulness practice helps create space between our actual experiences and the reflexive stories we tend to tell about them (e.g., “This is all I deserve”). Lovingkindness practice helps us move out of the terrain of our default narratives if they tend to be based on fear or disconnection. We become authors of brand-new stories about love.

 

There are meditations, reflections, and interactive exercises designed to be suitable for anybody. They outline a path of exploration that is exciting, creative, and even playful… The meditations in particular area meant to be done more than just once—over time, practicing them will create a steady foundation in mindfulness and lovingkindness in our lives.

With positive reflections and practices, Sharon teaches us how to shift the responsibilities of the love that we give and receive to rekindle the powerful healing force of true connection. By challenging myths perpetuated by popular culture, we can undo the limited definitions that reduce love to simply romance or passion, and give the heart a much needed tune-up to connect ourselves to the truest experience of love in our daily lives.

The book is divided into four sections, each addressing a distinct experience of “real love”: love for the self, love for another individual, love for all beings, and love for life itself.

Working from the inside out, the first step on the journey is to learn to love yourself And it is only when we are truly engaged with present experience that we not only are able to feel more connected to our own core selves, but also to those around us.

Among Sharon Salzberg’s other books are Lovingkindness and Real Happiness.

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Essential Natural Plasters

A Guide to Materials, Recipes, and Use
$39.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication Date: June, 2018
ISBN: 9780865718708
In stock now: 2

Natural plasters made of clay, lime, and other materials mixed with sand are beautiful building finishes. Fun to work with, low-impact, and allowing infinite creativity, they are high performance and provide proven, centuries-long durability.

Yet until now there's been no resource that has pulled together the best North American plaster recipes and how-to into one place. Essential Natural Plasters covers it all:

  • Sourcing and selecting materials, including site-soils
  • Clay, lime, and gypsum plasters as well as fibers and amendments
  • Interior and exterior use and specialty plasters such as tadelakt for bathrooms
  • Preparing substrates, from straw bales and cob to lath and sheetrock
  • How to set-up a safe, efficient worksite
  • Mixing, testing, tinting, and applying plasters and plaster repair
  • Coveted recipes from leading plasterers in Ontario, Vermont, New Mexico, France, and New Zealand.

Richly illustrated and deeply researched, Essential Natural Plasters is the must-have resource for owner-builders and professionals alike.

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Mudgirls Manifesto

Handbuilt Homes, Handcrafted Lives
$29.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Society
Publication Date: June, 2018
ISBN: 9780865718777
In stock now: 1

In the face of widespread burnout and a world gone crazy, how do we find things to say "yes" to, rather than a resounding "no"?

On North America's West Coast, there's a group of rebel women who ten years ago chose to break free from a rigged economic and social system. They didn't take to the streets to lobby banks and governments to change their ways—they didn't have time for that. They had babies to feed and house. They reckoned that if nobody else was going to change the rules to support basic human needs and respect the biosphere, then we are all free to make our own rules.

They chose action. They decided to teach themselves how to build houses using the most abundant material on earth—mud. They'd learn by building, gathering skills and allies. They'd have fun, sharing whatever they learned with whoever wanted to come along for the ride. The Mudgirls revolution was born.

Part story of rebel women, grassroots self-governance, and community-building, part incendiary political and economic tract, and part practical guide to building natural homes for real people. Mudgirls Manifesto is about respecting the earth, each other, and crafting meaningful lives.

A powerful, positive antidote to troubled times.

The Mudgirls is an all-women's natural building collective that formed in 2007 in coastal British Columbia. Founded on the principle of self-empowerment, they champion the use of natural, local, and salvaged materials, human-scaled DIY solutions, inclusiveness, support for mothers, care for children, and fun. They build things and offer workshops that empower people to take back the right to provide themselves with shelter. The Mudgirls have collaborated with over 50 clients and more than 600 workshop participants from all over the world, forging alliances and honing the skills to build homes. Find out more at mudgirls.ca.

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Intrinsic Hope

Living Courageously in Troubled Times
$18.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9780865718678
In stock now: 2

“This deeply wise book… evolves our consciousness and frees our heart to act on behalf of this world we love.” —Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance

Climate disruption. Growing social inequality. Pollution. We are living in an era of unprecedented crises, resulting in widespread feelings of fear, despair, and grief. Now, more than ever, maintaining hope for the future is a monumental task.

Intrinsic Hope offers a powerful antidote to these feelings. It shows how conventional ideas of hope are rooted in the belief that life will conform to our wishes and how this leads to disappointment, despair, and a dismal view of the future. As an alternative, it offers “intrinsic hope,” a powerful, liberating, and positive approach to life based on having a deep trust in whatever happens. The author, a hopeful survivor, shows how to cultivate intrinsic hope through practical tips and six mindful habits for living a positive, courageous life in these troubled times.

These “habits of hope” include:

  • Being Present (mindfulness, using our senses, wonder, bearing witness, being present to the universe
  • Expressing Gratitude (appreciation, joy, choosing to be grateful
  • Loving the World (community, loving places, loving the Earth, loving future generations)
  • Accepting What Is (opening to painful emotions, forgiveness, expressing feelings)
  • Taking Action (results, responsibility, purpose, commitment, small steps)
  • Persevering for the Long Haul (resilience, long-term thinking, curiosity, looking after ourselves, celebrating good news).

She transmutes hope for the future into trust in ourselves and relationship with whatever comes. We become sturdy and peaceful rather than anxious and stuck. The practices she suggests turn our attention to this presence, out of which we again rise and rise to occasions large and small. We need intrinsic hope in these challenging and unpredictable times. Cutting through the din of crushing analyses and the triviality of panaceas, Kate offers a lucid and empowering framework. —Vicki Robin, from the foreword

Whether working directly on ecological or social issues or worried about children and grandchildren, this book is for everyone concerned about the future and looking for a deeper source of hope for a better world.