Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Some Highly Recommended Books

Two books have come across my desk (which is really the table next to my couch), but that I would like to recommend:

The first is Byron Katie's new book, A Thousand Names for Joy. Using her husband, Stephen Mitchell's translation of the Tao Te Ching, Katie takes just a line or two from each of the 81 verses and then expresses her own recognition. Although she makes reference to her process, "The Work" and gives instructions in the back, this is primarily simply the beautiful expression of Pure Presence.

The Second is Dennis Waite's new book, Back to the Truth: 5000 years of Advaita. If you are interested in a deep and rich understanding of classical Advaita (non-duality) this book is bound to become the classic. (And not just because he quoted us numerous times.) He differentiates the various paths of Advaita from it's Upanisadic origins up to the present day; extensively and clearly expresses the various aspects of Advaita; and backs it up with extensive quotes from ancient and present day sources, teachers, scriptures, etc. Though it is intelligent and scholarly, it is not so academic as to be beyond anyone's grasp.

In order to facilitate the review or purchase of these and other books I've loved over the years, I've created a "bookstore" at Amazon. I will probably refine it later, and if you have any highly recommended books you think are MUSTS, let me know. Anyway, the link is:


Make it a link on your favorites page.