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A Power Point Presentation of 12 Favorite Books that have had a tremendous impact on me in my Path of Self-Development and Spirituality. Some of the pics were from a forwarded email sent by a friend. Some reviews and synopses were taken from Amazon.com with minor editing.
Developing Compassion and Wisdom And the 12 Books are… ( in no particular order ) Please Click On
SIDDHARTHA By Hermann Hesse Siddhartha is an allegorical novel by Hermann Hesse which deals with the spiritual journey of an Indian boy called Siddhartha during the time of the Buddha. The book, Hesse's ninth novel, was written in German, in a simple yet powerful and lyrical style. It was first published in 1922, after Hesse had spent some time in India in the 1910s. It was published in the U.S. in 1951 and became influential during the 1960s.
The Power of your Subconscious Mind By Joseph Murphy This book tells how to bring the incredible force of the subconscious under control. Dr. Murphy combines spiritual wisdom with scientific research to explain the influence of the subconscious mind on everything you do. And he presents simple, practical, and proven-effective exercises that can turn your mind into a powerful tool for improving your everyday life. Filled with inspiring real-life success stories, this invaluable user's guide to your mind will unlock the secrets to success .
Seeing the Way The book begins with an introduction and dedication to Ajahn Chah, a Thai Forest Tradition Meditation Teacher. The book is a collection of transcribed talks, letters, and essays by 20 teaching Western monks of this tradition. Some have remained as abbots of monasteries in Thailand; others are now living in England, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand. These reflections on Dhamma -- the Truth of the Way Things Are -- are offered for consideration.
The Art Of Living… William Hart The Ancient Meditation Technique that Brings Real Peace of Mind Based on the lectures and writings of S. N. Goenka, a Burmese Meditation Teacher--and prepared under his direct guidance--The Art of Living shows how this technique can be used to solve problems, develop unused potential, and lead a peaceful, productive life. It includes stories by S. N. Goenka, as well as answers to students' questions, that convey a vivid sense of his teaching.
How To Live Without Fear and Worry Ven. Dr K Sri Dhammananda The work, has remained a perennial favourite of readers all over the world. The learned Monk discusses issues relating to Buddhism and problems of the work-a-day world, imparting practical wisdom. Getting rid of fear and worry and the pursuit of happiness are goals of all human beings irrespective of caste, creed or race. The Venerable author, eloquently advocates methods to overcome these. The book is organized in four parts, namely 1. Worry and its source 2. How to overcome worry now 3. Ingredients for Happiness and 4. Techniques for happy and successful living.
The Power of NOW… Eckhart Tolle Tolle's message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. Tolle's clear writing, supportive voice, and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who's ever wondered what exactly "living in the now" means. Readers can become conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness. Tolle packs a lot of information and inspirational ideas into The Power of Now.
Many Lives, Many Masters…Brian Weiss Psychiatry and metaphysics blend together in this fascinating book based on a true case history. Dr. Weiss, who was once firmly entrenched in a clinical approach to psychiatry, finds himself reluctantly drawn into past-life therapy when a hypnotized client suddenly reveals details of her previous lives. During one hypnosis session his client introduces the spirit guides who have been her soul therapists in between lives. This is when the story really takes off for Weiss, who discovers that these guides have specific messages about his dead son as well as Weiss's mission in life. No, we cannot verify the truth of this story using the limited scientific tools we have available. However, it is hard to dispute that this well-respected graduate of Columbia University and Yale Medical School has discovered a personal truth that has led him to be an enormously popular speaker, author, and leader in the field of past-life therapy. --Gail Hudson
Happiness – A Guide To Developing Life’s Most Important Skill…Matthieu Ricard A Buddhist monk and former cell biologist, Ricard offers his own musings about the nature of happiness and tips on how to attain it. Happiness, for Ricard, cannot be found in fleeting experiences of pleasure but only in the depths of an individual's being. Happiness is not self-interested, but rather compassionate, seeking the well-being of others. If we are truly happy, writes Ricard, we can change the world because of our compassion for others and our desire to end hatred and bring happiness even to those we don't like. For Ricard, happiness is a deep state of well-being and wisdom that flourishes in every moment of life, despite the inevitability of suffering. Individuals can, however, learn to minimize suffering in life by practicing moderation in all things, as well as meditation.
Opening The Door Of Your Heart …Ajahn Brahm A delightful book full of tales of hope, love, forgiveness, freedom from fear, and overcoming pain which cleverly relates the timeless wisdom of the Buddha's teachings and the true path to happiness. In more than 30 years as a Buddhist monk, born in the West but trained in the Thai forest tradition, Ajahn Brahm has gathered many poignant, funny and profound stories. In this collection of teaching stories are many true-to-life tales, which are used to launch a deeper exposition of mindfulness, wisdom, love and compassion. The stories that emerge are thoughtful, funny and told with wit and wisdom. These tales reveal the qualities of devotion, humility and diligence. They also expose moments of insight, wisdom and compassion in the lives of ordinary people.
Mindfulness in Plain English Bhante Henepola Gunaratana Henepola Gunaratana, a monk from Sri Lanka and venerated teacher of Buddhism, warns us that vipassana meditation is "meant to revolutionize the whole of your life experience." In one of the best nuts-and-bolts meditation manuals, he lays out the fundamentals of basic Buddhist meditation, the how, what, where, when, and why, including common problems and how to deal with them. His 52 years as a Buddhist monk make Mindfulness in Plain English an authority on a living tradition, and his years of teaching in America and elsewhere give it the clarity and straightforwardness that has made it so popular. If you'd like to learn the practice of meditation, you can't do better. --Brian Bruya
Dhammapada…Sayings of The Buddha Ven. W Sarada Maha Thero The Dhammapada is a versified Buddhist scripture traditionally ascribed to the Buddha himself. It is one of the best-known texts from the Theravada canon. Generally, dhamma can refer to the Buddha's "doctrine" or an "eternal truth" or "righteousness" or all "phenomena. In this version by Ven. Sarada , the Verses ( with profound wisdom and compassion ) uttered by The Buddha have the accompanying stories and beautiful Illustrations.
You’ve Got To Read This Book Jack Canfield and Gay Hendricks This book puts the power of transformational reading into your hands. Jack Canfield, co-creator of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, and self-actualization pioneer Gay Hendricks have invited notable people to share personal stories of books that changed their lives. What book shaped their outlook and habits? Helped them navigate rough seas? Spurred them to satisfaction and success? You've Got to Read This Book! has treasures in store for you.
The End May The Great Books Help Us Along our Path To Self-Development, Happiness, Peace and Freedom With Metta, Bro. Oh Teik Bin