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#FoylesFive: Buddhism & Meditation

23rd November 2017 - Carmelo Puglisi


#FoylesFive: Buddhism & Meditation

Are you already feeling that the stressfulness of Christmas is too much? Carmelo from our Charing Cross Road flagship shop guides us through a few of his favourite books on meditation and Buddhism as a way to find peace and calm.


Freedom in Exile by His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso the Dalai Lama
This is an incredible story, and it happened in modern times, not far from our own western world. A farmer child gets chosen to become the spiritual and political leader of a whole country, but Tibet doesn't remain under his control for long. Told in his own words, this autobiography of the Dalai Lama is rich and inspiring. It will show you a lost Tibet and will make you think on how impermanent everything is. A piece of history, and an engaging book, that everyone should read.
Cave in the Snow by Vicki MacKenzie
Her name was Diane Perry and since she was a little girl in east London she had a calling. It took her a while to understand what that calling was, until one day she met a Tibetan teacher. Eventually she moved to India to become a Buddhist nun and start a reclusive life in a cave up in the Himalayan mountains. The cave from the title became her home for twelve years. Told with humour, this is a book that will keep you entertained while telling you a really profound story of a woman in search of herself.
How to Meditate by Kathleen McDonald
These days we hear a lot about meditation and mindfulness, but what is meditation? And why does it seem to be helpful in our modern times? Probably most people will connect meditation with relaxation and, even if there is some relaxation involved, meditation is so much more, it's a proper analysis of the mind, of our feelings, and a ladder towards inner change. This book is a classic of meditation. I was advised to read it by a meditation teacher in a Nepalese temple, and since then it has been my guide and reference.
What Makes You Not a Buddhist by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
The title is a real give away of what this book is (or is not) about. Are you a Buddhist? Is Buddhism a philosophy that has touched your life in some way or another? This book will answer many questions while dispelling some common mistakes. Easily told by a monk who is also a great film director, it will help you to understand what Buddhism can teach people of all faiths. After reading this book you will understand what impermanence or emptiness are, and how we can use them in our life. Full of modern anecdotes and classic stories, this book will engage you for days without a moment of boredom.
The Life of Milarepa by Tsangnyon Heruka
Milarepa is one of the most famous and loved Tibetan yogis of all times. His life is a story of evil acts and redemption, of magic and poetry. Milarepa is a great sinner who becomes a great saint, a killer whose remorse makes him start a long search for liberation and enlightenment. A story that has inspired people around the world for centuries, this is a book that will touch you on a very deep level.





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