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by Philip PeglerHidden Beauty of the Commonplace

This lovely book is based on the life, learning and developing philosophy of Clare Cameron, one of the early members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and an acquaintance of Aleister Crowley. She was also, for ten years, the editor of the Buddhist magazine, The Middle Way, and much of the work quoted here comes from her insightful editorials.

Clare Cameron was, as the book jacket says, “a gifted English mystic and nature poet”, who “challenged her readers with a fundamental question that is as vital and relevant now as it was in her own day. What is the true meaning of freedom?” The answers she gives to this question, discovered along the path of her own seeking after truth, are both deep and subtle, and as such difficult to put into words. She and her biographer manage this impressively well, and the quotations from her letters, poems and articles are beautiful in their direct simplicity.

Though organised along unconventional lines – the various parts document the development of threads of her history and philosophy, rather than following the course of her timeline – this is a wonderfully gentle book that will lift the spirits and the vibration of all who read it.

Review by Karen Tucker

Published by Changemakers Books

http://www.changemakers-books.com

http://www.hiddenbeautyoflife.com

ISBN: 978-1-78099-337-9

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A beginner’s guide to Eastern Spirituality. 5 DVD set.

Going Nowhere

Going Nowhere

by Dr. Lorenzo da Costa

This is a series of 5 DVDs, four lectures in the old fashioned sense of the word – as they are non interactive, you are a passive listener/viewer; and one account of Dr da Costa’s experiences and personal journey.

The first lecture (45 minutes) is on meditation and the various slides give visual backing to the background soundtrack which discusses consciousness, awareness and meditation with comparison and contrast between East and West. Being ‘Here and Now’ is seen as a central theme and the explanation for practising meditation is that it keeps us in the Here and Now and lessens chronic anxiety in this way. Dr. da Costa does not explain how to meditate, he suggests Internet links for this, but he does discuss in brief the various ways to practice meditation. He also cautions that it really takes about 10 years to get anywhere in the practice of meditation.

The second lecture (55 minutes) is a comparison and contrast between mysticism in the East and West and he particularly contrasts theology and mysticism, through the traditions of the Judeo/Christian versus the Vedic traditions. He details the Path of Yoga and defines Karma and Reincarnation.

The third lecture (40 minutes) looks at orthodox and complementary medicine. He considers transpersonal approaches to therapy in some detail, describing the theories from Freud, Jung and Rogers to Assaglioli, Weiss and Seigman.

The fourth lecture (30 minutes) introduces a selection of books/authors that Dr. da Costa believes are important for those who are interested in these issues to read.

In his journey DVD, Dr. da Costa describes who he is and where he comes from. He was a doctor in London, but he now works alongside general medicinal practice. He has turned to being a scholar of epistemology and it is this viewpoint that guides the lectures.

This set of DVD’s is designed for beginners to the field of Eastern Spirituality as compared to Western Spirituality. It gives definitions of a range of topics covered in this field and ideas of where to look further for information – it is more of a map through the field than an exploration of the field itself. It would appeal to someone who needs pointers as to the best sources of knowledge of meditation techniques, mysticism and transpersonal approaches to therapy. It is an overview of the best places to look for further knowledge of these topics.

Review by Ros Ogden

Published by Watkins Books

www.watkinsbooks.com

http://www.soulace.co.uk

ISBN: TAO001

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by His Holiness The Dalai LamaThe Dalai Lama
Translated and Edited By Jeffrey Hopkins

The translator of this book, Jeffrey Hopkins PhD, is Professor of Tibetan Studies at the University of Virginia. In addition to translating this and other books by the Dalai Lama, he has also written the Foreword to the present book.

His Holiness introduces the book by speaking about the need for peace and kindness in the world. His book offers, in an accessible and comprehensible way, valuable techniques from Tibetan tradition, which can lead to mental peace.

Using examples from the life of Buddha, the Dalai Lama tells us of three stages on this path: morality, concentrated meditation and wisdom, each one serving as the basis for the next. There is a section devoted to each of these three stages. The Dalai Lama also gives some insight into Tantra.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is very much aware of the world in which we live. In particular, because of the global economy, he knows that no nation can remain isolated. It is therefore most important that the values discussed in this book are put into practice.

Review by Annie Prosser

Published by Rider Books

www.riderbooks.co.uk

ISBN 9780712630306

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by Tsultrim AllioneFeeding Your Demons

Are you struggling with any of the following: depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, a difficult relationship, fear, self-hatred, addiction or anger? Renowned Buddhist leader Tsultrim Allione explains that the harder we fight our demons, the stronger they become. So, if we want to liberate ourselves from the fight for once and for all, we must reverse our approach and nurture our demons. This powerful five-step practice forms a strategy for transforming negative emotions, relationships, fears, illnesses and self-defeating patterns to help you cope with the inner enemies that undermine your best intentions. By recognising your demons, giving them form and feeding them, you can free yourself from the battle. Enriched with detailed examples to show how others have transformed their demons, Feeding your Demons will give you remarkable new insight into the forces that threaten to defeat you, along with the tools to achieve inner peace.

When I first heard about Feeding your Demons, I did not feel inclined to read or buy it. After all, as a Lightworker, I would rather read about Angels, Masters and Beings of Light. But when my mother went to a workshop by Tsultrim about working with inner demons, I was amazed by the transformation in her, so I started reading the book. I realised it really is a wonderful book to read and truly inspirational. As a therapist I so very often see people fighting against their problems, fighting against their fears, all the while increasing the problem by doing so. What you resist persists. Instead of fighting your inner demons, this book teaches you an ancient Buddhist practice to embrace your inner demons and by doing so transform them into protectors and allies.

This book is a must-read, but more importantly a must-try, because the real power in this book is not in the reading, but in practising feeding your own inner demons.

Review by Cathelijne Filippo-Kokkeel

Published by Hay House  http://www.hayhouse.co.uk/  ISBN: 1848501730 www.kapalatraining.com

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by Jack KornfieldThe Wise Heart

Jack Kornfield is one of the leading spiritual teachers of our time. Having trained as a Buddhist monk in monastaries in Burma India and Thailand, and gaining a PHD in psychology, he soon realised that Buddhist teachings are a compelling challenge to much of the western world. Along with Thich Nhat Hanh and others, he has helped to introduce the core teachings of Buddhist wisdom in a non-sectarian and accessible way for western culture.  In this book he takes the reader straight to the heart of Buddhist teachings, and at the end of most chapters, suggests specific practices to try.  For me, the title of this book describes the author. He writes in such a way that the reader is drawn to his warmth and compassion, he knows that some of the teachings are hard to grasp but is encouraging and inspiring, truly wanting us to discover our own capacity for kindness and wisdom that will enable us to fulfil our potential, and transform the way that we handle everyday challenges.

Review by Sandra Marrison.  Published by Rbooks.  ISBN 978-1-84-604125-9 www.rbooks.co.uk   www.jackkornfield.org

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