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A life well lived—or interestingly lived—is a perennial source of interest. And such a life well described makes one of the most satisfying reading experiences there is. Lose yourself in one of the intriguing lives described in these books.

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  1. Cold Antler Farm

    Cold Antler Farm

    A Memoir of Growing Food and Celebrating Life on a Scrappy Six-Acre Homestead

    • by
    • Jenna Woginrich
    Jenna Woginrich is well loved for her essays on all that accompanies the life of a true homesteader: the mud and mess, the beautiful and tragic, the grime and passion. In Cold Antler Farm, she draws our attention to the timekeeper of such a lifestyle: the ancient agricultural year, filled with celebrations and seasonal touchstones that mark turning points in the cycles of life. Amidst these new-old holidays, we… Read More

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  2. The Life of Longchenpa

    The Life of Longchenpa

    The Omniscient Dharma King of the Vast Expanse

    • by
    • Jampa Mackenzie Stewart
    Renowned as a peerless teacher, practitioner, and scholar, Longchenpa thoroughly studied and mastered every one of the many Buddhist vehicles and lineages of teachings existing in Tibet at his time. Through his radiant intellect and meditative accomplishment, in both his teachings and written works, he was able to reconcile the seeming discrepancies and contradictions between the various presentations of the view and the path within the many lineages of… Read More

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  3. The Way of Judo

    The Way of Judo

    A Portrait of Jigoro Kano and His Students

    • by
    • John Stevens
    Kodokan judo, one of the most well-known martial arts in the world today, was originated by Jigoro Kano (1860–1938), a martial artist and career educator who developed the art after studying several types of jujutsu, sumo, and Western wrestling. Openness and refinement were hallmarks of his personal and professional style, and he relentlessly searched for the best way to practice, teach, and perform techniques. This biography shows how Kano… Read More

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  4. Daddy Long Legs

    Daddy Long Legs

    The Natural Education of a Father

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    • John Price
    John Price appears to have thrown in the towel. He has spent the last year struggling to support his family, neglecting to spend time with his wife and children, and becoming increasingly cynical about the degraded state of the natural world around him. After a heart-attack scare, however, his wife demands that he start appreciating all the “good things” in his life: their mouse-infested old house, their hopelessly overgrown yard,… Read More

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  5. Zen Confidential

    Zen Confidential

    Confessions of a Wayward Monk

    • by
    • Shozan Jack Haubner
    These hilarious essays on life inside and outside a Zen monastery make up the spiritual memoir of Shozan Jack Haubner, a Zen monk who didn’t really start out to be one. Raised in a conservative Catholic family, Shozan went on to study philosophy (becoming de-Catholicized in the process) and to pursue a career as a screenwriter and stand-up comic in the clubs of L.A. How he went from life in… Read More

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  6. The Lone Samurai

    The Lone Samurai

    The Life of Miyamoto Musashi

    • by
    • William Scott Wilson
    Miyamoto Musashi (1584‒1645) was the legendary samurai known throughout the world as a master swordsman, spiritual seeker, and author of the classic book on strategy, the Book of Five Rings. Over 350 years after his death, Musashi and his legacy still fascinate us and continue to inspire artists, authors, and filmmakers. Here, respected translator and expert on samurai culture William Scott Wilson has created both a vivid account of a… Read More

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  7. Chogyam Trungpa

    Chogyam Trungpa

    His Life and Vision

    • by
    • Fabrice Midal
    Chögyam Trungpa is virtually synonymous with the transmission of Tibetan Buddhism to the West. Over the course of his seventeen-year teaching career in North America, Trungpa ushered in a radically new approach to spirituality—both rooted in the ancient wisdom of the buddhadharma and thoroughly situated in the contemporary world. His teachings, grounded in what he called the “Shambhala vision,” focused on the development of an enlightened society through the transformation… Read More

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  8. The Natural Laws of Good Luck

    The Natural Laws of Good Luck

    A Memoir of an Unlikely Marriage

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    • Ellen Graf
    Ellen is forty-six, divorced, and having no luck with personal ads when her Chinese girlfriend comes up with a plan: she has a brother in China, Zhong-hua, who’s lonely too. Maybe they’d like each other? Taking a leap of faith that most of us wouldn’t dare, Ellen travels to China to meet him. Though they speak only a few words of each other’s language, there’s an unspoken connection between them… Read More

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  9. From the Heart of Tibet

    From the Heart of Tibet

    The Biography of Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche, the Holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage

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    • Elmar R. Gruber
    This is the story of a young boy, born in Tibet to inherit the role of Buddhist lineage holder, whose life was interrupted by the Chinese army invasion and the ensuing Cultural Revolution. Two decades later, he walked out of Tibet and started on his journey of fully taking on leadership of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. Since then the teachings of this lineage have flourished and are practiced all around… Read More

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  10. Krishnamacharya

    Krishnamacharya

    His Life and Teachings

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    • A. G. Mohan,
    • Ganesh Mohan
    Here is a personal tribute to “the father of modern yoga” Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888–1989), written by one of his longtime disciples. Krishnamacharya was a renowned Indian yoga master, Ayurvedic healer, and scholar who modernized yoga practice and whose students—including B. K. S. Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois, T. K. V. Desikachar, and Indra Devi—dramatically popularized yoga in the West. In this book, the author, A. G. Mohan, a well-respected… Read More

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