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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. Close to the Ground

    Close to the Ground

    Reflections on the Seven Factors of Enlightenment

    • by
    • Geri Larkin
    After the bliss and emptiness we might be lucky enough to experience along our spiritual path, what’s left are the karmic knots of conditioning that still need to be undone if we are going to be of any genuine help to anybody. Untying them is the work of spiritual warriors: that is, all of us. The seven factors of enlightenment are a means to loosen these knots, all the while… Read More

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. The Natural Laws of Good Luck

    The Natural Laws of Good Luck

    A Memoir of an Unlikely Marriage

    • by
    • 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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  5. From the Heart of Tibet

    From the Heart of Tibet

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

    • by
    • 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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  6. Writing Yoga

    Writing Yoga

    A Guide to Keeping a Practice Journal

    • by
    • Bruce Black
    Writer and editor Bruce Black began studying yoga five years ago, when his knees could no longer stand the stress of running. After taking classes for a few years, he started keeping a journal to explore his experiences on the mat. Out of his journal and his devotion to Anusara Yoga has emerged a book that delves into the nexus of yoga, writing, and life.In Writing Yoga, Bruce begins by… Read More

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  7. Krishnamacharya

    Krishnamacharya

    His Life and Teachings

    • by
    • 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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  8. Wild Comfort

    Wild Comfort

    The Solace of Nature

    • by
    • Kathleen Dean Moore
    In an effort to make sense of the deaths in quick succession of several loved ones, Kathleen Dean Moore turned to the comfort of the wild, making a series of solitary excursions into ancient forests, wild rivers, remote deserts, and windswept islands to learn what the environment could teach her in her time of pain. This book is the record of her experiences. It’s a stunning collection of carefully… Read More

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  9. Brilliant Moon

    Brilliant Moon

    The Autobiography of Dilgo Khyentse

    • by
    • Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
    Through lively anecdotes and stories this highly revered Buddhist meditation master and scholar tells about his life of study, retreat, and teaching. The formative events of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s life, and those insights and experiences that caused him to mature into the warm, brilliant, and highly realized meditation master and teacher he was, are deeply inspiring. The second half of the book comprises recollections by his wife; his grandson,… Read More

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  10. Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy
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