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Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki put it best when he said, “You are perfect just as you are, and you could use a little improvement.” We hope the titles below will help you grow into your most brilliant self.

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  1. The Five Longings

    The Five Longings

    What We’ve Always Wanted—and Already Have

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    • David Richo
    If you’ve ever had a vague sense that something’s missing from your life, congratulations: that longing for something better is a sign of being fully human, fully alive. But what’s even more wonderful, according to Dave Richo, is that when you identify and carefully examine the things you long for—like love, meaning, freedom, happiness, and growth—you not only discover deep truths about yourself, but you also find that the things… Read More

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  2. The Zen of You and Me

    The Zen of You and Me

    A Guide to Getting Along with Just About Anyone

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    • Diane Musho Hamilton
    The people who get under your skin the most can in fact be your greatest teachers. It’s not a matter of overlooking differences, as is often taught, but of regarding those difficult aspects of the relationship with curiosity and compassion—for those very differences offer a path to profound connection. Diane Hamilton’s practical, reality-based guide to living harmoniously with even your most irritating fellow humans—spouses, partners, colleagues, parents, children—shows that “getting… Read More

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  3. The Wisdom of Not Knowing

    The Wisdom of Not Knowing

    Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty

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    • Estelle Frankel
    For most of us the unknown is both friend and foe. At times it can be a source of paralyzing fear and uncertainty, and at other times it can be a starting point for adventure, creativity, and transformation. How we relate to the unknown is a key element in all personal growth and healing; its mystery forms a deep current that runs throughout all religious and mystical traditions. In this… Read More

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  4. Coming Home to Tibet

    Coming Home to Tibet

    A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Belonging

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    • Tsering Wangmo Dhompa
    In this beautifully written memoir, a daughter travels to her mother's Tibetan homeland and finds both her own deep connections to her heritage and a people trying to maintain its cultural integrity despite Chinese occupation.After her mother dies in a car accident in India, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa decides to take a handful of her ashes back to her homeland in Tibet. Her mother left Tibet in her youth as a… Read More

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  5. Feeling Wisdom

    Feeling Wisdom

    Working with Emotions Using Buddhist Teachings and Western Psychology

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    • Rob Preece
    The realm of emotion is one of those areas where Buddhism and Western psychology are often thought to be at odds: Are emotions to be valued, examined, worked with as signs leading us to deeper self-knowledge? Or are they something to be ignored and avoided as soon as we recognize them? Rob Preece feels that neither of those extremes is correct. He charts a path through the emotions as they… Read More

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  6. The Weight Escape

    The Weight Escape

    How to Stop Dieting and Start Living

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    • Russ Harris,
    • Ann Bailey,
    • Joseph Ciarrochi
    Diet fads and fitness trends may offer the prospect of losing weight, but they rarely work out long-term. The Weight Escape offers something life-changingly different.Using the mindfulness-based method called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dr. Russ Harris, author of the best-selling Happiness Trap; psychological practitioner Ann Bailey; and scientist Joseph Ciarrochi show you how to make the lasting changes you want. Focusing on the mental barriers that can keep… Read More

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  7. Your Body Knows the Answer

    Your Body Knows the Answer

    Using Your Felt Sense to Solve Problems, Effect Change, and Liberate Creativity

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    • David I. Rome
    A manual for Mindful Focusing, a new integration of Eastern and Western techniques for accessing your inherent wisdom.Ever come up against one of those moments when life requires a response—and you feel clueless? We all have. But there’s good news: you have all the wisdom you need to respond to any situation, even the “impossible” ones. It’s a matter of tuning in to your felt sense: that subtle physical… Read More

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  8. The Power of Grace

    The Power of Grace

    Recognizing Unexpected Gifts on Our Path

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    • David Richo
    Perhaps you’ve had one of those moments when everything, quite unexpectedly, simply falls into place; or, when you’ve been puzzling over an impossible question and—pow!—the answer suddenly arises, seemingly out of nowhere. These and other such experiences are not caused by our efforts. They are moments of grace, the gift dimension of life. Grace is generally associated with religion, but, as Dave Richo shows, you don’t need to be religious… Read More

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  9. The Illustrated Happiness Trap

    The Illustrated Happiness Trap

    How to Stop Struggling and Start Living

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    • Russ Harris,
    • Bev Aisbett
    There’s this idea going around that we’re always supposed to be happy—and it’s making us miserable. The good news is, if you can learn to let go of that impossible expectation, your life will be a whole lot happier. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a simple, self-administered therapy that uses mindfulness to enable you to do just that. This fun, illustrated guide to the method that’s made life… Read More

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  10. In Search of Being

    In Search of Being

    The Fourth Way to Consciousness

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    • G. I. Gurdjieff
    Are we able to say that life is governed by a group of conscious people? Where are they? Who are they? We see exactly the opposite: that life is governed by those who are the least conscious, by those who are most asleep. Provocative ideas such as these have attracted generations of thoughtful people to the methods of self-study and inner work devised by Gurdjieff, one of the most… Read More

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