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We are in the process of converting our print books into eBooks. Shambhala eBooks can be purchased from all major online eBook stores (including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Google, Kobo, and Sony). Links are provided on each book’s web page. To view our latest offerings, simply sort by publication date.
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  1. The Swordsman's Handbook

    The Swordsman's Handbook

    Samurai Teachings on the Path of the Sword

    • edited by
    • William Scott Wilson
    There is perhaps no more potent symbol of the samurai era than the sword. By the seventeenth century in Japan, the art of swordsmanship had begun to take on an almost cult-like popularity. Swordsmanship was more than a mastery of technique; it was a path toward self-mastery. The Swordsman’s Handbook is the definitive collection of writings by men who saw the study of swordsmanship not only as essential to life… Read More

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  2. Lust for Enlightenment

    Lust for Enlightenment

    Buddhism and Sex

    • by
    • John Stevens
    Over the centuries, Buddhism has responded to sexuality in a variety of fascinating ways, sometimes suppressing the sexual urge, sometimes sublimating it, sometimes cultivating it, and, on the highest levels, transforming it. This book reveals how Buddhists, beginning with Shakyamuni Buddha himself, relate to the “inner fire” that drives humankind. Included are chapters on the Buddha’s love life before his enlightenment and his later relationships with women; the tantric approach… Read More

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  3. Tilopa's Mahamudra Upadesha

    Tilopa's Mahamudra Upadesha

    The Gangama Instructions with Commentary

    • by
    • Sangyes Nyenpa Rinpoche
    All lineages of Mahamudra meditation have their source in a verse teaching—a “song of realization”—sung by the Mahasiddha Tilopa to his disciple Naropa on the banks of the Ganges River more than a thousand years ago. Since that time, the meaning of Tilopa’s instructions has been passed directly from master to disciple in a continuous stream that exists unbroken to this day. This book offers the reader a rare… Read More

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  4. The Bodhi Tree Grows in L.A.

    The Bodhi Tree Grows in L.A.

    Tales of a Buddhist Monk in America

    • by
    • Bhante Walpola Piyananda
    Truth is regularly stranger than fiction for the abbot of a Buddhist temple in the far-from-tranquil inner city of Los Angeles, California. Whether he is talking a dangerously unbalanced man out of buying a gun, confronting a naked woman in his meditation hall, or helping gamblers reform, Bhante Walpola Piyananda demonstrates that every experience can be an opportunity for learning and appreciating the Buddha's teachings. Bhante Piyananda also reflects on… Read More

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  5. Buddhist Yoga

    Buddhist Yoga

    A Comprehensive Course

    The word yoga has many meanings, including "meditation," "method," and "union." While the physical exercises of Hindu yoga are familiar to Westerners, the subtle metaphysics and refined methods of spiritual development that characterize Buddhist yoga are not yet well known. This volume presents a landmark translation of a classical sourcebook of Buddhist yoga, the Sandhinirmochana-sutra, or "Scripture Unlocking the Mysteries," a revered text of the school of Buddhism… Read More

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  6. Completing Distinctions

    Completing Distinctions

    Interweaving the Ideas of Gregory Bateson and Taoism into a Unique Approach to Therapy

    • by
    • Douglas C. Flemons
    Completing Distinctions develops a new way of thinking about the connection between problems and solutions for family and systems therapists. The author suggests that addiction and other social and ecological dilemmas stem from the belief that distinctions such as hate and love, sickness and health, or problem and solution are irreconcilable oppositions. Flemons shows how much separations can be completed so that genuine healing can occur in individuals, families, organizations,… Read More

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  8. The Long Journey Home

    The Long Journey Home

    Re-Visioning the Myth of Demeter and Persephone for Our Time

    • edited by
    • Christine Downing
    The story of the mother-and-daughter goddesses Demeter and Persephone has seized the imagination of people in every age, from ancient times to the present. Considered today by many to be the archetypal myth for women, it touches on timeless themes in every life, such as the male-female relationship, love between women, initiations into puberty and old age, the mother-daughter bond, death, and ecological renewal. Christine Downing has combined essays, prose,… Read More

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  9. Nine-Headed Dragon River

    Nine-Headed Dragon River

    Zen Journals 1969-1982

    • by
    • Peter Matthiessen
    In August 1968, naturalist-explorer Peter Matthiessen returned from Africa to his home in Sagaponack, Long Island, to find three Zen masters in his driveway—guests of his wife, a new student of Zen. Thirteen years later, Matthiessen was ordained a Buddhist monk. Written in the same format as his best-selling The Snow Leopard, Nine-Headed Dragon River reveals Matthiessen's most daring adventure of all: the quest for his spiritual… Read More

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  10. Recovering Sanity

    Recovering Sanity

    A Compassionate Approach to Understanding and Treating Psychosis

    • by
    • Edward M. Podvoll
    Recovering Sanity is a compassionately written examination of the experience of psychosis and related mental illnesses. By presenting four in-depth profiles of illness and recovery, Dr. Edward Podvoll reveals the brilliance and chaos of the psychotic mind and demonstrates its potential for recovery outside of traditional institutional settings. Dr. Podvoll counters the conventional thinking that the millions of Americans suffering from psychosis can never fully recover. He… Read More

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