JUNE 30, 2014

Book News by Lauren Sheppard

Hello once again,

Today we have several goodies that have recently been released. 

Firstly, Questions for the Dalai Lama (9781578264971, Hatherleigh Press, $12.50, HB) edited by Dede Cummings & Travis Hellstrom. This is a book of excerpts from speeches that the Dalai Lama has given over the years in answer to the questions of Love, Success, Happiness, [...]

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The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide

Karl Debreczeny
(Rubin Museum of Art, $30.00, HC, 9789085866435)

The All-Knowing Buddha focuses on a extremely rare group of richly-detailed album leaves which illustrate the visualization practice of Sarvavid Vairocana, the All-Knowing Buddha. This step-by-step visual guide provides a unique glimpse into Tibetan Buddhist meditation and ritual, normally instruction restricted to oral transmission by a teacher to his initiated disciple. The All-Knowing Buddha is beautifully illustrated with approximately twenty-five images, followed by the leaves themselves.

Biography - Autobiography

The Dance of Reality: A Psychomagical Autobiography

Alejandro Jodorowsky
(Park Street Press, $24.95, PB, 9781620552810)

The Dance of Reality is autobiography as an act of healing. Retracing the spiritual and mystical path he has followed since childhood, Alejandro Jodorowsky re-creates the incredible adventure of his life as an artist, filmmaker, writer, and therapist--all stages on his quest to push back the boundaries of both imagination and reason. The Dance of Reality is the book upon which Jodorowsky's critically acclaimed 2013 Cannes Film Festival film of the same name was based.


Meditation on Perception: Ten Healing Practices to Cultivate Mindfulness

Bhante Gunaratana
(Wisdom Publications, $14.95 , PB, 9781614290858)

Use the unique Buddhist practice of meditation on perception, as taught by the best-selling author of Mindfulness in Plain English, to learn how shifting your perspective can transform mental and physical health. Meditation on Perception gives us the keys to move beyond ordinary, superficial perception into an enlightened perspective, freed from confusion and unhappiness.

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Mahavira: The Hero of Nonviolence

Manoj Jain; Illustrated by Demi
(Wisdom Tales, $17.95, HC, 9781937786212)

Mahavira: The Hero of Nonviolence tells the remarkable story of Mahavira, a young prince who renounces his wealth and power to become a wandering monk. Beautifully brought to life by award-winning illustrator, Demi, let the story of Mahavira's belief in compassion and nonviolence inspire you as he inspired the visionary leader Mahatma Gandhi, who in turn inspired Martin Luther King, Jr. Ages 6-9

Cooking & Food

The Happycow Cookbook: Recipes from Top-Rated Vegan Restaurants Around the World

Edited by Eric Brent and Glen Mezer
(Benbella Books, $19.95, PB, 9781939529664)

HappyCow.com helps millions of people everywhere find delicious vegan and vegetarian cuisine across the globe through the site's extensive database of restaurants and reviews. Now, Eric Brent, creator of HappyCow, and Glen Merzer, coauthor of Better Than Vegan, bring the HappyCow concept home with a collection of nutritious and delicious dishes from top-rated vegan restaurants around the world. The HappyCow Cookbook is a must-have guide for those who simply want to experience some of the most delicious and healthy food on the planet.

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Buddhist Origami: 15 Easy-To-Make Symbols to Bring Peace, Wisdom & Harmony Into Your Home [With Origami Paper]

Nick Robinson
(Watkins Publishing, $14.95, PB, 9781780286372)

Walk the "Four-Fold" path with Origami expert, Nick Robinson. This unique book equips readers to make 15 Buddhist symbols simply through artful paper folding. Buddhist Origami offers something new to seekers of inner peace and wisdom and to the many fans of origami worldwide. Uplifting quotations and superb photography will inspire all wishing to use their completed Buddhist sculptures for meditation.


Creativity: The Perfect Crime

Philippe Petit
(Riverhead Books, $27.95, HC, 9781594631689)

Since well before his epic 1974 walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, Philippe Petit had become an artist who answered first and foremost to the demands of his craft. His outlaw sensibility spawned a unique approach to the creative process-an approach he shares, with characteristic enthusiasm, irreverence, and originality in Creativity: The Perfect Crime. Petit's message will resonate with performers of every stripe, and also with ordinary mortals in search of fresh ways of tackling the challenges and possibilities of everyday existence.

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Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals

Linda Bender
(North Atlantic Books, $18.95, PB, 9781583947739)

In Animal Wisdom, veterinarian and animal advocate Linda Bender offers a wealth of amazing stories and research-based evidence indicating animals have deeply perceptive--even extrasensory--abilities. She shows us that animals are extremely perceptive, intuitive, and psychic and provides step-by-step practices for honing your natural ability to communicate with them. Animal Wisdom is for animal lovers and anyone who seeks a deeper, more spiritual connection to these beautiful creatures.

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Health & Fitness

The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss & Body Confidence: A Woman's Guide to Stressing Less, Weighing Less, and Loving More

Jessica Ortner
(Hay House, $24.95, HC, 9781401945114)

In this groundbreaking book, Jessica Ortner uses tapping to help tackle the stress that leads to weight gain--including the personal stresses of low self-esteem and a lack of confidence. Using her own struggles with weight loss, along with success stories of some of the thousands of women she's worked with, Jessica walks readers through the process of discovering their personal power and self-worth.


The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: A Biography

David Gordon White
(Princeton University Press, $24.95, HC, 9780691143774)

Patanjali's Yoga Sutra is today extolled by the yoga establishment as a perennial classic and guide to yoga practice. In this groundbreaking study, David Gordon White brings to life the improbable cast of characters whose interpretations--and misappropriations--of the Yoga Sutra led to its revered place in popular culture today. Tracing the remarkable trajectory of this enigmatic work, White's exhaustively researched book also demonstrates why the yoga of India's past bears little resemblance to the yoga practiced today.

Inspiration and Personal Growth

Bee Happy!: Wit & Wisdom for a Happy Life

Maryjo Koch
(Andrews McMeel Publishing, $12.99, HC, 9781449447106)

Accomplished naturalist painter Maryjo Koch lends her considerable talents to Bee Happy, a thoughtful book for grads, moms, friends, anyone heading down a new path, Bee Happy shares wit and wisdom for happiness in a naturally giftable package.

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Magick Studies

The Voodoo Doll Spellbook: A Compendium of Ancient and Contemporary Spells and Rituals

Denise Alvarado
(Weiser Books, $21.95, PB, 9781578635542)

When it comes to Voodoo, few things are more iconic than the Voodoo doll. Voodoo dolls are servants of fast-acting, long-lasting magic. If you are seeking a new job or new friends, wish to be rid of your enemies or protect yourself from thievery, in these pages you will find the doll and the spell to do just that and more. You'll learn how to make, use, and properly dispose of your Voodoo doll. Be warned: this is some of the most effective magic that exists so be ready to reap what you are about to sow, or in this case, "sew"!


Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times

Matthew Fox
(New World Library, $17.95, PB, 9781608682652)

In his third book on thirteenth century Meister Eckhart, Matthew Fox unfolds Eckhart's deeply ecumenical teachings (social, economic, and gender justice) that were in many ways modern for his time. Here, Fox creates metaphorical meetings between Eckhart and Thich Nhat Hanh, Carl Jung, Black Elk, Rumi, Adrienne Rich, and other radical thinkers. The result is profoundly insightful, substantive, and inspiring.

New Thought

It's All about Change: The Greatest Challenge to Create a Golden Future for Humanity (Updated)

(Osho Media, $13.95, PB , 9781938755934)

Osho points out that the current world crisis is a crisis of consciousness and offers a radical vision of change that addresses how we can turn the present crisis into an opportunity, and what we must do in order to steer our course toward a "golden future" for all humankind and away from what he calls a "global suicide."

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Self Help

Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction

Noah Levine
(HarperOne, $16.99, PB, 9780062122841)

Bestselling author and renowned Buddhist teacher Noah Levine, adapts the Buddha's Four Noble Truths and Eight Fold Path into a proven and systematic approach to recovery from alcohol and drug addiction--an indispensable alternative to the 12-step program. Practical yet compassionate, Levine's successful Refuge Recovery system is designed for anyone interested in a non-theistic approach to recovery and requires no previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism or meditation.


Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cards: The Complete Spiritual Toolkit for Transforming Your Life

Tori Hartman
(Watkins Publishing, $19.95, Other Book, 9781780287515)

Set your intentions, break through blockages and learn ways to manifest your dreams using the 49 cards and guidebook of this extraordinary divination system! This oracle deck contains 49 unique chakra cards, each with its own fairy-tale image, as well as chakra-by-chakra insight to guide you on your journey. This new deck is set to become a classic for those interested in developing their intuition and card divination.


Be Nobody

Lama Marut
(Beyond Words Publishing, $16.00, PB, 9781582704548)

This follow-up to A Spiritual Renegade's Guide to the Good Life calls for the biggest revolution of all: the overthrow of our obsessive quest to be somebody. Be Nobody provides guidance, actions, and simple meditations to help you lay down the heavy burden of trying to be somebody--without requiring you to live in a monastery or retire to a cave in the Himalayas. So stop narrating your life and start living it. Be nobody.

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UFOs & Extraterrestrials

Underwater and Underground Bases

Richard Sauder
(Adventures Unlimited Press, $16.95, PB, 9781939149282)

Dr. Richard Sauder's second book is an explosive, eye-opening sequel to his best-selling, Underground Bases and Tunnels: What is the Government Trying to Hide? Dr. Sauder lays out the amazing evidence of clandestine underground facilities as well as the surprising location of one of the CIA's own underground bases. There are many rumors of secret, underground tunnels with MagLev trains hurtling through them. Underwater and Underground Bases carefully examines the evidence and comes to a thought provoking conclusion!


Anatomy, Stretching & Training for Yoga: A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting the Most from Your Yoga Practice

Amy Auman and Lisa Purcell
(Skyhorse Publishing, $19.95, PB, 9781628736373)

Anatomy, Stretching & Training for Yoga details how to achieve each pose, or asana, and properly align your body to begin a daily routine that will provide you with a calm focus while improving your strength, flexibility, balance, and posture. A handy guide with tips on perfecting your form, here you'll find all the information you need to help you avoid common injuries and become the best yogi you can be!

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