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Buddhist Art and Architecture

Buddhist Art and Architecture

By Robert E. Fisher /Paperback / 216 pages, 32 Colour Illustrations, 147 black & white Illustrations Thames and Hudson Ltd London, UK

Buddhism is the single common thread uniting the Asian world, from India to South-East Asia and through Central Asia to China, Korea and Japan. To guide and inspire believers, innumerable symbols and images were made, beginning in India in the 3rd century BC. This phenomenally diverse tradition includes not only frescoes, relief carvings, colossal statues, silk embroideries and bronze ritual objects but also rock-cut shrines with a thousand Buddhas, the glorious stupas of South-East Asia and the pagodas of the Far East, the massive "mandala in stone" of Borobudur in Java and entire 13th-century temple complexes at Angkor in Cambodia.;The author describes all the Buddhist schools and cultures, and explains their imagery, from Tibetan cosmic diagrams and Korean folk art to early Sri Lankan sites and Japanese Zen gardens.

General Zen, Theraveda & Vipassana

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki / Paperback / 1988

Taking the Path of Zen by Robert Aitken / Paperback / 1982

Wherever You Go There You Are : Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn / Hardcover /1994
Wherever You Go There You Are / Paperback / 1995

Wherever You Go There You Are : Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn / Audio Cassette / 1994

The Complete Guide to Buddhist America by Don Morreale, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein / Hardcover / Published 1998. This is the long-awaited update of a comprehensive guide to Buddhist centers, monasteries, practice groups and retreat facilities in the United States. It also includes numerous articles about particular centers and retreat facilities from participants' experiences, and provides some commentary on how Buddhism is emerging - and changing - in America.

General Zen, Theraveda & Vipassana
Thich Nhat Hanh
Jack Kornfield
Buddhism root texts: Pali Canon, Prajnaparamita & other sutras
Buddhism "getting started" books

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Don't Just Do Something, Sit There : A Mindfulness Retreat With Sylvia Boorstein by Sylvia Boorstein / Paperback - 160 pages / 1996. For both the "do-it-yourself-er" and group retreat participant, this is a wonderful step-by-step guidebook through a weekend meditation retreat. Sylvia's long teaching and retreat-leading experience with Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Society infuse this guide with insight, simplicity and wit - a perfect blend for a retreat guide.

Nine-Headed Dragon River: Zen Journals, 1969-1985 Peter Matthiessen / Paperback / Published 1987

Jack Kornfield

A Path With Heart : A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life Jack Kornfield / Paperback / 1993

A Path With Heart Jack Kornfield / Audio Cassette / 1996

The Inner Art of Meditation Jack Kornfield / Audio Cassette / 1997

Meditations of the Heart : Classic Meditations Based on the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism Jack Kornfield / Audio Cassette / 1995

The Path of Insight Meditation (Shambhala Pocket Classics) Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield / Paperback / 1995

Seeking the Heart of Wisdom : The Path of Insight Meditation Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield / Paperback / 1987

Thich Nhat Hanh

A Guide to Walking Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh / Paperback / 1985. A retreat, and the practice of meditation, is not limited to periods of sitting - in fact, I think one of the ways we can integrate a meditative awareness and mindfulness into our daily lives is with walking

The Art of Mindful Living : How to Bring Love, Compassion and Inner Peace into Your Daily Life Thich Nhat Hanh / Audio Cassette / 1992

Be Still and Know : Reflections from Living Buddha, Living Christ Nhat Hanh, et al / Paperback / 1996

Being Peace Thich Nhat Hanh, et al / Hardcover / Published 1996
Being Peace / Paperback / 1988

The Blooming of a Lotus : Guided Meditation Exercises for Healing &Transformation Thich Nhat Hanh, Annabel Laity (Translator) / Hardcover / 1993
The Blooming of a Lotus / Paperback / 1997. A collection of short meditations - dip into this for a change of pace or one of Thay's verbal "mindfulness bells."

Breathe! You Are Alive : Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing Thich Nhat Hanh / Paperback / 1996

Call Me by My True Names : The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh Thich Nhat Hanh / Hardcover / 1993

Cultivating the Mind of Love : The Practice of Looking Deeply in the Mahayana Buddhist Tradition Thich Nhat Hanh / Hardcover / Published 1996
Cultivating the Mind of Love / Paperback / 1995

For a Future to Be Possible : Commentaries on the Five Wonderful Precepts Thich Nhat Hanh / Paperback / 1993

The Heart of Understanding : Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra Thich Nhat Hanh, Peter Levitt / Paperback / 1988

Living Buddha, Living Christ Thich Nhat Hanh / Hardcover / 1995
Living Buddha, Living Christ Thich Nhat Hanh / Paperback / 1997

Living Buddha, Living Christ Thich Nhat Hanh, et al / Audio Cassette / 1996

The Long Road Turns to Joy : A Guide to Walking Meditation Nhat Hanh, et al / Paperback / 1996

Love in Action : Writings on Nonviolent Social Change Thich Nhat Hanh / Paperback / 1993

The Miracle of Mindfulness : A Manual on Meditation Thich Nhat Hanh / Hardcover / 1996
"Breathing in, I know I am breathing in... Breathing out, I smile." Thich Nhat Hanh's wonderful books have a way of making the core practices of Buddhism as close and as understandabale as our every breath. Regardless of what tradition of Buddhism you eventually find a "home" in - or if your path borrows from many traditions without a specific affiliation - his deceptively simple approach to mindfulness is practical and immediately applicable.

Old Path, White Clouds : Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha Thich Nhat Hanh / Paperback / 1991. This is a lovely telling of the life of Gautama Buddha, based on Thay's translations from the Pali Canon.

Our Appointment With Life : The Buddhas Teaching on Living in the Present Thich Nhat Hanh / Paperback / 1990

Peace Is Every Step : The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh / Paperback Reissue / 1992. I'm in the habit of eliminating or reducing drastically my reading when I retreat, but having one book to open at random for a brief bit of inspiration can be a help. This book fits that description admirably, with short commentaries on everyday mindfulness. Good for non-retreat times, too.

Plum Village Meditations Thich Nhat Hanh, et al / Audio Cassette / 1997

Present Moment, Wonderful Moment : Mindfulness Verses for Daily Living Thich Nhat Hanh, Mayumi Oda / Paperback / 1990

The Present Moment : A Retreat on the Practice of Mindfulness/Cassettes by Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong / Audio Cassettes / 1994. While I was not an attendee at this U.S. retreat, I did attend Thay's 1995 retreat in California (along with 540 others stuffed into a camp with bathroom facilities for maybe half that number - a true exercise in mindfulness!), and his talks and "presence" were wonderful! I'd recommend these tapes just on the basis of the value of the retreat I attended.

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