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  The Buddha was talking with Uttara, a young pupil of the bhramin Parasariya:
-Uttara, does Parasariya teach you how to develop your faculties?
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The majority of the following books are from the library of Chon Tri. Many of the summaries and in his own words. If you wish to purchase the book, click on the cover image and you will be linked to Amazon.com.
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buy this book 221. POETRY: THE RUBA'IYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM
by Omar Khayyam, Peter Avery & John Heath-Stubbs (transalators)
Publisher: Penguin (ISBN #: 0140059547, Paperback, 128 pp, January 1989)
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"Few Oriental poets have achieved international popularity of Oma Khayyam and ever since Rosetti and Swindburne took up Edward Fitzgerald's idiosyncratic translation at the end of the last century his verse have been read by millions. Philosopher, astronomer,and mathematician, Khayyam as a poet posseses a singular originalty. His poetry is richly charged with the evocative power and offers a view of life characteristic od=f his stormy times, with striking relevance to the present day.
This new transaltion by Peter Avery and John Heath-Stubbs is beatifully and lavishly illustrated in color with numerous examples of Persian miniature painting. It also contains a valuable introduction and several appendices, including an essay on Persian painting." (from backcover of the book)

buy this book 222. POETRY: THE SELECTED POEMS OF LI PO
by Li Po; David Hinton (translator)
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation (ISBN #: 0811213234, Paperback, 160 pp, March 1996)
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Li Po (A.D. 701-762) lived in T'ang Dynasty China, but his influence has spanned the centuries: the pure lyricism of his poems has awed readers in China and Japan for over a millennium, and through Ezra Pound's translations, Li Po became central to the modernist revolution in the West. His work is suffused with Taoism and Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism, but these seem not so much spiritual influences as the inborn form of his life. There is a set-phrase in Chinese referring to the phenomenon of Li Po: "Winds of the immortals, bones of the Tao." He moved through this world with an unearthly freedom from attachment, and at the same time belonged profoundly to the earth and its process of change. However ethereal in spirit, his poems remain grounded in the everyday experience we all share. He wrote 1200 years ago, half a world away, but in his poems we see our world transformed.

buy this book 223. POETRY: WHEN I FIND YOU AGAIN, IT WILL BE IN THE MOUNTAINS: THE SELECTED POEMS OF CHIA TAO
by Chia Tao; Mike O'Connor (translator)
Publisher: Wisdom Publications (ISBN #: 0861711726, Paperback, 224pp, November 1999)
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Chia Tao (779-843), a former Zen monk who became a poet during China's T'ang Dynasty, recorded the lives of the sages, masters, immortals, and pure hermits who helped establish the great spiritual tradition of Zen Buddhism in China. Presented in both the original Chinese and Mike O'Connor's beautifully crafted English translation, When I Find You... brings to life this preeminent poet and his glorious religious tradition, offering the fullest translation of Chia Tao's poems to date.
Translated from Chinese by Mike O'Connor

buy this book 224. SCIENCE: ACROSS THE FRONTIERS
by Werner Heisenberg; Peter Heath (translator)
Publisher: Ox Bow Press (ISBN #: 0918024811, Paperback, 230 pp, January 1994)
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"Werner Heisenberg is one of the most famous physicists in the history of the development of the quantum theory, his name is attached to the famous uncertainty principle dictating the inablity to both measure the position and the velocity of a particle with the same degree of accuracy at the same time, one accurate measurement leads to inaccuracy in the other. This book does not discuss Heisenberg's science but rather his own interest in discussing science as part of the whole human endeavour. It is a book of essays ranging from the philosophy of Wolfgang Pauli, the state of education in German universities, the use of abstraction in science and art, the truths inherent in science and religion to Einstein's lifetime work. Most of the essays are obtained from the transcripts of lectures or talks Heisenberg gave at various times during the 50's, 60's and 70's." (Reviewer: Frank Bierbrauer from Wollongong, NSW Australia)

buy this book 225. SCIENCE: EINSTEIN, BOHR AND THE QUANTUM DILEMMA
by Andrew Whitaker
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (ISBN #: 0521484286, Paperback, 367 pp, January 1996)
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By 1926 the new quantum theory of Heisenberg and Schrodinger promised to provide an exact theoretical basis for the physics of atoms. However, at the heart of the theory lay major contradictions and conceptual problems. Niels Bohr's approach to these problems implied the abandonment of determinism, in absolute contrast to Newtonian physics. It also required abandoning some aspects of realism, according to which any physical quantity had a precise value at all times. Albert Einstein was not prepared to accept such revolutionary changes, and an intense debate between the two protagonists ensued. This book contains sympathetic accounts of the views of both Bohr and Einstein, and a thorough study of the argument between them. It also includes non-technical and non-mathematical accounts of the development of quantum theory and relativity, and also the work of David Bohm and John Bell in the 1950s and 1960s that restored interest in Einstein's views. Also included is a full account of the many current experimental and theoretical developments of quantum theory.
This fascinating book will appeal to anyone with an interest in fundamental questions in physics, its history and philosophy.

buy this book 226. SCIENCE: END OF TIME: THE NEXT REVOLUTION IN PHYSICS
by Julian B. Barbour
Publisher: Oxford University Press (ISBN #: 0195145925, Paperback, 384 pp, September 2001)
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If nothing changed, would time stop? Theoretical physicist Julian Barbour believes that it would. In this provocative book, he presents evidence, some of it quite recent, that we reside in a timeless universe. Conceptually intriguing and vibrantly written.

buy this book 227. SCIENCE: IDEAS AND OPINIONS
by Albert Einstein; Carl Seelig (editor); Sonja Bargmann (translator)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated (ISBN #: 0517003937, Hardcover, 384 pp, February 1988)
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A new edition of the most definitive collection of Albert Einstein's popular writings, gathered under the supervision of Einstein himself. The selections range from his earliest days as a theoretical physicist to his death in 1955; from such subjects as relativity, nuclear war or peace, and religion and science, to human rights, economics, and government.

buy this book 228. SCIENCE: PHYSICS AND PHILOSOPHY: THE REVOLUTION IN MODERN SCIENCE
by Werner Heisenberg
Publisher: Prometheus Books (ISBN #: 0061305499, Paperback, 213 pp, April 1999)
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Nobel Prize winning German physicist Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) is known for the development of quantum mechanics and the principle of indeterminacy. In Physics and Philosophy he explains how modern advances in science alter, and often destroy, traditional ways only when the philosophical assumptions underlying new scientific theories are accepted by the society. He shows how physical and philosophical assumptions embedded in scientific method allow for modifications when new evidence emerges. Scientific advances alone do not change a culture when it is stripped of the new knowledge that accompanies the new science.

buy this book 229. SCIENCE: QUANTUM QUESTIONS: MYSTICAL WRITINGS OF THE WORLD'S GREAT PHYSICISTS
by Ken Wilber (editor)
Publisher: Random House, Inc. (ISBN #: 1570627681, Paperback, 224 pp, January 2001)
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Brings together for the 1st time the mystical writings of the world's great physicists - all of whom express a deep belief that physics and mysticism are somehow fraternal twins. Written in non-technical language.

buy this book 230. SCIENCE: SELF-AWARE UNIVERSE: HOW CONSCIOUSNESS CREATES THE MATERIAL WORLD
by Amit Goswami & Maggie Goswami
Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons (ISBN #: 0874777984, Paperback, 336 pp, March 1995)
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From The Critics
Consciousness, not matter, is the ground of all existence, declares University of Oregon physicist Goswami, echoing the mystic sages of his native India. He holds that the universe is self-aware, and that consciousness creates the physical world. Calling this theory ``monistic idealism,'' he claims it is not only ``the basis of all religions worldwide'' but also the correct philosophy for modern science. Once people give up the assumption that there is an objective reality independent of consciousness, the paradoxes of quantum physics are explainable, contends Goswami, writing with his wife and Reed ( Building the Future from Our Past ). He also applies his hypothesis to the so-called mind-body schism, which he attempts to heal. Sketching a model of the self, this demanding but rewarding treatise uses analogies from the ``new physics'' to throw light on choice, free will, creativity, the unconscious and paths to spiritual growth. Illustrated. (Apr.) Publisher's Weekly.

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