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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 241. THE BOOK OF LIEH TZU
by Lieh Tzu, A.C. Graham (translator)
Publisher: Columbia University Press (ISBN #: 0231072376, Paperback: 192 pages, October 1990)
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"The Lieh-tzu ranks with the Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu as one of the most eloquent and influential expositions of Taois philosophy. This definitive translation by Professor Graham does full justice to the subtlety of thought and literary effectiveness of the text." -- Burton Watson

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"It is a gem of a work following on the Chuang Tzu, in a somewhat darker tone, yet punctuated with a most extraordinary humor. The modernity of this text... is astonishing....[A.C. Graham] is one of the most distinguished Sinologists working today." -- Irene Bloom, Columbia University

buy this book 242. THE ESSENCE OF T'AI CHI
by Waysun Liao
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc. (ISBN #: 1570620393, Paperback, Pocket size, 162 pp, March 1993)
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The deepest benefits of T'ai Chi cannot be realized without understading of its underlying principles. This book presents these principles through translations of three core classics of T'ai Chi that are often considered the "T'ai Chi Bible", accompanied the author's insightfuls commemtary. Mater Liao demontrates how to increase the body's energy (ch'i) and transform it into inner power, health, and well-being. (From the backcover of the book).

buy this book 243. THE MACROBIOTIC PATH TO TOTAL HEALTH: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO PREVENTING AND RELIEVING MORE THAN 200 CHRONIC CONDITIONS AND DISORDERS NATURALLY
by Michio Kushi & Alex Jack
Publisher: 0345439872 (ISBN #: 0345439872, Hardcover: 546 pages, August 2003)
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This encyclopedic compendium of macrobiotic fundamentals, remedies, menus, and recipes takes into account the newest thinking and evolving practices within the macrobiotic community. The authors integrate all the information into a remarkable A-to-Z guide to macrobiotic healing - from AIDS, allergies, and arthritis to cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. They also clearly explain what we need to know to start eating a true macrobiotic diet that will provide us with a complete balance of energy and nutrients.

buy this book 244. THE QUANTUM AND THE LOTUS: A JOURNEY TO THE FRONTIERS WHERE SCIENCE AND BUDDHISM MEET
by Matthieu Ricard, Trinh Xuan Thuan
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (ISBN #: 0609608541, Hardcover, 320 pp, December 2001)
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"Matthieu Ricard trained as a molecular biologist, working in the lab of a Nobel prize-winning scientist, but when he read some Buddhist philosophy, he became drawn to Buddhism. Eventually he left his life in science to study with Tibetan teachers, and he is now a Buddhist monk and translator for the Dalai Lama, living in the Shechen monastery near Kathmandu in Nepal. Trinh Thuan was born into a Buddhist family in Vietnam but became intrigued by the explosion of discoveries in astronomy during the 1960s. He made his way to the prestigious California Institute of Technology to study with some of the biggest names in the field and is now an acclaimed astrophysicist and specialist on how the galaxies formed." "When Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Thuan met at an academic conference in the summer of 1997, they began discussing the many remarkable connections between the teachings of Buddhism and the findings of recent science. That conversation grew into an astonishing correspondence exploring a series of fascinating questions. Did the universe have a beginning? Or is our universe one in a series of infinite universes with no end and no beginning? Is the concept of a beginning of time fundamentally flawed? Might our perception of time in fact be an illusion, a phenomenon created in our brains that has no ultimate reality? Is the stunning fine-tuning of the universe, which has produced just the right conditions for life to evolve, a sign that a "principle of creation" is at work in our world? If such a principle of creation undergirds the workings of the universe, what does that tell us about whether or not there is a divine Creator? How does the radical interpretation of reality offered by quantum physics conform to and yet differ from the Buddhist conception of reality? What is consciousness and how did it evolve? Can consciousness exist apart from a brain generating it?" The stimulating journey of discovery the authors traveled in their discussions is re-created beautifully.

buy this book 245. THE SECRET OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER: A CHINESE BOOK OF LIFE
by Richard Wilhelm (translator)
Publisher: Harcourt (ISBN #: 0156799804, Paperback, 149 pp, April 1970)
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The point of view established in this volume is that the spirit must lean on science as its guide in the world of reality, and that science must turn to the spirit for the meaning of life. This book lends us a new approach to the East, and it also strengthens the point of view evolving in the West with respect to the psyche. Wilhelm provides the reader with the text and explanation, while another section contains commentary by Jung.

buy this book 246. THE TAO OF PHYSICS: AN EXPLORATION OF THE PARALLELS BETWEEN MODERN PHYSICS AND EASTERN MYSTICISM
by Fritjof Capra
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc. (ISBN #: 0877735948, Paperback, 366 pp, July 1991)
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Devi Lal Sharma (devilal_sharma@yahoo.com), I am"technology || mysticism" lover, October 28, 2002.
Hinduism, Zen and modern physics.
Capra's comparitive study on this metaphysical faith, but also brings in aspects of Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism and even jujistu and kendo. It is obvious he is well versed in both theoretical physics and eastern mysticism, and it is refreshing to see a scientist brave enough to step away from the fold and still bring scientific evidence to bear to support his position.

buy this book 247. THE WISDOM OF MARCUS AURELIUS
by Marcus Aurelius, Alan Jacobs (translator)
Publisher: O Books (ISBN #: 1903816742, Paperback, 260 pp, August 2004)
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Based on "The Meditation of Marcus Aurelius," which has been described as the best book of practical philosophy ever written, this book has a simple but powerful message: we have a short time on earth, we don't know what is going to happen, and it doesn't matter. External events and sensations are immaterial compared to our private quest for perfection.
The stoicism of Macrus Aurelius touches the frontier where reason and mysticim meet. It is the best defense available against the problems and stresses of out time.

A poetic transcreation by Alan Jacobs.

buy this book 248. THREE ESSAYS ON THE THEORY OF SEXUALITY
by Sigmund Freud, James Strachey (Editor)
Publisher: Basic Books (ISBN #: 0465097081, Paperback, 192 pp, January 2000)
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The definitive edition of one of Freud's most important works in which he describes his theory of the development, transformation, and aberrations of the sexual instinct from its earliest beginnings in childhood.

buy this book 249. TIBETAN YOGA AND SECRET DOCTRINES
by Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup (translator), Walter Y. Evans-Wentz (editor), Chen-Chi Chang (commentator)
Publisher: Oxford University Press (ISBN #: 0195002784, Paperback: 389 pages, January 1968)
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First published in English in 1935, this volume of seven authentic Tibetan yoga texts serves as a companion to The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Illustrated with photographs and reproductions of yoga paintings and manuscripts, this edition contains some of the principal meditations used by illustrious Hindu and Tibetan gurus and philosophers through the ages in attaining Right Knowledge and Enlightenment. Special commentaries precede each carefully-rendered text, and a comprehensive preface contrasts the tenets of Buddhism with European concepts of religion, philosophy, and science.
Yoga, the tap root of Hinduism, Jainism, Zen Buddhism, and Taoism, has also influenced the development of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. These seven distinct but intimately related books, arranged in orderly sequence, afford a comprehensive view of the spiritual teachings which have shaped the culture of the Orient, and which are now increasingly enriching the West's appreciation of the depths of the human psyche.

buy this book 250. TIBETAN: SELF-LIBERATION: THROUGH SEEING WITH NAKED AWRENESS
by John M. Reynolds
Publisher: Snow Lion Publications; 1st edition (ISBN #: 1559391448 , Paperback: 172 pages , November 2000)
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Fantastic Text with flawed commentary, January 21, 2005 Reviewer: Neal J. Pollock (VA USA)
This book is a commentary on the titled Terma text. The text is terrific (worth 5 stars), reminiscent of Norbu's "The Supreme Source" or Longchenpa's "Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena." While addressing Dzogchen's Trekchö view, it includes very interesting & refreshing statements. It uses "empty" differently than other books & Mr. Reynolds commentary--not signifying dependent-arising (or interdependent) but actual emptiness (page 13, stanza 8): "Since it is empty and not created anywhere whatsoever, it is the Dharmakaya" and (page 14, stanza 10) "It is certain that the nature of the mind is empty and without any foundation whatsoever. Your own mind is insubstantial like the empty sky...It is certain that self-originated primal awareness has been clear (and luminous) from the very beginning."
Per most Tibetan to English translations, it seems literal vs. figurative (i.e. concerned with an "accurate" translation rather than with reader understanding). Mr. Reynolds states (page 115) "what is important at this primary level is to discover what the masters of the Dzogchen tradition actually say about their own tradition." I disagree. The most important thing is for the reader to UNDERSTAND Dzogchen and be enabled to practice it. For example, "nature of the mind" and "mind" are intermixed in a confusing manner. The author's explanation of his choice (pages 47-8, stanza 6) is unconvincing vs. his alternative, "Mind Itself," Padmasambhava's term "intrinsic awareness," or the commonly used "ground of being." Per other texts, "meditate" is translated as meditate upon (transitive), so Mr. Reynolds uses "contemplate" in stanza 8. That's fine, but in English "meditate" is a dual verb, it can be either transitive or intransitive (check your dictionary). Indeed, Padmasambhava states (page 13, stanza 8) "you are meditating without finding anything there to meditate on" (inferring intransitive meditation)....

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