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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 251. TIBETAN: TEACHINGS OF TIBETAN YOGA: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SPIRITUAL, MENTAL, AND PHYSICAL EXERCISES OF THE TIBETAN RELIGION
by Garma C. C. Chang (translator)
Publisher: Kensington Publishing (ISBN #: 0806514531, Paperback, 128 pp, September 1993)
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This is indeed a superb book, with its great emphasis on deep relaxation as being the most important pre-requisite to successful spiritual practice. The great secret revealed in this book is that we must stop in our 'struggle to attain' a spiritual state of yoga, rather we must deeply relax and allow ourselves to be guided into the practice by the greater mind force that is within us and around us. This book is a must-read for anyone learning both Yoga and Buddhism. Raja Bhat, MD

buy this book 252. TIBETAN: THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE GREAT LIBERATION, OR THE METHOD OF REALIZING NIRVANA THROUGH KNOWING THE MIND
by Walter Y. Evans-Wentz (editor)
Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Impression edition (ISBN #: 0195002938, Paperback: 328 pages, June 1968)
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
In this volume, the fourth of my Tibetan Series, I have placed on record, in a manner intended to appeal equally to the learned and to the unlearned, to the philosopher and to the scientist, some of the most recondite teachings of Oriental Sages. In doing so, I have had the right guidance of an original text, heretofore unknown to Europe the authorship of which is attributed to Tibet's Precious Guru Padma-Sambhava, the illustrious master of the Tantric Occult Sciences, of whose life-history an epitome is herein presented.

Ian Myles Slater on: Still Worth It, But Check Competition, November 26, 2003
Reviewer: Ian M. Slater "aylchanan" (Los Angeles, CA United States)
The title text of this collection of translations has recently appeared in a significantly clearer and better-annotated translation, as "Self-Liberation Through Seeing With Naked Awareness." Like the other three books in W.Y. Evans-Wentz's "Oxford Tibetan Series," it suffers from a dependence on Tibetan translators working at time when few clear guidelines for translating technical terms had been developed, and from Evans-Wentz's own lack of familiarity with Mahayana Buddhism and its various schools. (Which apparently has not prevented it from achieving its own canonical status with some readers; a process not unknown in the history of translations, from the Christian adoption of the Septuagint in place of its Hebrew original, to some Chinese -- and Tibetan -- renderings of Buddhist Sanskrit texts.)

buy this book 253. WALDEN: OXFORD WORLD CLASSICS (OXFORD POCKET CLASSICS)
by Henry D. Thoreau
Publisher: Oxford University Press - Avenel Books (ISBN #: 0517606070, Hard cover 299 pages, October 1985)
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Walden is Thoreau's classic autobiographical account of his experiment in solitary living, his refusal to play by the rules of hard work and the accumulation of wealth, and above all the freedom it gave him to adapt his living to the natural world around him. This new edition traces the sources of Thoreau's reading and thinking and considers the author in the context of his birthplace and sense of history--social, economic, and natural. An ecological appendix provides modern identifications of the myriad plants and animals to which he gave close attention as he became acclimated to his life in the woods by Walden Pond. --

buy this book 254. YAQUI WAY: A SEPARATE REALITY: FURTHER CONVERSATIONS WITH DON JUAN
by Carlos Castaneda
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (ISBN #: 0671732498, Paperback, 272 pp, June 1991)
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In The Teachings of Don Juan Castaneda published the account of his five-year apprenticeship to the Yaqui Indian Sorcerer Don Juan. Now, in A Separate Reality, Castaneda tells how he returned to Mexico, to Don Juan, and to a world of experience no man from Western civilization had entered before. It is a fascinating journey into the heart of magic readers will not forget.

From the Publisher
In 1968, Castaneda returned to Mexico, to Don Juan and his hallucinogenic drugs, and to a world of experience no man from our Western civilization has ever entered before.

buy this book 255. YAQUI WAY: CREATIVE VICTORY
by Tomas
Publisher: Samuel Weiser, Inc. (ISBN #: 0877288534, Paperback 224 pages, October 1995)
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Reviewer: A reader, November 13, 1998
Only second to the writings of Carlos Castaneda himself in terms of clarity and power. Perhaps most useful in demonstrating that the Toltec dialogue is not simply an idea, but a praxis to be embraced and used, and the possibility of following a path with heart. Inspiring.

buy this book 256. YAQUI WAY: JOURNEY TO IXTLAN: THE LESSONS OF DON JUAN
by Carlos Castaneda
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (ISBN #: 0671732463, Paperback, 267 pp, January 1991)
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The dazzling, fantastic work that concludes the teachings of the Yaqui sorcerer, Don Juan. Castaneda is an anthropologist, a mystic, a poet and a marvelously gifted author whose books have sold phenomenally well. "One can't exaggerate the significance of what Carlos Castaneda has done."--The New York Times.

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In "Journey to Ixtlan," Carlos Castaneda brings to a new height his account of the teachings of Don Juan.

buy this book 257. YAQUI WAY: TALES OF POWER
by Carlos Castaneda
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (ISBN #: 0671732528, Paperback, 295 pp, September 1991)
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His legend and his power have grown throughout two generations, in five astonishing volumes. In this landmark work, the legendary Don Juan concludes the instruction of Castaneda with his most powerful and mysterious lessons in the sorcerer's art. It is a dazzling series of visions that are at once an initiation and a deeply moving farewell.

buy this book 258. YAQUI WAY: THE ACTIVE SIDE OF INFINITY
by Carlos Castaneda
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (ISBN #: 0060192208, Hardcover, 272 pages, January 1999)
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
"Ordinarily, events that change our path are impersonal affairs, and yet extremely personal." My teacher, don Juan Matus, said this in guiding me as his apprentice to collect what I considered to be the memorable events of my life. Don Juan Matus was a Yaqui Indian shaman from Sonora, Mexico. . . who traced [his] lineage to the shamans who lived in Mexico in ancient times. Over the course of thirteen years, don Juan ushered me into the cognitive world of those shamans, a world which was. . . ruled by a different system of cognition than the one which rules our world of everyday life.
"Don Juan described the total goal of the shamanistic knowledge that he handled as the preparation for facing the definitive journey: the journey that every human being has to take at the end of his life. . . . Don Juan considered that to collect the memorable events in their lives was, for shamans, the preparation for their entrance into that concrete region, which they called the active side of infinity."

buy this book 259. YAQUI WAY: THE ART OF DREAMING
by Carlos Castaneda
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (ISBN #: 006092554X, Paperback, 260 pages, May 1994)
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From Publishers Weekly:
In bestsellers like A Separate Reality and Journey to Ixtlan , Castaneda recounted his purported adventures with Mexican Yaqui Indian sorcerer don Juan Matus. Here he tells how, under don Juan's tutelage, he gained control over his dreams and used dreaming as a launching pad to a pervasive but unseen realm of ancestral spiritual forces, good and evil. He goes through tunnels, enters into the consciousness of trees, meets scouts, emissaries and form-changing blobs of energy. Aided by don Juan's companions and fellow apprentices, Castaneda penetrates a realm of "inorganic beings" who set traps for him and attack him, as if to illustrate don Juan's teaching that consciousness is compelled to grow through life-or-death confrontations. For believers, Castaneda's quest offers a tantalizing glimpse of alternate worlds beyond the rational parameters of our mundane reality.

buy this book 260. YAQUI WAY: THE EAGLE'S GIFT
by Carlos Castaneda
Publisher: Pocket Book (ISBN #: 0671619322, Paperback, 314 pp, May 1982)
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Carlos Castaneda takes the reader into the very heart of sorcery, challenging both imagination and reason, shaking the very foundations of our belief in what is "natural" and "logical."

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