Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 3) – India and it’s Neighbors

I’m 35 hours (50 in total) into this beast of a book and it’s a good time for another mini review. This part tackles the history of India and it’s a good one! 📝Gandhi: “What the eyes are for the outer world, fasts are for the inner.” I have never fasted. Have you? Maybe thisContinue reading “Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 3) – India and it’s Neighbors”

Thoughts on: “Tao te Ching” by Lao Tsu

I can see a possible scenario in the future, where I’m a greying old man, and I praise this book as profound and monumental. But let’s face it, It did not do much for me right now. —— I enjoyed it quite a bit and something tells me this book is special, but I don’tContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Tao te Ching” by Lao Tsu”

Thoughts on: “The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei” by John Stevens

My major feat this summer was to inflate a pool in preparation of a BBQ party (see pic. 2). Due to lack of proper equipment it had to be done manually. It took quite some time and effort on my part to get it ready; But I persisted and felt a little bit of prideContinue reading “Thoughts on: “The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei” by John Stevens”

Thoughts on: “Advice not Given” by Mark Epstein

“When we let the ego have free reign we suffer – but when we learn to let go, we are free.” —— Dr. Epstein explores where psychotherapy and Buddhism can complement each other in the persuit of mental wellness. —— The Buddha and Freud, Dr Epstein says, came to a similar conclusion. Ego is theContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Advice not Given” by Mark Epstein”

Thoughts on: “Walk Like a Buddha” by Lodro Rinzler

“All of you are perfect as you are, and you can use a little improvement” Zen Master Suzuki Roshi This is a very practical and accessible book about how to apply the teachings of the buddha to different aspects modern life. It has a question/answer format like: What would the buddha do in this andContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Walk Like a Buddha” by Lodro Rinzler”

Thoughts on: “Hardcore Zen” by Brad Warner

Brad Warner is punk rocker turned Zen master. He is “controversial” because he is not part of either of the two dominating fractions of Zen in the west; the overly intellectualized one or the woo-woo New age version. —————————————— He wants to make Zen available and practical for to regular people with normal lives andContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Hardcore Zen” by Brad Warner”

Top Books of the Year – #7

#7 “The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei” by John Stevens ———————————— The “1000-Day Marathon”, a big part of their practice, takes 7 years to complete. For the first 5 years they run a marathon a day for 100 days straight. This is repeated 7 times. For the last 2 years the distance is increased toContinue reading “Top Books of the Year – #7”

Books That Will Change You Forever!

I did a “favorites of 2016” last year on my instagram and I thought it would be a good addtion to my blog. Good book recommendations are always relevant, right? The list for 2017 is coming soon butthese books sure are worthy gifts for loved ones this holiday season! Favorite Books of 2016 – Self-DiscoveryContinue reading “Books That Will Change You Forever!”

Thoughts on: Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton

Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton We all lie like hell to ourselves and others, and it’s stresses us to death. —————– It’s to the point, unapologetic and without sugar coating. The honesty Dr Blanton is talking about is not just “truth is the best policy”, but to tell the truth as you experience it, inContinue reading “Thoughts on: Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton”

Thoughts on: “Zen Mind, Beginners Mind”

I feel like some book are meant to be studied rather just being read. There are some book that I decided not to review for this reason. Reading them ones just don’t do the trick, usually this is the case with esoteric writings like today’s book. ——————— So I read the book two more timesContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Zen Mind, Beginners Mind””