I asked the lady in the bookstore, "Could you please tell me where is the self-help section?"
The lady said, "If I were to tell you, it would defeat its purpose."
Another from a true Zen master, utilizing his ability of skillful means to reach a variety of audiences. In this simple, thought-provoking, honest piece brings his warmth and clarity to this unique explication of Zen Buddhism with the discussion of the daily life of a Zen monastery.
Numerous stories, anecdotes, examples are mentioned between masters and their disciples with the thorough attention is given to concepts of Awareness and Impermanence, and to contemporary issues such as the conflicts between modern technology and spirituality.
I simply can’t resist recommending all Thich Nhat Hanh’s books that I read.
The most beloved Buddhist Zen Master, poet, scholar and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, tries to evoke the similarities between Christianity and Buddhism with a very simple message i.e. at the very core, we are one.
Although the book is filled with dogmatic explanation and rules with commandments’ comparison and much more, yet at the very bottom, lay some striking similarities between the two.
Whenever you read Thich Nhat Hanh’s any book, it gives you a sense of peace and tranquillity, and your heart is filled with profound gratitude. His writing is so simple, his message is so powerful, try your hands on any of his books. The most innocent yet beautiful book that I came across of his is Cultivating the mind of love.
Happiness is the habit not an after effect of completing a task or accomplishing something.
Matthieu Ricard, sometimes called the happiest man on planet, meditates on love and compassion. A Ph.D. holder in molecular genetics, this french man turned monk shares his 35 years long wisdom as a buddhist monk.
Watch his TED talk on ‘The habit of happiness here.
Late Dr. Wayne W. Dyer translated the book ‘Tao te Ching by Lao Tzu’, consists of 81 verses and known to be the wisest book ever written.
The author donated his store filled with books, CDs, his accomplishments, recognition and much more to practice ‘let go’ and ‘non-attachment’ and lived near the beach. He read, lived, meditated upon and stayed with all verse for four days each.
It is filled with insights, wisdom, understandings, finding the truth, finding the peace and much more. This book is highly recommended – Read slow, be with the wisdom, try and incorporate into your life. Let the book and the wisdom be with you for the rest of your life.
Not entirely convinced? Read the full blog here.
The saying which goes with this book is – THERE IS A TIME FOR EVERYTHING.
Om Swami knew that someday he would give up everything and renunciate himself from the materialistic lifestyle, yet, he pursued his passion for technology, making an annual income of $250,000 at the age of 20. Building companies from the scratch, failing and starting all over again. When the time was right and he thought he was ready, he gave up everything and left in search of ‘meeting the god’.
Click to read the full blog of the mesmerizing memoir here.
Dr. Brian Weiss, a renowned American psychiatrist, presents a true account of the documentation of his experience with one of his patients. During the course of the treatment, he discovered that he could dive into the past lives of his patient Catherine, through hypnosis.
A must read to understand life as a whole and all its ups and downs and why good, bad and ugly events happen in life.
Each chapter is only a page or two long, and you can read them in any order.
Timber Hawkeye wrote emails to his friends and family for eight years, telling them what was going on in his life and about his life as a monk in the Zen Monastery. One of his friends suggested that he shares those emails with the world because she found the letters so inspirational, that’s how the blog-to-book Buddhist Boot Camp was born!
You can find more about him, his books and his podcasts here:
Read my journey with this book here.
God resume their discussion and move on to larger topics The duo pair discuss time, space, politics, and even kinky sex, isn’t here for just shock value. It is an honest look at some of the broad issues important to all of us on the planet, and a suggestion of how things might go if we are all willing to open our minds and have our own conversations with divinity.
Such book can be difficult at times to read but stick to it. You ain’t regret.
The dialogues deals with the universal truths of the highest order, and the challenges and opportunities of the soul. This incredible series contains answers that will change you, your life, and the way you view other beings.
I end this last book recommendation of the CWG trilogy with a quote that I loved to the core:
“Feel your feelings, laugh your laughs, cry your cries, honor your truth. Yet when all emotions are done, be still and know that I am God.”
I even have a blog ‘Chemistry of Emotion‘ that goes with this saying. Do check it out.
It’s a classic guide to surviving the opposite sex written by John Gray. He shares his knowledge and experience to make ‘men’ understand ‘women’ and vice versa. The book says a number of things that can help in making a relationship healthy. If you are finding problems in your relationship, reading the book can help you in learning about the opposite sex. It offers advice on how to read emotions, when to be concerned and when to let time do the healing.
‘Every sentence rings with truth and power’ – Deepak Chopra on the book.
There is much potential to what the author lays out in this book but it is up to the reader to follow what is written. While some people may not agree with some aspects of the book or feel that there is too much repetition the central message is clear: Start living in the NOW and stop letting your mind control your life.
Anita Moorjani had a ‘Near Death Experience.’ Her journey from Cancer to true healing will make you cry and happy at the same time. It will inspire you to the core, provoke your deepest thoughts and desires of finding the truth of existence. In this truly inspirational memoir, she articulated her state in a most honest and beautiful way that one can connect to her fears, mental blocks, sufferings to the point where one realises that she was dying – to be herself.
Need more motivation to read it? Here is the full blog here.
SADHGURU, perhaps the most logical guru or yogi we have come across in 21st century. In this book, he talks a little bit about his own journey and gives you an understanding of your body and mind in the most simplistic manner. It’s not any different from his talks on social media. His message is clear – Joy and misery happens within you, pain and pleasure happens within you, love and agony happens within you.
‘Inner Engineering is a fascinating read, rich with Sadhguru’s insights and his teachings. If you are ready, it is a tool to help awaken your own inner intelligence, the ultimate and supreme genius that mirrors the wisdom of the cosmos’—Deepak Chopra
Can be read as an introduction to Lotus Sutra and Zen Buddhism for the beginners. My first book on Buddhism. Though I did not relate to few teachings as few are related to religion and dogmas, the message is very simple and one could extract beautiful insights from the book no matter what you follow.
Matthieu Ricard explains what meditation is, how it is done and what it can achieve. Through his experience as a monk, his close reading of sacred texts and his deep knowledge of the Buddhist masters, Matthieu Ricard reveals the significant benefits that meditation – based on selfless love and compassion – can bring to each of us.
Dr. Brian Weiss began treating two new patients, he found that although they were strangers, they described the same past lives with a stunning similarity of detail and emotion. He tells the extraordinary story of their love and explains that each of us has a soulmate whom we have loved in past incarnations, and who waits to reunite with us now.
When you read any real story like this, it makes you feel ‘wow’ and it makes you rethink your beliefs, opinions, and idea and understanding of love, soulmate and life.