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Children’s Book Week: Samsara Dog

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Samsara Dog Author: Manos, Helen Illustrator: Vivas, Julie Samsara Dog lived many lives. Some of his lives were long. Some lasted only a few days. Dog never remembered them. He lived each life as it came, until he learned the most important […]

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Children’s Book Week: Wilfred Gorden McDonald Patridge

posted by Taz Tagore

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge Author: Fox, Mem Illustrator: Vivas, Julie Mem Fox is one of the most prolific children’s authors in contemporary times.  Her classic Time for Bed and Where is the Green Sheep? have delighted millions of children and parents.  With […]

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John Welwood Week: Spotlight on Conscious Relationship

posted by Taz Tagore

What follow is a transcript of an interview between Vince Horn (of Buddhist Geeks) and John Wellwood.  I thought this interview would provide plenty of fodder for reflection on the role of conscious relationship in our spiritual practice.  And of […]

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John Welwood Week: Ordinary Magic Book Review

posted by Taz Tagore

There are few essay collections which I find eternally useful…so useful that they never seem to leave my bedside table for a more (lonely) and permanent space on my living room bookshelf.  But John Welwood edited one such collection called […]

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John Welwood Week: Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships

posted by Taz Tagore

There are so many reasons to love John Welwood’s books.  And what I like most about this one is that it cuts right to the core of our difficulty finding and sustaining the love we really want.  When we read […]

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Valentine’s Week: Spotlight on John Welwood

posted by Taz Tagore

I wanted to kick off my John Wellwood week (in celebration of Valentine’s Day) with a very special introduction to John’s work. His first monumental book was called Journey of the Heart, and to this day, it remains one of […]

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The Soul Unearthed by Cass Adams

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The Soul Unearthed is a lovely collection of essays about finding one’s soul through exploring Mother Nature in her wild and beautiful state.  Each essay is completely different, in length, content and voice.  It feels uneven at times, but also […]

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Buddha Walks into a Bar [Book Review]

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Lodro Rinzler begins his first full-length book with these sentences: “This isn’t your grandmother’s book on meditation. It’s for you. That is, assuming you like to have a beer once in a while, enjoy sex, have figured out that your […]

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Children’s Book Week: The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness

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The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness Author: Thompson, Colin Illustrator: Thompson, Colin One Friday on his way home from school, George visited the animal shelter. There, in the very last cage, was Jeremy, a dog who looked as lost and as […]

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Solid Ground: Buddhist Wisdom for Difficult Times

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Solid Ground is a little book.  But it’s size belies it’s excellence.  The book is comprised of three parts–three prominent Buddhist authors talk about overcoming challenge using Buddhist wisdom.  All three authors are unique and potent–in both their understanding of […]

The Way of Council [Learning to Dialogue/Resolve Conflict in Circles]

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The Way of Council is an excellent book penned by Jack Zimmerman and Virginia Coyle.  Both have extensive experience working through simple and difficult issues using the unique format of a circle. This isn’t just about sitting in a circle […]

[New Release] In Buddha’s Kitchen

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Purchase In Buddha’s Kitchen from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. In Buddha’s Kitchen By Kimberly Snow Review: I really enjoyed this book about Kimberly Snow’s experiences cooking in a Buddhist Monastery in Northern California. As a former chef in a Kentucky-based […]

[New Release] A Book of Miracles

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Purchase A Book of Miracles from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. A Book of Miracles By Bernie Siegel Review: Bernie uses one of the best forms of teaching–true stories from people’s lives to instill his message that we are all healers […]

[New Release] The Yoga of Kirtan

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Purchase Yoga of Kirtan from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Yoga of Kirtan (includes CD) By Steven Rosen Review: Kirtan is an ancient tradition that has only recently caught on in the West.  Kirtan is a beautiful means to develop and […]

New Release: Ethical Intelligence

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Purchase Ethical Intelligence from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Ethical Intelligence By Bruce Weinstein Review: At the outset of this book, readers are invited to take a quiz.  It is a challenging quiz..because it unearths our ethical shortfalls.  I consider myself […]

Journey of the Heart by John Wellwood

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Purchase Journey of the Heart from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Journey of the Heart: The Path of Conscious Love By John WellwoodI’m going to be reviewing 5 of John Wellwood’s books in January in preparation for the LOVE month: February.  […]

[New Release] Samsara Dog

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Purchase Samsara Dog from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Samsara Dog By Helen Manos Review:Samsara Dog is a children’s picturebook written by practicing Buddhist Helen Manos, who sought to present the concept of reincarnation in a natural and seamless way. A […]

[Book Review] Through the Year with Jimmy Carter

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Purchase Through the Year With Jimmy Carter from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Through the Year with Jimmy Carter: 366 Daily Meditations from the 39th President   Review: In Through the Year with Jimmy Carter, the thirty-ninth President of the United […]

[Book Review] Touching the Light by Meg Blackburn Losey

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Purchase Touching the Light from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Touching the Light By Meg Blackburn Losey REVIEW: How is it that miracles happen? Is spontaneous healing really possible? Why is it that some illnesses don’t show up in standard or […]

[Book Review] The Boy Who Met Jesus by Immaculée Ilibagiza

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Purchase The Boy Who Met Jesus from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. The Boy Who Met Jesus: Segatashya of Kibeho By Immaculee Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin Review: Segatashya was a young boy who had apparitions of Jesus Christ in the remote […]

Be Love Now by Ram Dass

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Purchase Be Love Now from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Be Love Now: The Path of the Heart By Ram Dass and Rameshwar Das Review: I loved this book.  In fact, I couldn’t put it down and am now reading it […]

Guardians of Being by Eckhart Tolle

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  Purchase School Years from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Guardians of Being By Eckhart Tolle, Illustrated by Patrick McDonnellReview: You don’t have to be an animal lover to love this book.  Guardians of Being is a small, short, illustrated book […]

The Meaning of the Bible

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Purchase The Meaning of the Bible from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us By Douglas A. Knight & Amy Jill Levine Review: Since I’m not much […]

The Triumph of Christianity by Rodney Stark

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Purchase The Triumph of Christianity from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion By Rodney Stark Book Description: More than 40 percent of the people on earth today are Christians, […]

[Holiday Gift Series] Rex Ray Mini Journals

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Purchase Surfing Your Inner Sea from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Rex Ray Mini Journals By Chronicle Books Review: I like small gifts.  And this tiny set of mini journals caught my eye this holiday season.  They are all the perfect […]

[Thanksgiving Gift Series] Surfing Your Inner Sea

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Purchase Surfing Your Inner Sea from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Surfing Your Inner Sea By Raphael Cushnir Review: I like small, short books.  I liked this one instantly. It’s yellow cover and image of the sea beckoned. The book is […]

[Thanksgiving Gift Series] Seasons of Thanks by Taz Tagore

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Purchase Seasons of Thanks from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Seasons of Thanks By Taz Tagore Review: It’s hard to review your own book without feeling utterly self-conscious. But, as I looked through the slim volume of titles related to Thanksgiving, […]

[Thanksgiving Gift Series] A Grateful Heart by M.J. Ryan

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Purchase A Grateful Heart from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. A Grateful Heart: 365 Ways to Give Thanks at Mealtime Edited by M.J. Ryan Review: An updated version of her classic book, this collection of beautiful blessings, contemplations, and prayers that […]

[Thanksgiving Gift Series] Eight Steps to Happiness by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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Purchase Eight Steps to Happiness from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Eight Steps to Happiness By Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Review: What better gift to gift than happiness? I have read plenty of books that begin with “Five Steps to…” or “Seven […]

[Thanksgiving Gift Series] Gratitude Journal

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Purchase Gratitude Journal from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Gratitude: A Journal By Catherine Price Review: We all need to find ways to be more grateful–to others, to ourselves and for the gift of life.  For those who are serious about […]

[Thanksgiving Gift Series] A Bloom a Day

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Purchase A Bloom a Day from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. A Bloom a Day Billie Lythberg (Author), Sian Northfield (Author), Ron van Dongen (Photographer) Review: There are few photo books that truly inspire joy, page after page.  And A Bloom […]

Ramayana by Sanjay Patel

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Purchase Ramayana from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Ramayana: Divine Loophole By Sanjay Patel Review:The Ramayana is a legendary book—not just in terms of content but in terms of sheer size.  The story has been told and retold over a 2,000 […]

Buddha Standard Time by Surya Das

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Purchase Buddha Standard Time from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Buddha Standard Time By Surya Das Review:The premise of this book is that we all have the same amount of time to work with in a given hour, day or week.  […]

Spiritual Partnerships by Gary Zukav

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Purchase Spiritual Partnerships from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Spiritual Partnerships (New in Paperback) By Gary Zukav Review: The premise of Zukav’s new book is that we have (and continue to) evolve beyond the limits of our five senses.  Zukav asserts […]

Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves by Amy Ahlers

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Purchase Big Fat Lies from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Big Fat Lies Women Tell ThemselvesBy Amy Ahlers Review: In this insightful book, Amy Ahlers basically lays out all of the destructive lies that women tell themselves (or are indirectly told […]

How to Be Happy All the Time by Yogananda

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Purchase How to be Happy all the Time from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. How to be Happy all the Time Paramhansa Yogananda Review: Yoga and meditation practitioners usually come across Yogananda at some point on their spiritual journey.  The Indian […]

Simply Jesus by N.T. Wright

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Purchase Simply Jesus from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Simply Jesus By N.T Wright Review: I read one of N.T. Wright’s earlier works called Simply Christian and found the volume spell-binding.  I had never before read an account of Christianity—in study […]

[New Release Book Review] Visionary State

posted by Taz Tagore

Purchase Visionary State from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Visionary State: A Journey through California’s Spiritual Landscape Review: There are few spiritual photography books out on the market.  Some present wispy and mystical photos of Mother Nature’s richness.  Others focus on […]

[New Release] Moon Phase Astrology

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Purchase Moon Phase Astrology from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Moon Phase Astrology By Raven KalderaReview:I’m a Taurus.  More specifically, I’m a cusp Aries-Taurus—which means I’m an earth sign with some fire qualities.  That sums up my present knowledge of my […]

[Classic Book Review] Cultivating the Mind of Love

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Purchase Cultivating the Mind of Love from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Cultivating the Mind of Love Review:Thich Nhat Hanh is clearly a beautiful soul.  He is a peace activist, a Buddhist teacher, ordained monk and a gifted poet and writer.  […]

[New Release] Wisdom of the Plant Devas

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Purchase Wisdom of the Plant Devas from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Wisdom of the Plant Devas: Herbal Medicine for a New Earth By Thea Summer Deer Review: The idea of plants as medicine or sources of healing is becoming more […]

[New Release] The Knowing Heart by Kabir Helminski

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Purchase The Knowing Heart from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. The Knowing Heart By Kabir Helminski Review: Sufism has always felt like a mystical religion to me—and one that is beyond my grasp.  As much as I felt attracted to Sufism […]

[New Release] One-Minute Mindfulness

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Purchase One Minute Mindfulness from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. One Minute Mindfulness By Donald Altman Review: There is a time and a place for bite-sized spirituality and One Minute Mindfulness is a book that perfectly fulfills this need.  It literally […]

[New Release] The Life and Love of Trees

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Purchase The Life and Love of Trees from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. The Life and Love of Trees By Lewis Blackwell Review: Coffee table books usually don’t impress me.  In the nineties, it seemed like you had to have stacks […]

[New Release Book] The Soul of Leadership by Deepak Chopra

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Purchase The Soul of Leadership from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. The Soul of Leadership By Deepak Chopra Review: I’m a fan of Deepak Chopra’s books.  I remember reading The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success back in high school and feeling […]

[Children’s Book Review] The Present by Bob Gill

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Purchase The Present from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. The Present By Bob GillReview: Bob Gill is a celebrated graphic designer and illustrator—and his experience shows. The illustrations are finely crafted—and sustained the interest and delight of my daughter until the […]

[New Release] You Can Create an Exceptional Life by Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson

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Buy You Can Create an Exceptional Life at the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Recommended for: I think this book will be best received by fans of Louise and Cheryl’s ideas and workshops.  But it is an accessible read–and likely to appeal […]

[Bestselling Children’s Book Review] Lost and Found

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Purchase Lost and Found from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Lost and Found By Oliver Jeffers Review: Oliver Jeffers is a British author and illustrator with a quirky sense of humor.  He has written many children’s books that have become been […]

[New Release Book Review] Falling Upward by Richard Rohr

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Purchase Falling Upward from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life By Richard Rohr Review: In our youth-centric culture, it can be hard to remember that age is a blessing.  Although it may […]

[New Release] Healing the Heart of Democracy by Parker Palmer

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Purchase Healing the Heart of Democracy from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Healing the Heart of Democracy By Parker Palmer Review: I’d like to think of myself as an optimist.  I try to embrace change in my own life and have […]

[Children’s Book Review] The Big Wish

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Purchase The Big Wish from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. The Big Wish By Carolyn Conahan Review: The Big Wish is an ambitious children’s story with a big heart.  The protagonist is a young girl who protects a field of dandelions—waiting […]

[New Release] Seeds of Freedom

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Purchase seeds of freedom from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Seeds of Freedom: Cultivating a Life that Matters By: Heather Marie Wilson Review: Seeds of Freedom is a lovely, easy read for those of you who love gardens and have an […]

[Children’s Book Review] Chicken Big

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Purchase Chicken Big from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Chicken Big By Keith Graves Review: The story of Chicken Big touched my heart.  A giant chick hatches out of an egg and its size perplexes all of the other chickens.  They […]

[New Release] Love Times Three

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Purchase Love Times Three from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Love Times Three By Joe, Alina, Vicki and Valeria DargerReview: For me, polygamy brings to mind a series of negative images and stereotypes.  The controlling man who needs many wives.  The […]

[New Release Book] The Code: Unlocking the Ancient Power of Your Birthday

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Purchase The Code from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. The Code: Unlocking the Ancient Power of Your Birthday Review: Johanna Paungger/Thomas Poppe Like most books based on a typology or numerology, The Code describes a wonderful system for classifying personality types […]

[New Release Book] The Wisdom of the Healing Wound

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Purchase The Wisdom of the Healing Wound from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. The Wisdom of the Healing Wound: A New View on Why we Hurt and How We Can Cure Even the Deepest Physical and Emotional Wounds By David Knighton […]

[New Release] The Hollow Bone: A Field Guide to Shamanism

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Purchase The Hollow Bone from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. The Hollow Bone: A Field Guide to Shamanism ByColleen DeatsmanReview: Shamanism was always a word that scared me.  It evoked images of animal spirits entering a person’s body–inevitably in a poorly […]

Fighting Homelessness with Mindfulness [from Shambhala Sun]

posted by Taz Tagore

Fighting Homelessness with Mindfulness Originally posted at: http://www.shambhalasun.com/ . Homeless youth attending a workshop at the Reciprocity Foundation. I was sixteen the first time I walked into a homeless shelter, and I was sure it was an accident. I was […]

[Children’s Book Review] A Child’s Book of Animal Poems and Blessings

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Purchase A Child’s Book of Animal Poems & Blessings from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. A Child’s Book of Animal Poems and BlessingsCollected by Eliza Blanchard and Illustrated by Joyce Hesselberth Review: Having created a book of blessings myself, I was […]

[New Release Book Review] My Soul Pages

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Purchase My Soul Pages from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. My Soul Pages: A Companion to Writing Down Your Soul By Janet Conner Review:I’m the sort of person who loves journals.  I have at least 15 on my bookshelf, mostly half-filled, […]

[Bestseller Book Review] Writing Down Your Soul

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Purchase Writing Down Your Soul from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Writing Down Your Soul: How to Activate and Listen to the Extraordinary Voice Within By Janet Conner Review: Writing Down Your Soul might be just another book offering a means […]

[New Release] As Far as the Heart Can See by Mark Nepo

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Purchase As Far as the Heart Can See from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. As Far as the Heart Can See By Mark Nepo Review: Like most talented authors who finally hit the mainstream with a bestselling book, Mark Nepo (who […]

[New Release/Bestseller] The Book of Awakening

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Purchase The Book of Awakening from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. The Book of Awakening [New edition] By Mark Nepo Review: There are few spiritual books that have the capacity to deeply delight the spiritual seeker.  Although there are many wonderful […]

[New Release] Like a Tree by Jean Bolen

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Purchase Like a Tree from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Like A Tree: How Trees, Women and Tree People Can Save the Planet by Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD Review:At the beginning of the book, Shinoda Bolen says that you can describe […]

[Bestseller Book Review] Taking our Places

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  Purchase Taking Our Places from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up by Norman Fischer Review:Early in Norman Fischer’s book Taking our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up, the author […]

[Classic Book] Crone’s Don’t Whine by Jean Bolen

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Hampton Roads PublishingPurchase Crone’s Don’t Whine from the Beliefnet Shopping Mall. Crone’s Don’t Whine by Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD Review:  Shinoda Bolen is a titan in the world of women’s spirituality.  Her book Goddesses from Withinwas a must-read in the […]

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Children's Book Week: Samsara Dog
Samsara Dog Author: Manos, Helen Illustrator: Vivas, Julie Samsara Dog lived many lives. Some of his lives were long. Some lasted only a few days. Dog never remembered them. He lived each life as it came, until he learned the ...

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Children's Book Week: Wilfred Gorden McDonald Patridge
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge Author: Fox, Mem Illustrator: Vivas, Julie Mem Fox is one of the most prolific children's authors in contemporary times.  Her classic Time for Bed and Where is the Green Sheep? have delighted millions of ...

posted 6:27:47am Feb. 22, 2012 | read full post »

John Welwood Week: Spotlight on Conscious Relationship
What follow is a transcript of an interview between Vince Horn (of Buddhist Geeks) and John Wellwood.  I thought this interview would provide plenty of fodder for reflection on the role of conscious relationship in our spiritual practice.  And ...

posted 6:37:59am Feb. 16, 2012 | read full post »

John Welwood Week: Ordinary Magic Book Review
There are few essay collections which I find eternally useful...so useful that they never seem to leave my bedside table for a more (lonely) and permanent space on my living room bookshelf.  But John Welwood edited one such collection called ...

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